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Hotel Scandola
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Piana
Certificate of Excellence
Etterbeek, Belgium
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14 reviews
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“Great hotel at a decent price”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

This hotel is located five minutes's walk from the centre of Piana village.

We stayed here only one night but this hotel made a very good impression.

The room was spacious, bright, pleasant, large and comfortable, with a terrace, big TV and free wi-fi on as many devices as you like.

The bathroom was good, though not huge, with a very refreshing powerful shower - just the thing after a day's hiking!

The breakfast was extremely good, among the best hotel breakfasts we've had in France. No cooked elements, but very nice cheeses, cold meats, fresh bread, jams, yoghurts, cereals, dried fruit and - a rarity in France - plentiful fresh fruit.

They also do a "picnic" (drink, sandwich and piece of fruit) for hikers at €9, which is recommended. The sandwich was hearty and delicious.

The proprietors were both friendly and helpful.

A special mention for the view from our bedroom, which was absolutely breathtaking. Really as nice a view as you could hope to get.

Room Tip: Try to get a sea view - spectacular.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Really nice hotel and fantastic view from the terrace. Amazingly rich breakfast for Europe, great breads, jam and honey.
The lady who greeted us was really nice and helpful with touring trips, but the gentleman at the breakfast and checkout was unpleasant to the point of being rude, so I can't really say it was great service.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

La Scandola is the perfect hotel to visit La Piana, and les Calanques which is the extraordinary national park nearby that is perfect for those who like hiking. Cap D'Orto is a must hike though it needs a certain level of fitness to be attempted. The hotel is run by a young couple, and Stefan was our warm host who was friendly and attentive and provided one of the best breakfast spreads that you can imagine. The hotel's greatest asset is the view from its rooms, and even the breakfast veranda, which is emblazoned onto our memories. Our room on one of the higher floors looks out onto the azure blue bay close on 1.5 km below and faces La Scandola national park that gives the hotel its name. That view is breathtaking in its beauty. Our room was modern, nicely decorated, air conditioned and therefore cool. It was very quiet at night, and sea air, hard hiking and a great bed provided a good nights sleep. Breakfast and a warm welcome the next morning sustained us through several hour of hikes each day. On our first night we tried the small traditional restaurant next door. The menu was generous, the hospitality warm, and we had great fun and good Corsican cooking. La Voute was also a perfect restaurant, and we ate there the following two nights, such was our experience on our first visit. Piana lies above (literally) Porto which is the main tourist centre given its position next to a popular beach, but there is no competition in our minds as to which location is better to stay in. Piana is the more picturesque, more authentic of the two, and it has better views and great restaurants. And for that stay, La Scandola is a terrific hotel, with its excellent rooms, breakfasts and views. We plan on returning as soon as we can.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

The hotelhas "only" two stars, but the view from the rooms deserves five... The rooms renovated and decorated in a nice way. The included breakfast was ok if you are used to german or american style, but was on the better side if you expect french breakfast. Fresh baked baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolats, fresh orange and other juices, cereals and a numer of really good jams and marmalades. For my fructose-intolerant friend they also had cheese, which was appreciated very much.
Unfortunately the restaurant was not working, so we had to find our own ones, where we were not 100% successful. But that has nothing to do with the hotel...
All in all a place where I defintiely will come back.

Room Tip: All rooms have a balcony on the street side with breathtaking views of the sea and the Calanches. Do...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

After a breath taking three hour or so drive through the mountains from Costa Verde on the eastern side of Corsica via route 84, we were greeted warmly by Celine, the owner along with her husband Stefan of Le Scandola where we stayed for four nights. I guess I do not understand enough about the French hotel rating system to only give Le Scandola 2 stars. I have stayed at four star hotels in France that were much inferior to Le Scandola. Celine showed us to our room, chambre 11, which was a nice sized freshly decorated and bright room with a terrace of an incredible view of les clanache. (These are fjiord type inlets for which this area is famous and for which it has been given a UNESCO National Heritage Citation.) The hotel is in a bend in the road as one is leaving Piana toward Ajaccio. While the hotel sits right on the road, we did not find our room noisy.

Celine and Stefan are the charming and hard working hands-on owners of the 12 room hotel. They could not have been nicer to us in suggesting beaches, hikes, restaurants and other aspects of the area.
While it is helpful if one knows un peu francais, their English is certainly adequate enough to get by.

At 105 euros a night, including an enchanced French breakfast with cereal, fresh fruit, youghurt, and of course French bread and coissants---all of which are served on a breath taking terrace or in the
balcony of your room---my wife and I thought this was an excellent value. (Note: Rooms are some what more in season.)

There only are 12 rooms in the hotel, and it would be wise to reserve in advance as they were sold out three of the four nights of our stay. If you have seen the movie, Queen to Play, part of it was filmed on the path in front of the hotel. (If you plan a visit, it is worth it to view the film.)

My only compliant is that I wish the breakfast/reading room was left open later in the evening to read or have coffee. Also, the terminal to take credit cards was "not working" during our entire stay even though every other place we went in Piana had no trouble with their terminal.

However, these are small items compared to the comfort, service and view one receives at Le Scandola. I might add, particularly for American travelers, this is a well run, clean, pleasant hotel. If you are looking for The Four Seasons or The Ritz Carlton, you may be disappointed. However, it you are looking for a comfortable well run place to stay in a spectacularly beautiful area, you can not do better.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Scandola
Address: 20115 Piana, Corsica, France
Location: France > Corsica > Corse-du-Sud > Piana
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Piana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Scandola 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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