If you take a ferry from Livorno to Bastia you can spend your night on board because the ferry remains at port during the night and they offer this 'hotel' service.
It's convenient because you don't have to worry in the morning when to wake up to be ready before the departure.
N.B. This service is available only from Livorno. On the way back we wanted to do the same thing in Bastia but the ferry isn't there during the night.
And it doesn't cost much.
Before taking our ferry we spent a night in Bastia without any reservation but were lucky to found a place in this hotel situated near the port. Seems we were not the only travellers who slept there before taking their ferry. Price for double room in June - 70 EUR + 6EUR for parking (as there's no hope to find parking on the street).
The room was quite big but the bathroom was almost bigger, really :) So much space - haven't seen it before in any other hotel (well, only in Lithuania we have spacious hotels).
Room was air-conditioned, with additional (normal) pillows to change the French ones.
This hotel-restaurant (*** if I understood well) is located in Santa Manza, some kilometers in north east of Bonifacio (about 30 min) in a very calm place on the bay (and beaches) of Santa Manza.
Hotel recommended by Routard.
The room was little but very bright and welcoming with a little bathroom with all essential things.
We had 'half-board' (because that's the only option in this hotel) therefore the dinner and breakfast we had in the restaurant there. The food was delicious, service - intelligent and all was OK.
The price for room and half-board was 112 EUR (or something similar, don't remember now) at the end of june but if you try to calculate you will see that it's worth it because if you think to have a dinner outside it will cost you as minimum 50 EUR for 2 persons.
The owner is very friendly and helpful, likes to talk with guests while they have the dinner and creates the atmosphere of family (he speaks well Italian as well as French and English).
After visiting the zone of Porto we moved south and stayed for one day in Porticcio trying to evade the crowd in Ajaccio but at the same time staying near the capital because we wanted to visit The Sanguinaires Isles.
It doesn't cost much, 46 Eur for a room (breakfast not included) in medium season.
The room is very small and absolutely not welcoming with a little and very compact bathroom; no air conditioning, so it's too hot at night and when you open the window you hear the traffic as the hotel is on the busy street. The guy at the reception was always absent and the lady which served us breakfast seemed angry or tired of tourists.
After visiting north of Corsica we moved to the western coast and stayed in this lovely hotel in Porto. We stayed there for 2 days (friday and saturday) and were very satisfied with the stay.
First of all, it's in a good place, near the sea and outside your windows you see the Tour Genoise on splendid rocks which become red at the sunset, spectacular view.
The room (for 68 eur in medium season) is large, have a bathroom with bathtub and a room for WC separately, also air conditioning which is really essential in hot summer.
The breakfast is served in the terrace and is really delicious, not only milk and coffee, French bread and three kinds of croissants but also jams and juice of orange.
Strange smell in the corridors and in the bathroom, didn't figure out what was it. No elevator and difficult to find parking outside hotel.
Hotel-Restaurant-Bar, or better to say – some kind of motel with 11 rooms with separate entrances from outside. We got a quite spacious blue room with a terrace and a little bathroom with shower. No TV, no hairdryer, no fridge. The wooden furniture fits well the “country” style. In the terrace with a view over Les Agriates desert, mountain of Genova and the gulf of St.Florent there was a thing to hang up and dry the clothes, a plastic table and chairs.
One problem – the pillow is only the French one – a long roll for the entire width of bed and it was a little problem for our necks and heads as we were not used to that.
For the “petit dejeneur complet” we received a piece of baguette with some jam and butter and a croissant with coffee and milk by our choice. The breakfast was tasty and served in the terrace of the bar which is on the upper floor of the hotel but we felt we would have appreciated a more “complete” breakfast as soon we were hungry again. However the breakfasts there remained some of the best breakfasts we had in Corsica only because of the tranquility and the contact with nature.
For the dinner we had to go to St.Florent as the kitchen was closed.
The place is run by French couple – the lady understands English and Italian, but answers only in French. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Price of a room for night 50 EUR. The place was recommended by “La Guida Verde” as the economic one and we were really happy with this stay.
Attention: the beach and the sea are far away from this place as it’s in the mountains of the desert (even in the info about the hotel they write that it has a view at the sea) and it will take around 25 minutes to return to St.Florent and to go to the beach.
Pros: cheap price and breakfast included.
Cons: away from St.Florent and no sea.
This hotel was great. It's right in the quiet town of Zonza in the beautiful Col de Bavella. The town itself was really nice but we drove around to other towns and had the best time of our lives. We did have a problem with French (we know Spanish and Italian only!) but there was someone there who spoke clear English. Our only problem was that breakfast was not included although our website said that it was. We paid 32euros for four people to eat croissants and jam. It was still well worth it, though, because the staff was so accomodating during and the views were...unbelieveable.
A very nice traditional hotel that was extremely comfortable and welcoming. Also, very inexpensive. I think we paid 100euros for one night for four people to sleep. Be sure to say that four people are staying or they may only give you two beds and don't travel in a huge group- they only have two rooms that can accomodate four people.
There's no shortage of campgrounds on the island. Most of them are naturally on the coast, but even in some more remote areas inland you're never too far away from one. Most of them are only open from May to September, however, but the standard is generally high and prices are reasonable. A tent and two people will cost anything between 8-25 € depending on the location, facilities and season.
Here are some that i can recommend :
Calvi - Camping Le Castor : expensive, but central location and very clean facilities
Porto - Camping Porto : basic, but fantastic location
Pianatolli - Camping Le Domier : inexpensive, quiet, good sites
Corte - Camping O Sognu : cosy and inexpensive, very good restaurant
Hotel l'Onda is a recent addition to Calvi's extensive offering of hotels. It's located 50 meters from the beach and 10 minutes by foot from the center of town. The proprietress was very friendly.
We felt it was good value. We paid EUR 77 for a double with a balcony facing the beach. A double with an inferior view was EUR 64. The rooms are well-soundproofed which was important since the wind was howling and there is a construction site across the street.
Here is the view from Room 207 on a very windy day in mid-October.
No pool, but it's just 50 meters from Calvi's beach.
Hotel Lido is right on the beach, just west of Propriano. It's a 10-minute walk from the center of Propriano. The hotel dates from the 1930s but the owners have invested to bring it up to date, e.g. the bathrooms. The rooms are small but tastefully done. So what if it's not luxurious. As you can see in this photo, the restaurant is right on the beach. The view of the Golfe de Valinco was just lovely.
Location on the beach.
If you don't have a reservation and is looking for accommondation go talk with the local Tourism Information Office.
Both in Bonifacio and Corte they had listings of all the availible rooms in the nearby hotels and campings and called and booked the rooms for you.
Fancy a Really Cheap nights accommodation ???? Well here it is -- Mind you, you might have to share with a goat or two !!! But if you are feeling that bit adventurous then just take your sleeping bag and a Big Stick and away you go !! -- I Just hope that the Goats won't snore !!!!!
Set on a hill overlooking the valley of Corte,run by a friendly family, good food served with all the wine you can drink at a reasonable price.
choice of accommodation, private rooms, dormitory and camping
The best food I had in Corsica !!!!
Nice hotel overlooking the harbour with good rates and a nice little resreraunt on the ground floor, handy for train station and busses and on the airport side of the city
A French couple runs the place, which is really quiet. There are 4 double bungalows with kitchen (including oven), washing mashine, ironing board and iron. There's no pool but the beach is across the road and REALLY beautiful!
The beach across the road (see picture!)
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