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“Not a bad hotel just nothing special”
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Hotel Riviera
Ranked #26 of 49 Hotels in Alghero
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Everything was OK. The room, the staff, the breakfast, the bed etc. Nothing bad but nothing special either. The room was very clean (although the bannister left my hands dirty!).
The location is quite a long walk from the town but it is close to the beach and railway station if you like to explore as we do. Only a couple of restaurants nearby.
Quiet except for a dog oposite that barked late into the night and kept us awake. Not the hotels fault though! English owner so no problems with language.
Hot water doesn't come on until about 7:15am which as breakfast starts at 7:30am seemed odd to us and was quite inconvenient.
Coffee from a machine at breakfast - very dissapointed :(

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Felicity V
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

I must admit after already booking this Hotel prior to reading reviews I was a little concerned about some of the horror stories. I need not have worried as we found all the staff very friendly and helpful and everywhere in the Hotel spotlessly clean. The towels were changed every day and our bed linen was changed four times in seven days.
The breakfast was Continental and advertised as such so we knew what to expect.There was plenty of it and the quality was good enough (most of the clients were Scandanavian and they had no complaints).
There was always a ready supply of hot water for the shower and the double bed was big and comfortable.
The decor may seem dated but I have found this to be quite usual in Italy and think it adds to the general atmosphere.
On the downside it would be nice to have a fridge and tea / coffee making facilities in the rooms and the Bar not being permanently manned tends to put off potetntial customers but these are only slight niggles.
As for all the negative reviewers what do they expect of a 3 star hotel ? Surely if they want more touches they should be prepared to pay more for them and not moan when they don't get premium amenities when they are paying economy prices !

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank BusterB866
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Nice and bright room with a big bed and AC included. The staff where also very nice and helpful. The poolarea was also nice and clean.
Only negative things was no refrigiator in the room, and also no cleaning on the balcony.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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3  Thank SandrasSol
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

It’s seems certain to me that those who have left glowing reports of this hotel, are either:

a) related to the owner
b) in the pocket of the owner
c) the owner
d) walking around with their heads wedged firmly between their buttocks.

An earlier reviewer stated that this is a typical 1970’s hotel. I agree with that but it is now nearly 2013 (43 years later) and we have come to expect a bit more from our holiday accommodation, especially when we book it through Thomsons.

The place is still in original spec and in dire need of a facelift. The bedroom does have two bedside walllights, but the main lighting is from a single 60 watt hanging lightbulb. It’s all very dim and dingy. There’s just two wall sockets and one of those is for the television, which incidentally, shows just Italian channels. The walls are so thin there is little sound proofing or absorbtion and we could clearly hear the couple next door changing her mind.

The bath room does though have all the usual requirements including a bath, a basin, a WC and a bidet. But the bathroom is only about 2m x 1m and the door opens in! The bath is a slipper bath which means it is easy to slip and break your neck getting to it, in it or out of it. It’s impossible to reach the bath without stepping over the WC, or the bidet or cracking your hip on the basin. The taps drip and the plugs are useless. The shower is a tiny rose over the bath, The water is luke warm and carries a brown tint which is a bit worrying and suggests there is no water risk assessment or environmental management going on! Aren’t these the conditions in which legionella pneumophila flourish?

In typical 1970’s style, there is no fridge in the room, so you can be assured that when you wake at night in need of a cool refreshing drink of water, you won’t find one. WiFi wasn’t around in 1970 so there’s no point looking for that either.

If you are still keen on revisiting the 1970s, the dining room will not disapoint. The decor is true to type as is the service. Meals for the evening are chosen on the morning before. There are always three choices of main meal but as one item is always an omelete it reduces the choice to two. The meals are often, odd, thrown together and usually, thankfully, ridiculously small. Roast turkey was served with gravy and lettuce! A starter would be a glass of orange juice, a desert, a carton of yoghurt.

Despite the prescence of a three well stocked local supermarkets and a superb vegetable market (wednesdays) the hotel uses an awful lot of frozen or tinned vegetables. Hence sprouts in August!

If you are feeling adventurous, you might tick the box for a tomato salad. You might be expecting a colourful bowl of rough chopped heady scented organic tomatos warmed by the Medirerranean sun. Chunks of cool refreshing cucumber nestling against green and black olives, Feta cheese, fresh from a mountain goat, a few sprigs of home grown italian herbs tossed in and the whole lot gently turned with a generous glug of glistening virgin olive oil. A hunk of good wholemeal bread and you’re in heaven. Not quite so at the Riviera. Order a tomato salad here and what you will get is...., a tomato! Nothing else, just a single forlorn tomato sitting as lonely as can be. I’m not kidding you. A single tomato (admittedly sliced) will be carried aloft and set before you by a smiling and unpologetic, very polite waitress. Are they taking the Micky?

I had a similar experience with what was called a side salad. It was simply a quarter of an iceberg lettuce and nothing else. On one occasion we ordered chips with our meal. My wife received six and I five! Everyone whispers here and laughter and conversation, though not prohibited is certainly not encouraged or even called for. Think Fawlty Towers and you will have a good idea of what i’m talking about. Local restuarants and even the burger stalls all offer better fare and we did partake of these, often after we had eaten at the Riviera!

