Hotel Il Gabbiano
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... 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 ...
... often named as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It was so beautiful, I could have stayed forever! The village is surrounded by the sea and the castle summit affords amazing views. Another amazing Sardinian dinner, and we were back in the car headed for home!
After yesterday’s long drive, we spent today close to home beaching, relaxing, and eating more amazing Italian food, and yes…more ...
... into their shop fronts which are part of their house. They show us how they do them and the different types, they are good at the sales pitch as well. Lunch today we have been looking forward to, it is in a small lane way with tables, the kitchen out of a small door way and more tables opposite in through the other side of the lane way. Talk about high tech they also have wifi so some get their fix as they have maxed out ...
... a head shade at a cost of 5 euros. We settled in for an afternoon of people watching and knocking back the African sand to sand salespeople, do you know the blokes go around selling what they call bikinis (really just a tiny bit of material) and the girls try them on right there and then! The water is too cold for most people but not for the Don and M-L but they are not in ...
... way. Donny had ordered a coffee and hot chocolate and sat on the balcony which overlooks the town beach and rocky escarpment. M-L and I went in to ask to speak with her. We asked at the bar / cafe area if Piera was there. The lady behind the bar looked at us quizzically, I asked again for Piera, she looked over to a guy sitting in the lounge area and spoke some italian, he said a few words and a smile came over her face, ahh Piera see see, I nodded. The next thing she did was go to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Il Gabbiano Alghero
Very good location
This is a very basic hotel with few facilities. No TV or AC- however this doesn't matter as it is right on the beach and has an amazing veiw. It is very cheap and a good price for the location. It is spotlessly clean and the staff are very helpful even though they speak little English. It is across the road the beach and 10mins walk to beatiful harbour and old town. If you are looking for a good, safe no frills base for a beach holiday it is fine. Don't go if you are expecting luxury.
Lovely, Friendly, Staff - Spotlessly clean budget Hotel
I previously enjoyed a long weekend in Alghero with a girlfriend and suggested going back with my younger brother and sister and parents (!). Having recommended them to visit Alghero I was a little concerned at my booking the Gabbiano given some of the older reviews. But I am pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised.
The Staff were absolutely superb! I also took my 14 month old daughter and although there was not a fridge in the room, the staff willingly allowed me to store the milk in the main fridge in the breakfast kitchen - which was kept spotlessly clean - and I was able to gain access to it at any time.
The pictures of the Gabbiano on Octopus and Totalstay insinuate the hotel is directly on the beach. This is a little deceiving, there is in fact a main road directly between the hotel and the sea. However I considered this no hardship, given the price I paid in comparison to other hotel prices for the same period. There is a pedestrian crossing (and the traffic does appear to stop at this one) virtually directly outside the hotel. The Gabbiano is virtually halfway between the main sunbed area on the Lido and nice beach and the old town which is a leisurely 15 walk directly along the promenade.
The hotel rooms were kept spotlessly clean. The decor in the bathroom was a little dated but again very adequate and very clean. We had plenty of clean towels every day. The bed linen was spotless, and smelt of home laundry as opposed to usual mass laundered hotel linen.
Not all rooms have air conditioning, so you have to ask specifically if this is required. Some of the bathrooms only have a shower tray and no bath. Other rooms have a shower over a bath (full sized baths too) so again, state your preference. Rooms with a side or frontal sea view mostly have narrow balconies but rooms towards the rear of the hotel do not.
The breakfast is very basic but adequate and served by two very charming local young italian ladies who again were very polite and accommodating. It consisted of white bread rolls, croissants, jams, butter, sweet biscuits and yoghurt. There were no savoury options (beware diabetics!) You could have as much as you wanted together with endless coffee, cappucino, tea, chocolate juice and water. The breakfast room could have had a little music to create a little ambience.
I left booking the accommodation until the last minute (booked 3pm Thursday and turned up 2pm Friday!) and so availability was limited given it was the busiest time of the year. I emailed Patricia at the Gabbiano on several occassions but eventually learned my 'tiscali' email addressed was blocked. After setting up a 'hotmail' email I sent mail again and 'bingo!' eventually received a response. So if you have a 'tiscali' address any direct emails to the hotel will not be received.
To summarize this is a very good place to stay for an excellent price and is spotlessly clean and adequate. The main asset of the hotel are the staff. They were all excellent. Maids included. If you have a little 'bambino' it may take you a while to get out of the hotel as the italians love babies and like to stop you at every opportunity to fuss 'bambino.'
Lovely people. Would recommend. Would stay again.
Simple, Great Location & Friendly
This hotel is simple, clean very friendly and in a fantastic location for the beach (across the road) and the old town (10 minutes walk).
If you're after luxury then this is not the place for you, but if you want a base for going to the beach and the old town in the evenings then it's ideal.
Our room had no air con, but had a large fan and windows have shutters so the heat wasn't a problem (we we're there in August).
It is on a busy road, but this wasn't a problem, after all how long do you spend in your room on holiday? After a few glasses of local red vino I slept like a baby every night!
Would definitely go there again.
Fantastic in every way...
We loved this hotel and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to see that it looks much better in real life than on its website. Its beautiful.
Location is FANTASTIC. 10 minutes walk from the old town (stunning) and directly in front of a great beach and emerald glistenning waters.
