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Mercure Ajaccio
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Ajaccio
Reviewed 25 June 2017

It began with the check-in. When we got to the hotel I had a few questions about our online check-in (or as the receptionist insisted: online chicken). Our (double) room had been booked and fully paid for about two months ahead so I did not understand why the hotel charged us again with the sum that was nearly twice as much as had already been paid. Practically the hotel was unable to clarify why we were charged nearly three times as much as we were expected to. I think this was partly due to the poor English skills at the reception.
This second double charge was released from my account one month after my stay in this hotel.

The second issue was the “free welcome drink” business. One drink was offered for the two of us in spite of the fact that we had paid for a double room because “only one of us was an accor card holder” as the receptionist explained. We got a blank voucher which was valid for one drink. In the past couple of years were have always been offered two drinks when there were the two of us and this is what happened at the next Mercure hotel where we stayed. I am still wondering what the idea is behind this policy – I mean how to share one drink between people. I have to admit there was one bottle of “welcome” water in the room which was much easier to share. So the advantage of being Platinum card member is to have half a free drink and the have and an extra 560 Euros blocked on your card. We have been travelling in different parts of the world but this was our first experience of this kind. At the end of the day we offered our “welcome” drink to the manager, who probably never received our message as it was still lying on the reception desk on departure day.
Luckily we could afford a few drinks in the city and of course a bottle of good French wine in the evening made us forget these incidents.

The third thing was the room. Miniature size. This was the smallest Mercure room ever. Smaller than in Tokyo. Everything is tight and uncomfortable. The rack you could put your small bag on is 2 cm wider than the space for it. So it is useless. Fortunately we had only one bag with us. There is no room for a bigger one.
The safe is in a dark hole, you normally cannot see what is written on it (grey print on black background) but luckily we had an excellent electric torch and we finally found the instructions inside the safe.

Quite a few other dysfunctions in the room: there is a standing lamp in the corner the switch of which is on the floor so if you want to turn it on you have to move the table that is squeezed in the corner as well to the side. The tap in the shower is so awkward that you always get your hair wet even is you do not want to. There is a broken chain on the door that cannot be used as if the room had been broken into. It is not clear why the chain has not been removed. Perhaps to scare the guests.

We had a view of the harbour (which is much better than the awful view of the rooms in the back), however, you cannot sleep with the window open because of the terrible noise of the traffic in the street.

The only advice we took from other Tripadvisor reviews was to forget about the overpriced breakfast and we had breakfast in a nearby café or bakery. (Excellent croissant and coffee next door.)

When we were checking out Laurie (who was the only receptionist whose English was finally very good and who was the only one who greeted the guests entering or leaving the hotel) tried to give an explanation to our concerns and apologized and smiled when saying Good-bye.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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jeanpatrick2016, Responsable commercial at Mercure Ajaccio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

We would like to thank you for having taken the time of expressing your feed back about your stay at our property.
There was clearly a lack of communication from our side about the issue of the double charge that was probably due to a technical problem between two different accounting systems ( the Platinum card one and the hotel own)

The "welcome drink" is a Mercure standard that our team had to follow and should have maybe overwrited so that it could meet your expectation , and we apologyze for this.

Based on the many feedback we receive the quality of our service and its friendly attitude if our biggest advantage edge in the city , we are sorry that you could not experience it , but we hope that we will be able to welcome you again should you travale to Ajaccio again

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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Clean, comfortable but small room with a decent sea view. At €133 per night I was expecting a better room with more than a small bottle of water to welcome us!
Situated on the main road into the city, on the 5th floor, we didn't notice the noise from the busy road below.
Breakfast was very nice but over priced at €14 per person, parking too was expensive at €12 per night. There were plenty of towels in the room but they were small and had seen better days.
So in total, 2 nights B&B with parking is over €300 and the hotel isn't even in a great part of town, it's a 20-30 minute walk along the busy road to the good restaurants.
On the plus side, the reception is very nice and the staff are super friendly and really helpful. It's easy to find when driving into Ajaccio, there is an underground car park.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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jeanpatrick2016, Responsable commercial at Mercure Ajaccio, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you very much for having taken the time to let us know your impression about your stay at our hotel.

Our main goal is to offer , through our dedicated and passionate team, a warm and friendly feeling, and we are happy that we succeded.

Our location is a good compromise between an easy access and a walking distance to the center, avoiding crowded trafic driving into the city.

We hope that we will be able to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Very nice hotel in downtown Ajaccio close to the train station.
The hotel is simple but with a modern look. Minimalistic.
Very clean.
Comfortable bed.
Location was not as I expected but it was so nice to sleep at this hotel that I have to give them five stars.
Limited Parking available. Very tight. 12 Euros per night.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Stayed for one week on holiday. The Hotel was up to the Mercure standard with staff that speak English (very helpful), clean and updated rooms. Good standard and well placed. The Terrace gives a view of the whole bay and is a few minutes from the city centre. Coffee maker in the room, free drinks from the fridge. The rooms are smaller than the UK equivalent but you are over looking the Med and only a few minutes walk from the centre. Shower no bath but that is normal in the Med. No surprises which is why I like staying at a chain.

No restaurant but this is a good thing as it would never be able to compete with all the local eateries. Five minutes walk from the hotel gives you loads of options. Even for breakfast I would skip the hotel and go next door or 5 minutes into town. Sit on the waterside and have coffee and bread.

Tip for UK visitors. Everyone drinks coffee in very small cups. If you want Tea in your room go buy a mug from the local super market. Go out the front door, turn left walk for 10 minutes to LeClerec. Also no one seems to have heard of Tonic so no G&T's at sundown but wonderful local beers so who cares...

Room Tip: I would suggest that on arrival go straight up to the 6th floor and try out the Terrace. It has a fa...
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Big-chain name and comfort, the hotel is located just outside the touristic area - overlooking the port and train facilities. We were concerned about potential noise issues at first, but the staff assigned us a room looking out back and it was indeed extremely quiet.

One minor problem we had, the bed, bathroom door and floor creaked to no end when moving around. We also found the room, while extremely clean, modern and comfortable, to be very cramped - a little disappointing for a 4-star hotel.

Overall, it's a good spot, but it definitely feels more like a 3-star establishment than 4 stars.

Room Tip: If you're concerned about noise (the hotel is on a very busy road), ask for a room looking out b...
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mercure Ajaccio

Address: 115 cours Napoleon, 20090 Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France
Region: France > Corsica > Corse-du-Sud > Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien > Ajaccio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ajaccio
#7 Business Hotel in Ajaccio
Price Range: €69 - €160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Ajaccio 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right in the centre of the town with direct access to both the station and the airport, the Mercure Ajaccio offers very comfortable rooms with all amenities, with a view over the pleasure port. To start the day off well, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the panoramic terrace overlooking the gulf of Ajaccio. Benefiting from a special position, right by the beaches and the Palace of Congresses, this hotel is the right address for business and leisure trips. ... more   less 
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