We have visited this hotel many times in recent years, but after a gap of two years we came back in August 2013.
It seemed to us like it has changed hands since the last visit and had much more of a “corporate/chain” feel to it this time. There was an arrival “briefing” on the terrace with a cocktail which was nice.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and they couldn’t do enough for you but it has become and bit sterile and formal rather than the homely feel of previous stays. The rooms are small as others have mentioned but to my mind this is not the kind of place your come to stay in your room very much, although granted you might expect better of 4 star accommodation. The bathroom in ours had recently been refurbished and was wonderful, the shower worked particularly well. The room was kept spotlessly clean and tidy, in fact all the public areas we visited were the same.
Our room smelt musty on arrival but once aired it was fine so I think it had just been unused for some time. There were also a lot of flies in it which we complained about but within minutes it had been sprayed and all evidence removed. The flies never came back so again I think this was just lack of occupancy.
When we left we had to vacate our room in the morning but were offered somewhere to shower and change before leaving in the late afternoon, which you don’t often get, at least not without paying for it.
The pool didn’t look as inviting as it should have done, whether that was due to lack of maintenance I don’t know, and the Jacuzzi tub had green water in it which looked very unappealing so we didn’t use it this time.
The main thing that warrants staying here is the fabulous restaurant. If anything this has got even better. Something that did catch us out was they insisted on men wearing long trousers. This seemed a bit of a joke really considering a lot of the dinners were wearing jeans and football shirts and yet my tailored shorts and buttoned shirt were considered inappropriate??? After assuring the manger I had not packed any long ones I was allowed to eat there every night without being made to feel uncomfortable and at the end of our stay the manager came to us and apologise for the “misunderstanding”. He couldn’t have been nicer about it. One word of warning, check the price of the wine recommended to accompany your meal. Sounds obvious but I just ordered it every night thinking local wine would be cheap. BIG mistake (but mine not theirs)!!!!!
Breakfast was a magnificent affair, loads of choices and really good quality food.
Corsica is expensive so you don’t get much for your buck here. I feel this hotel warrants its price for the excellent meals and standard of service, despite the small rooms.
I will be back soon without any doubt.
- 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 15-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