Carlos V Hotel
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Started our trip in Sardinia with Alghero, a medium size city by the sea. The hotel where we stayed was nice and modern and we were lucky to get a room that was facing the sea. Nothing more beautiful than to watch the sea right from your bed.
... at Capo Mannu. There are more wows in this little neck of the woods than you would expect. Consider the clearest water, the colour the most amazing turquoise, with quaint houses perched around the beach and once again, throw in some interesting weathered rocks for good measure. The place is stunning.
To top that off, when we drove around the corner, the view was even better. Santa Caterina di Pittinuri is one spectacular place. ...
Well this was the official start to the hopefully the many travels to come with Ryanair's cheap discounts around the continent of Europe. We found this flight for 9.99€ each way and my buddy Stephen from California and I said that we had to take advantage of this opportunity!
So we ended up taking the 1.5 hour bus ride from Barcelona to the secondary airport used mainly by Ryanair in Girona, Espaņa. After that it was suppose to be a 1 hour 15 minute ...
... and opportunity to see family and friends before hopping on a big journey.
It couldn't go smooth, could it? We started off breaking up in the airport when he arrived. Under pressure I stayed cool until I burst out again - packed my stuff and said I'm going to the hotel. His family lost hope in me I guess. It will be very hard to get it back.
We made up the next day, as usual! I see the positive side of it ...
"When you travel you eat"
DH Lawrence (Sea in Sardinia)
Helen finishes reading DH Lawrence's travelogue of his 1921 visit to Sardinia during our 45 minute shuttle across the strait between Bonifacio and Sardinia’s Santa Maria di Galura. He wasn’t very complimentary about the food at that time - or many things in fact - so we are curious to learn if Sardinian cuisine has improved in the intervening 90 years.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Carlos V Hotel Alghero
Have read the reviews of this hotel and having looked at both types of room I can understand why people are not happy with the "old" rooms. The "old" rooms are basic, bare and have a 1970's feel about them. Some have balconies and view over the pool, others not. If you get them cheap and are not too fussed then they are ok. The new rooms are lovely. Very high standard of decor, all wood, fabrics etc and huge marble bathroom with deep bath, double shower etc. Our room had balcony overlooking pool and the sea beyond - lovely view. Seems others may not have that view so check in advance. Basic breakfast and communal areas bit bland. Staff very friendly. Old Town is 15 mins walk along sea front. Car hire available from the hotel (Smart car) for about £30 a day. Overall, nice hotel, "new" rooms lovely, stunning view and good location. Good size pool overlooking the Sea. Will need to travel a bit to get to a beach though as its rocky around the hotel. Would recommend.
We visited Carlos V on 16th Sept 2004 and stayed there for 1 week. The communal areas of the hotel were 4 star , our room was not!! It was , at best, 3 star. Furniture was old and the room was very bare . The hotel is currently going through a refurbishment and half of the rooms have already been updated to a very high standard . If you are lucky enough to get one of these rooms great, if like us you had a much older room you will feel disappointed that it is offered as 4 star accomodation .
Location is good , right by the sea but no direct access to the beach (hotel do supply a courtesy bus to the nearest beach). If you've booked a 2/3 star room than fine , if not I am sure you can do better
We thought we had booked into a 4 star hotel - but unfortunately this was unlike any 4 star hotel I have stayed in before. It is more like a 3 star - fine if that is what you have booked. It looks lovely on the outside but on the inside...the facilities are very basic - our room was bare - with very old furniture, as was the bathroom. Overall not somewhere I consider to be relaxing. We checked out on the same day. I didn't expect luxury but a bit more than a 'hostel'.
Good solid choice
Good solid 3 / 4 star , rooms 3 star , pool is 4 star , good choice for Alghero , good view from rooms , Alghero is great town to wander around .
Enjoyed a fabulous week at Carlos V Hotel at Alghero on B&B basis. Room good, continental breakfast average, service and friendliness very good. Excellent outdoor pool with very good supervision with towels available. Gardens and pool area excellent. Has mini golf and play area, tennis courts. Bus stop outside. 15 mins walk to good quality restaurants in town with fine variety of shops. Beaches small and rocky. Better beaches within couple of miles. Recommend Ryanair to Alghero Airport - 30 mins from hotel. Taxis's not cheap! Buses very cheap but not so convenient. Take the land train for a trip through the narrow streets of old town - keep your hands inside!
We had jsut booked a last minute flight to Sardinia and looked for a suitable hotel once we got there. The first hotel we found in Alghero was a 3* and it was appauling.
We booked a room with sea view for two nights for myself, my husband and our three year old daughter. We arrived at the hotel at 2.45 pm in June 2003, and were shown to our room. It was very hot and we discovered the airconditioning was not going. At once we went to reception to enquire as to how we could activate the airconditioning.