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Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via dei Gabbiani, 07020 Golfo Aranci, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Special memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We spent our honeymoon in Sardinia and had booked this based on reviews. Was so glad we did. The hotel had everything we needed, spotlessly clean, excellent service, food was wonderful, although we only had booked for bed and breakfast, we did eat a few evening meals here. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and right near your own private beach. A car is recommended as the transport doesn't seem to exist. Was really sad to leave as we felt so at home here. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed here on a B&B rate for four nights of an eight night holiday. This hotel is very reasonably priced on theB&B rate. We really like it it has a lovely feel and is very friendly. It has a charm of days gone by. The rooms are a little dated but they and the hotel are kept impeccably clean bright and cheerful. It is a most convenient hotel for lounging on the beach and by the pool. The sea is quite shallow and you need to walk out a way to swim. This is a quite hotel a place to unwind and recuperate and then a base to do some exploring. We weren't going to eat in the hotel in the evening as we could tell it would be too 'hotel like'. It was a 5 min walk to the nearby restaurants. There were a couple of European package tours (50 and up age group) and I think most of the evening dinners in the dinning room consist of these pleasant folk. We had light lunches on the Terrace between lounging on the sun beds and swimming on the beach which sent the bill up somewhat but with such a great setting and so very convenient we were happy to pay. The Terrace is really special and the view is a must for at least one the romantic evening meal though for the rest of the stay we had better food at the nearby restaurants and were happier to explore.

Room Tip: We had a sea facing room.
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Key features - good location, excellent staff and especially on reception, pleasant rooms, small town and restaurants within easy walking distance, beach OK for sunbathing and perhaps a cool off (and brilliant for small children) but the hotel's bit is only some 40 yards long (and 6 yards deep) and the sea no more than 4 ft deep until you wade out for 60 yards or so (and so we tended to drive off to small bays of which there are plenty).

Hotel pool looked pleasant - but might, for a 4 star hotel, soon do with an upgrade from the traditional hard concrete sided surround to something more 'lapping'. Similarly rooms one day soon but currently OK (though we really could not see how there might have been room for an extra bed or bunks as advertised).

The only downside for us was, unfortunately, the dinner - but we only tried it once and just might have been unlucky. It was, as we remarked to one of the managers (or could have been owner) more like hotel food rather than restaurant food. Slightly bland and main course as if it might have been re-heated (too much). When we did (very courteously) comment they seemed shocked and suggested that we might try again or try the slightly superior Blu restaurant outdoors - but as we thought once bitten twice shy and more expensive than eating simply out and it was not clear if they were offering us any incentives, we did not risk it.

Other than that, pretty nice all round. A few package groups, who were eating separately. And might have done with a bit of life (or even quiet music) after dinner when most seemed to disappear. Quite a traditional hotel (waiters in smart white jackets and a Maitre 'D). Did hear that they had become now part of a group (with Su Gologone where food is wonderful). Trust they will keep their personal touches and feel.

Room Tip: People gasp about a seaview but they are much more expensive and if you are on a budget it is a nice...
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We received a very warm welcome on arrival at the Gabbiano Azzurro.

The staff were warm and friendly and acknowledged our 25th anniversary at check-in as we had previously arranged to have dinner at their outdoor terrace restaurant.

Aside from the hotel being lovely, we picked it so that we would be close to the ferry in Olbia that takes you to and from the mainland which is a 5 hour journey. We stayed one night on the way in so we would have a special place to celebrate our 25th and then three nights prior to our departure to ensure good memories upon leaving Sardinia. (Sardegna).

It is a large family run hotel that exudes a casual elegance with comfortable sofas in the lobby, beautiful outdoor furniture on the terrace and sumptuous chaises with thick cushions around the pool.

We enjoyed sitting in the terrace and having a drink. Guests often meet here before dinner.
Ahhh...nothing like having a gin and tonic around the pool on a hot day either!! We enjoyed all our meals at their al a carte Blu restaurant overlooking the sea.

The restaurant indoors is for those using the pension plan. It looked like it may have been a good value with large antipasto and dessert buffets. We opted for the Blu mainly for the enjoyment of eating on the terrace with its lovely view over the bay with stunningly beautiful blue water.

Their breakfast which ranks in our top 5 in Italy and France is served on the terrace. Any hotel that has fresh cut fruit salad rises to the top for us and the Gabbiano went way above that. Their entire breakfast buffet was exceptional in its quality and variety.

We ate lunch at the little restaurant near the beach where you can either get a panino to take back to one of the sun beds you can reserve (with a fee during high season) on their private beach. We opted to have grilled calamari and salads with the requisite bottle of wine on the little outdoor terrace by the beach.

All are meals were delicious!

Our Superior Double room was very comfortable with a fabulous view of the sea and islands. The room was a comfortable size and decorated as you would expect at a resort.

The hotel will book boat excursions for you to the north or southern islands or other activities.

The town of Golfo Aranci where the hotel is located is the nicest we saw on the Costa Smeralda. The hotel is situated on the edge of town and walking into the centre is very easy. The Costa Smeralda is Sardegna's most expensive region of the island being that it is the summer playground of the rich and famous. The Gabbiano Azzurro is a very good value when this is taken into account and even more so if staying in the off season. The water is quite shallow so the water should be warm enough April to the end of October.

Olbia is the closest port to the mainland and Golfo Aranci is an easy 20 minute drive to the ferry. There is also an airport there. We took both the Tirrenia and Moby ferries and both were fine but Moby was our preferred. I would suggest that you book directly with the ferry companies and not through an agent. We did not reserve seats and instead found comfortable seats in their bars for the trip.

A stay at the Gabbiano Azzurro is highly recommended!!

  • Stayed June 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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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just returned from a second trip to this hotel - everything still as good as the first time we stayed there. Staff are excellent. They were all very helpful- nothing was any trouble to them. All the guests are made so welcome.

Room Tip: Overlooking the bay for beautiful views
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edwardstone
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed at the hotel in September, for our second visit. The hotel is in a superb location on the bay with the sea on three sides. Staff are always friendly & helpful. Food is wonderful from the buffet breakfast to dinner. Rooms are kept very clean at all times. We cannot fault the hotel at all. Close to the airport & an easy drive to nearby sights.

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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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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro is a family-run hotel which has been in the same family for the past 40 years. They really do their best for their guests. Tullio, one of the family members, has been a great help for us when our 8 months old daughter got sick. He arranged an appointment with a local pediatrician for us (at 11 p.m.) and during the consultation, he translated the conversation for us over the phone. In Sardinia, most of the people don't speak English. So, his help was critical to us! Thanks again for that, Tullio.

  • Stayed August 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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Address: Via dei Gabbiani, 07020 Golfo Aranci, Sardinia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Golfo Aranci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Golfo Aranci
#1 Romantic Hotel in Golfo Aranci
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Golfo Aranci
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Completely renovated modern high quality 4 Stars Hotel with private beach, pools, restaurants, dock. ... more   less 
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Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel
Gabbiano Azzurro Golfo Aranci
Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro Sardinia/Golfo Aranci, Italy

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