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Hotel Chez Charles
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lumio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Stayed for our honeymoon and were upgraded to a spacious room upon arrival. Amazing view of the bay and encircling mountains from the sit-out balcony. The bed was big and comfortable. Housekeeping was good, the rooms were clean. good quality toiletries. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Two things which bothered me were that the bath had a handheld shower only, and the air conditioning didnt work properly - which I found quite annoying. Fortunately, leaving the balcony door open brought down the temperature in the room sufficiently although it left us waking up to the sound of traffic.
The pool was lovely and has a sit out area as well which was very nice. There is also parking at the back of the hotel if the parking spaces outside are full.
Unfortunately, I expected a lot more from the Michelin starred restaurant. Ambiance, presentation and service was top notch. While my main was superb, my entree left a lot to be desired in terms of taste. Wine selection was good and dessert was fair.
The staff were very gracious and eager to please. When there was a problem with the hot water in the hotel [bank holiday and they couldn't find a workman to fix it], they offered us free breakfast the next day.
Would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We visited Corsica last year (2012) and stayed at the Chez Charles hotel it Lumio. Loved this place so much, the staff was great, the food was incredible and the room was a nice view onto the Calvi marina cost line. The only down side of this hotel was unfortunately, the bar in the hotel. It was always empty, no music and our waiter/bar person was cold and unfriendly, seeming like she wanted us to leave. We had one drink (15 euro for one drink) and drank it quickly to head back to our room. The advantage of staying here was definitely the pool and the restaurant, as well as Occi, the old ruins that used the be a small village. The path the see this wonderful place is right behind the hotel and this was a big selling point for us to stay at the hotel. We also had a bit of an issue with the transportation since we visited a lot of places along the cost, such as Calvi, Pigna (up in the mountains) and St Antonino. We didn't really have any choice but to pay for taxi rides wherever we went, but we did know of other ways to get around, such as biking (if you are the athletic type which we are not) or renting a car but I have had bad experiences with that as a traveler, especially because of the size of the roads in Corsica, they are very windy and narrow on cliff sides. But in all we loved the hotel and would go back.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Ten minutes from Calvi airport, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a free "honeymoon' upgrade to a 'Privilege' sea-facing room, Chez Charles ticks all the boxes.

Starting with the room, which is low-key attractive (wall-mounted TV, decent bathroom, high-end toiletries) and the view, which is full-on glorious. On the left, from the large balcony, snow-topped mountains behind the village of Lumio, across the still-green plain towards the Bay of Calvi and the sea. Very grateful for the upgrade, as the mountain side doesn't compare.

The service, from the owner Joseph Fondacci down, is quietly professional and comes, I think, from the standards set by the restaurant. We booked from the UK but were probably too buzzing from the wedding and flight to fully appreciate the €69 'Menu Fraicheur'. It's proper fine dining and goes up to €95 tasting menu.

The massive benefit staying where there's such a top-quality restaurant is that the breakfasts are spectacular. Don't be fooled by 'continental': this is home-made or locally sourced produce, served with elegance and attention. Yoghurt, fruit salad, cake, jams: all home made. Exquisite honey, great charcuterie and cheeses, delicious pastries, cakes and croissants: they even give you a cute timer to keep an eye on the boiled eggs you can lower into a 'bain' yourself! And truly great value at €19 as we happily skipped lunch twice.

We spent a long morning by the cool (and heated) overflow pool which, in high season, must be very popular. For us, in April, it felt like it was our own. There's a spa, too, which we didn't use.

In short, we couldn't have wished for classier, more welcoming start to our honeymoon. HIghly recommended.

Room Tip: Sea-facing definitely worth the premium.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent one week at the lovely Chez Charkes last July. The owner made us feel really welcome from the minute we stepped into the hotel. We stayed in a prestigious room ( you have to request walk-in shower if you want one) which was lovely and big with sea view and had a huge bathroom. The room was cleaned to a very high standard on a daily basis.

The breakfast was superb- we really enjoyed the homemade Yoghurts, the local jams and honey, the great selection of fruit, fresh breads and cakes.

The meal we had at the Michelin star restaurant was also a real treat!

I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a modern, relaxing hotel from where you can explore the Balagne region.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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4  Thank MissyLUk
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Hotel chez charles is a splendid hotel. Picturesque high in the mountains of Lumio. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the view of the surrounding corsican mountains and the ocean below is inspiring to anyone. Great service and a delicious breakfast not to mention a michelin star restaurant for a romantic dinner. Beautiful underground pool that is usually empty.
A taxi is needed for moving around if you have no intention of renting a car. Taxis are affordable, they go for about 30$ euro per trip. Do not miss the village of Occi which is accessible by foot from the hotel, also a day trip to Ile Rousse by train. The beach is sublime. Check out arinella beach and the restaurant Matahari. You will love Calvi and there are many good restaurants do not be shy to drink there wine, its fab. Check out the villages in the mountains called San Antonino and Pigna if you like quiet artistic and picturesque views.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mikeylang
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

just a short ride away from the local capital city Calvi.
newly renovated hotel, very modern, young staff, excellent restaurant (michelin rated!).
rooms verny nice although pretty small. wonderful view over the bay, especially in the evening with marvellous sunset!
nice but very small pool. it's possible to eat small dishes at the pool restaurant.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

A local restaurant (le Pain de Sucre) recommended this hotel to us, and it has been so pleasant we extended our stay in the Calvi area for another night. Our room (110 €) is smallish but clean and very modern, with a spectacular view of one of the most beatiful mountain-encircled bays in Corsica. The pool and high-speed wifi only add to the luxurious feeling of this establishment. We could hear cars on the road outside our window in the morning, but dont recall hearing anything that interrupted our sleep during the night. Overall, this hotel is probably the best value for the money that we have found in Europe, and we look forward to staying here during our next visit to Corsica, which couldn't come soon enough. Side note, breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Calvi was well worth the additional 16 € per person.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Address: Route de Calvi, 20260 Lumio, Calvi, Corsica, France
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Location: France > Corsica > Haute-Corse > Calvi > Lumio
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lumio
Price Range: $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Chez Charles 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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