After reading the reviews of the Rina Hotel I was pleasently surprised by our five night stay. Having seen picture of mouldy bathrooms and dirty kitchens I thought it might be a bit rough around the edges but it exceeded expectations. Our apartment was really clean and looked recently decorated. The bathroom was spacious with a good shower and looked modern and attractive. Also, we didn't have to pay for air con which has also been mentioned.
We flew into Olbia on Easy Jet as there was no direct flight from Bristol to Alghero and opted to get the train across country. This was a good way to see the interior but it took a long time as trains are not frequent so there was much hanging around at stations. If we went again I would try to fly nearer or hire a car but on the plus side the trains are very cheap. It cost us just ten euros each to get from one side of the country to the other.
The Rina is in a really good location as only a few metres from the beach. It has a well stocked supermarket opposite which is great for self catering and lots of bar and restaurants within walking distance. The pool is quite basic but did the job and was never too crowded and there was enough room for all sunbathers. The staff were freindly and helpful and there is a bar open all day which also serves snacks. Only the reception staff speak English and most of the staff in bars and restaurants have very limited English - even more so outside of the resorts - so go armed with a phrase book!
If you go self-catering you also have the option for pay for breakfast in the restaurant for seven euros per person but I wouldn't recommend it - you'd be must better off spending the money on fresh fruit and bread from the supermarket.
There's lots to do in Alghero and the old town where most people flock is about a 20min walk. There are also plenty of boats for day tips around the coast and you can hire bikes.
On the whole I was really happy with my stay at the Rina. I agree with others who say it is a three star rather then a four star as it doesn't have any of the luxurys that you would associate with a four star hotel. But it also doesn't have a four star price tag and is good value for what you get which is a comfortable and clean base to explore the area or just lie by the pool!
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- Alghero Rina Hotel
- Rina Hotel Alghero Sardinia
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