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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, España. After that it was suppose to be a 1 hour 15 minute ...
... and gassing: we don’t think they even noticed their families had gone. At another table four ‘very important persons’ arrive. Well, we assume they’re VIPs, as upon arrival about 5 restaurant staff appear and fuss over them with menus, drinks and evidently obsequious attention. They’re certainly more smartly dressed than us, but generally that’s not very difficult. And even though it’s now past dusk two of ...
... Ryan Air has a 90 minute flight which was as cheap as the bus ride from the frankfurt train station to the ariport which all told was a solid 6 hr trip from our domicile.
Once we arrived in alghero we picked out our Fiat Panda and made for the beach. I found myself much more at home w/ the style of life in the laid back italian island than much of ...
... We boarded it, but the driver didn't speak English. I did my best to ask for two tickets in Italian and off we went, crossing our fingers that we would get off at the correct stop. You would think that a bus driver bringing in tourists from the airport would announce the name of the stops or that there would be signs....but their wasn't. I tried to count the stops in my head, but we got off at the wrong stop anyway.
There we were, on the side of the ...
... e non “porceddu”, che pare sia una stortura di noi continentali. Sembra un po' un controsenso provarlo qui ad Alghero, che è un posto più adatto all'aragosta. Il cameriere mi spiega che in realtà l'aragosta la fanno da marzo ad agosto, quindi la cosa è meno anomala di quanto sembri. Il porcetto è fantastico. La crosticina croccante, le patate, una goduria...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Riviera Alghero
I stayed at this hotel last weekend for 3 nights in a triple room. The room was a good size with 3 single beds. The hotel itself was very friendly and extremely clean. Cleaners came every day. We complained about a leak in our sink and it was fixed within a couple of hours. We also had air con. The pool area is very nice and sunny. We found the hotel to be in a good location one road away from the beach. It was not noisy as some people have said on this site. In fact we found it to be very quiet and not too busy around the pool area. The breakfast is of continental standard i.e. croissants, fruit, cereal, ham cheese etc and was okay. The Daps Restaurant opposite is a must to eat as it is literally on the doorstep. I was a bit suspicious after hearing some comments on here but the staff spoke very good English and it was the best restaurant we ate at on the whole holiday. Lovely pasta, pizza, seafood. It is quite pricey but eating out is in Alghero. The place itself is very quiet and chilled out. If you are looking for lively nightlife then don't go here. Personally I could not stay here for a week as I would find it too quiet but a long weekend is ideal or if you are slightly older in age. I don't think it is a good holiday spot for families and young children. The old town is about 20 minutes walk away and is a must for sightseeing. You can also get a boat trip to the grotto which costs 13 euros and is worth a look, although be aware that you then have to pay 10 euros to get into the grotto as well. We got a cab (spacious mini bus) from the airport for 23 euros and arranged for him to collect us aswell. His name is Mauro 079.981.008, cell 338.6450105 and I would recommend him. I would definitely recommend this hotel and Alghero if you want a quiet chilled out place to stay in beautiful surroundings.
Super Lage, freundlich und sehr sauber
Das Hotel zeichnet sich durch die besondere Lage. Fast alle Hotels die näher an der Altstadt sind liegen an einer stark befahrenen Straße oder sie sind sehr weit von dem nächsten Strand entfernt. Das Hotel ist in der zweiten Reihe und dadurch ruhiger gelägen. Zum Lido Strand sind es 50-100 Meter, zur Altstadt 15 Minuten. Das Hotel verfügt auch über einen eigenen Pool. Die Zimmer sind sehr sauber und das Personal sehr freundlich. Das Mobilar ist etwas alt. Das Frühstück ist ziemlich beschränkt.
We stayed at this hotel when the nearby Alma failed to honour our booking.
The room was clean and comfortable with a sea view from the balcony. Public areas were pleasant and relaxing. The pool and surrounding terrace proved to be an ideal spot for quiet sunbathing if you tire of the beach, which is 30m away. There was a good choice at the breakfast buffet with prompt and friendly service.
The most important factor for us was the welcoming, helpful and efficient service we received following the problems we encountered at the Alma. The owner (English) could not have been more charming.
This hotel is ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday right on the beach and a short stroll from the Old Town
Relaxed time in the Riviera
We stayed in Hotel Riviera for a week in May '06 and it was exactly what we were looking for.
It's a basic, clean, solid hotel like previous reviewers have said, but the pool area was perfect for relaxing and the location was just right - exactly in between the old town for evening meals etc, and the beautiful Maria Pia beach.
Incidentally, when we were researching our holiday we found it hard to find useful information about location of the hotels in relation to the old town and the beach. Well, Hotel Riviera, as well as Hotel Florida, Hotel Alma and others sit on Via Lido facing the sea. To your left is the beautiful old town (15mins walk) and to your right is the Maria Pia beach (15 mins walk).
