Travel Blogs from Alghero
... the Carbiniery –highway patrol. The first time we have ever needed our international drivers licenses. Very serious faces and assault riffles kept our giggles in check until we got the all clear. Much laughter in the bongo van as Guido explained that in Italy there are Irish jokes but the Irish are substituted with the Carbiniery. Anyway time to visit a winery and taste some Vertmentino ciao ...
... I have learned to expect the locals zooming around the hairpin turns unapologetically inching into my lane while I clench the steering wheel of our little rental Lancia, the gas pedal floored, going only 50 km/h. ( I don’t even know how fast that really is. You’d have to ask Matt, the official converter in the family. He has become a pro at converting km to miles and Celsius to Fahrenheit. ) We have ...
... sky and water reflections went from yellows to reds to orange to burnt orange with different sky blues to contrast and engage, then various degrees of browns emerged as darkness took hold thus allowing the moon to participate in natures explosion of magical vision. One that will truly hold its own when sunsets are a topic of discussion. Not to mention the hundreds of photos that were taken. Just who has the best shot, really none will ...
... the mid 20's. The sand is fine and white with the water crystal clear and the most aqua of aqua colours that you could ever find. This place is no secret as we are not on our own. After a light snack and Donny dropping his pants to get changed in front of the cafe guests we hit the beach. M-L knows happy hubby at beach means more sand time so hires a sun lounge fitted ...
... and wonder for some time. A whole new world here compared to the standard Castelsardo life. In many ways the streets and sights in the old town are the same as they would have been a long time ago. Down hill run home for a spell and a few Pieras. We then go and vist Piera, have a chat then have another Piera then across to another Trattoria to engage the nose bag. All in all a wonderful day right in the mainly hidden backyard. Castelsardo has much to reveal to those that peel back the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Florida Alghero
Good hotel right on the beach
We stayed in the Hotel Florida for Our honeymoon in June. It is about 10-15mins walk from the old town where all the best restaurants are, but the walk is along the sea front, and buses run all day. We wanted somewhere clean and tidy with bed and breakfast close to the white beaches, with things to do nearby, and the hotel satisfied all of this. The pool was clean and well managed. The bar snacks were sparse but 5 mins walk to the supermarket with hot and cold meal delicatessen. You do not go to an Italian Fishing town to eat in the hotel, with fantastic restaurants nearby. Alghero is unspoilt with no English and Irish Bars, and lots of Italians in the Bars and restaurant. I recommend it. If you like English bars etc go to Majorca, and don't spoil it.
Perfect Hotel, wonderful Location
My partner and I stayed at the Hotel Florida for a week in the middle of September. We had a brilliant room, very large and clean with a wonderful sea view - all for a reasonable price with breakfast included. Our room was cleaned everyday and the towels were changed. The Hotel is right in front of the beach, both the water and sand are amazingly clean. There is a swimming pool in the front of the hotel with a children's pool attached.
You can see the Old Town from the Hotel and it takes about 15mins to stroll along (a very nice walk). We arrived in the evening and it is quite spectacular when it is lit up. There are lots of great restaurants as well as really delicious pizza take-aways (prices starting at £1.50) and ice-cream parlours. Bella Napoli was a favourite of ours.
We really enjoyed our time in Alghero. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, the staff were very helpful. I emailed them to book our room and they were very prompt and courteous in their replies.
Good hotel in a perfect location
We stayed here for one night last week on our way back from Palau. See my review on Hotel Gabbiano for reference. This hotel was good value at 100E for a fairly large room at the fron with a sea view, including breakfast. The breakfast offered a good choice but the staff looked pretty miserable, particularly in the restaurant. We didn't have time to use the pool but it looked more than adequate. The beach had really fine white sand and the sea was warm. Yes, the water is clearer and tourqoise on the north coast but this was fine and relaxed. The furniture in the room was nice and we had a TV and air-con. The shower was a proper shower in a glass cabinet but it could do with updating-orange plastic towel rail and mirror! Yugh!
I would certainly stay here again.
We have just returned from staying at the Hotel Florida, our room was clean and basic, o.k. it was on the small side, but are you in it that often?
Pool area was great and kept in clean condition.
