Hotel Calabona, Sardinia Italy
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This medium-sized property is perfectly located both for the attractions of the old walled town, although quite a walk away, and as a sightseeing base for the surrounding area. The beach opposite may be small but the majority of locals head for the lido or the sandy shores further along the coast. There are few facilities for children but it is certainly suitable for families content with the large pool deck. A lift makes most of the facilities readily accessible although there are several steps within the main building and stairways to the beach.
Viewed from the vantage point at the end of the town’s Valancia viewpoint, the size of the 4-storey V-shaped property is apparent with a quiet lane separating it from a small beach area. It is reached through a gated entrance from the main road which slopes down, through gardens of flower beds and shrubs to a tiered shaded parking area. A terraced forecourt has fixed parasols and a small attached portico over the double-door main entrance.
Property type: Hotel
The large foyer has arched-glass doors and windows providing natural light across the light-coloured tiled floors and dark-wood reception counter. A series of display cabinets and low cushioned stool seating adds to the gentile ambience. On the ground floor of the town-side wing there is a large bar with cocktail lounge style soft seating and an electronic piano. Adjoining this is a mirrored corridor with bistro type seating where snacks are available. The restaurant is located on the 1st floor and has sturdy high-backed wooden seats at predominantly round tables with panoramic windows affording views over the grounds.
The most striking feature in the grounds is a permanent marquee structure that is used as a venue mainly for conferences and weddings with its own dining and bar facilities. However, the main focus for guests is the pool deck situated within the V of the main building, overlooked by the balconied rooms. The tiled terrace surround is furnished with sunloungers and parasols. A series of steps lead down from the central area to the quiet lane across which, through a gated entrance, is a small sandy beach with rocky surrounds where the hotel provides beach furniture and, at certain times, life guard attendance.
Area Type: Located on the southern extremity of the town and standing on a hill that separates the old town, the property stands opposite a small sandy beach surrounded by rock walls overlooked by a popular viewing point of the coast. Nearest neighbouring property is the Carlos V on opposite side of hillock with the old town reached within a thirty minute uphill stroll. Transfer time from Alghero Airport 25 minutes.
Nearest beach: Opposite (Calabona)
Map Ref: 5
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Children’s pool/section
- Public facilities
- Evening entertainment
- Internet terminal(s)
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)