BEST WESTERN Plus Santa Maria,  Ile-Rousse 

4.5/5  - based on 375 guest reviews.
Route du Port BP 107, 20220, Ile-rousse, France - See map
+33 495630505 +33 495603248



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Hotel advantages

  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
    Air conditioning
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Outdoor parking
    Outdoor parking
  • Outdoor pool
    Outdoor pool
  • Safe deposit box
    Safe deposit box
  • Pharmacy
  • Free high speed internet connection
    Free high speed internet connection
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The Best Western Plus® Santa Maria is ideally situated opposite the red islands of Ile Rousse, right on the water's edge, with direct access to its own private beach. We are the ideal place for a dream holiday, with comfort of a 3-Star hotel, offering terraces and rooms with a sea view. Best Western Plus® Santa Maria definitely has the best of both worlds with its beachside location and close access to the activities and amenities Ile Rousse has to offer. Our hotel provides an extensive breakfast buffet. All rooms are air-conditioned, with a balcony or patio and equipped to a good standard with satellite television, telephone, en-suite bathrooms (bath or shower), hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, and Wi-Fi access on garden/park car side on the ground floor, standard room on the first floor park car side or on the ground floor garden side, and many rooms are on sea side (ground floor or first and second floor). Enjoy your stay.

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BEST WESTERN Plus Santa Maria,Ile-Rousse
  • 5
    « Really great Hotel in an excellent location. »

    I stayed in the Santa Maria in late September, I was with a group of walkers and this hotel was used throughout the holiday as our base. Located between the small ferry port and the lovely old town, this hotel has it all i.e. very helpful staff, large comfortable rooms, private beach, swimming pool and jacuzzi plus good food. It was so good that many of the walkers have already booked for a relaxing holiday in 2017. Perfect for safe swimming in a lagoon area but using sandals is a must to avoid the sea urchins.

    « Eden in L'Ile Rousse »

    The hotel is ideally located on the shore, close to the ferry terminal and a 5 minute walk to the center of L'Ile Rousse. Parking is available free of charge but only few places. It is no problem to park in the adjacent street. Garden, swimming pool, jacuzzi and small pleasant private beach makes this hotel a small eden. Staff at the reception is highly welcoming and helpful. Our party had two rooms: one spacious room in the main building with a large balcony and its gorgeous sea view overlooking the Pietra island's lighthouse and one equally spacious room in a new wing opening directly onto the garden. Both rooms were spotless, comfortable, had modern fixtures, large beds, flat TV, free WiFi, bathrooms with all amenities. Towels, beach chairs available for the beach. Taken inside, in the veranda or in the terrace facing the sea, breakfast is excellent with lots of local products and eggs to the order combined with a good and attentive service. The bar is a lively place thanks to the barman's joyfulness.Overall service is faultless. In short, at the Santa Maria you will be as close to paradise as one can be in L'Ile Rousse.

    « Excellent Hotel, Modern, spotless and full of very pleasant staff. »

    We stayed here September 2016, there is parking behind the Hotel or in their secure car park. The reception staff were very friendly and spoke very good English. Our room overlooked the sea and small harbour, it was well equipped and modern. It contained everything you need, and beach towels are provided by the Hotel for the seaside or swimming pool. The bar is well stocked and measures are much larger than in the UK, each time we had a drink we were also given a large dish of nibbles. This is a lovely Hotel and a really great place for a relaxing break

    « Sunset at the bar »

    What a place! Sergio at the bar was the best man ever! We had a wonderful honeymoon and enjoyed the private beach. Book in when you can and enjoy the cocktail battle. Sunset is also something to dream about!

    « First Class Position »

    We thought the Santa Maria might be a bit expensive, but its position on the sea, and the lovely views were worth it. Good sized and well equipped swimming pool, helpful and friendly staff. We chose a room on the first floor, with roomy balcony and stunning views. Breakfast seemed a bit pricey at 15euros, but there are other places nearby. Overall, a wonderful place to stay.

