The Cavalieri will not feature in your search of Corfu town hotels initially because it is not on the mainstream holiday agencies' lists. Good for you then the independent traveller!
If you really feel adventurous you can walk to the hotel from the airport, a journey of around 2km. We took a taxi at a cost of 8 euro, for a 10 minute journey, it was mid July and 35C.
The hotel is in a great position on the Spianada a tree lined area in front of the hotel leading to the coast and a band stand(!). It's 3 mins walk from the lovely town centre and the cricket pitch by the Liston, in whose arches you can sit and watch the world go by.
Yes the hotel is not a modern chain 'filing cabinet', where you could awake and wonder which city you are in. This is an individual place for the intrepid.
Get a corner room facing the Ionian sea and be rewarded, but specify this at the booking stage.
Some rooms are quirky and on two levels, Corfiot style. Quite dangerous if you jump out of bed disorientated. But these are minor things when you have the opportunity to go up in the tiny Parisian style lift to floor 6 and step out onto the open roof terrace.
You are greeted by a dry warm breeze and a sight to behold, All of Corfu town spread around you, and a super view over the Ionian. Come up early evening and enjoy a drink watching the clouds of screaming Alpine Swifts cutting arcs across the sky. Meals are basic up top, but that's not why you are here. Service was cheery and efficient, similar to reception who proved more than helpful when needed.
The Cavalieri is a great base for a long city break in a most underrated city. Get an official city guide as we did (check out Irini tourist guide) and really discover this wonderful place.
Then retire to the Cavalieri for a late rooftop tipple.
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- Also Known As:
- Corfu Cavalieri Hotel