My partner and I returned last night from a lovely week at the Louis Grand.
I disagree with some of the comments about it becoming tired at the end of the season, and the fact it is remote!
The staff were friendly from the moment we got there; we arrived just before the evening meal was due to finish so the lady on reception asked if we wanted to eat before we checked in as we only had 20 minutes left to do so! I had some issues with my suitcase being broken on the flight in to Corfu, but all the staff were very helpful with this. (And Toni the Thompson rep!!)
When we got up to our room, we also had a sandwich, fruit and slice of cake waiting for us, presumably because we weren't expected to make it in time for the evening meal!
We got out and about a lot during the week, the free bus into Corfu town is lovely, though you only get around 3 hours that is just the perfect time we found. We also went on a few walks, and some of the Thompson excursions, so you can get out and about, you aren't stuck in the resort as some people suggest!
We found all the areas of the hotel to be lovely! So clean and tidy! Nothing old and worn as suggested. We regularly saw cleaners and maintenance men tidying up after people, both in the hotel and the beach areas.
Our room was lovely, we were on the 4th floor with a lovely view of the central courtyard and a view of the sea if you looked over the rest of the hotel. We enjoyed the free wine and by the end of the week had more free water than we knew what to do with - If you finish your water though, you can fill it up again at the bar outside!
The restaurant service is lovely. It wasn't a free for all, we were seated by a manager who let us choose our preference, though sometimes people were rudely walking straight past him when he tried to seat people. We preferred to eat inside as the wasps and flies were a problem, the hotel seem to have some sort of fans to keep them off the food, but nothing you can really do about them outside buzzing round you!
We are very picky with the food though, we did think that the food didn't seem to match the theme of the night sometimes, and we (and several other British people!) reguarly ate from the "kinder buffet", can't beat Chicken bites and chips!
In an evening we spent most nights outside sat watching the sunsets over the sea. We sat in the bar one night but got surrounded by smokers, to the point where we couldn't actually get out from our seat because they had moved that many chairs around us. A smoking area would be appreciated for those of us who don't smoke!
Overall we had a lovely holiday and would not hesitate to go back at all!More
nattienat1991, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Relaxing break after a hectic cruise
We arrived at the Louis Grand Hotel after our Thomson Cruise. Our cruise was lovely but we did 5 excursions so we were looking forward to some quiet time.
Our first impression as we entered the reception area was disappointing, there was no wow factor, but don't let that put you off. The reception staff were helpful, informative and efficient and we were soon on our way to our room. We had hoped as all people do for a sea view but we ended up at the back which was not really a problem as you we don't spend much time in our room. The room itself was large, airy and probably recently renovated, the bed was comfortable, there was tea and coffee making facilities, a free bottle of water (new one every day) and a complementary bottle of red wine which we thought was a nice touch.
The hotel and grounds in general were good but could be improved on here and there, I am guessing that sun and weather conditions takes its toll. The pool was large, very clean and lovely to swim in and the sea and golden sandy beach was a stones throw away, the sea was warmer than the pool but guessing it may be cooler earlier in the year. Spectacular views and beautiful sunsets.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel restaurant and lunch and snacks in the covered outside area. What can I say about the food? Well is was lovely, so much choice and extremely good quality. Something different everyday, I cannot see anyone not being able to find something they like. At times it could have been a little warmer but it was never cold. You could even have champagne with your breakfast which we found one day in the corner of the restaurant. There is always different chefs around cooking something fresh, again good quality. Fried eggs freshly cooked along with omelettes and all the usual breakfast dishes. The waiters come to ask what you would like to drink then you are free to browse and make your choice. You can sit inside or on the balcony, there is also a central courtyard, of course if you go at the busy times don't expect to sit outside! They have a useful poster telling you the busy / quiet times.
The entertainment is a bit hit and miss, probably on par with most all inclusive hotels we have been to. The entertainment team worked hard during the day trying to get holiday makers to join in with water polo, volleyball, darts etc etc. you could use the gym if you wanted to! They were always friendly and we noticed they ate in the restaurant and joined different holidaymakers.
The Thomson rep gave all the information needed and we had several letters put in our room for our information, there was a welcome and goodbye meeting so we were kept fully informed.