    « Excellent »

    Overall, everything has been absolutely perfect. Buffet BKA perfect ( wide range of choice) View of the room very nice quality of bed perfect Very nice private beach and very quiet Good service perfect location Very nice decoration

    « Best hotel in northern/western corsica »

    Arriving after a long trip with the ferry in île-rousse, you only have to drive 300 meters from the port to the hotel. It has a private beach with several fishes, a nice and clean pool as well as modern rooms! If you would like to do some sport, just go the fitness room at the top of the hotel. In a 2 minutes walk, you reach the city centre of ile-rousse. 100 m away you can rent jet-skis, boats, kayaks... I highly recommend the hotel!!

    « We had a wonderful stay »

    Turned up without a booking in July, so room availability was quite low. First night we had a small room roadside but even then with the doors closed and the curtains drawn we slept well. It was smallish but clean and served it's purpose. The hotel itself is nicely located. The pool was lovely and clean and big enough to do little laps, my son loved it. The variety of lounge chairs around the pool were great. The water view jacuzzi was also a favourite with my son. The bar inside had a good variety of drinks and the barman was a lovely fella. The third night we moved into a suite which was lovely. Large clean, nice design, great bed! Really too much (and not cheap) as I generally only use rooms to sleep and shower. The walk into town is only a few minutes away, really convenient for dinners out, or just to stroll around town. Even if you want to go to the town beach which is certainly not the best beach around. The hotel has its own small beach, I have to say as a place to snorkel it was quite good, starfish and fish in good numbers and the most number of sea urchins I've seen in a long time. Free parking, WiFi available but rather slow. Breakfast was very good, large choice and good quality. I also found the staff quite helpful and friendly. A pleasant stay.

    « Great hotel in a fabulous location »

    just spent a week at this fabulous hotel. Pool area is great with lovely comfortable loungers. Rooms are great and ours had a sea view which was worth the extra charge. The bar is great and we were well looked after by Sergio every night, who made great cocktails and really looked after us during the week, with his local knowledge of beaches, bars and restaurants. They have their own private secluded beach which although quite small was great for snorkelling. All in all a fab hotel and a great location to match. Hopefully will return before too long.

    « Best Hotel »

    The hotel is beautiful like a resort. The room is new and luxurious with a backyard walking out to the ocean. The view is spectacular, especially during sunset. It even has a private beach. A short walk to downtown and the lighthouse and it's right next to the ferry. This is the best hotel and location.

  • 4
    « Thorougly modern, business-class hotel. »

    This hotel is a thoroughly modern, business-class hotel just outside the old town of Ile Rousse. As such, it feels like you would be in a business-class hotel just about anywhere, although the views of the water help dispel that feeling! Very nice breakfast as well.

    « Lovely location quiet,by sea »

    Ask for a room away from the road, its a beautiful location next to the sea surrounded by its garden, lovely views & 5 minutes walk to thecharming little town center. All very clean comfortable rooms, helpful staff, stylish decor. Breakfast is good lots of fruit & good bread. The downside is the evening meal: its not that good food can be luke warm, & I wonder how much is bought in . Also one of its beaches has dog mess & broken glass.

    « Raw and unnerving!! »

    We took a flight from Nice to Calvi. All we knew was that Calvi is about 25 odd kms from L'lle Rousse. We disembarked at about 4 pm. I think we were about 14 people who got off the plane. We were so busy admiring the snow clad mountains that when we came out to the Arrival Hall, we did not notice how unpopulated the whole area was. We walked to the taxi stand, the wind was howling, there were no taxis. And except 5 of us who stood in the queue, the whole place was devoid of people. I think us 5 were the only ones who had no family member picking us up. As we waited for the taxi it occurred to me that maybe we should go to the information desk and ask if we should call for a taxi. Anil did, came out looking as unperturbed as ever, saying taxi is coming. I said when? He said whenever!! So we waited for the whenever. One taxi came, the couple ahead of us in the queue piled in. Then silence for the next 20 minutes. I spoke to the single guy ahead of us.I asked him, when the next taxi comes, can we share? He said of course. The airport was deserted inside outside. The next taxi that came was driven by a woman and i asked her if she could drop the single guy first and then us. She said yes. Of course she charged the full fare from both of us !! It was a 40 minute drive, probably if one drives sensibly it takes an hour, but in Corsica, as we discovered later, everybody drove as if it was a race circuit!!! The hotel literally is perched on the tip of the mediterranean, it was like having a large infinity pool in our backyard. Nice cosy room, kingsize bed, lovely deck, spacious bathroom. Coffee maker, hair dryer, chaise longue in the deck. No kitchen, breakfast outsourced, you either had to go further from the hotel to the lands end for a ristorante (just two) or back to the quayside where you had plenty of choice in terms of the eating joints. What we found here was every ristorante offered the exact same menu. Not even variations on the theme. And vegetarian was restricted to a pizza which was overloaded with aubergine ( as a south indian, I simply can't wrap my head around bloody badnekai on my pizza, seriously adding insult to injury!!!), or a linguine with an overdose of overboiled mushroom. Seriously Europeans need a crash course from us Indians on how to get the best out of our veggies!!! Corsica we found, was almost like Goa, in india, where Anil and I live, in the sense that barring a handful of native Corsicans, most people use this as a vacation home. The weather is awesome, the natural beauty is somehow raw and untamed and there is a vibe of standoffishness that the city exudes. Breakfast was a huge spread and it was lovely sitting on the banks of the Mediterranean and chomping on bread. The hotel is small, self contained and staffed by young women, one of whom was also the owner's grand daughter. They were cheerful, helpful and unobtrusive. What's not to love here!!!