Hotel rooms are basic and tidy - VERY CLEAN. Hotel staff were extremely friendly and accomodating. Breakfast was pretty average - just croissants and jams really, but that was all that was needed after a belly full of mussels and wine the night before.
The road on which the hotel is situated can get noisy, particularly at night - but you get used to it - its better than hearing screaming lager-lout brits anyday....
We would definately come back. I stay in hotels often with work and this one was very pleasant.
Went to Alghero June 05 for 9 nights.Stayed in gabbiano hotel..staff very friendly and rooms kept spotless.However have to say Alghero not type of place to go if you enjoy a pint or nitelife[no real pubs].Did not find place value for money and shopkeepers are fond of shortchanging you of odd 50 cent Allthhat said have to reccomend Zebra Restaurant/Bar next door to Gabbiano ..run by Roberto..food basic but good value ..ps avoid nettuno restaurant at start of old town..very prone to ripping off tourists..self included...ppsbeaches lovelybut you pay 1 euro for wc and same for shower..................Bring phrase book
Good value, simple hotel
Gabbiano is a simple hotel in a good location. The staff were extremely pleasant, the rooms spotlessly clean and it was a 10 min stroll from the centre of Alghero (most of the other places are further than that).
The rooms are basic, no TV or air/con and the bathrooms dated. Our room was at the front so we had a pleasant balcony overlooking the beach, but it did suffer from some traffic noise and at the moment there are building works on the beach promenade(not so much noisy as unsightly). Parking was free.
If you would rather spend your holiday money at a nice restaurant, as opposed to a fancier hotel then this hotel is a good choice! We paid just 68 euros a night in September for a double, and found it good value. We would stay there again.
Clean, friendly--but not great
I really wanted to say good things about this place. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and it was spotlessly clean, but I think there must be 2 standards of room here. If they put you in a room on the left-hand side of the building, ask to swap to the right. The right and front have balconies; the left overlook the car parking, have no balconies, and are next to a noisy bar. My room had a bathroom with rusted fixtures, covered in cigarette burns, and a shower with no curtain that sprayed the whole of the tiny bathroom. How this hotel is three star is beyond my comprehension. I usually stay in 1 and 2 star hotels so am not used to luxury, but thought it would be better than this! Also, be aware that staying in a hotel with no air conditioning when the temperatures are 90F and if you open the window the noise from the 3-way traffic light back-up of honking vespas on the busiest road in Alghero is no good plan if you need to sleep at all.
Regarding the road widening scheme that blights the front--ugly, and judging by the speed and amount of work done while I was there, I'd expect it to take at least another year. Sorry.
Recent trip to Alghero
My mum and myself recently treated ourselves to a week away in Sardinia. Neither of us had been there before. We booked both the flights and hotel seperately...The Gabianno Hotel was a very reasonably priced hotel, Often going on a budget with accomodation can mean sacrificing a little so we eagerly awaited to see what the place was like.
*Suprise....It was absolutely lovely!! The Gabbiano is a family run hotel, and the family were ever so nice. The breakfast is basic continental, but the rooms were comfortable,very airy and extremely clean with full bed change,towel change and bathroom scrubbed every single day. Every time we returned to room it was like we'd just arrived again. Sardinia itself its beautiful...the beaches are very welcoming and the old alghero town looks like something from an advert, all old buildings and small cobbled streets. Food is fantastic...they have a variety of meat but if you enjoy seafood you'll be in your element. All in all we both fell in love with the place and plan to go back next year & stay in the same hotel.
Unexpected hotel view
Stayed at the Hotel Il Gabbiano in Alghero for 2 nights (all we had booked) on 31st Aug & 1st Sept. '03. We were 2 couples with 2 double rooms. The hotel is very old fashioned which we did not mind and we had a sea view balcony. What a sea view!! The beach is directly across the road and the stretch which runs by the hotel is completely fenced in with hoarding and bulldozers digging the beach from 7.00 a.m. every morning. Alghero is a noisy resort along the main beach road but this was unbelievable. We moved further down the beach to a lovely hotel , The San Marco, which although still on the very busy beach road, was much nicer. Alghero is a beautiful resort and the town is fantastic, little cobbled streets with lots of restaurants and bars. Only other problem is taxi's knock off around 12.00 a.m. and the hotels are mostly about 20 minutes from the town, so bring walking shoes!! Had a fantastic time & some brilliant memories.
Loved the seaview
Excellent Hotel! The rooms are simply decorated so if you want luxury marble bathroom and four poster bed then this is not for you but bear in mind that if you want deluxe (particularly in Sardinia) you will pay for it. However the rooms are clean and adequate for a comfortable stay. Most rooms have a sea view with a balcony large enough to seat approx 3 people.The Hotel is excellently located, bang opposite the beach. It is located just a 10 - 15 minute walk into the old town which is really nice because it's very safe to walk there even in the early hours of the morning and lots of people walk along that road. It is a nice walk along the coast and gives you a chance to walk off the vino and pasta at the end of your meal. The staff at the Hotel were exceedingly friendly and helpful. I booked through Ryanair using a pre-paid voucher and had no problems checking in or departing - very quick and easy check-out. The breakfast room is clean and large. The Hotel has a large reception area with a bar and you can sit on the outside veranda sipping your drinks and watching the world go by. The only negative point is that the rooms are not equipped with air conditioning and if you sleep with the windows fully open as I did (I went in August) you hear the passing traffic which is pretty noisy although not a problem if the windows are closed. General rating - excellent!