Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s tip: U Castellu Guest-rooms

Algajola, Corsica is a tiny coastal town with a permanent population of around 300 people.  It embodies perfectly the combination of wild, rugged, natural, beauty and European culture that defines the French island of Corsica.

Being such a tiny place, you won’t find many big hotels here, but there are a few lodging options, and the welcoming and design conscious U Castellu Guest-rooms is a dreamy place to stay if you ever get the chance.

Run by a friendly young woman named Maude, the boutique hotel is housed in the ancient stone walls of a Genoese fortress.

At first glance, the hotel could easily be overlooked.  Other than a clay pot of lavender on some steep steps leading up to a tiny door, there isn’t much to see from outside, but once past the threshold, you will find that Maude has thought of everything.

There are only 5 rooms in the cosy guesthouse, and each is expertly and simply decorated with clean, modern furniture, crisp white linens, sweet smelling French bath products, and fast free wifi.

The beautiful interiors of the small hotel  look like they have migrated off the pages of the design magazines scattered throughout.

A delectable breakfast is served each morning, with breads and patisserie fresh from a local bakery, cereals, cheeses, yogurt, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee made to order, and an egg poacher.

There is a lovely small balcony off the second story, where guests can take their breakfast, or just sit and enjoy the fantastic view.

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Rates vary from €90 – €130 ($113 – $165) a night and it is good to book in advance as there are so few rooms – especially in August when all of Corsica is fully booked.

The easiest way to get to Algjola is by train from Calvi.  The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs around €4.  Check the schedule to plan your trip.

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