    « Worth staying but with one negative »

    This Hotel is in an excellent location away from the busy centre. The views from our room were very good. The staff was very friendly and the facilities were excellent. The one negative was, we were staying in room number 215 and the odour from the drainage system was very bad. My partner and I were there for three nights and for the first two days we left the Air Con on when we went out in the evening and when we returned at night the odour had decreased .We forgot to do this on the third evening and when we came back it was particularly bad. Hence we left the Air Con on during the night which resulted in the room being very cold. On checking out I gave a note in French to the lady in the reception explaining the issue, she did not make any comment and was basically not interested. We do not speak French, so we simply left it at that. We were at fault in the sense that we should have raised the issue and requested a change of room, but we presumed the situation was temporary and would resolve itself. I would not be reluctant to stay at this Hotel as it has many positive features, but just be aware that if you encounter a problem as we did, that you raise the issue promptly.

    « Homy Best Western hotel and possibly the best hotel in Ile Rousse »

    We were positively surprised about the location and the hotel itself when arrived on 24 Sept. 2015. The hotel is a small sized Best Western hotel, which made our stay pleasant and we felt very comfortable at once. Already from the entrance we had positive vibes - hotel had fresh and relatively new interior with interesting and modern art on the wall, it was well-maintained and location was superb (straight at the foot of the main interest Ile Rousse islet and close to the town's center). There was enough parking places for the hotel guests and the small courtyard swimming pool with different kind of sunbeds and parasols/umbrellas was a nice surprise although it was without a shower. The hotel had also its own small sandy beach, but watch out for the sea urchins. The hotel room was spacious, newly refurbished with fresh colors and with a sea-view terrace including comfortable chairs. The bed was the best during our 10-day trip at Corsica - also you had the chance to take an alternative pillow in use. Buffet breakfast was also the best compared with the other 3 hotels we stayed in serving also warm alternatives. On top of all the personnel was very polite and helpful. This hotel is the best of all Best Western hotels we have ever stayed in and their concept should be applied in all the others! What a pleasant stay we had. :-)

    « Great location, great breakfasts. »

    This was our second visit to the Santa Maria having had a wonderful experience there last year. On this occasion we had booked the same standard of sea-view room as before but the one we were given was the last of the unrefurbished rooms which was a disappointment. During the night, rather unpleasant smells wafted though the ventilators but a complaint to the gardien de nuit resulted in an immediate transfer in the morning to a refurbished room with stunning views across the port to Cap Corse and with the most invigorating walk in shower. The remainder of the stay and the short stop over at the end of our holiday before catching the ferry were perfect. The staff could not have been more helpful, the breakfasts were gargantuan with top quality produce and lots of variety and the hotel's location between the port and the town is so convenient. We shall be back again next when all the rooms will have been refurbished and our initial bad experience just a fading memory

    « Spent two weeks in this hotel one of the best holidays we have had »

    Room was slightly bigger than normal with a huge bed. Staff were great very helpful and the location was superb, a nice stroll into the town and a lovely town it was, good beaches lots of restaurants (could be a little expensive) Would definately go there again

    « Nice seaview »

    Good location: quiet but you have a superb seaview around the hotel an a small private beach an even a nice outdoor pool in the hotel.friendly and helpful staff.tasty breakfast with a lot of choice.comfortable bed, terrace.walking distance to the city centre: about 10 really feel relaxed an can enjoy the sea and the beautiful views and sunsets.

