Calabona Hotel Alghero Sardegna
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My friend and I stayed here for a short break and still had an excellent break away though we were disappointed with the standard of accomodation. The rooms had candlewick like bedspreads and rugs which were impractical. The beds were very comfortable and the room was cleaned to a high standard. One light was hanging off the wall and it was difficult to plug in the mosquito repellent, as the adaptor only fitted sideways! The lack of plugs meant we had to plug in the mini kettle in the bathroom. The room was pretty cramped and needed much updating as did the exterior of the building. The views were good but the walk into town is long and not comfortable in the heat. The hotel staff were excellent and very accommodating and approachable which made up for the flaws. My friend and I (in our 30s) felt very young at the hotel and we were often the only ones at the bar after an evening meal out at 11pm. The whole experience was a little like being in a 1980s time warp.
We stayed here for a week having spent the previous week at a wonderful Hotel in Golfo Aranci.
Yes the view from the balcony was wonderful, the staff friendly and helpful. Other than that I think this Hotel needs a complete refurbishment. The bedroom, whilst it has all the amenities you require, was compact and dark. The central light fitting was ugly and the ceiling fan still in place even though air conditioning is now installed. The bathrooms also had everything but were cramped and dark. They need ripping out and refitting with modern fitments, including the lighting.
Our main complaint was that there was frequently a musty smell. We went out and bought an air freshener!
Breakfast - well it may be plentiful, but for the most part was tasteless including the coffee. It is worth going to the bar and buying a decent coffee!
If I returned to Alghero I would look for another Hotel and probably be prepared to spend more for better standards.
A pleasant relaxed hotel
My significant other & I stayed 5 nights at the Calabona in May 2005.
The room was small but clean and as it states, every room does indeed have a sea view . The hotel pool is very large and the bar is cheap &
efficient.I thought the restraunt was adequate but with a variety of good restraunts not more than a 15 minute walk we only used it for breakfast which was of average quality. All the staff were genuinely friendly and
spoke good english . The hotel is quiet and relaxing , at this time of year most guests were quite elderly .Alghero is a very attractive town and the
Calabona was a good choice of hotel . We paid around 134 Euro a night
which I thought was about right for this hotel. Yes I would use it again .
Sad to leave
My wife and I stayed here easter weekend, superb view out to sea, loved being near enough to the sea to hear it in the background, clean hotel, comfortable but compact rooms, enjoyed the balcony, breakfast lacked nothing but didn't impress, good base for touring
My husband and I stayed at the Calabona for 7 nights returning to the UK on 22nd March. The hotel was very clean, room quite spacious with good king sized bed but quite spartan although very adequate. Service excellent and the staff were extremely helpful - maybe this had something to do with not being very many guests there. This was a plus point for us as we wanted to have a quiet chill out holiday. Pool obviously not open as was still their winter but nice size and looked very inviting as the weather was very, very good for the time of year. Breakfast was plentiful - cereal, fresh fruit, hot drinks, water/orange juice, ham & cheese, bread rolls and bread (toast machine) - it was your fault if you came away hungry! Downsize was restaurant not open but restaurants plentiful in Alghero town which was a 15 min. stroll away - very pleasant during the day but quite cold in the evening which was expected. Allin all very good - airport driving time around 10/30mins. depending on what time of day you go through the town. This is our second visit - the first was was to Dei Pinie (apologies if not spelt correctly) - about 2 years ago. The hotel was excellent - go for a sea view 2/3rd floor. Rooms quiet small but dinner was silver service and excellent. Alghero is a great place to visit - trust me. The island is very beautiful and if possible hire a car and loook around - you won't be disappointed.
Highly recommend the Hotel Calabona
We stayed at theThe Hotel Calabona in Alghero, Sardinia from 9/9/04 through 9/14/04. It is simply furnished but very clean and is a 10-15 minute walk to town. The hotel pool is great, but not heated. An exercise room was advertised but not available during our stay due to renovations. The breakfast buffet had cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, juices, cold cuts and rolls. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Internet access is available in the lobby for 4 Euros per half hour. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it highly.
One of the best
The hotel is very comftable and clean. The staff were all very helpfull and all spoke English. My wife and I have stayed in hotels all over Italy and this is one of the best.
Incredible staff, nice hotel.
I just returned from a conference that was held in Sardinia. We thought that it was an odd place to have a meeting, but having just come back home, I would not have wanted it in any other place. The conference itself took place at the Calabona, and the hotel staff was more than amazing. Luciano, in particular, at the front desk was a gem. They just about bent over backwards to help with transportation and sightseeing advice. The hotel is a bit removed from the main town, which i appreciated at the end, since there was not much traffic and much more quiet than staying downtown. The "private beach" is small, but the pool is respectable and the view from my hotel room facing the ocean was lovely. we took the ferry ride to neptune's grotto... the boat ride was very scenic and worth the money. We also rented a car right at the front desk at the calabona. the car was delivered the next morning and we took the drive north to CastelSardo, which was also picturesque and well worth the trip. the people in town were extremely friendly. our meals varied more in quality, but it's hard NOT to overlook a less than stellar meal when you're sitting outside on the patio overlooking the sun setting into the ocean. the hotel rooms were a bit spartan, but very clean. I would definitely return the calabona again, if only for the helpful and friendly staff.
Nice people in Sardinia !
The Hotel Calabona is quiet, good location with own private, stony & sand beach about a mile walk from lovely Old Town & Marina; staff in hotel most pleasant, courteous & professional - a real pleasure - hotel under-utilised but suits those wishing peaceful vacation.
Just returned from great trip to Sardinia - beautiful island, very friendly people, exquisite scenery. The Hotel Calabona is about a 15 minute walk from the town centre - and a very pleasant walk it is, with a seaview and wonderfully scented shrubs all along the road. The rooms are pretty basic (no hot-tubs or english satellite channels!) but extremely clean and well presented. The hotel staff were really helpful and very friendly. If you want a really good view, ask for a third floor sea-facing room.
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... Kevin had Monkfish with tomato, olives and capers accompanied with Mediterranean grilled vegetables. I had whole grilled flounder with roasted potatoes. We shared an entree of freshly cooked baby mussels and clams (cockles) in a lemon an olive oil sauce. All very yummy!
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... down the main street which is now a bit touristy but we discovered a great wine bar with tapas. It was very hot so a Prossecco fitted the bill which is a light , off-dry sparkling Italian white, crisp and with a lemon tang, superb. Kevin tried the Baccala which is salted fish. The guy gave us a free taste of some Rioja , a Spanish red - nice.
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... cool, air con, 2 bedrooms and plenty of room!! I was really shattered from the journey but we managed to walk into the centre of town, 15 minutes and get dinner. It was pork fillet with a white wine sauce and crispy baked potatoes. Nothing out of this world but nice. The older waiters were great, plenty of experience and speaking a bit of English. Getting dark so time to head home under Kevin's ...