Just back from a week in Carlos V, magnificent hotel.
We decided on Sardinia just for a change as we usually choose mainland Italy.
Having done an extensive web search we located Carlos V, El Faro and Calabona to later
discover they are all owned by the same Hotel group.
Carlos V is the best we have yet stayed in, the photographs on the web do not do justice
as the outside is finished in sandstone with tinted green glass balconies etc.
The main entrance is not user friendly as it does not have a proper ramped access to pull up a suitcase.
We arrived mid afternoon on the 3rd October and at check in the receptionist was less than friendly.
A young couple before us asked for a room upgrade to be told all rooms with sea view fully booked. We later discovered the Hotel was 30% booked and most sea view rooms were in fact unoccupied. When we got to our room, an executive double, the AC and TV did not work but was soon rectified with one call to Reception.
A bad start but we soon discovered our initial experience was an exception. All other staff were more than friendly and efficient and the hotel can only be described in one word Magnificent.
The attention to detail is superb, high quality marble floors, polished woodwork throughout and soundproofing to bedroom like Ive not seen before.
The bedroom was 26 sq meters with king size double, plush carpet floor, a double wardrobe illuminated inside with a safe and the bathroom was really nice, well laid out with twin basins and to our delight a hairdryer with variable speed and variable temperature settings,.a full length well illuminated wall mirror, a bath and with shower over. The shower could have done with more pressure.
The balcony was big enough for a small private party and overlooked the pool with a good sea view. The TV had only about two channels in English, sky news etc
We found the staff generally very friendly, attentive and efficient particularly in the poolside bar and restaurant. The poolside bar is a place where people meet up and chat but as the nights got cooler we discovered there is no bar inside the hotel so we left and went elsewhere outside.
Other guests we met were disappointed about this also as there is much space in Reception unused where one could locate a residents lounge area with a proper bar.
The Hotel is well located away from noise, great sea views from the high elevation and a ten minute pleasant walk to Alghero.
The entire place is spotlessly clean as one would expect from a hotel of this quality.
We dined out a few nights to discover the food in the Hotel was much better and actually more reasonable also but most of all the staff more friendly.
We would like to visit again early next summer but next time we would do a few things different.
Do not use one of the dot com websites as you will end up paying more. We also discovered this in Sorrento last April. One gets intimated into booking with the warnings, Our last two rooms left etc.
Our taxi from the airport to the Hotel took a half hour and seemed to be going around in circles whereas we arranged our taxi back in the Hotel and made it in just about ten minutes and paid a lot less.
We would highly recommend Hotel Carlos V.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Carlos v
- Carlos v Alghero
- Carlos V Hotel Alghero, Sardinia