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Dei Pini Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Le Bombarde, 07041 Alghero, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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“10 days at Dei Pini in sept 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Great hotel! Great staff! Great Beach (although - after a windy period it could do with a more thorough and speedier cleaning up) Great food. And not to forget: The most magnificent property directly on the Seashore with great view to Alghero.New this year: A wonderful and well maintained outdoor pool. Will definetely come again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldeipini, Responsabile reception at Dei Pini Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Mr Stord,

Thanks a lot for the time you dedicated to review our hotel. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again.

Best regards from the whole staff Hotel dei Pini
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

End of September 2012. Fantastic hotel, incredible location. The new pool terrace overlooking the bay, was a particular highlight! Fantastic view from the breakfast room/restaurant and main bar terrace too. Beware that you will need a car though, as the best restaurants are in the old town, which is €23 each way in a taxi. Apart from that, it's great. We just used tripadvisor for restaurant reviews, didn't disappoint!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldeipini, Responsabile reception at Dei Pini Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Danny and Stace,

Thanks a lot for the time you dedicated to review our hotel. We really hope to welcoming you soon again.

THANks again and kind regards from the whole staff dei Pini
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed here from 23rd to 30th September. We arrived early (10:30) but were still given an introduction, a chance to get "freshened up" and somewhere to put our luggage. We then went down to the beach for a few hours until our rooms were ready (15:00).

The beach is lovely. Accessible by some steps (no disabled access) but easy to get to. Every room has two sun loungers and a parasol which are numbered, so there's no need to rush to the beach to reserve a spot. The only change to this is when it gets windy and the sea gets rough. As the sea come in further, they remove some of the front loungers. When the wind picks up, they put a red flag up to state no swimming, but it gets rough so that's a good idea! The rough seas can bring seaweed up onto the beach, and it takes a day or two for it to get clean again.

The bed is very hard, and they are just two singles pushed together (although this becoming more and more popular in hotels I've found). The aircon does have much range of temperature, but it's more than enough. The bed linen it quite "rough" and there's not much of it! There's no tea/coffee making facilities, no iron and the shower is very small. But it's nice enough and cleaned daily.

You seat yourself for breakfast, so don't wait around for someone to come and sit you down. Breakfast is served between 08:00 and 10:00. Breakfast comprises of cereals, cakes, croissants, scrambled egg, bacon, bread, fresh fruit, yoghurts, hams, cheeses, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices, etc, so there's plenty to fill your stomach on! Tea and coffee is self service, which I wouldn't expect from a 4-star hotel, but it's not the end of the world, and the machine is easy to use (and very nice).

There is somewhere to get lunch on site each day (between 12:00 and 14:00) which is nice enough. They do a standard menu of salads and then change their hot food menu every day. Sit yourself down and they bring over some bread rolls, traditional Sardinian flat bread and some bread sticks. Food is brought to you quick enough, but not so quick that it is pre-prepared. The Parma ham and melon is nice :)

Dinner is quite a short sitting (between 19:30 and 21:00). You should reserve a table if you're not half board, as it can get busy with the half board guests. Just book it at reception during the day. Before you sit down, grab a basket of bread, as this is self-service. Also try and sneak some olive oil and white wine vinegar, as this goes lovely on the bread rolls :) Their dinner setup is a bit alien to me, but we went along with it anyway. To have their full dinner menu (starter, first course, main course and dessert) is going to set you back about 60 Euros! The starter, which is essentially a buffet of sea food, pastas, meats, etc is 22 Euros! A bit steep in my eyes, so I'd have just a first and a main if I was feeling hungry. A first course (normally pasta) is anything from 8 to 12 Euros. The main course (normally a meat or fish) is anything from 10 to 15 Euros. It comes with veg, so you don't need to order the extra veg which is at the bottom of the menu. The menu isn't very clear about what options there are for dessert, so just ask. It's normally fresh fruit, gelato, fruit with gelato or a cake. As for drinks, even the "cheap" bottles of white wine (16 Euros) are nice. Two of them are fizzy (frizzante) so check if you don't want a fizzy wine.

