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“Not that good!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Dolphin B&B

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Blue Dolphin B&B
Ranked #41 of 257 Alghero B&B and Inns
UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not that good!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2007

This B&B can surely not deserve to be rated as top in Alghero. We thoroghly enjoyed our week long stay on the island but little did it have to do with our accomodation. The B&B is a 20 minute walk from the 'old town' on the very edge of Alghero overlooking a school and a building site. The breakfast consisted of a selection of small packaged sweet breads and cakes which is fine for a day but can not be eaten for a week. While Roberto keeps the place clean and tidy and is keen to help upon your arrival, having to be out of the B&B from 1030 until 6 leaves you with the feeling that you are in someones house and that you can not come and go as you please. While we would recomend Alghero as a great place to stay, self catering apartments would probably be the better choice if you like your own space. The Blue Dolphin is good value for money and would be fine for a day or two but not for a week.

  • Liked — It Was Clean
  • Disliked — Location/Food
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank JJFUk
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2007

Quite a nice B&B, located on the far edge of town. Clean, comfortable, simple accomodation. Shared bathroom. Very basic breakfast. Quite a way from the centre of Alghero, about 20 min walk, but its located in a fairly quiet residential street. There is a supermarket on the next road. We hired a car & there is on-street parking outside or behind the B&B. Owner accesible via mobile most times, very friendly, helpful & honest.

  • Liked — quiet location
  • Disliked — too far from town
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank eightycountries
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2007

I am just writing to confirm what the other reviews say about Blue Dolphin.If you read them all you will get a balanced view of the b+b and in particular the effort that Roberto puts into it . He is obviously proud of his town and is keen to help his guests make the most of their stay. Although Sardinia can be an expensive place to visit, by using cheap flights and budget accomodation, the total cost can be very reasonable.
We flew with Ryanair [our first time] and were impressed. Both flights left on time and both arrived approx. 30 minutes early. The planes were new and although the term 'no frills' sums the airline up perfectly, we had no problems. Apart, that is, from the muppets on both flights who had not read the baggage restrictions. You are allowed only 15kg and then you pay for any extra by the kilo. This is clearly stated. On both flights we were held up by people arguing with the check -in staff, as if they had just made the rule up on the spot, just to be difficult. They then kept the other passengers amused as they opened their suitcases on the floor and tried to redistribute their belongings to try and avoid the extra charges. One guy had a suitcase so large , it must have weighed 15kg without anything in it!
Arriving at Alghero, taking the bus is 70cents and a taxi is approx. 25 euros, so that's a no-brainer. Read the Alghero forums on this site for all the information you need about ticket machines, where the bus stop is, what happens if the ticket machine is broken, etc. etc.
When you reach the terminus, you phone Roberto and he comes and picks you up. This is really useful. It avoids wandering around a strange town,in the dark, dragging a suitcase ,without the faintest idea of your whereabouts. On the way to the b+b he points out the street names and routes that you will use during your stay. He will then show you where everything is in the BD and how everything works. He will also give you his mobile phone number which is also very useful. Hopefully, like us, you will not need to call him as we thought this should only be used if we were in difficulty, and not every time we needed change for a 5 euro note, or whatever.
As other reviews point out, the BD is not in the most pictureresque part of town and the walk to town is 10-15 minutes. Bear in mind that you will probably do this twice a day, typically walking to the beach or bus stops, walking back to shower and change ,and then back to town at night to eat and drink, and then back afterwards to sleep. We did not at any time feel unsafe,but looking in the same shop windows twice a day can get a bit boring!
A bit about Alghero. It's growing. There are a lot of cranes, property prices are soaring and this has a lot to do with cheap air fares. Now is a good time to go as it still retains its character, which might not always be the case.
One of the most pleasing aspects of our trip was the feeling of actually being abroad. Unlike Spain and Greece, English is not the first language, and you sometimes have to work to make yourself understood, which is a refreshing change. At the moment there are no 'English pubs', no 'all day English breakfast', and best of all,no overweight, middle-aged blokes in football shirts.
Walking through the old town is a bit like being in a film set, but look above the expensive shops and you will see that it is still home to lots of local people, their washing hanging from balcony to balcony, across the high, narrow streets.
In summary, it is still possible to do it fairly cheaply.Fly Ryanair or similar and if you are flexible with your dates, you can get a better deal. If we had travelled 2 days earlier, the return fare would have been £48 instead of £88. Stay at BD or similar, the cost is much less than staying in beach-side hotels. Use the buses instead of taxis[get a timetable from the tourist information office] and don't pay restaurant prices every night. There are good supermarkets, take-away pizza, etc. so you can eat and drink well on a budget.
Hope this helps.

