Let me say this right away: I very much regret booking the Hotel Florida.
Would I recommend this hotel to anyone? No, I would not. Seriously. Boy, where we disappointed. Based on the many positive reviews here, I thought it wouldl be a bit basic, but okay. I was wrong.
What did we like about the hotel? We liked that the rooms were clean inside, and we liked the location right across the road from a very reasonable beach. And that is it.
What did we not like? Everything else, unfortunately. I am not sure whether all other reviews of the hotel are genuine, whether other reviews have just been a little too optimistic because Alghero is such a nice place, or whether I am the one driving in the wrong direction here. But let me give you a sense of what we perceived (and we stayed for 6 days, plenty of time).
The rooms are not spacious, but tiny and crammed. The furniture is old and tired. The bathroom is so tiny that you actually bump into stuff. The rooms are clean, but the outsides are not. The balcony, including the AC unit, and the mosquito netting had large parts covered in bird droppings, that have obviously been around a long time. This is what you look at when you are inside. Think about it. So being inside the room is just... disappointing. Pure and simple. Nothing is nice, nothing is pleasant to look at. Oh, and you cannot keep the air condition running when you go outside, because your room key is needed to activate the air con. Guess how hot the room gets during the day. Guess how this feels combined with the room having no fridge.
The hotel is full of "notices", i.e. pieces of paper that "inform" you about what you should not do. Such as open the windows. Or check out after 10am. And so on. This creates a very youth hostel style atmosphere. You clearly get the idea that this is a hotel that manages its guests, so that they do not become too much trouble.
This fits well with the fact, when you leave your room in the morning, you find HUGE hospital style trolleys filling up with dirty laundry in the corridors. Every morning we walked by these things. Every morning. I know, all hotels have laundry to collect. But I have never stayed in a place that does not put even the smallest amount of effort into hiding its dirty linens, literally. Well, meet the Florida.
The price. We paid EUR 162 (including a baby bed) per night, and that was by far the cheapest available rate offered anywhere. I know, high season is expensive in Sardinia. I know, it is right on the beach. But this is a three star hotel, with little comfort and no extras included (yes, pool towels cost 3 Euro to use). We stayed in several other hotels in Alghero, including the Carlos V and the El Faro. Amazing hotels and more expensive, I know. But far, far better value for money.
The most depressing fail? Breakfast. I live in Italy and believe me, I know what I am talking about. This is the cheapest, ugliest, least appetizing breakfast I have ever seen in Italy. Period. I think disgusting would be an appropriate word. Everything was of the lowest possible quality. The coffee, from a machine, was truly disgusting. The juices chemical. Even the cornetti (Italian croissants) were inedible. How on earth can you get a cornetto wrong!?
You will note, even if you cannot read them, that the reviews in Italian further down here are much less positive than those written by English speaking travellers. My opinion is very close to the Italian feedback. A hugely overpriced, tired and depressing hotel that serves a disgusting breakfast.
Would I recommend this hotel? Well, it almost ruined our holiday. So no, I would never, ever, recommend it to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Florida Hotel Alghero
- Hotel Florida Alghero, Sardinia
- Hotel Florida Sardinia