Off of food for a second!!! The swimming pool is accessible by going out the front and up he steps to the left. Which seems a bit of an awkward way to get there. Outside of lunch hours you can walk through the outside bit of the restaurant to get there. But this is close between 12:00 and 15:00. The pool is open from 10:30 - 13:00 and then 15:00 - 18:30. You can still sunbathe outside of these hours. Although the pool is shut, you can lie by the side. Most people go for lunch during the two hour closed period though. The pool is cold! It's not heated, and the sun doesn't do a good job of warming it up! Just jump (subtly) straight in and that's the easiest way to get used to the temperature. It's lovely and clean. It says not drinks on the safety sign, but I think plastic bottles are ok as long as you use the bins provided.

Now onto the area itself. The hotel is only 10-15 minutes from the airport, but the taxi companies charge about 25 Euros to get to the hotel from the airport (each way)! It's cheaper to get a taxi from the airport (although you may have to wait 5-10 minutes) as to pre-book one was going to cost £40 (50 Euros) each way! The hotel is not close to any amenities. It's a taxi journey, drive or long walk to Alghero! A taxi cost us another 25 Euros each way. In hindsight, I would probably have hired a car. There was plenty of free parking on the beach on the lead up to Aghero, and then a 20-30 minute walk along the beach into town would have been bearable. Algghero itself is very small. It's a maze of little streets which can only be identified by the road names! So take a map. We got on a tour bus (as we do on most holidays) which leaves from by the harbour. It costs 18 Euros, lasts two hours, and travels right up to Neptunes Grotto. It stops along the way so you can get on/off as you please. The sights are great, so take a camera. There's plenty of restaurants in Alghero, so you won't struggle to find something to eat, although a lot of the shops/restaurants close between 13:00 and 16:00! You can get a taxi from a taxi rank next to the tourist information centre which is about 100m (if that) up the hill from the harbour.

We only left the hote twice, once to go to Alghero, and once to go on a wine/olive evening at a local vineyard. It... was... brilliant! You can find it on Trip Advisor under Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri. Book in advance, as they run English and Italian speaking tours during the week. It costs 20 Euros per person, and comprises of a talk about the history of the vineyard and local area, a tour and talk of the vineyard and the olive groves, some tasting of wine, cheese, bread, olives, olive oil and sausage. It's great value! It runs between 17:30 to 19:30, although if you're getting a taxi back, get it to pick you up at 20:00 as it can overrun. You also get the opportunity to buy some oil or wine, so take some cash as it's lovely! A taxi from the hotel cost us 30 Euros each way, which is a bit steep, as it's about 10-15 minutes away.

I think I've waffled on enough now, so I'm going to do a little summary, and then some positives and negatives of the hotel.

SUMMARY - Sardinia was lovely. The scenery is great, the weather was lovely, and the food was great. The hotel definitely gets its 4-starts on the location front, rather than service. In hindsight I would have hired a car, as we would have seen more of the island that way. The hotel is "basic". There are things that I have seen in other hotels that I would have expected in this hotel (covered below). I would stay here again, but only on the basis that we hired a car or stayed half board.

POSITIVES - The location is amazing. So peaceful and views are lovely. The beach is well kept, although after a storm/windy period, it gets rough and the beach gets covered in debris/seaweed. The pool is very well kept, although it could do with being heated! Breakfast has a good selection. I'm not a fan of continental breakfasts, but there was enough choice to keep me happy.

NEGATIVES - The rooms are simple. There is no iron, no tea/coffee making facilities, and the shower is tiny! It has a minibar, but it's not very cold. There's no vegetarian options (or very few, boring ones) on the dinner menu. It's very much meat or fish, and not much else. The starter buffer is ridiculously priced at 22 Euros. That's more than the most expensive main course! I think if they dropped the price more people would pay for it, but we definitely didn't. If you're going half board, then don't let this put you off.

