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Reviewed 5 July 2015

We have just returned from another visit to the Alkyon.We travelled with friends whom we met there several years ago. The hotel is ideally located as it is in a quite spot but only 5 mins walk from the centre or the Canal De Amour. The hotel has been tastefully refurbed since our last visit and is modern in appearance but comfortable and relaxing. The rooms have all the essentials, bath/shower, comfortable beds tv etc and are quite spacious. You pay extra if you want to use the air con and/or mini fridge. Towels are changed at your request and the rooms are kept spotless by the excellent cleaning staff. Meals are buffet service and there is always plenty of choice at breakfast and dinner. There are snacks available from lunch time and there is a lot of choice at reasonable prices. A cooked breakfast is 2.5 euros. There is entertainment every night varying from tribute acts to bingo/quiz/Kareoke. The biggest asset of this hotel are the staff. They are superb and they all try to make your holiday special. This is very much a family run hotel and many of the staff were young children when we first started going to the Alkyon. There have been four new staff since we last visited but the Alkyon has a knack of picking the right people and they have fitted in perfectly. All in all the Alkyon has the perfect combination of facilities, location, good food and above all, the brilliant staff who help make a holiday what it should be. We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel as a place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
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4  Thank 50JohnnyB
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

Have just returned from another fantastic stay at the Alkion.
This was our 3rd stay in the Alkion and we are always recognised and greeted by the staff, who are a true asset to the hotel. Nothing is ever too much trouble here. If you are unhappy with anything, just ask at reception and they will do their best to sort it for you.
The food is always lovely, plenty of choice and always hot. It is served in buffet style which means you can have as little or as much as you like.
We never struggled to get a sunbed and the grounds are always very clean, as are the rooms.
We cannot wait to return to the Alkion and highly recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor and if you aren't happy just ask. The staff will do their best to help you.
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Em-Bob789
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Just back from a great two weeks in the Alkion Hotel, Sidhari. Above all, thanks to a marvellous staff there! The attitude of the staff members was faultless. Each gave 100% and all were genuinely pleasant and kind, cooperative and smiling, with a sense of humour. They were always ready to converse pleasantly with guests and spoke excellent English. They were like one big happy extended family, in spite of working flat-out.

We ourselves were in a section of the second floor, facing out into the cul-de-sac above the entrance with self-catering blocks opposite. This may not have been so ideal as one with a pool view or of a forested hill behind but in general, we found our room comfortable and our neighbours seemingly non-existent. Even transfer coaches arriving early in the morning did not bother us unduly. I do feel that a small stool in the bathroom would have made it easier for older or stouter folk to dry the lower body or apply sunblock to my legs and feet. The hired aircon was very efficient and even felt chilly in the mornings for my wife who is not keen on draughts! It took us a few days to realise that soap was available on top of the bathroom cabinet! We had a super shower with an upper and lower section. The cubicle was nice and new and watertight too! The room was kept extremely clean by the cleaner, and towels and sheets were generously replaced. We were perfectly satisfied by the television as we like to keep abreast of the news which was show via Sky. We watched nothing else and so do not know what might be available on other channels. The beds were comfortable but the pillows rather hard and unremitting.
Remember, Greece is two hours ahead but relax in the knowledge that breakfast is served between 8 and 10 am, so no panic. Evening meals too were available from 7pm until 9.30pm.

The bar tariff, presented clearly on each table, was also subject to discount between early evening and 10.30pm. This was usually a half to a whole euro cheaper than at other times depending on the drink. Two or three of the cocktails were always 3.50€. A palatable pint of Greek lager called ‘Mythos’ was 3€ at full price, and a local lager, ‘Fix’ was 2.50€. British drinks were available at reasonable prices also. A standard glass of pleasant ‘kokino krasi’ (‘home-made’ red wine – sweet or dry) cost 2.50€. If you wanted to share a carafe, a half litre cost 6€ so good value. Generally, prices varied little from outside establishments. Barmen Michael, Kostas, Kristos etc. were all extremely efficient and prompt to serve or help as was the maturer Dinos who worked so hard and still managed to be affable and cheery as he took orders from table.

Food was served buffet-style. For breakfast, the standard meal available was ample if continental with two cereals, bread rolls, croissants, chocolate bread, butter and jams of different flavour. There were also boiled eggs, and slithers of ham and cheese. There was an efficient toaster and not long waiting involved. Orange or apple juice was of the sugary, made-up variety, probably from powdered essence. Water, an essential in a hot country, was not available unless via the bar, however, tea and coffee were. If all this did not suffice, as many have already said, an extra 2.50€ would, on requesting a ‘Full English’ of Maria, ever on duty at breakfast, be served to your table. Incidentally, sharing tables was never necessary. Michaelis (spelling?) too was ever available by those breakfasting and his English and gentility as a young man was flawless and we often had brief and interesting conversations.

