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La Vecchia Fonte Hotel
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Palau
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Berlin, Germany
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135 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“comfortable and friendly hotel”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

The hotel itself meets all expectations and provided a very pleasant and relaxing experience for us - spacious and clean rooms, friendly and professional service, nice breakfast. We had the royal suite, which has a sitting room and a roof terrace with a jacuzzi, and there was a plate of strawberries waiting for us in the room as a welcome - nice touch. At low-season, and not yet too hot summer weather, the treat was well worth the higher price. Also because the suite has sound-proof windows.
Which brings me to the most unfortunate points about La Vecchia Fonte - its location and its noisy neighbours. Between the hotel and the nice marina, you have an ugly parking lot (which however hosts a market, nice for sampling local produce). A real let-down are the bars on the square, not even nice tavernas or winebars, just soulless junk, which turn up the noise to ridiculous volumes - it ruins the atmosphere of the town, and it certainly ruins your sleep if you're in a front room without soundproof windows. So make sure you get a room out on the back, or take the suite, pack earplugs, and don't travel in high season.
As much as I enjoyed staying in the hotel, this aspect would make me hesitate to go back in high season; tourism has evolved from cheap drinks and loud music! I seriously wonder how even the locals accept this situation. I would like to know whether there are any efforts made to address this point - would be shame for a nice hotel to be let down by its neighbourhood like that.
So overall three points - I would like to give the hotel 5, but zero for the location and noise. Please do something about it!

Room Tip: Room to the back, or the royal suite. Otherwise, Earplugs strongly recommended.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

This hotel is very lovely. The rooms are a nice size (for Europe). The bathrooms are also very nice, with shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps, blow dryer etc. The people at the concierge desk are also very nice and helpful. There is a huge street vendor showcase that sets up every night in front of the hotel, with nearly every souvenir item you could think of. Some mornings there was a farmers market/clothes market setup in front of the hotel. We were a little worried at first about the giant play ground and small carnival that seem to be permanent fixtures on the port, but it was never loud in our room. (FYI: Italy is full of screaming, unhappy children that don't go to sleep until the wee hours of the morning.) So if you book here, I'd suggest asking for a room in the back of the hotel, just in case. Beds are hard, like most of Italy. Oh, and bring extra money for parking. Overall, very nice and I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: Book a room in the back of the hotel for less noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2012

I was looking for a beach front hotel ... this one has sea view but seperated from the sea or the amrina by a big parking.... the rooms are good and the staff very helpfull.
the only complaint is on the internet...doesnt work inthe rooms except thru cabale and even that it didnt work that well.
breakfast was good.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank riri25
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Leeds
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed here at the end of September for our base at the North of the island. The hotel is in an excellent location to explore the superb beaches of the Cosa Smerelda! Location is also great as you can walk for 3-4 minutes to get the ferry to La Maddelana.

Rooms are big and spacious and common areas well kept. Staff were friendly and made a superb suggestions including Snoopy's which we went to twice! Breakfast was good (if you ask they make you fresh coffee), although don't expect a cooked breakfast.

All in all we would return here next time we stay in Palau.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2011

This is a very good, professionally run hotel in the center of Palau.
The location is quite nice but the hotel doesn't have its own beach.
Our room was spacious, beautifully designed and very comfortable. We slept very well.
The hotel must have been recently refurbished, since everything is in excellent condition.
The rooms and the rest of the hotel are absolutely spotless.
Breakfast is lovely, except for the breads. But that seemed to be an issue everywhere we went on Sardinia.

Service is very friendly but unfortunately a little hit and miss.

+ The late night transfer from the airport to the hotel went very smoothly. Great driver and new spacious car were greatly appreciated.
+ Palau is nice enough but it’s really all about the Maddalena archipelago. And the hotel did book us a fantastic day cruise on the Città di Chiavari. Spargi’s Cala Corsara is eye-candy at its finest and mustn’t be missed.

- Unfortunately, we did encounter some issues with travel arrangements and the front desk didn’t help much in sorting this out, even though I addressed the issue prior to our arrival.
- Restaurant reservations should really be addressed by management. Front desk couldn’t give any real recommendations, didn’t have all phone numbers, and did not succeed at securing last minute dinner reservations at our first choice restaurant. This is a real shame since we ended up having an overpriced and unauthentic dinner at a pretentious restaurant around the corner instead.

For me the main reason for staying at a nice hotel has to do with service and not having to stress over travel arrangements and dinner reservations myself while on holidays. More detailed knowledge of the restaurant scene and a little schmoozing with restaurant owners hardly costs anything and goes a long way in making the guest experience that much better.

I would happily return to La Vecchia Fonte but I am tempted to try out La Maddalena as a base for the archipelago instead next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank Preppy M
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UK
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2011

We stayed in La Vecchia Fonte for two nights and would have been happy to stay longer. The room was great, good size, clean and with all the facilites we'd need. The balcony was an added bonus and a great place to relax and watch the world go by after a busy day sight seeing. The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast was excellelent -everything you need to start the day. We parked for free in the car park opposite the hotel which was fine at the start of the holiday season but may be busy (and paid for) during the busier holiday season. Palau was a lovely town with a selection of bars and restaurants to choose from. The relaxed vibe of the hotel and town provided the perfect start to our honeymoon.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2011

We stayed in Palau 2 nights, nice place very chilled out and good atmosphere. The Hotel was just ok for what you pay, specially if you travel with young children. There are NO WIFI signal in the rooms, NO KETTLE or coffee in the room. VERY POOR BREAKFAST.
WATER from TAP quite DIrty.
No value for money.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Sardinia_4_ever, Proprietario at La Vecchia Fonte Hotel, responded to this review, 3 May 2011
Dear Sirs,
we thank you for coming to visit us in Palau. I'd like to give you more information about our services: you can find free kettles in the Superior rooms whereas in the Classic ones (the kind of room you booked) you can get kettles on request.
The wi-fi connection is available just in the hall. In the room you can only have cable connection. About the dirty water, we believe that it could depends on the water tubes and sometimes can happens during the opening week. I'm sorry you didn't appreciate our breakfast that includes: croissants, biscuits, cakes, cheese, cold cuts, cereals, fruit juices, fresh fruit, boiled eggs and yougurt.
Looking forward to welcoming you again, our regards.
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Property: La Vecchia Fonte Hotel
Address: Via Fonte Vecchia 48 | direzione Porto Turistico, 07020, Palau, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Palau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palau
#4 Luxury Hotel in Palau
#5 Family Hotel in Palau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — La Vecchia Fonte Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 4-star hotel overlooking the harbour is a 5-minute walk from the main beaches. Parking is free from late September until April.The rooms are decorated with traditional Sardinian-style furniture and light colours. Some rooms offer views of the harbour, which links to La Maddalena Archipelago. Wi-Fi is free throughout.The café and breakfast bar is situated on the ground floor next to the hall. Coffee, aperitifs, and cocktails are served in a refined atmosphere inspired by the seafaring world.La Vecchia Fonte's courteous staff can assist you throughout your stay in Palau. ... more   less 
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