Hotel Yaliskari Palace Sinarades

, Corfu, Greece
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Hotel Yaliskari Palace Sinarades

, Corfu
4 star

Rooms: 244

Sinarades - Corfu - 490 84 - Greece | 2661-054401/2
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Hassel Holiday
Submitted by: ATravel-Library User in 15/10/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Backpacker
If your a lone traveller looking for piece and quiet then the Yaliskari Palace isn't for you. I work hard during the year and wanted a holiday where I could relax and do my own thing. During my 7 day stay in Corfu I was constantly bothered by the animation team (one employee in particular), he wouldn't take no for an answer and bothered me even when I was relaxing and sleeping by the pool. When he come up from behind to massage me and started to pry into my personal life I then tried very hard to dodge him but with no success! One particular bar staff made my life impossible everytime I wanted to purchase a drink, I spent most of the week dehydrated by refusing to go to the bar. The best part of my holiday was leaving and having the piece and quiet I was craving on the plane ride home.
Great Stay at Yaliskari Palace
Submitted by: Ann in 08/10/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My husband and I have just returned from an all inclusive week at the Yaliskari Palace Hotel in Corfu and we loved it! We booked a last minute deal and had read reviews indicating it was somewhat remote and not up the 5 stars it claimed to be so we were not expecting great things from it and were just looking for a bit of a relax. We would have been happy if the hotel had just been clean with semi-decent food and a bit of sun, however, it turned out to be one of the best holidays we have ever had.

I cannot compliment the staff enough. Everyone was incredibly friendly and worked really hard. This was true of all staff from the maids to reception, from Spiros "the best barman in the world" to the Entertainment crew. A special mention has to go to the lovely man who drives the hotel's own free mini bus. This little bus chugged up and down the steep hill from the hotel to the beach endlessly (lots more than the stated half hourly trips it was supposed to do) and yet this man was always friendly and willing to make yet another trip for anyone waiting. A lessor mortal would have been bored out of his mind and when not driving the bus he was clearing up in the restaurant and never seemed to stop.

Our room was not a seaview room but was still absolutely fine and was large with two double beds in it. The rooms were cleaned and changed daily (except sunday when the maids have a day off) and were of a good standard. There were three pools in total including one baby pool and all were cleaned daily and there were no problems with them that I saw save for a few loose tiles here and there. The views from the pool are breath-taking.

I never expect much from hotel entertainment, it usually consists of Bingo and a token disco but the Bulgarian team running this hotel were great. They were so enthusiastic and full of life it was really infectious and we ended up involved in all sorts of mischief that we don't usually bother with. This team worked endlessly throughout the day and night and were always happy and chatty. Look out for the "Sketch Show" Night and Dobi's rendition of Figaro, it's hilarious. I wish I knew where that guy got his energy from!

The food was very plentiful every day and consisted of pastas, salads, lots of fresh fruit and meat and fish. There was plenty for everyone and it changed every day. There were plenty drinks included in the all inclusive including some cocktails and plenty snacks throughout the day too (something other all ins tend to skimp on).

I've travelled a fair bit and would class myself as someone who is not overly fussy but needs a fairly nice and definately clean hotel or else I am uncomfortable. I value good friendly service and can't abide ignorance. This is definately not a 5 star hotel, by UK standards I would say 3 + but is very comfortable with some luxury touches. I am told it used to be a Thomsons Gold Resort but has slipped a little from that time.

If you are the type of person who doesn't got hung up on the odd loose tile around a pool or an odd bit of unfinished workmanship and are not expecting Cordon Bleu cooking then I can't see how you can fail to really enjoy this hotel. It is out of the way as stated so if you want to explore definately hire a car when you land. It will cost you about 200 euros for a week's hire whereas a return trip to the airport costs 50 euros and a return trip to Corfu town is also 50 euros. It soon mounts up if you plan to go out for lots of jaunts.

Holiday times are valuable and I don't usually gush about anywhere but I really fail to see how you could go wrong booking a stay at this place provided you are not expecting a UK standard 5 star hotel and are not overly worried about it not being a little remote.
Not 5* hotel
Submitted by: ATravel-Library User in 02/10/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
Definitely not a 5* hotel at all, have had better 3* hotels. Was very clean, food just ok nothing special. The service at the bar was terrible 20 mins wait nearly every evening the entertainment was out side couldn't really go there as there were so many wasps around. The hotel was very far from everywhere only 2 tiny shops if you can call them that, 20 mins in taxi to get 2 Corfu town. The walk 2 the beach is about 10 mins but u can get a mini bus there and back. We would never go back 2 this hotel again.
Submitted by: BECKI in 24/09/07
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I went july 2007 with my friend her mum brother and sister

It was the best holiday I have had.

The food was not the best but we survived.

There was an often smell from suages very unplesant however you get used to it.

We was not supose to stay in this hotel it seemed as if no one in the hotel we supose to stay here either.

But i loved this holdiay there was lots of people my age that i met.

The hotel is very clean and the maid service is great

The location was not the best but it was right next to the beautiful sea with a few shops and a bar at the top of the hill

I would definatly recommend this hotel for familys.

The entertainment through the day and at night was fantastic the bar staff was very friendly by the pool and the entertainers was very freindly and fun.