At the evening meal, there was always a varied salad option with plenty of choice from the counter. There was a different soup every day and fish/beef/chicken/pork/lamb options served daily. The meats were beautifully tender, melting in your mouth and their flavour enhance by spices in Greek style. There were also cooked veg in the form of carrots and runner beans and boiled/backed/chipped potatoes. The kitchen deserves congratulations for consistent quality! There were never long queues for food and genial Dinos/ Kristos or Devon were always circulating, gathering up dishes, making pleasant conversation or delivering drinks to table.

The hotel entertainment managed by Spiros (?), I believe, took place in the bar/restaurant area between about 10.15 and continued with no break until about midnight. It was also possible to sit outside by the pool and avoid cigarette smoke inside, something smokers might be pleased about but, as non-smokers, pardoning the pun, it was an unpleasant drawback that smoking is still not discouraged in bars and restaurants it seems! Anyway, the performances varied from tribute acts (Abba – enjoyable and also quite amusing; Eddie Mercury reasonable, and Elvis, with all due respects, rather mediocre) to ‘Greek Night’ with an able and graceful traditional dance display from one man and two ladies in attractive Greek dress, including some belly dancing and a little participation in the way of dancing and plate-smashing! A good soul singer presented a Tamla Motown night and there was a Quiz night and a Bingo night. Regarding the latter, my wife bought 6 tickets for 5€ thinking there would be 3 Bingo calls but we had to use them all at once. However, for the second call, we bought just one more each and she called ‘house’, not having spotted that one of her numbers had not been called. Fortunately, the missing number came up next and she had not been disqualified and so she won 25€.

The hotel pool was very pleasant and clean and never overcrowded with plenty of sun loungers available. There are also a shower, and a Jacuzzi (just ask at the bar). I do feel that here and at the poolsides of all hotels in Sidhari, drinks should be in plastic or cardboard and should never be sold in glass containers as it is all too easy to knock them over and the ensuing dangers are obvious!

The Hotel Alkion’s situation in Sidhari is ideal being both central and in a peaceful situation. Sidhari is very much a British summer enclave and I have to admit, “the Strip”, a long, narrow street, full of bars, restaurants, shops and, anachronistically, a small Greek Orthodox church, does not appeal to me with touts constantly stopping you in an attempt to lure you into their premises, most of which had loud, brash music to shatter your eardrums! It was interesting to walk up and down this street two or three times and then avoid but…Good news!....The Alkion is 5-10 minutes away but in a totally different setting. Behind the hotel lie attractive wooded hills and ten minutes’ walk across a small bridge past the Three Little Pigs Bar, lies Peroulades, Sidhari’s original commune, with more pleasant bars and a more laid-back atmosphere. More importantly, after Sidhari’s long beach of fine, beige sand (beware of the hidden stones a few yards from the water’s edge!), one arrives at the impressive coastal beauty spot known as the ‘Canal d’Amour’ (French: The Channel of Love). I understand that in the 1960s dramatic erosion changes the legendary heart-shaped inlet and headland so that its form nowadays is quite different but nonetheless, still dramatic. On the headland of the last creek of this yellow sandstone formation, an impressive cave may be swum through from one side to the other provided the sea is calm. This is a magical experience.

Another invaluable advantage to the Hotel Alkion’s position is that opposite the beginning of the cul-de-sac leading to the hotel entrance lies the Alpha Kappa (AK) Travel Agency, run by English girl Kelly and her Greek husband, Anastasious, who together operate moderately priced excursions which we now know, having taken up six of them, proved to be fantastic and fascinating experiences at reasonable prices. These made us feel, coming away from Corfu, that we really knew and loved the island, our first experience of Greece and convinced us that we had found ourselves in one of the best and most suitable hotels in Sidhari, the Hotel Alkion.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank tangoelowann
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Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

Me and my partner have just got back from the alkion hotel - and it was amazing. It was clean, really clean. Friendly, all the staff were happy and all the visitors were happy - we made lots of new friends. The staff had so much energy and were 100% determined to give you a great holiday. All the staff spoke great English and made you feel apart of there family. The food was good for what you pay for and there's plenty of it. We paid for aircon and a fridge but they really weren't expensive, and tbh we could of got away with not having aircon (I was cool for June). We had free entertainment EVERY night - and only missed out by one number on bingo night for the €750 jackpot. What made it for me was how safe we felt there, we knew that we were in a great hotel due to the amount of loyal customers that had returned each year. Would 100% promote this hotel to anyone in every circumstance. It has a great pool, decent sized play area and lots of added extras. Will definitly be returning next year.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Claire-bryony-2015
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Reviewed 20 June 2015

Stayed here for 7nights with a friend for her 50th birthday, hotel is lovely, staff were fab, nothing was too much trouble, great location, very clean. Loved it so much, we've booked to go back next year, great holiday.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
5  Thank Kzia D
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