Me and my girlfriend chose the hostel, because we wanted to spend some quiet days close to a beach in a gay-friendly surrounding and that's exactly what we got.
Although we were the only gay couple we could identify there (not only at the hostel- the people on holidays in the region we spotted - seemed to be mostly italian families and mature couples from several countries), we felt quite comfortable and not "strange" or unsafe there, especially because of the especially friendly and helpful staff, who did everything to make us feel good there. When I got sick at the second day of our holidays, they arranged me some special meal, which we wasn't even charged for and they swiftly called a very nice and helpful doctor when I needed it.
Our room was very comfortable and simple. The double bed was big (I think 180x200 cm) and had two mattresses, which some may critisize, but for us it was okay. In front of the room there was a small terrace with table and two chairs. I just missed a place to hang our beach towels and bikinis ouside. I put them on the chair outside, which wasn't ideal, but still okay.
The bathroom was equipped with a shower cubicle, a toilet, a bidet and a not so small basin. During two days there were problems in the bathroom, concerning the water quality: The water came out with more or less brown colour, so we didn't dare to wash ourselves with it. The guy at the reception told us, that they were suffering from problems with the water in the whole village these days, so I guess, it wasn't their fault, but still our holiday was quite affected from the problem.
I also think that the room smelt quite muggy, as soon as the windows were closed, although everything was really clean (it was wet cleaned every day).
Please notice, that even the closest beach is too far away to walk there comfortably, so you will need a car every day. We had to drive around 5 minutes to get to Ottiolu, the closest beach. The more beautyful beach of San Teodoro is further away (around 10 min until you can park the car somewhere) and to buy some food, drinks or other stuff in a small market it also takes you min. 5 min. per car. There also is no pedestrian path to walk down the hill to reach any facilities.
We both really enjoyed the beautiful terrace, where breakfast was served every morning. We could watch the sea and a part of the region from there.
The breakfast-buffet was rich and even though we can't eat everything because of several allergies, we found things to eat every day (tea, coffee, fresh fruit, joghurt, cereals, jam, prosciutto, cheese, white bread, toast and variable delicious stuff like regional sweets and antipasti ...I wouldn't really mention the juices, they weren't really juicy, more instant). We really appreciated, that the waiter kept our lactose-free milk in the fridge for us and served them to us every day.
We found the dinner-menu (25€) not really worth it. It wasn't bad, but nothing special, but we remerked it positive, that the drinks were delicious and not expensive.
I personally liked the pool. It was clean enough to refresh there, but there was only one sunshade, that couldn't be fixed there. Still, the sunloungers were comfortable, although a bit used.
Conclusion: We would surely go there again :)
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