The bar seems to keep 1970 hours in as much as it’s never open. You can get a drink but you have to go and disturb someone from the front desk to get it for you. It’s not staffed.

Unlike the dining area and the bar, the swimming pool is definately NOT a 1970’s concept. It was clearly conceived and built at a time when women wore one piece bathing costumes and swimming hats. (About 1888 I think). The changing cubicles faithfully echo that era too. The doors emit an eiree theatrical creak as you pull them open, which i really liked. There is a bar at the side of the pool but it was evident that this hasn’t been in use for a very long time, probably around 1973 at a guess.

You will find no frills, spills, or thrills at the pool. Diving in (Rule One) is prohibited and anyone doing so will be evicted. Rule Two states “Anyone with a contagious disease or is disabled is prohibited from using the pool”. Read rule two again..., slowly.

In fairness, and as has often been stated in other reviews, the hotel is exceptionally clean and the staff on the whole do a very good job with the scant resources. The hotel is in a good location, just a hundred metres or so from the beach. Alghero is an interesting old town. The locals are friendly and the nightlife is exciting. There’s good public transport system and a lot of interesting places to visit.

And if a 1970’s holiday is your thing, you will be well served in the Riviera, and good luck to you. On the other hand, if you see a middle aged, overweight, balding fellow boarding a plane at Gatwick, bound for Greece in October, wearing a huge beaming smile on his face, do stop and say hello. It might just be me.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank Kevin T
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

This hotel is a small family run hotel close to the beach in Alghero, Sardinia. It was a very quiet hotel, there is no entertainment, no childrens club and no noisey music. Which we loved. The staff are all so friendly and pleasent. My son did complain that there was no WiFi, but for me a week away from computers was bliss.I have read on TA that people complained about the food, for me the food was very good, it was an A la carte menu selected at breakfast, the food was pleasent and well presented, for my wife and son who are both vegetarian, the choice was not too good. The main course was Omlette every night. Breakfast time is continental style but was okay.

People need to understand they are not staying in the Ritz. Stop complaining about trivia.

We never had a problem getting a sun lounger around the pool and it was always quiet
The hotel is a Thomson hotel and it must be one of the smallest they use. The hotel choice in Sardinia is not massive.

The beach by the hotel was clean and the sea was beautiful, the beach is not groomed like they are in Spain. Which did mean there were lots of sea grass washed up on the sand. The snorkelling was good if you swam out to the rocks of the beach. The sea is very safe to swim in.

In the evening we went into the old town of Alghero, this is well worth a visit and not to be missed.

We did two trips one to Neptunes cave by boat, the caves were amazing. and the other was a day trip to the National Park of Asinara. This was well worth the money and we were so glad we did this. We did this excursion as a last minute outing as our thomson trip was cancelled due to lack of people.

We also did the Red Bus tour around Alghero, this was interesting as you are given headsets to listen to the commentary as they drive you around.

All I can say is we loved Sardinia and cannot understand why it not more popular with us Brits. Maybe the Italians like it that way.

Would we go back? Maybe. We would defiantely go back if there were flights from our local airport rather than drive all the way to Gatwick. For a two hour flight.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Martin F
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The Hotel Riviera is a lovely little hotel. We stayed in a room with a balcony and had a view of the sea (also buildings) and our room was on the 2nd of the 3 floors making it easier to get downstairs than a bigger hotel. The waiters were friendly and everyone there spoke Italian and English (maybe more). The lady who runs the hotel brings her cute little dog called 'Rio' and he livens up the evenings in the bar. The evening food is sometimes a poor selection for vegetarians, but the chef will change anything if you ask. Air conditioning in the room was amazing which was welcome because of the heat! Overall a nice family run hotel right by the beach and the harbour.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Matt F
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We had read some negative reviews after booking which worried us but found these to be largely unfounded. The location is great, just by the beach, the rooms and public areas are all perfectly clean. The double rooms have king-sized beds and our room had a balcony & sea view. The pool was great, perfectly clean and set among trees. We only stayed on a B&B basis but often ate lunch at the hotel and found the food really nice and definitely the best value in the area. The family & other staff were really friendly. At least half the guests were Italian, which has to be a good sign. In fact we ate at the 4-star San Marco Hotel down the road and found the staff less friendly, the food average, all the guests international and the atmosphere soulless. Only two of the gripes from previous reviews of the Riviera are true: the self-service coffee machine used at breakfast is really awful. It tastes of anything but coffee and it's true that you don't expect to have the worst coffee you've ever tasted in Italy. They have a perfectly good coffee machine in the bar so they need to allow this to be used for the restaurant as well. It's also true that you need insect repellant. I was bitten to death for the first time in over 10 years.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank Silverglad
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Address: Via Fratelli Cervi 6, 07041, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Sassari > Alghero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #26 of 49 Hotels in Alghero
Price Range: £26 - £525 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Riviera 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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