The hotel's main building dates back to 1880, when an important Ajaccio family built it as a summer holiday home.
It was soon transformed at the start of the 20th century into an inn, a place for tea dances and dips in the sea: from 1920, the Hostellerie de la Grande Bleue, the predecessor of the Hotel Les Mouettes, started welcoming tourists who escaped from northern Europe to spend the winter under the clear Ajaccio skies just as Ajaccio's families came to while away a summer's day or evening.
In 1954, Les Mouettes opened its doors under its current form, named after a sea-facing rock where some birds had taken up residence.
One of Ajaccio's few prestigious addresses from that era, the establishment soon became a favourite haunt for celebrities such as the artists Marcel Pagnol and Maria Callas, or sports stars and international political figures.
In 2006, the Pieri family took over the reins of the hotel, building on their experience gained from owning Corsica's first boutique hotel, Castel Brando in Erbalunga.
The family has since worked to restore the soul of this venerable house, as well as reclaiming the spirit of the place to create the hotel's individual charm and timelessness.