We use tripadvisor.com a lot and every single decision we have made using it has panned out in spades. It was through tripadvisor that we happened upon Borgo Antico.
First the town: San Pantaleo is mountain town about 4 km from the coast, nestled between beautiful rugged peaks that have stood guard for 10s of thousands of years. It's a beautiful town of lovely people and a photograph around every corner. The piazza is clean, welcoming and a perfect spot to end an evening walk after a day of enjoying the coast below. We spend every evening at Caffe Nina who offer a fab selection of wines, grappas and the best in every category of your favorite imbibe.
The pizzeria in town is really good as well - but the other local restaurants were disappointing (not matter - there are so many choices within 20 minutes).
They aren't kidding when they reco you have a car for Sardegna. It's an essential. Driving the Costa Smeralda is actually a lot of fun and there's plenty to discover.
Finally, the hotel: what a find!
Clean, picturesque, comfortably situated, well-appointed, VERY helpful, professional and courteous staff at every turn (we loved the two ladies that handled breakfast every morning - and the admin staff is top drawer - and what you'd expect from a Papillo Hotel).
The Borgo is nestled in a quiet neighbourhood just off the beaten path so that it's close to everything in town, yet quiet enough to deliver peace and tranquility when you want it.
The hacienda style layout surrounds a lovely refreshing pool. Olive trees and mirto adorn the wonderfully kept pathways and pool courtyard while the sundeck is wide open to, well, the sun - and the magnificent mountains that protect the village.
This is a great little find and we will return the next time we yearn for a taste of Sardegna.
The ONLY thing that we would have appreciated that Borgo Antico couldn't officially offer was internet access. But, the night manager was kind enough to let us send an important email on his own personal laptop - refusing to take a tip for his kind gesture.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Borgo Antico
- Borgo Antico Olbia
- Papillo Hotels & Resorts Borgo Antico Sardinia/San Pantaleo