It's worth walking further than the main Lido beach to Maria Pia - it's quieter, cleaner and more beautiful. You can either walk along the main road or, like we did, actually walk through along the edge of the sea.
We loved Alghero, and the Hotel Riviera was the perfect base. I'd recommend it - I've not been to Florida or Alma (number 1 rated on this site), but I would say that Riviera is a good alternative to these hotels.
Good, Solid Hotel
We stayed at the Hotel in August 2005. It is a pleasant hotel located approx. 15 minutes walk along the seafront to the main Old Town, where most the activity is. A positive for the hotel where the Pool area, which was a nice setting and quiet. The rooms are very basic, cleaned daily but very much with a view that you don't spend all your time in your room when in Alghero. As the hotel has tiled floors, it can also be a little noisy (particulary if you want a lye in!!). The Hotel restuarant seemed OK, though not a huge selection if you wanted a snack. One issue with regards to the Hotels location is that you needed to walk a fair bit before finding a choice of restuarants, cafe's, which can be a pain for if you want a quick bite. Saying that the restaurant right next door to the Hotel was very nice, however avoid the one on the seafront as you come out from the hotel (slightly to the right), it was very poor. The Hotel bar is OK but we found it better to have a quick drink there before venturing into the town. Alghero's Old Town has a nice selection of resturants, just take your time to find the best ones (Paco's was very good), the guide books tend to suggest the best options.
Enjoyed our week in the Riviera
Good tourist class hotel with a nice pool (unfortunately less than half full on one day of our stay). Staff very friendly although beware the head waiter....can be a bit moody!
The breakfast was fine, the usual continental fare of cheese, meats, cereals and juices. Our party was happy with these.
Good pasta dishes for lunch and tasty house wine!
Rooms had air conditioning but a small fridge would have made all the difference ... no minibar so nowhere to chill water.
The location is excellent, really close to the beach and about 15 mins walk along the flat to the old town where there was a very good selection of restaurants.
The hotel is fair value for money, although having visited Madrid, Paris and Berlin earlier in the year, I would say that we spent more on accommodation in the Riviera than we did on 3* hotels in any of these other cities.
We spent three nights at the Riviera last weekend. We had a triple room, which we found to be quite cramped, but it was clean, and there was a very thorough daily maid service. Generally the hotel is quite tired, and the breakfast pretty basic, but the staff are friendly and helpful. The pool area is great and was a real saving grace, as the beach was packed and it was very windy, so a sand free environment was much appreciated. I would agree with the previous writer who found the hotel's position noisy, we were woken two or three times a night. We found the walk into the old town (1 kilometre) took a good 15/20 minutes, which was a little too far to pop out for a beer or to stroll there and back for dinner, although we did do that one evening. The restaurant opposite the hotel, Daps, is very good, although with slightly eratic service. On the whole, considering it was August, so the busiest time of year, the price we paid for the hotel was very reasonable, and at the end of the day you get what you pay for!
Good value, friendly Italian hospitality - great location
Stayed here for 4 days from 02 July to 06 July 2004 - it was the only hotel with a pool that we could find for around £50/room/nights - what a good find too. Only 10-15 minutes stroll from the old town with a lovely pool and reasonable breakfast , given the high price of hotels in Alghero we couldn't have asked for more. Simple but llarge and spotless well air conditioned rooms and on teh whole friendly staff we would return!
Avoid the overpriced pizza restaurant opposite where the staff seemed to have a serious attitude problem. When you get to the promenade head left for cheaper restaurants. Before you get to the San Marco Hotel there's a great open air restaurant with all varieties of steaks/seafood and a massive pizza menu with pizza served by the metre. Be prepared for a small wait at peak times! We didn't eat anywhere bad in Alghero and it was a lot cheaper than England. Dining on the old ramparts of the old city is also a must! Three course meals with beer and wine cost us from 40 to 55 Euros for two including fresh seafood!!
We got cheap flights from Ryan Air - less than £30 each and it was only 20 euros to get the taxi from the airport to the hotel. I would recommend Alghero to everyone!
Close to the beach
Stayed at the Riviera last week, typical tourist hotel, clean, with friendly staff, daily maid service, nice pool area, 1 minutes walk from the beach, and about 10 mins easy stroll from the old town. Only downside, was quite noisy from adjacent hotels and bars, especially on a Saturday night. Previous writer was right about the seaview and sunsets, very pretty.
The Riviera Hotel offers good value for money and if you ask for a sea view room (not the corner room) you will see a beautiful sunset every evening. The rooms are clean and of a reasonable size. The beach is only 2 minutes walk away. Opposite is the best restaurant in town with friendly waiters and fantastic food. I am a vegetarian and found their food to suit my needs best. The Old Town is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and is very atmospheric, particularly at night. Some nice cafes and bistros to visit. Not much in the way of retail therapy for the girls though.