I spent one week with my friend at this hotel, both 28 year old females. We found the staff beyond wonderful, admittedly the English of the staff was very limited, however they all went to every effort to accommodate us.
We found the Sardinian people to be the friendliest, decent, and fun people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The staff were always smiling to us and we felt the reviews we had read were not reflective of our experience at all. Even outside the hotel they would make every effort with us. Whilst out one night, the girls dragged us on the dance floor and offered us a lift home later.
The breakfast is minimal, self service croissants, with condiments, cheese, ham, cereal and cake on offer. Being wheat intolerant the only available food was the yogurt. But you can buy fruit from the local shop. We dined once at the hotel, and could not understand the poor reviews. We did not try the set menus, instead the sea-food salad and pasta. Both of which were only €8 each and the quality as good as any of the town's restaurants.
The rooms are more than sufficient, the shower was really good. The safe and fridge no extra charge, and kept clean. The only downfall is the lack of a balcony. I quite enjoy the option of chilling on the balcony at the end of an evening, unfortunately none of the rooms have them.
It's a large pool, however the weather was poor throughout our stay so we were only there once. As mentioned on other reviews no music is played anywhere in the hotel, so there is a lack of atmosphere.
The lounge was large and comfy, the TV was a large flat screen, and the views from the hotel pool and outdoor seating area are amazing.
If you're fit then it's no problem. It's a 20 minute walk into the town, 25 back - but the roads are really very steep.
Very small, but it leads to everyone knowing each other and a lovely atmosphere. There are only two bars open late, the Caribbean Bar, which has live music and closes approx 1am, and the Garden Bar, which closes around the same time. The Garden Bar is ridiculously good value for drink. For food, we dined in a number of the restaurants and have to admit I was really rather disappointed with the standard of food. I found it similar to that on Greek/Spanish islands. I can save you the time and just head straight to Simone's. Walk down to the beach and it's by the port to the left direction of the hotel. The staff are fabulous, the food the best you'll find in the town, and the value is brilliant. It's busy in there every night. If you smoke, you can only buy cigarettes from the tobacconists. Be warned everything opens around 8.30-14.30 / 16:30-20.00. The vending machine only works if you have an identity card. The shops being closed for so long can be frustrating. We didn't hire a car, but did go on a boat trip. It really is a beautiful part of the world, but if it rains lots then you aren't left with much to do other than drink the evening and sleep in the day.
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- Also Known As:
- Ristorante Brancamaria Hotel
- Ristorante Brancamaria Dorgali
- Hotel Ristorante Brancamaria Sardinia/Cala Gonone