From day one the service we received was friendly and efficient - the family and their staff clearly work hard to maintain their business and, it would seem, have invested much in it in recent years (e.g. what appears to be a brand new swimming pool with great sea views). We speak very little Italian, and the owners speak little English but this caused us no difficulties at all during our stay.
Our room was large, simply decorated and kept very clean. Again it had the feel of recent investment and was obviously maintained to a high standard.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of Cala Gonone - on the main road in from Dorgali. It's very easy to find by car for new arrivals. The port and town centre are a 10 - 15 minute walk from the hotel. It's steep, but with a carb-rich Italian diet that may not be such a bad thing for some of us! Parking is plentiful at the hotel and in town - how parking charges work in town centre car parks however remains a mystery!
The hotel restaurant ran a simple, fixed price menu whilst we were there - different I assume in the height of the season, but practical for our end of season visit. We also visited bars and restaurants in town, all of which served a good variety of local food - pasta, pizza, good range of local fish and veg. The quality of local red wine was exceptional!
With 6 out of 7 days of good weather (by all accounts we were lucky as there has been a lot of recent rain), we spent a lazy few days on various beaches in the vicinity of Cala Gonone, including a day spent visiting beaches and caves by boat further down the coast - beautiful, and well worth going just a little bit further than the slightly over-hyped Cala Luna.
All in all a good introduction to Sardinia with Hotel Brancamaria acting as our friendly and comfortable base. Thank you.
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- Also Known As:
- Ristorante Brancamaria Hotel
- Ristorante Brancamaria Dorgali
- Hotel Ristorante Brancamaria Sardinia/Cala Gonone