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Room Tip: Forest facing rooms look over the car park as well. Not a problem, but not very private.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldeipini, Responsabile reception at Dei Pini Hotel, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Dear Andrew,
We never read such a detailed review on our hotel and thank you very very much for the time you spended to write it. We will keep in mind your considerations.
We are sorry for the things you did not like and apologise for the misunderstanding about the dinner price since the whole daily menu costs Euro 30,00 - 35,00 and not Euro 60,00 as you understood.
We really hope to welcoming you soon again.
Thanks again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for one night prior to our return to the UK after one week of staying on the east side of the island. We had a see view room which had a fantastic view over the (basically) private beach and gave us an amazing sunrise view the next morning. We were greeted on our arrival to our room with a hand written card, chocolates, and a Sardinian Liqueur which was a lovely touch. We did get a bus (20 mins/€1.50) to the old town rather than eat in the hotel but that's only because it was our last night and we wanted to see Alghero but the hotel menu looked good (albeit limited). All in all, a great hotel to relax by the beach during the day, but I would recommend getting that bus into town for the evening. Especially for the amazing view on top of the fortified wall overlooking the harbour and lots of restaurants with delicious and well-priced food. Enjoy. Would definitely return to Sardinia!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldeipini, Responsabile reception at Dei Pini Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Guests,

When we read such kind of review, we are really proud of our work and our location. That is real satisfaction! Thank you very much for the time you dedicated to review our hotel, our town and our beautiful island.
We all look forward to welcoming you soon again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We loved our stay at Hotel Dei Pini. The hotel staff are very helpful and throughout the hotel we received great service. The hotel beach is beautiful and the view from the newly finished pool is amazing. Our room was great and we had a very relaxing stay. While the hotel is 10 mins from the main town Alghero having the shuttel bus and public bus available and right at the hotel doorstep made it not an issue and was nice to be amoungst the stunning surrounds the hotel has to offer

Room Tip: beach view would be well worth the extra few dollars to upgrade
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We went to Hotel Dei Pini for 10 days and from the outset the staff at the Hotel were incredibly helpfull, even communicating over email to complete our booking.

The food was amazing, a different lunch and dinner menu every day with ample of fresh fish and a large variety of food. Breakfast selection was a bit of a let down but everything else made this the most minor of points.

The staff from the receptionists to the cleaners to the lifeguards to the restaurant staff were so welcoming and would do everything they could to help. Towards the end of the holiday I had a bit of prickly heat, I merely asked reception if they sold Aloe Vera gel, they didnt but said if I wanted they could get some delivered from the local pharmacy.....now thats service.

We had a superior sea view room. 20 paces across the lawn and we were on the beautiful sandy beach and crystal clear water. The room was large and comfortable and cleaned daily.

The private beach with its room allocated loungers were well kept and the scenery along with the sea and the sand were the perfect recipe for paradise and 10 days of pure relaxation.

All in all, Hotel Dei Pini along with the building, the food, the staff, the scenery and everything else associated with our stay here was an absolutely dream. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, we were talking with a family that was back for the second year running and all the staff at the hotel remembered them and welcomed them back personally.

If you want to visit Sardinia then defintiely stay at this hotel. When we go back we wont even look at another hotel.

Room Tip: Superior Sea View is deinitely worth the extra, literally a few steps from the sea and larger than t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Other reviewers have it in a nutshell - It's all about the location which is perfect! We wanted to be able to look out at the sea from our room and walk straight into the sea for swimming. But at €300+ per night 1/2 board for a small room with no pictures decorating the wall to brighten it up, tiny shower, being asked for €50 to replace a glass top broken by accident on a table which within the week was never replaced, we thought the hotel on the expensive side when compared with similar beach hotels. The food in the restaurant was mediocre and because the hotel was too far from Alghero we were more or less required to take 1/2 board accommodation. If they reduced their room tariff we would go back...........

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Le Bombarde, 07041 Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Sassari > Alghero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Alghero
#8 Family Hotel in Alghero
#8 Luxury Hotel in Alghero
#11 Romantic Hotel in Alghero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dei Pini Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel dei Pini rises in a reserved area in the north west of sardinia and is set between a private beach of fine white sand and a 30,000 square metre wood. Our hospitality is available in 94 rooms (double, triple and quadruple), 1 junior suite and 4 suite.. Lunch and dinner are served in our panoramic restaurant and breakfast buffet is served in the breakfast room. ... more   less 
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