    « Nautical ... And nice »

    The hotels has been redone recently and it really shows. The floors, the bathroom and decor were pristine. The bed is really comfortable and huge - although the pillows were horrible. I was very surprised as their website didn't do them any justice. The pool were the icing on the cake. The pool is actually quite small (although they have a jacuzzi which makes up for it) but it's the sunbeds that steal the show. They are large soft double beds that you just sink back into. A really lovely stay in Ile Rousse

    « Superb »

    We stayed for one week in July during a heatwave. The hotel is close to the railway station so we took the train to Calvin for one day. By the way the bars and restaurants by the marina in Calvi are quite expensive. The public toilet next to the marina in Calvi is best French facility of this type that I have seen during my life! This hotel was excellent. The room was quite large with a bathroom stocked with good quality toiletries. During July and August you can get snacks from the bar which although they are not cheap, the quality and service was excellent. Swimming in the sea is a little awkward with the stones but you soon get used to it. The quality of the buffet breakfast was also a nice surprise. There are numerous restaurants and bars in Ile Rousse and most of the ones we tried were very good value and of excellent quality. The hotel is close to the port you can see the ferries come and go during the day. Don't worry there is only one or two a day and they are very quiet.

  • 4
    « Very nice »

    Comfy rooms, nice small pool with beautiful view. Private small beach. Nice and clean and very close to harbor, perfect choice before running for the early morning boat. Did not try the restaurant but it is also very close to old town by walk with plenty of dining option.

    « stay clear of the manager »

    everything about this hotel is perfect until that is you have the misfortune to meet the manager/owner. He is ignorant, arrogant and full of self importance. We dared to complain about the wine only after three bottles were contaminated by something that should not have been there. First he said it was sediment then sugar but also added that it did not matter as it would do us no harm. When I refused to pay he said that it was of no consequence as he would claim it back from his suppliers. That was the full extent of his customer relations skills. I thank all the other staff but would never visit the hotel again and he is to thank for that.

    « More than a 3 star for sure »

    Great little hotel. Was impressed by the good quality bed linen. Pool area only completed about 7 weeks ago and was really nice. I hadn't seen many photos of this but worry not, it's lovely. Quiet too and we went in June. Really lovely girl welcomed us and showed us around. Breakfasts very good and pleasant eating area. Would recommend. Also only a short walk to the town which is great with a nice beach. We had a sea view and would recommend this. Nice size balcony too. Small beach but not crowded. Quite rocky so better to swim from beach in town which is soft and sandy.

    « Excellent hotel »

    I travel the world and know a lot about hotel service and comfort. For such a small city, this hotel was absolutely great. Private beach (beach towels provides), nice pool and spa, excellent breakfast for 14 euros. The receptionist were so nice, they booked a Calvi to Scandola Reserve tour and the taxi back and forth. Also before better on the boat back to Marseille, they offered us to use the pool, beach, towels, etc even after check-out. The only mini-downside is that there is no restaurant for dinner. But this city is so small that you get dozens of nice places within 3 minutes of walk. I absolutely recommand this hotel, and would go back anytime. NB: take confort room with see view. Worth the 20euros more/night.

    « just perfect »

    just perfect really covers everything. perfect location, wonderful exceptionally nice staff, lovely rooms and pool area. great for children. so relaxing I am struggling to get back to reality now I am back. the hotel is in a fantastic location, fall out of the door to a beach quite but five minutes into town and all the tempting restaurants. the hotels breakfast room had a wonderful outlook and a great feast very good value at only 15 euro. really hope to go again.


Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: Bastia. Take Ponte Leccia/Calvi direction. When you arrive at Ile Rousse, the harbor direction, proceed to the Best Western Plus® Santa Maria. The hotel is 50 meters before the harbour. ·From: Calvi. Take Ile Rousse direction, then the harbor direction and proceed to the Best Western Plus® Santa Maria. The hotel is 50 meters before the harbour.