With the soft sands of Alghero Lido just opposite, the Florida Hotel is a great base for beach-lovers. You can also expect a sea-view pool area and a restaurant with Sardinian specialities on the menu.
Right on Alghero’s seafront, this place is just a hop across the road from Alghero Lido with its amazing sunsets. The town centre, meanwhile, is a 15-minute stroll along the Passeggiata Busquets. It’s a romantic stretch serving up nice views of the port and beach, with plenty of bars and restaurants lining the route.
Design-wise, the hotel works a retro Sixties look – think cubist-style balconies and flashes of funky orange. Step inside, meanwhile, and it’s a whole different ball game. The reception is spruced up with a classic yet contemporary combination of lemon-yellow walls, marble floors and spotlights.
The restaurant follows suit. It’s a light and airy eatery complete with smart wooden furniture and splashes of bordeaux. And it’s the perfect sea-view spot to tuck into Continental breakfasts or Sardinian specialities later in the day.
As for the bedrooms, you’ll find simple, smartly-dressed spaces. On the décor front, they all showcase a Med-style mix of terracotta floor tiles, neutral walls and wooden furnishings. And as for mod cons, air-conditioning comes as standard. All rooms have a private balcony, too, with a select few offering up seaviews.
Rounding things off is the pool area. There are two pools, both sea-facing, with one for adults and the other for children. With a pool bar, terrace with flatscreen satellite TV and plenty of loungers also thrown into the mix, you can easily while away the hours here.
We stayed at this hotel through Thomsons and wondered what to expect due to the mixed reviews. However, we found that the hotel more than met our expectations. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Excellent pool area, kept very clean with attractive shrubs and grass surrounding it. Thomsons could not provide a room with full sea view, so as recommended in previous reviews, we paid directly to the hotel for a full seaview balcony. Following a very helpful email exchange, we were located a room on the third floor, giving us a glorious view of the sea in front with a view of the old harbour on the left, with views towards Fertilia and beyond on the right. However, I should maybe mention that a full sea view room is also in full sun in the afternoon, so sometimes it could be too hot to sit for long on the balcony. The room was excellent, lots of hanging space, lovely and clean, with a modern, clean bathroom and towels changed daily. Breakfast provided everything we wanted. We had booked half-board as there was no option for b/b when booking with Thomsons, but we found ourselves eating there every night. Have been to Italy before, so quite happy to just relax and not have to find other restaurants. Good choice of first course buffet, excellent second course pasta dishes, but the quality of the main meat/fish dish sometimes varied from fair to excellent. Had an excellent steak but only 3 chips! The main course was followed by a good range of desserts and if cake was on, this was always a favourite. However, you have to remember, that you are not paying for a five star hotel, but all in all, its a very good three star hotel offering excellent five star service. After our dinner, we usually walked into the old town, and we are in our mid-sixties, but certainly didn't feel this was too far away. We would also recommend the 15 minute walk to the Maria Pia Beach where we used the orange umbrellas at 15 euros for two loungers and an umbrella, or 12 euros for half day until 2.00 pm. and where the food was clearly priced. This was the better beach, no smells with lovely clear water and no seaweed. People there also much friendlier than the Thomsons beach at the Hotel San Marco which we only used once. Would recommend catching the train to Sassari - excellent cathedral there hidden away with museum for only 2 euros. Also got the early bus to Bosa - first bus back is 5.15 pm - explored the castle and walked down to the beach/harbour. As not dressed for the beach, found a lovely cafe for lunch just opposite the river - Caffe - Del Porto on Via Cristoford Colombo 24- (not on trip advisor yet) very art deco and very clean.More
Paris090, London, United Kingdom
Nice hotel. Pricey for what it is
Me and my boyfirend visited this hotel in August. We paid extra for the seaview room which I am so pleased we did as it was beautiful sat on our balcony looking out. The staff were helpful and very quick with checking us in. Our room was always spotless and comfy. The breakfast that is included in the price was great. There was so much to choose from and it was all tasty.
The location is perfect aswell. It is only 10 min walk to the old town and the beach is straight across the street, literally seconds walk.
The reason I have marked this hotel down is because we spent lots of time around the pool and wanted to stay there all day. Although we found ourselves having to go out for lunch as the lunch here is terrible. We were shocked becuase the breakfast is so good. There was not much to choose from and the toasties were packets that had been delivered with no filling at all (not freshly made). We tried eating here twice and found both times it was disappointing.
We also hired a car for our trip. When we had to pay we found out we were paying the same high price as everyone else that wasnt even staying in the hotel. It would have helped if they maybe discounted it for us as we were customers of theres. We had to pay 10 euros a day which we found far too expensive.
The air conditioning was also a problem. It was extremely old and woke us up on a night. We needed it on because we were so hot.
I do feel this is a nice place to stay although for the same price we have stayed in alot nicer hotel. Very pricey.More
jadeyboo16, York, United Kingdom
Clean and friendly
This hotel has good and bad points, I will start with the good first.
1) the hotel and rooms were very clean and well kept.
2) staff are friendly and willing to show you where the local sites are etc
3) breakfast is nice and varied
Now the bad
1) air conditioning is noisy
2) air conditioning units need replaced. They do work and cool down the room, however they are an eyesore. Covered in rust.
3) people banging doors in the middle of the night
4) if you are unfit, then the walk into the old city can get tedious after a while. There is also some sort of "sewage outlet" consisting of stagnant water/ waste area you pass on the walk in, and it stinks every time.
A good hotel, however next time I will stay closer to the old cityMore
kamikazi929, Saltcoats, United Kingdom
9th year running for myself, 2nd time for another couple and 1st time for 2 other couples. As all my previous reviews on this hotel I cannot fault it. Nornally travel end of May and this time did end of August. I only do B&B which is quite adequate. The rooms are spotless with towels changed everyday even if you hang them back on the rail. Pool area is kept spotless. All staff are excellent and friendly even though some of them do no speak a lot of English. Lovely view of the sunsets from the balcony.Couple of bars across the road which stay open quite late. Ramblas restaurant a few yards from the hotel continue to cater excellently, very reasonable prices and good food. Ate at a few others around the old town too. Will certainly return next year for 10th year.More
aitchjayes, Essex, UK
Alghero the good and bad
Stayed at Hotel Florida with family mid August 2014, friendly staff clean rooms, dimly light, and air con variable. Food good although 4 courses to much to fast. If you don't eat it today your get it another way tomorrow !. They did lay on an excellent Mid August celebration meal, best lobster ever. Pool never crowded, life guard a bit over keen to crack down on Fun !. Lido beach opposite weedy and polluted from sewage ? This comes from the outfall 300m south near town, walk the 1 km North to Maria Pia beach nice and clean. Alghero town like Venice without canals fantastic, just don't let your kids in the "willy Wonka" pick and mix sweet shops or your pay 13 euros for a bag of Haribos ???. Good location, stay here easy walk to town or 1 K to Maria Pia and get a car to explore beaches further a field.More
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