The bar staff were ok, they were not over friendly but always polite, we didn't have to wait long to be served and the drinks were of a good quality, lovely wine especially.
We did one excursion, a boat trip up the east side of the island with 2 swim stops and a stop in a small fishing village for an hour. It was a lovely day and we were treated well.
There is wifi but you need to pay, having said that We paid for 90 minutes which las test me all week just to check emails etc, the wifi worked well in our room. There is also computers in reception you can pay to use.
All in all we had a lovely break and would go back again. Thank you to the hard working staff who made it such a relaxing break.More
jhuman700, Cambridgeshire, England
10 Nights - Had a great holiday
Just returned from a 10 night stay at this hotel. 1st impression's when we pulled up on the coach was not great. Don't think the hotel has any wow factor on appearance, reception area very plain.
Our room was on 4th Floor looking straight out to sea, was great to see the weather coming in and front row seats for the amazing thunder & lighting storm we had on the last Saturday we were there.
Room was great, clean and recently upgraded. We thought the food was very good, ate in the Asian restaurant one evening and again was very nice. Drinks and service all round was great. The Bar area near the main dinning area was comfortable. Felt that they could have put some entertainment on there of a evening, someone playing the piano or guitar as not everyone went down to the main evening entertainment. Balcony / terrace attached to bar was nice but didn't enjoy having to be amongst the smokers which generally put us of sitting out there.
The pool area great and always got a sun lounger and could find some shade.
We are keen experienced walkers and found some great walks around as the Corfu Trail does pass through Glyfada. We walked to Pelekas a couple of times and then also the other way to the next cove, but you do have to tackle the 5 or so hair pin bends to get up to the main lane. We also caught the local bus into Corfu Town and you are able to get around other parts of the Island from the main bus station. So the hotel is not as remote as some other reviews have said, just depends on how adventurous you are.
Overall we really did enjoy our time at this hotel, the Animation team were very good and worked hard, for me the evening entertainment was ok but have had and seen a lot better.
Toni the Thomson rep was very good and happy to help were ever she could.More
Louise010611, Watford, United Kingdom
itl Louis grand hotel gylfada Corfu
Arrived for a 3 day stay after a cruise very impressed with rooms very spacious .they were spotless staff of all levels were very helpful and pleasant. Food was great with plenty of choice.The only downfall was it was very isolated the courtesy bus to Corfu town only ran twice on a Saturday with a return bus no buses on Sunday we had the4 hours in Corfu town which was not enough time to explore the town .It is an ideal spot for a relaxing holiday .We were giving a upgrade of one of the rooms with walk in pool from the room .Great ending to our holiday.recommend this hotel 1st class .Thank u all at the Louis Grand for the perfect stayMore
Corfu late break
Hotel rooms and public areas are elegant and clean.
Hotel staff are friendly and helpful. Our room was cleaned to a high standard everyday.
The restaurant was OK and it is nice to eat on the balcony if you can find a free table. We did not like the practice of not being seated by a waiter but having to find a free table yourself and then having to lay claim to it while you had to go and serve yourself to dinner. It would be much better in our opinion if you were served at dinner like in a normal restaurant instead of having to find a table and serve yourself. It put me in mind of being back at school or in the military. Breakfast and lunch would be ok but dinner should be special.
The food we would award 6 out of 10. However Greek cooking is different from ours so it must be difficult to cater for the British. We tried the Asian restaurant but the food was not good. Not just our opinion others felt the same.
The free drinks that are included are the local variety and you have to pay extra for the better named brands. As usual.
The evening entertainment was not up to much. The highlight of the weeks shows was the performing dog. Need I say more.
The pool area and gardens are pretty good with trees around so you can lay in the shade if it gets too hot. Just as long as some Numpty hasn't claimed the lounger with their towel and buggered off. Why do they do that. If no one did that there would be plenty of loungers to go round. Don't get me started.
The pool is a little bit on the cold side. Nice beach. long stretch of sand.
All in all the hotel and staff were excellent the only thing that spoils it a bit is some of the other guests. The Thomson rep Toni was brilliant. Genuinely friendly.
Glyfada is very isolated and great if all you want to do is relax but if you want to go to bars and taverna's in the evening you need to take a taxi.More
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