When I decided to go back to Ile Rousse, I had a more modest location in mind. The place I stayed before was full, and anywhere at a reasonable price was also "complet". We don't do trendy, but it had to be the L'Escale CS. It was dearer than we planned, and the place we had just stayed near Bastia was much cheaper and classier. But ... we loved it.
Our room was the one at the top. The lift does not normally go up there, so we had to get a lift key to work the access to the top floor. It was a mini-suite. It had a separate WC, a tiny but very nice balcony, one room and a bath. No bathroom, the bath was in the corner of the bedroom. That might sound crazy, but it was fine. The slope of the roof, and a change of level, made the bath look perfectly OK in the room. Plus, the bath was big enough for two (we tested that just to be sure).
So, we would not normally have taken such an expensive room, but it was the only one we could get four months in advance in the middle of a world recession. Ile Rousse is a chic place, and you have to pay to be in the centre. We had no problems with noise on the balcony, but at the top floor we were well up from the road. The cafes and restaurants in the street and in the square in IR were great.
Ile Rousse is a good place to travel to Calvi by train, and indeed Ajaccio for a really spectacular train trip. The bio gardens on the road to Bastia were well worth a visit. We parked the car opposite the railway station where there is a public car park - at busy times we parked down the town and brought the car up in the evening. The place does get very busy.
We did not visit the bar at L'Escale. Not our type of place. But the staff were friendly enough when we arrived and sorted out our room. We would normally avoid a chic town centre hotel, but this was really good and I would go back again - if I could afford it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the old town and at few metres only from the beach of fine sand, the hotel is determinedly contemporary. Its design with its pure lines, its intimate spaces, as well as the noble materials will seduce you. For your moments of relaxation or restauration, the Lounge Bar "Le Rendez Vous" and our restaurant "L'Escale" are opened every day of the week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- L'Escale Cote Sud Ile Rousse, Corsica