“Small, quirky mountain hotel with cool design and fantastic views”
It’s not so much what you find in your room, but what you find outside it. The main design feature is a big square window, through which the mountains loom majestically. Your bed is positioned directly in front of it, thus affording rather good views. You get white walls to soak up the light, smart ceramic tiles underfoot, then a shower/bath behind a half-wall in each room; you can gaze out on the mountains while having a soak.
Other than that simplicity rules. You get a private loo, a small desk, storage space and built-in wardrobes. You’ll find a flat-screen TV, too, but you really don’t need it - the pictures in your window are much more entertaining with the light in the valley changing constantly. You also get WiFi, but if you're likely to use it, ask for a room above the router!
Of the 10 rooms upstairs, the 8 Standard rooms are quite small. Two rooms are bigger - those at each end, the Deluxes - but they’re not that much bigger and if you’re only here for a couple of nights, there’s no great need to chase the extra space. Having said that, they do have room for 2 small armchairs, and double-aspect windows bring in more light.
Breakfast (extra cost) is served in the restaurant or out on the terrace in good weather. You get croissants and rolls, homemade jams, fromage blanc and village apples. There’s orange juice and strong coffee, too. This is the perfect way to start a day.
At dinner you eat from a daily set menu. While the choice may be limited, it’s carefully crafted by the chef to make the most of the products on offer each season, giving you a taste of authentic Corsican food; specific diets can also be catered for if discussed in advance. We had a very tasty meal: chard cooked in filo pastry served hot with a spicy sauce; beef entrecôte with a gratin of vegetables; then an excellent tarte aux pommes with vanilla ice cream. The food is not only local, it’s frequently organic - much of what you eat comes from the hills around you, and if you potter about the village you can’t miss the apple trees sagging under the weight of their fruit.
Tasting platters (Corsican charcuterie, cheeses, local vegetables) are available on days when the hotel's restaurant is closed, and there are a few eateries in the village - staff can make recommendations and bookings. You’re also not far from Ajaccio, so drop down one night and discover its excellent restaurants. Try A Nepita (great Corsican food cooked by an English chef); Altru Versu (the freshest seafood) or Le Temps des Oliviers (delicious pizzas). Finally, Le Grand Café Napoleon is worth a visit for its period interiors and old-school food.
For other restaurant recommendations in Corsica, see our Destination Guide.