We arrived here after a torturous drive through the mountains, 2 hours of practically fighting the car. Upon parking at the hotel, I switched on my blackberry and it turned out I had received voicemail from the manager offering help with directions. Impressive! At check-in, the receptionist took our car keys and arranged for all our luggage to be ferried directly from the boot of our car to the room, no problems. The pool area was fantastic, and two welcome cocktails were served up for us totally gratis.
Our good mood turned when we got to the room, which was located in one of the various separate bungalows. It was damp, cramped and badly-designed. Worse, the place was crawling with insects, and ants, slugs and other weird bugs were able to enter and exit freely under the door ... in particular, at night! Hotel wifi simply did not reach the room. The door to the veranda was so close to the bed that it was almost impossible to open. The bed was clean but soft. Worst of all, the bathroom was upsettingly dirty; water pooled and, owing to the total lack of ventilation, did not evaporate at all (it was still very wet even in the evening, after morning house-keeping). This is unhygienic and would be unacceptable in a 2-star hotel, let alone the 4 stars which Eden Park claims to have.
The absurdities continued elsewhere - none of them are as serious as the above, but are worth mentioning. We play tennis, and one of the reasons we booked here was that it had a court on site. It turned out to be the worst I have ever seen; uncleaned, cratered, beaten-up and (most amazing of all) with gigantic weeds growing all over. This court would have been unacceptable in wartime Sarajevo. We made the best of it and had some fun games nonetheless.
The restaurant is a bizarre mismatch with the actual hotel, and you should consider it as effectively a separate business. (It has three Michelin “forks” – this means that it is a well-appointed dining room, for which you should dress relatively formally, but is not a judgment on the cuisine). I have to say however that the menu was absolutely impeccable, with a very memorable St Jacques and beetroot starter. In particular the detox options were healthy and just what we wanted.
We knew when we came to Corsica that the quality would probably be mixed. We found out that most places were good, and better than our expectations. Porto is in a spectacular part of the island, and our boat tours on the coasts of the Scandola nature reserve were amongst the highlights of our trip.
The employees of Eden Park are kind and very professional, and work extremely hard to make a good impression; but it’s a losing battle when the rooms are so badly below par. It must be possible to find a better hotel in Porto than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Eden Park Hotel, a place of tranquility and greenery located on the gulf of Porto, in the heart of the Scandola nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our Firm is organized like a lodge in the wild charm. Enjoy its thirty-five rooms and suites, swimming-pool, terrace, bar, on our two-hectare property. It also offers you an access to the nearest pebble beach, a 20-minute walk along a quiet river. Our team gives you a pleasant welcome and offers you ideal conditions to go back to your roots and enjoy the quietude of the place. During the season, from the sunrise to the sunset, you appreciate the area around the swimming pool where - as the hours go by - you can have breakfast and enjoy fresh drinks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Park Hotel
- Hotel Eden Park Corsica/Serriera