  • Liked — cleanliness price
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank bill50uk
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UK
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2007

Situated up a back street on the edge of Alghero with no view worth talking about, 'The Blue Dolphin' seems an unlikely place to find a little bit of heaven. But there it is; a beautifully presented large room with adjacent shared bathroom and kitchen might not qualify in most people's opinion as much to write home about but when the host is Senore Roberto and the immaculate cleanliness and attention to detail are taken into account, then, 'The Blue Dolphin' really comes into its own.
I have stayed in well rated hotels which do not compare to this B&B! In fact my last experience of Italian B&B led to my expectations of this property being well... low. It was wonderful to be proved completely wrong.
Roberto richly deserves every plaudit I can throw at him. From the first moment my wife and I entered the apartment building to the last time we closed the door (was it really just over a week ago?) we were treated as honoured guests for whom nothing was too much trouble. A rare thing in itself in these days when it seems that, more often than not, money alone dictates the warnth of a welcome.
Let me stress this is a B&B and not a hotel. But if you are in Alghero I challenge you to find a better place to stay at a reasonable price... unless you really want all inclusive luxury. We'll be back as soon as possible and who knows we might just meet you at some point. In the meantime: 'Ciao!'

  • Liked — Its owners personality
  • Disliked — Quite a walk from the centre of town on a hot day (approx 1 Km)
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Aardvarkguy
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Liverpool
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2007

6 of us went to Alghero just for one night, because it was a super-cheap flight and we fancied a Christmas night out with a difference!

We arrived late in the evening, to find out that our original B+B (owned by Roberto's sister) had been double booked. Initially disappointed, tired and wary of where we might be going, the lovely Roberto turned up to drive us to the Blue Dolphin. Our initial disappointment disappeared when we went inside, to find immaculate bedrooms and bathrooms, tons of space, and a 'help yourself' kitchen with drinks, biscuits, cakes on tap.

The location is a decent walk away from the town centre, but this wasn't really a problem, and I'm sure if we'd stayed longer we'd have figured out the bus routes and times, or just jumped in a taxi.

Roberto and his girlfriend were incredibly helpful, even driving us back into the town to find somewhere to eat. We ordered taxis the next evening to take us back to the airport, and Roberto was on hand again to make sure we got away in good time. He was prepared to drive us to the airport himself if the taxi was late.

We had such a great 24 hours, but it wasn't nearly long enough, so we're going to have at least 2 nights this year as our pre-Christmas treat.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and decor
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank LiverpoolKari
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Wigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2007

The Blue Dolphin is ideal for those booking a short stay in Alghero. After our flight into Alghero we took the bus into town and were met by the owner, Roberto at the bus station. He drove us to the B & B which is about 15 minutes walk from the centre of the old town. The B & B is in a quiet location on the edge of town and is spotlessly clean. The rooms are spacious enough and comfortable. You share a bathroom & kitchen with guests in another room. Breakfast is self service.

Fantastic value for money. Would definately return and would not hesitate to recommend this place to others.

  • Liked — Cleanliness & value for money
  • Disliked — 15 minutes walk from town
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank BishopLenBrennan
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England
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2007

My wife and I stayed here in March for just over a week and were very pleased with our choice of accommodation, as detailed below.


- Location
Although not the most centrally-located choice (it's around 15 minutes' walk from the heart of the town), this makes for a better price and more peaceful setting (an apartment building on the end of a quiet residential street). NB: there was some building work in that part of town, but we didn't notice any noise at all.