Read the menu for dinner it did'nt appeal soup and boiled ham, but plenty of places to eat nearby,recommend DAPS out of hotel turn right look for sign Via Fratelli Cervi 16 get there early or prepare to wait.
Breakfast was great and plenty of everything.
Great location and yes would stay there again.
A great dissapointment
I had read several good reviews on this hotel but having stayed there recently i really can't understand why. The room we had was ok but very basic. The pool area was clean but the only choice of food for lunch was a boiled ham and cheese sandwich or tuna. The staff were pretty unfriendly and unhelpful and the cost of a room with a sea view (6 euros per person) was very harsh. After leaving we then stayed in Cala ganone at a hotel half the price and far superior in every way. I would recommend people look elsewhere for a hotel in Alghero.
We recently stayed at the Hotel Florida in Alghero and found it to be very nice. We had a HUGE family room with a sea view. I would suggest staying at the top two floors to surely enjoy the sea view. We paid extra for the view and we were put on the floor above reception. We could see the sea, but a huge palm tree blocked some of the way. It was still nice overall, but I would have preferred a bit higher up to see the view better.
The staff were very nice and helpful. The hotel is a bit retro but still very clean and functional. Great location. The beach in front of the hotel was very nice. There is a charge for use of the umbrellas and sun chairs on the public beach, but worth the money. It bought you the enire day. As far as the seaweed on the beach....it's a beach. There wasn't that much and most of it was really the short pieces of sea grass that washed up. Once you stepped over the maybe half foot of pile up the water was crystal clear and WARM. We truely loved our trip there and I would highly recommend Alghero and the Hotel Florida.
I've given this hotel a 4 star rating, as it met all of our requirements and was very reasonably priced (full board was cheaper than half board). It has a good sized, clean pool (with separate children's pool), the restaurant has amazing views of the sunsets, it's right by the beach, a short walk into town, clean and tidy. It also has a games room which we didn't use. So the decor is rather 70s, but hey! We had a fab 5-day break, and the hotel was in an ideal position. We will return!
Not the best option in Alghero
An interesting 1970s style retro hotel, but which could do with a proper face-lift and refurbishment. Although partly refurbished in the 1990s the hotel feels very dated and particularly the public spaces feel very old-fashioned. We had a seaview room and enjoyed the view as well as the fantastic location of the hotel. However, the beach outside the hotel suffers from seaweed and the better beaches are outside of town. Alghero is a very interesting place to stay for a few days and has character, but I would not recommend staying in the Hotel Florida. Our room was small, and the shower had very little water pressure. We also found the air-conditioning to take quite a long time to cool down the room. Overall, decent price and location, but there are better hotels to stay at in Alghero.
Good quality accomodation for the price.
Sardinia what a place!!!! We have just come back from a week's holiday at the Hotel Florida, Alghero and we had a really great time. The hotel is spotlessly clean and tidy. Our room was spacious and although we did not have a sea-view as they were fully booked, we did not mind as you don't spend much time in your room. The pool area was clean with plenty of sunloungers. Maria Pia beach up the road from the hotel, within walkable distance, is worth a visit. The restaurants in Alghero are very good and we didn't have a bad meal. The restaurants we would recommend are Osteria Taverna Paradiso on Via Principe Umberto 29. This place had a non-smoking section and the food wasn't expensive. I can recommend the lamb ragu and the sardines with tomatoes and rocket. For a place that is something special and to go with that, special prices, try Andreini, on Via Ardoino 45. This restaurant is set beneath a huge fig tree. The food is beautifully presented and with the dessert menu there is a suggested wine to go with each option. For lunch experience the foccacia bar (can't remember the name but it is opposite the end of the marina and the little train). All the locals go there and for 1 Euro 90 it is a really cheap but fabulous lunch.
Great hotel for its class & price
Booked this hotel after reading a recommendation from another reviewer. We couldn't have been happier with the hotel. The staff are very friendly and helpful, the pool is excellent with lots of loungers (closes at 19:00 though), across the street from the beach (pay & free), great sea and old town views (make sure you get a sea view room) & balconies with chairs, good a/c, 5 min walk from a big supermarket, 15 min walk to the old town, good buffet breakfast until 10am, great shower, nice bed, very safe & clean (safes in room), stairs & lifts (elevators). Overall - excellent. Highly recommended.