The best holiday i have had and i go 4 times a year around greece and spain.
Update info from not a 5*
Submitted by: Julie in 19/09/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I would just like to give an update from a previous review that I submitted back in August titled not a 5*. On the last couple of day's stay at the Yaliskari my 14-year son became quite ill with high temperature and stomach cramps. He deteriorated on our return with sickness & upset stomach. The GP sent his stool sample away. And the following week the Environmental health contacted me with test results of salmonella Infection (food poisoning) from contaminated egg, meat or poultry that he eat at the Yaliskari. Environmental Health have taken all our details and are looking into this matter.
Also I must stress how dangerous the steps are by the bar pool, which led down to our apartments where we stayed. The Adult in our group has still got signs of bruising and pains.
And my son is still showing the scars to his arm from the terrible fall. We have photo's which we took of their injuries why at the Yaliskari developed now. And I have the Environmental letter here as well. Lots of families witnessed the rats and even previous holiday visitors had left the messages in the hotel foyer review book. The smell that came up day and night was from the sewer, which was half way down the cliff, which we used to pass on the mini bus to the beach. No smell of spring while we stayed their in July!!!!!!!!
Submitted by: Debbie Castle in 09/09/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
When booking this holiday we were told Thompsons 5 Star (no way Ive stayed in better 3 stars) advertised in the brochure was childrens menu, there childrens menu was Fries on a lunchtime that was it. Evening dinner nothing for children at all, my children lived on bread all week apart from two nights we ate at a little bar at the top of the hill, which I was told there was a few bars, restaurants and shops what they didn"t tell us they had all shut down because Yaliskari Palace have put them out of Business because they changed from Half Board to All Inclusive. Tables were never set You had to do your own and was always rushed to leave.
The tiling at the poolside was a joke cracked tiles every where, they eventually came to repair it on our last day, what a laugh watching the maintenance man, he didnt have a clue what he was doing and it ended up worse than when he started. The menu was same nearly every day, no choice and the day befores leftovers were put into salads and pastas. After three days there the tea machine broke down at the poolside and it never got replaced couldnt get a cup of tea from anywhere. The next day one of the machines in the restaurant broke down and again wasn't replaced could you imagine the que trying to get a cup of tea, it was again a joke. When booking we were told Pelekas Village was 20 mins walk away, no 40 mins away down a mud track which you couldn't even attempt at evening too dangerous. The worst part of the holiday was the sewage smell it was absolutely disgusting we escaped to the beach (which is georgeous little bay)to get away from it. My room was ok but definetley not five Star,it was done every day by the maids but they need to no what a duster and polish are. The staff were lovely and the reception area was the only five star bit. Not enough seating on a evening when entertainment was on, had to sit on sunbeds because you couldn't go anywhere else. We wont be going back and i won't be recommending it to anyone. They want to shut it down and refurbish it if they want to call it 5 star, and they def need a 5 star chef.
Great Staff
Submitted by: Oana in 05/09/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Romania
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I agree with others who wrote reviews: it's no 5star hotel. it's a 4star hotel. the food could have been better, but it was good. I read a review about people falling down the stairs of the pool area but I haven't seen anyone falling during my stay. And I stayed in the pool are until 2o`clock in the morning and I didn't see any rats...everything was clean...and the smell wasn't sewer-smell. there was a natural spring there that had that smell.
The view is wonderful!->5stars for that. and for the great sand on the beach.(no problems with transportation to the beach)
And in the restaurant we didn't have to wait for clean tables. the staff was very quick and hard working. The animation team was the best! the whole staff was very friendly.
Not a 5*
Submitted by: Julie in 23/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This hotel is rated as a 5* hotel by med hotels, but stayed here this July. It did used to be but is not any longer now 3* Okay for couples but not for children. Accommodation we were put in was unfinished, we had no safety deposit boxes or air con upstairs in our bedroom. Weather fantastic as usual. Entertainment staff very friendly. Food very bland had to find a clean table. Rats were spotted at night near bar and pool areas. The sewer smell came up from the cliff day and night. Fantastic views. Very dangerous stairs that got wet often and we had 1 teenager and an adult getting injured by falling down them. Be prepared to tackle allot of hills and stairs.
Sewage smell
Submitted by: mark in 18/09/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The pool area had a overpowering stench of sewage. We were plagued with wasps. the decor was very shabby, with broken tiles around the pool area. No tea making facility in the rooms, water not hot enough in resturant for tea or coffee. mostly plastic glasses in bar areas. almost no entertainment in the evenings. Very unfriendly barstaff.
Submitted by: Pam in 23/07/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Returned after 22 years! Maintains the same quaintness, charm and beauty, not to mention Michales the barman. Waiters and Fondas Hill bought back some fond memories. I'll be back!

Top Local Tips for Corfu

General Tips The hotel owns the sunbeds on the left down by the beach and these are free to hotel guests. The others on the right will cost you three Euros. Hotel runs a free minibus to reach this beach, don't try and walk as its incredibly steep. Hire a car if you want to get around as taxi fares will mount up because it's out of the way but try walking to Pelekos, it has late night shopping on Thursdays and lively tavernas, it will take you around 20 minutes to reach.

Seeing life Catch the local bus to Corfu Town early morning - crowded but great fun

Rex Restaurant in Corfu Great food but expensive. They serve you with a lot without asking (like mineral water and than ask you what you want to drink - be sure they charge you later with the mineral water). The business model is not one that I like but food is great.


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  • Address: Sinarades - Corfu - 490 84 - Greece
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