We enjoyed our walks to and from town - a straightforward route either by the quiet Via Marconi, or the busy, shop-lined Via XX Settembre, which takes you right to the seafront and old town.

It looked like there was plenty of room for on-street parking nearby, although we chose not to hire a car and stuck to the FdS/ARST buses instead.


- Accommodation
On entering The Blue Dolphin, stairs lead to one apartment on the first floor, and one on the second. We had one of the two bedrooms in the 2nd (top) floor apartment, and a shared bathroom and small kitchen.

You do have to hope your 'flatmates' are reasonably considerate (e.g. not bathrooom-hoggers or door-bangers!) but at least there's only one other room (better than some B&B/hostels I've been in). Each room has a lock, although the key looks like it might work in either door! There's also a key to the apartment and to the front door downstairs.

The room was big and clean and bright, with double doors onto a small balcony. As the weather was hit-and-miss, we were thankful for the remote-controlled air conditioning unit being able to heat as well as cool. The bed was a comfortable & good-sized double, although it seemed like one that would split into two singles if necessary. We also had a TV, small bedside tables with (albeit dim) lamps, and a good-sized wardrobe, plus a spare bed in the corner (useful for putting things on!).

The bathroom had a bath with shower attachment, and various thoughtful touches such as bath gel & shampoo, plasters, cotton wool, plenty of spare toilet rolls and a hairdryer.

The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, double sink, microwave oven and espresso machine, and our host Roberto turned up with a (brand new) toaster during our stay. The cutlery, cups, bowls and disposable plates are essentially for breakfast but also allow some (limited) self-catering. There is a washing machine used by Roberto for the towels, bedsheets etc, which he kindly offered to let us use (by prior arrangement).

The decor is quite 'fresh' and modern, I suppose reflecting the fact that Roberto is a relatively young (but very professional!) host.


- Breakfast
Fine for us, as we knew what to expect. Typical ingredients for an Italian breakfast are provided - ground coffee, milk (several small cartons), a variety of individually-wrapped sweet goodies (cakes, muffins, croissants etc), and mini pre-wrapped toasts, plus portions of butter and jam. A selection of tea includes decaffeinated, camomile and fruit infusions, and there is also instant coffee (if you must). We chose to supplement this with some fresh bread, fruit and yoghurt from the supermarket just round the corner (less than a minute's walk).


- Service
I don't think I have come across a more friendly, thoughtful host than Roberto, who manages to be very attentive, friendly and chatty, without being obtrusive (a rare balance of welcoming, personal service with some privacy and independence). In that regard particularly, the Blue Dolphin works well. It's not like what we know as a B&B in the UK (perhaps nearer the idea of a Spanish 'hostal'); Roberto doesn't live there himself, but does live nearby and is available 24h on his mobile. He's a genuinely nice and helpful host, always willing to advise, and provides various maps and leaflets for guests' perusal.

He also visits every day to clean the apartment and change towels and bedding as necessary. When the temperature dropped, Roberto made our bed up with an extra blanket without us having to ask, and left a little note to let us know! Everything looks and smells very clean! He is generally very welcoming and keen to ensure a pleasant stay, and always seems to be thinking of ways to improve his already-excellent B&B.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the friendly town of Alghero, and our only reservation about the Blue Dolphin was the request (on the information sheet in our room) for guests to leave the room free from 10:30 - 18:00... a bit awkward as we often like to have an afternoon rest or 'siesta' on holiday. That said, we did pop back in at various times with shopping etc. and Roberto didn't seem to mind at all (he was chatty as ever!).

In summary... thoroughly recommended!

  • Liked — Friendly, thoughtful owner
  • Disliked — Rule about keeping room free from 10:30am - 6pm every day
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Zochtu
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Property: Blue Dolphin B&B
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi 75, 07041, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Sassari > Alghero
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 257 B&Bs / Inns in Alghero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Dolphin, your home in Alghero. Services Included: breakfast, air conditioning/heating in room, room with balcony, TV in room, bedroom and bathroom linen, hairdryer, shampoo and shower gel.The breakfast is served in living room (winter) or in terrace (in summer) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ... more   less 
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