Photo Credit: Columbia Hillen
Consisting of a central building with three other outlying ones, the 46-room, four-star hotel was built in 1853 and is a wash of old world knick-knacks. Grecian urns, oil and wick lamps, old teapots, candlestick holders, crimson boudoir sofas, Queen Anne chairs and a stately piano decorate its interiors. A large 1825 black and white military print entitled ‘Adieux de Fontainbleu’ sits as a tribute to Corsica’s most famous son, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Historically, CastleBrando is known as an Americans’ house, meaning it was built during the 19th century by Corsicans who returned to their homeland after making their fortunes in the New World. Having been informed that during the later hours the reception desk would be closed, when we arrived after 11p.m., we were deeply relieved to see a note informing us on how to access our room. This meant disturbing a resident watchman who promptly handed us the keys and showed us the way before locking up the main gate.