We stayed here last week in May. We had a privilege room in the new annexe with a large balcony looking out across the smaller of the 2 swimming pools. It rained virtually non stop for the first 2 days and we both suffered from food poisoning on the 3rd day so when I say this was a fantastic place you get some idea of just how good it was. We've rarely found a place where it is so easy to just relax and do nothing. (Though there does seem to a be a lot you could do nearby, walking, diving etc and a visit to Basti is well worth while )
The hotel is right in the centre of the small village of Erbulanga and the main building is an (I think) C19th house which has had further rooms built on in nicely landscaped grounds. It is hard to remember that this is a 3* hotel because it feels much more like a 5*. Maybe this is what prompted some of the negative comment in some other reviews. The room was large, very clean, light airy and comfortable. A good buffet breakfast - cereals, croissants, Corsican ham and cheese is served on the terrace or in the conservatory (which can get a bit full) in bad weather. There is a tempting looking mini spa. Across the road and you are within a few metres of the harbour, and a stroll along the beach. The buildings are not poshed up and it is not really pretty pretty but the effect is serene and enchanting. The perfect place to stand and stare. There are a few shops and many restaurants, which should make up for the lack of a restaurant in the hotel. Unfortunately we found them all disappointing - maybe it was because we were off season, as a few get good reviews elsewhere but the food was standard tourist food in all we tried except for a magnificent pizza in the St Antoine just up the road from the hotel. Even Il Pirate a 1* foodie place was more style than substance.
But what really make this hotel is the staff - consistently helpful, friendly, pleasant and nothing seems to be too much trouble. When the internet went down due to a storm one offered me the loan of her i-phone to try the 3 G service. There is a reassuring feel of a well managed business, building confidence that things will run well.
To pick up on some of the negative comments here. I thought the pool area was very attractive, chairs and surrounding area cleaned daily and service available but not pushy. The newest annexe is near a school and you can hear children playing in their break periods, when you are on the balcony. You can also hear a church clock chiming - but the hotel is in the centre of a village its not a resort and we rather liked the happy voices. There was an intermittent slight drainy smell in the bathroom when it rained (we were rm 41 but this was easily rectified by closing the plug/trap on the sink for a few minutes.
There was just one negative - the bath was amazingly narrow - don't try it unless you are a size 10 or below
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Castel Brando is a charming boutique hotel located in the splendid Cap Corse area of Corsica and built in a 19th century patrician mansion. With the Mediterranean sea only 100 meters away, the hotel is nestled into the charming village of Erbalunga. At your disposal, private parking, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massages, tennis court, Internet point and free wifi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castel Brando Erbalunga
- Castel Brando Hotel Erbalunga