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U Paesolu
Hampshire
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Fab Holiday”
Reviewed July 14, 2008

I've just got back from a week in U Paesolu, Corsica and can honestly say we had a fantastic holiday.

Had a few hic-hups on the first day; we had a 'mini-villa' which we found to be basic and not exactly what we had been expecting (2* english standard) there was no air-con, so the first night we stormed up to reception about 2am having not been able to get to sleep, the staff there are so so friendly and honestly cannot do enough for you, so managed to find us a huge fan that they let us keep for the week so we could sleep comfortably! All reception staff could speak english, 1 or 2 fluently.

Another mistake on the first day was to go to the wrong end of the beach. Reception tells you that you can get to the beach either by road or through the U Paesolu site, do not go through the site!!! That end of the beach is dirty, crowded by locals making you feel most unwelcome and generally not very pleasant. We had come to Corsica to find silky sands and turqouise waters and got a shock. Luckily we went exploring the next day and found the other end which is a beautiful, quite small beach around the corner with beautiful shallow waters streching far out into the ocean. We went in the middle of July so it was always busy but that didn't curb its beauty. You get to this beach by walking right out of reception down the road and into Pinarello, walk past the bars and restaurants to the car-park at the end and you get to the best part of the beach.

Make sure you go snorkelling the water is too fabulous to miss!

There were many lively, busy restaurants along the beach front where we enjoyed many fab evenings. Staff were friendly and could speak english to help us with the menus, always busy and had a lovely atmosphere. Quite pricey but you could get a pizza or pasta dish for about 10 euros if you're on a budget (I recommend the St. Pierre dish with carot and ginger sauce about 20 euros). The cocktail bar is great fun getting busy around 11pm when the locals get off work, great music, great cocktails, a great way to end the night after a lovely meal.
I wouldn't recommend eating in the restaurant at U Paesolu as it was always dead and very pricey for quite basic meals, although the risotto was nice! It is a very short walk into the little town of Pinarello, perhaps ten minutes, but it goes quick as you walk past the mountains and up towards a spectacular view of the harbour.

There is also a little Pizzeria on the way to Pinarello where we had a good evening as there was live music playing one night.

The little shop on the way to the beach and restaurants kept us going, again quite expensive but sold the necessities, otherwise there is a shuttle bus to Sainte Lucie at 9.30am on monday mornings which takes you to a Spar supermarket.

There isn't much to do in Pinarello during the day except sunbathe, which is fine considering how lush the beach is! However would definitely recommend the excursions, we went on one to Bonafacio which was a great day out in the middle of the week that gave us a break from sunbathing, we had lunch in the gorgeous harbour looking out over the huge boats! Then we had a boat trip around the coves, Bonafacio is quite spectacular. We also did the excursion to Porto Vechio on friday night which was again, a fabulous evening out. Both excursions allowed us to see the island without a car, however there are so many gorgeous beaches nearby that you need a car to get to so would recommend it.

Over-all we had a fabulous holiday, the place is perfect for sunbathing and enjoying long warm evenings having fun and relaxing, if we went back I think we would perhaps stay in 'Le Pinarello' down in Pinarello, U Paesolu accomodation was not great but the cheapest we could find (we were on a bit of a budget being students). Corsica itself is beautiful and is a gem unfound by British tourists, there were very few when we were there, I would recommend Pinarello to anyone wanting a lovely, enjoyable holiday.

PS. Make sure you take mosquito repellent, we got eaten alive the first night!

  • Liked — Had washing machine, firdge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Disliked — No air-con, no clean towels all week
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chester, UK
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed for a week at the Residence U Paesolu in June 2008. We had been looking for somewhere to stay in Corsica that was reasonably priced, and the U Paesolu fitted the bill. We were staying in a Studio apartment, it was very spacious, with the a large open plan sleeping/eating area, good sized kitchen and bathroom. We were on the ground floor and had a terrace area, which had a lovely view over the bay of Pinarello. We had a few niggles about the studio, these being that it was not cleaned for the whole time we where there, you don't get fresh towels (although we asked for some and got them free of charge). One evening we decided to eat in, as we were late back, however when we tried to use the oven it didn't work, we rang reception but it had closed, so we were left to munch on crisps! The staff at the U Paesolu were very helpful, and most spoke fairly good English, there was free internet in the reception area.

The location of U Paesolu is about a 10-15 min walk to the resort of Pinarello (and the beach), there were some lovely restaurants on the beachfront, and a few bars, if you want somewhere lively Pinarello is not the place for you! But if you're looking for a laid back, relaxing resort you'll really like it.

I would highly recommend hiring a car, my boyfriend & I made the mistake of hiring a car while out there, we were on a package deal, and the prices the Rep was quoting were much more expensive, than if you do it in advance of your visit. I must admit we would have been a bit bored if we hadn't hired a car, as there's not a whole lot to do around Pinarello, unless you like to sunbathe all day, every day. I would definately recommend visiting the Bavella Mountains, Porto Vecchio (short drive away) and Bonifacio. There are some amazing beaches as well, one of them being Santa Giulia.

I would recommend the U Paesolu, it's a great base to explore the south of Corsica, which is a very beautiful island.

