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 ...
... the capital of Sardinia, with a quick stop at Spiaggia Quartu San Elena for some swimming, sand castle building, and gelato eating before heading into town (for more gelato!). We explored the historic city, shuffling the kids through the Castelo district, finding traces of every phase of the island’s history at every turn (First the Phoenicians, then the Spanish, the Romans, the Spanish again, etc. etc. ...
... La Schizzula didn't let us down, we went the whole hog along with a number of carafes of the local vino, fish great, pasta great, desserts great, people great. Next time you are in town recommend you pay a visit. Then time for a siesta at home then town beach late arvo, the Don decided to get in some early kip whilst we made our other purchases, Maddie had her fix of gelato as well. Home to pack, fix up the place as the wild ...
... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!