Corsica is beautiful, the only thing you should know is: Corsican like to be among themselves. The friendliness of the staff at this hotel is outstanding. Compliments. I can suggest this hotel to everybody.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
The hotel is located 10 minutes from the center of the small village of Saint Florent with dining and shopping facilities. The hotel provides some free bikes to use, with which you can get to a nice beach in a couple of minutes (which would be 30 minutes by walk). The room was very simple and modestly decorated. Overall, it has a good value for money in Corsican terms.
A small hotel on the outskirts of this small town in South Corsica. We stayed for a couple of nights. The reception staff spoke English and were very friendly and helpful. Facilities at the hotel were rather limited compared to some other 3-star hotels in the vicinity - no full dining facilities (although breakfast was available), and no pool or bar although these facilities were not much missed as there are many restaurants/bars within walking distance in the Saint Florent centre and marina. The rooms are clean and seemed recently renovated. Beds were very comfortable, and the rooms were larger than average, some had terraces with partial sea views. One downside was the bath shower which when used, even carefully, resulted in a very wet bathroom floor! This could be avoided by taking a bath but was rather inconvenient. Overall around average for a French 3-star hotel.
A lovely hotel, beautifully decorated, air-con that works even in September.
Only a 3-star rating but worth every one.
Resort itself nice and compact though some steep climbs from centre to hotel so may not suit anyone with walking difficulties
Town centre lively but laid back, with shops, bars and more restaurants than you will need at fairly reasonable prices.
We have just returned from a week in this hotel, which we found overall to be good value and in an excellent position for access to the whole of the north of the island.
Generally, hotels in Corsica seem to us to be very expensive, on a par with Taormina in Sicily for example. St. Florent is a delightful town with great character, including a town square where the men play boules in the evening and many bikers congregate. The hotel is at the top of the short hill on the main road out of the town going towards Cap Corse and Bastia, so the road is very busy in the daytime and there is considerable noise. However, it does quieten right down at night, so you can have the window open. Otherwise there is air-conditioning, but it’s quite noisy.
The bed was very comfortable and no complaints about the cleanliness of the room and bathroom. There was a proper bath as well. Towels were white and fluffy and changed every day, however the basic toiletries were not replaced, so take your own. The toilet paper comes in a roll, which doesn’t have a centre, so you have to impale it on a spike type holder! The tissue box in the bathroom was empty and no tissues were provided. There was no bidet.
The balcony was very small, just about room for a chair, but the view towards the port was lovely. There is no swimming pool, but guests are allowed to use the pool of the hotel opposite (Bellevue) and their bar as well, so that was not a problem.
The TV is very small and there were only programmes in French, no CNN or BBC World, but it didn’t bother us as we had not come to watch TV! The staff were very polite, but they do not speak English at all. Fortunately I speak French, but if you don’t, bear this in mind. Corsican is very like Italian, so you would no doubt be understood in Italian.
There is no fridge or mini-bar and there are no proper glasses provided, only very flimsy plastic cups, which break straight away, so take your own plastic tumblers.
Also, there was no mirror apart from the small one in the bathroom, above the sink. It would have been nice to have one in the bedroom as well.
One word of warning, do not have breakfast at the hotel, as it costs €10 per person and is only (stale) bread, croissants, cornflakes, coffee and orange juice and natural yogurt. If you stroll down the road to the main square you can get “Petit Déjeuner Complet” at the café on the right with a green awning for €6 each and it includes fresh bread, croissants, jam in pots, orange juice and fresh fruit salad with coffee, tea or chocolate. For even better value, go to the Bar de L’Europe at the far end of the square and €6.70 you get all of that but larger portions and nice big cups of coffee!
Don’t expect luxury but for a good, clean base from which to explore, it does the job.
We spent a couple of nights in St-Florent, as our base for discovering the Cap Corse. We stayed at Hotel Santa-Maria: nothing fancy, but nice and clean.
The room was ok, and so was the bed.
We liked the location of the Santa-Maria: a short walk from the marina and its restaurants. But what did it for us is the "boulangerie" and the grocery store nearby: we'd wake up, get some fresh croissants, fruits, yogourt, and have breakfast on our room's balcony!