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A visit to Gallipoli’s picturesque old town is a key ingredient to any trip to Salento and Relais Corte Palmieri is a great place to stay. Tucked away in the medina-like maze, the hotel is surprisingly quiet despite being just a few minutes' walk from the island's shops and restaurants.
Housed in a building that dates back to 1700, this historic boutique hotel is charmingly higgledy-piggledy, boasting tucked away terraces with gorgeous bougainvillea covered walls and romantic candles at night.
It's worth noting that there is no lift and a fair few stairs, but staff will help with luggage and the service is charming and professional – the attentive staff focused on ensuring you have a great stay. The hotel is open seasonally from around mid-April to mid-October each year.
A good breakfast is served up on the roof in fair weather and is included in most room rates (see detail below).
There is no restaurant on site but plenty of great options nearby which the lovely staff will be happy to point you in the direction of.
The 21 rooms are far from uniform – each tucked away in their own little nook and boasting plenty of attractive original features. The décor is simple and rustic – no great shakes on the design front – but rooms are spotlessly clean and beds are big and comfy. It's worth noting that some rooms are split over two levels.
Prices here are reasonable, particularly outside of the peak summer months, so we’d recommend plumping for a Deluxe room and requesting a terrace, if you can stretch.
The hotel is set in the heart of the Old Town, meaning that the island is easily navigatable on foot with plenty of lovely restaurants and shops. There is a small town beach a 5-minute walk from the hotel or some lovely options a short drive along the coast both north and south.
There are bikes available for hire and the hotel also owns a private yacht that can be chartered.