Numerous Ajaccio hotels are available to welcome visitors here in the island's largest city. You have a wide choice of Ajaccio accommodation to match just about any budget and any taste. The beaches that line the city's coastline in the shadow of its massive citadel provide the greatest attraction, and here you will find luxury beach resorts and small boutique properties overlooking the beautiful bay and sheltered harbor.
Many of the hotels in Ajaccio that fall in the beach resort category will be found a bit south of the city center in the suburb of Porticcio. If you are located here, you will be only a very short drive from the airport and city center, and directly across the bay with some of the best views of the harbor where large ocean liners on Mediterranean cruises anchor and the citadel. One of the best is the deluxe Sofitel Porticcio Thalassa, set on the tip of the Porticcio point in a landscaped park and on its own private beach. It boasts all the amenities you expect of a fine international beach resort as well as a luxurious full-service thalassotherapy spa. The word "thalassotherapy" comes for the Greek word thallaso, meaning "sea," and this lodging in Ajaccio takes full advantage of this kind of health treatment and pampering with seaweed and mud wraps and soaking in seawater with its healing minerals.
Ajaccio hotels in the city center that fall in the boutique category include properties like the Palazzu u Domu (pictured), former palace residence of the Borgos, one of the wealthiest families in the city during the rule of the Republic of Genoa from mainland Italy. It dates to the eighteenth century, and was in its prime during the time that the Borgo family and the family of the city's most favorite native son, Napoleon Bonaparte, were friends. Its 45 deluxe rooms look out over the picturesque city and harbor, and this Ajaccio accommodation places you within walking distance of all the things to do and attractions in the city, including museums, the citadel, and the city beaches. Perhaps the most exclusive Ajaccio accommodation is about ten miles inland from the city, located in the mountains that cover most of the island. The Carpe Diem Palazzu is a magnificent stone villa dating to the seventeenth century on a large private estate and boasting only six (very grand) suites.
Not all hotels in Ajaccio are this luxurious or exclusive. You can find excellent places if you are on a budget. Look for properties around the pier where ferries from mainland France, mainland Italy, and the island of Sardinia dock. Many of these are within walking distance of the ferry, and are bed and breakfast hotels. The Hotel Kalliste is a lovely historic hotel in a building dating to the mid-nineteenth century. It has a modest restaurant in its old stone cellar, and rooms are comfortable and charming. Other more modest Ajaccio hotels in this category include the Albion and the Napoleon, also near the ferry terminal.
Some visitors are not looking for hotels in Ajaccio at all, but for one of the many vacation rentals on the island. These are excellent for small groups and family vacations, and offer the self-catering kitchen facilities preferred by so many European tourists. You can find little apartments in town, villas on the coast a bit outside of the city, and even lovely farmhouses up in the mountains.