The hotel is located close to the western shore of Corfu, on the summit of Pelekas hill, with a panoramic view of the surrounding area and breath-taking sunrises and sunsets. Its unique location, rich history, and commitment to hospitality have attracted visitors for almost a century.
Of these visitors, probably the most famous were The Empress of Austria, popularly known as Sissi, as well as Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Before Sissi built Achillion Palace in 1890 on Corfu’s east coast, she had tried to buy the land on which the Levant Hotel now stands. In fact, at one point, she actually bought the deeds from a local land owner – but it turned out that the land hadn’t been his to sell!
After Sissi’s assassination in 1898, Achillion was sold to Kaiser Wilhelm. He, too, fell in love with the view of the sunset from the summit of Pelekas and, when in Corfu, was driven from Achillion every evening to sit and watch the sun sink into the sea. This location is now known as “Kaiser’s Throne”, the best panoramic views in Corfu.
Close to the hotel is the Church of Evagelistria, built in the 15th century. The church has been restored and is the scene of an annual festival on 25 March.