Me and my wife stayed in the Corfu Imperial for a one week in July 2007. It is amazing what waited us in the end of that bad and narrow road... at least to us it was the finest hotel we had ever been in!
Of course we had visited the hotel´s website and read many reviews on this site in advance, but to us, who have been in Greece ten times and always used those modest, small Greek family apartment hotels, this was sheer luxury.
Our room was in the main building, on the fifth (top) floor. The view from the balcony was astonishing, with the blue Ionian Sea at our feet and the Albanian coast somewhere in the horizon. No complaining about the room, nice double bed, lots of lockers for your clothes and things, air conditioning, proper bathroom...
When we went to our first breakfast, it was hard to believe our eyes. There were so many food, fruit and dessert variations - also free champagne - and the place itself was like from a movie scene. We decided to go outside and have our breakfast with a sea view! Waiters were very polite and sophisticated and there were lots of them. Even the coffee was good!
As the hotel really is isolated (3-4 km to nearest village, Gouvia), you definitely need to rent a car to see more of the island than just the Komeno Bay. Luckily we did that in forehand via internet. (There is Europcar desk at the hotel). We did day trips for instance to Corfu town, several beaches in Acharavi, Kassiopi and Lefkimi area, Achilio Palace, Pantokrator Mountain and enjoyed a lot of our freedom. To get to those interesting places, you practically need a car.
One tip... if you head for the Pantokrator and choose the road via villages of Ano Korakiana and Kato Korakiana, you need experience of bad mountain roads, otherwise it may be dangerous. Maybe it is a good idea to choose the route from the Acharavi direction, from there leads a wide asphalt road to Pantokrator,
Of course you can spend the whole week on the undeniably very nice hotel area with tennis courts, water sports facilities, small private beaches and nice pool area, but then you have to have more flexible budget than normal working people usually have. Maybe it is the reason why there were so many Mercs and Beamers on the parking lot, just beside our Fiesta!
Couple of pricing examples: Two cappuccinos in the beach bar: 9,60 euros. Lobster evening at the hotel restaurant: 75 euros / person. Bottle of fine champagne: 95 euros. Greek salad in the pool bar: 11 euros. (We did have salads once in the pool restaurant and they were beautiful and very tasty, no doubt about it) Still that´s why many guests drive to Gouvia village and visit some mid-priced, typical Greek restaurants there. You can also ask the reception to call you a taxi, it´s 10 euros from Imperial to Gouvia and 20 euros to Corfu town.
On some evenings there was an awful smell of sewage on the hotel outdoor area. We know this is a typical problem during the Mediterranean summer, but when connected with a five star hotel, it is quite annoying.
During the whole week, the hotel personnel was very polite and helped us in every possible matter we had to ask. Many thanks to them and special greetings to Anna Maria, who had also visited our home country and knew some phrases in our language!
Summa summarum... it depends on your attitude, if you find Corfu Imperial worth of it´s price or not. This time we wanted to taste some luxury and yes, we got a bite of it!
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