This is a magnificent quality hotel right by the sea on the outskirts of Ajaccio which has an aura of real class and old world charm. From the moment you enter the door you are transported into a bygone age of peace and tranquillity. It was built around 1880 and is quite old fashioned but in a good way. For example you get proper sheets and blankets – no duvets in this establishment, although if you asked for one I suspect it would be supplied. Nothing is too much trouble for the charming staff. There is also free internet use and wifi.
The beds in our twin room, however, were quite narrow and short and I think a tall person could have difficulties. The rooms are very clean and beautifully furnished and some of the more expensive ones have lovely spacious terraces overlooking the blue waters of Golfe D’Ajaccio. The bathrooms are spacious and our room had a walk in shower but no bath. Very good quality towels are changed daily and bathrobes are provided. There is a good sized swimming pool surrounded by exotic plants and shrubs, and a hot tub. The private beach has sun umbrellas and lie out beds and is kept spotlessly clean. The water is turquoise blue and very inviting on a hot summers day.
All members of staff are charming and helpful. On the day of our departure we had to get an early morning flight and the hotel specially arranged for a full breakfast to be made available for us.
The chief drawback is there is no restaurant. There is a good fish restaurant next door but it has a fairly limited menu and sometimes you want to eat in the hotel. It does have some cold dishes available until eight in the evening but no hot meals. Breakfast is served outside in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea and is very good although I would prefer a little more choice. The hotel has its own small car park which can be a bit tricky entering and leaving.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for its charm and serenity. But for the fact it has no restaurant it would have got a top five star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Corsica's famous Route des Iles Sanguinaires, in the heart of the splendid Ajaccio Bay, the Hotel**** Les Mouettes is an enchanting 19th century seafront residence. The liveliness of the nearby city centre is left behind, making way for peace and serenity. The small white sand beach, the heated saltwater pool and the Jacuzzi are real havens of tranquillity. Its pine and palm-lined terrace offers an unrivalled panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the shores of the Ajaccio Bay. All of our rooms and suites are individually decorated and are cosily comfortable. At our Spa, you will enjoy expert beauty and relaxing treatments. Here, service is attentive, smiling and sincerely personalised. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Mouettes Hotel
- Les Mouettes Ajaccio
- Hotel Les Mouettes Ajaccio, Corsica