  • Liked — Spacious Studio, helpful staff
  • Disliked — That the studio wasn't cleaned the whole time we where there
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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lauraloo72
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8 reviews
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Reviewed May 18, 2008

We stayed in a studio apartment and it was a basic but really nice appartment. Staff were helpful and impressed with my french!! The kitchen could do with a few more bits but there were plenty of clean towels and blankets and it was really clean. It was walking distance to the centre but there were only a few bars and you really needed a car to get around. We had poor weather so a car was a God send. A fantastic holiday we will return to Corsica!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Bolton, UK
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2008

Had a wonderful time with out 2 children (2 and 3 months) staff really friendly and helpful could not do enough for us, really pretty place, apartment studio was comfortable with all utensils in kitchen and separate bed and cot for the children and lovely little patio to sit our overlooking the pool and we bought a cheap barbeque to use on it whilst there which was fantastic. Corsica itself is amazing, we are going back in June 08 to a different apartment but would come back to this one, Only gripe was only maid service once a week only. Food at restaurant good too. You need a car and best to book before you go and pick up at airport which we didn't and have learned for when we next go - everything too far apart and no public transport and lots of hills. Beaches amazing and food too so need to get out and about to experience.

Pool lovely but we found not great for children as very quiet and we felt a bit noisy (although we're not) so we used to go to the beach instead.

  • Liked — The quietness
  • Disliked — maid only once a week
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Thank DebsnMark1967
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bristol
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2007

Had a two week stay with wife & young child in a villa confort. There are pluses and minuses:
Pluses:
Great Location, Pinarellu is a lovely village and rooms are within easy reach of many of many of the great beaches.
Quiet Location & private
Decent fixed BBQ
Nice hotel pools (but not that close to our villa)
Service from hotel seemed pretty good
Minuses:
Level of Furnishing in the apartment was poor and pretty basic (at least by UK standards), e.g. poor cooking facilities, v basic TV, plastic chairs & sofa
Not really within walking distance of a beach so a car is pretty essential.
No view
While Pinarellu is lovely, the restaurants in the village don't need to try especially hard to satisfy and it shows
Misc:
Trip up into the mountains is worthwhile but not a short or easy trip (esp with a 2yr old!)
Some lovely river bathing pools ~30 min away up towards Conca
Main road into Porto Vecchio gets V busy - there is a back road to the supermarkets which is worth finding.
Beaches at San Cyprien & Cala Rosa are good local altenatives to Pinarellu. Sanata Guilia south of Porto V is really lovely bust busier
In summary not at all bad but wouldn't rush back to this particular hotel (although it may not be that easy to find a reasonably priced alternative)

  • Liked — Space & Privacy
  • Disliked — Basic Furnishing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank philm1
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London, England
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2007

We had a great week at U Paesolu staying in a self-catering apartment. They seem to have everything from hotel rooms, to apartments, holiday homes and luxury villas in this complex but its well done and we found it a nice relaxing place with friendly staff. We got a really cheap deal online with Thomson which helped too! Some of the other apartments we saw did look less impressive, looking out onto an internal courtyard for example, but ours was spacious, well equipped, clean and had stunning sea views. We were on first-floor level and had a balcony, most of the apartments seemed to be on the ground floor with a little terrace area. Theres a nice pool area and restaurant and a beautiful beach is a 15 minute walk down the hill through the pine trees. The area's quite quiet and would probably be well suited for families with young kids, we are a young couple but as we were looking for a chilled-out week away it was perfect. Theres a few restaurant bars on the beach down the road from the hotel which seemed nice, although we mostly used our kitchen and ate looking at our view! We hired a car and found it was a good location for exploring the area, driving along the coast to find nice beaches or exploring up in the mountains. We thought Corsica was a beautiful place and were really impressed with U Paesolu, it made for a great week away.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank pipchin
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Cheshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2007

We spent a wonderful week in one of the villas at the 'Residence'. The facilities, grounds and location near the beach and the village made this an excellent holiday experience for the 5 in our family group (Grand parents, parents and infant). The villa had superb accommodation with a large lounge and patio with BBQ, good air con in the bedrooms and a most complete kitchen. The real treat was having our own private pool and sun loungers etc. We also used the restaurant and pool of the hotel and the excellent restaurants in the village. The place was good value for money and the staff very friendly and helpful. We intend to return!

  • Liked — Facilities
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Property: U Paesolu
Address: Pinarello, 20144 Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio, Zonza, Corsica, France
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Location: France > Corsica > Corse-du-Sud > Zonza > Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — U Paesolu 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Residence U PAESOLU is situated on the oriental coast of Corsica, at approximately 18 Km at the north of PORTO VECCHIO, at PINARELLO (or PINAREDDU), a small typical marine village, next to a beautifull and famous sand beach. SAINTE LUCIE DE PORTO VECCHIO, is at 3 Km and FIGARI's airport at 30 Km, from the hotel. For all these reasons, this place, which spreads out on 13 hectares, is a privileged holiday resort. The exceptional choice of rentals (hotel, studios, mini villas, villas grand standing with private swimming pool, haut standing with sauna, warmed swimming pool and jacuzzi), with restaurant, caterer service, tennis, make this complex the place to be for your holidays. All rentals are air-conditioned and equiped with free WiFi. The top of the property offers an exceptionnal sea view on the gulf of Pinarello, and the domain is really quiet and pleasant. U PAESOLU will offer you services of a Professional, to listen to you, for good holidays. ... more   less 
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