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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.
... of course) passing by an unused mining quarry which has obviously spoiled the view for a few years but is no longer working. About 500 m from the shore is a huge white coloured rock, perfect in its simplicity amidst turquoise-coloured water. Driving back up and walking around the walkway at the top we could see the ocean was like a mirror. Even where we were, there was not a breath of wind and not a sound. After madcap Montenegro it was a ...
... Alghero however being the last flight of the night, I suppose the Ryanair staff were extra tired because we touched down in Alghero not 45 minutes later! So Ryanair experience number 1 was smooth and extremely efficient!
First sights of the beautiful Italian island were unfortunately during the night time, but we checked in at our Bed and Breakfast located right along Via Lido (Beach Street) facing west over the Mediterranean Sea. We had an incredible ...
... and Catalans colonized the territory. Despite bringing back the Italian as official language in the XVII century, Catalan remained and 90% of Alghero population has some grade of knowledge, from basic understanding to Catalan as the first language.
The cuisine is exquisite here! If you don't mind spending a bit of money and try the first class food, go to "Andreini" awarded with a Michelin star, and ...
... huge and very mountainous island. It’s over 200km to the main southern city of Cagliari, so for our 4 day visit we decide to minimise travel and concentrate on one area. Another influencing factor is that on departure we have a 4:30am check-in for our car-ferry to Barcelona. So we’ve booked an apartment in the port town of Porto Torres in the north-west tip of the country. And yes: we double-check the departure date… Porto Torres is ...
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.