Corfu Palace Hotel, Corfu Town, Corfu $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Maybe it's all the kids playing in the large saltwater swimming pool, or the cheery gardens filled with banana trees, climbing hibiscus vines, and hummingbirds, but it's hard to believe this property was once a cemetery. (No worries—the bones are interred elsewhere these days.) The hotel itself is unlikely to win any design awards; it's one of the least historic around, with a blocky building (half of it dates from 1958, the other half from 1968). The 112 air-conditioned rooms—with utilitarian furniture, flowery-print bedspreads, and matching drapes—are similarly unremarkable, although a refurb is planned this winter. Many of the accommodations have balconies with views of Corfu Town and Neo Frourio, a 16th-century fortress. A few also look over the Bay of Garitsa, which offers the opportunity to play "Guess Whose Yacht?" (When in doubt, guess the Sultan of Brunei, a frequent visitor.) The hotel is set just 500 yards from the town center, but it takes some work to get there, including navigating up stone steps and—Frogger-like—across the street while dodging horse-drawn carriages.
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