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“Restaurant to be avoided”
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Hotel Le Belvedere
Ranked #18 of 42 Hotels in Porto-Vecchio
Europe
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
110 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Restaurant to be avoided”
Reviewed 7 September 2008

Avoid the restaurant.
This place used to be a discothèque some ten years ago, and it shows. Decor is therefore very, very "kitch". Location is stunning, right on the water, use mosquito repellent at dusk unless it’s windy. The “gastronomic” restaurant's cuisine is sadly pretentious. Mediterranean fish, which in our opinion should be simply grilled and served with olive oil, is here “killed” with complicated sauces and all sorts of condiments that don’ t belong. Replace the fish with bread or meat and you will taste the same. A big show is made with pre-and after-desserts but the desserts you pay for are nothing special. I beats us how this place got a Michelin star. Expensive. Count over 100 € per person without wine.

Stayed September 2008
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London
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2008

Delightful location, very quiet and overlooking Porto-Vecchio on the opposite side of a lagoon. The rooms are located in small, semi-detached bungalows set amidst the grounds. Very nice location to have dinner as well, right next to the water's edge, and food and wine good. Rooms are slightly dated and bathrooms very dated and small. Private beach area is nice to have but sand not good and it's all stoney as you eneter the water. However, there are some absolutely fantastic beaches nearby with the whitest sand I've seen in years. Brush up on your French as little English is spoken. Everywhere clean and tidy, and would recommend to those looking for a peaceful place to stay. Car hire is essential.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Bathrooms old and small
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2007

As unrepentant gourmets, we plan trips around fine restaurants. This one happens to be attached to a hotel. Porto Vecchio is one of the most popular destinations in Corsica, and for us foodies, it has three Michelin starred restaurants. All happen to be attached to hotels.

The Belvedere was the most modestly priced of the three. We were obsessive enough to drive by the other two, Casadelmar and Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa, which are more remote and seemed like closed compounds. All three are a distance from "downtown" Porto Vecchio. We were content with our choice.

Obtaining a reservation at Belvedere was somewhat of an exasperating experience for someone who plans ahead. We were prepared to make a reservation some 7 or 8 months ahead, but they weren't. Many of these hotels go into hibernation in the winter. Eventually, they realized we were serious, there new season rates were posted, and we were able to proceed.

The port area of Porto Vecchio was somewhat of a let down. Yes, there were some nice yachts, but the waterfront was rather bland, and certainly not as charming as many other small ports we have visited. The main town is about a mile away up a hill, a long series of intertwined streets on the spine of a hill. Again, not one of the most attractive places we have been, although the presence of a number of upscale shops suggests that it is a heavy tourist destination, particularly in the summer season. PArking was difficult in late Spring, and must be impossible in the summer.

Belvedere, and several other resort hotels are on the far South side of town, across the bay. Access is by a rather unkempt and winding narrow road, past a boat yard and horse riding stables and through the woods.

Parking is in a large lot across the road from the hotel grounds. It is a couple of hundred feet walk to the main office, which was only a problem because the path was dirt and muddy at the time we got there. It took us days to get all of the dirt out from the wheels in our luggage.

The accommodations are bungalow like structures which are adequate, but certainly not luxurious. With the door closed, it is a little claustrophobic. The door locks are fairly basic; ours looked like there had been an attempt to forcibly open it. We had difficulty with the key and even though we were in the country, I had some instinctive concerns about security.

The pool area and the restaurant are the reasons to come here. Superb cutting edge cuisine and a fine wine list with a lovely view across the bay were why we were there, and in that respect we were not disappointed.

Our stay was during the first few days the hotel was open (for their season). Perhaps they hadn't quite gotten there act together. Service was pleasant, but a little erratic outside of the dining room. The front desk staff were caring and willing to respond to requests for information on the area.

This might be a place to come and settle in for awhile. If pressed for time, we would choose Bonifacio over Porto Vecchio, but this is a nice place to while away the hours at poolside, or perhaps take a sailboat cruise on the bay. I would give them the benefit of the doubt when (and if) they were up to full speed.

  • Liked — View of the bay and elegant restaurant
  • Disliked — somewhat cramped and security concerns
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Le Belvedere
Address: route de Palombaggia, 20137, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France
Region: France > Corsica > Corse-du-Sud > Porto-Vecchio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Porto-Vecchio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Belvedere Hotel Porto Vecchio
Hotel Le Belvedere Corsica/Porto-Vecchio

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