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“Very good reference point to explore the region” 4 of 5 stars
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La Vecchia Fonte Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Fonte Vecchia 48 | direzione Porto Turistico, 07020 Palau, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Palau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Very good reference point to explore the region”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Palau is a good starting point to explore the Costa Esmeralda. La Madalenna Island is nearby, interesting little town, beaches some kilometers away, not as expensive as Porto Cervo, and more typical of Sardegna.
The hotel has comfortable rooms, well prepared for those who go to the beaches. Welcoming, friendly and very professional staff. Good breakfast. Very well situated. Lacks some ammenities, but these are not utterly necessary by seaside (swimming pool, for instance, restaurant in the hotel). You can drink something or have a snack at the hotel bar.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We can recommend this hotel at least in the off season: prices were adequate, there is free parking (even if you have to turn your steering wheel quite a bit to get in there) and staff is relaxed an friendly.
There is a huge playground nearby, that our daughter loved.
Rooms are clean, quite large and well equipped. Wifi is working ok, even if I had to punch in my code each time I opened my iPad again.
For some reason I thought the hotel provides a pool as some pictures suggested. I found out, that there are whirlpools in some of the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Stockbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We have just returned from a week's holiday in Sardinia and stayed at La Vecchia Fonte Hotel for the middle two nights of our holiday. We had booked one of the hotel's classic rooms but were very kindly upgraded to a suite, which was a lovely treat, especially since it was my birthday. Our rooms were very nice, very tastefully appointed and comfortable, and with a great view out over to the harbour and, in the evenings, the little craft market. Lots of lovely touches such as premium bedding, excellent range of toiletries, robes and slippers made our stay feel really special. The hotel is in an excellent location next to the bustling harbour where the boat trips depart for the Maddalena islands. We took a trip out with an outfit called Nautica Jasmine, which had smaller boats, and we had a fantastic time. It's also within very easy walking distance of plenty of restaurants – our first choice was Pasta & Vino Trattoria, just around the corner from the hotel, which did great seafood pasta which we enjoyed so much we went back again for our second night. Palau itself is a nice little town and a great base for exploring the north east coast of Sardinia. We just wished we had stayed longer. (PS We were aware that some reviewers had commented that the front rooms of the hotel might be noisy, but we didn't find this to be a problem at all – yes we could hear the noise from the market and cafes when we had the balcony windows open, but when we closed them to go to bed, we could hardly hear any noise at all.)

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Sardinia_4_ever, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Vecchia Fonte Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Dear guests,
we really thank you for your kind review and we wait for you for the next Holiday.
Kindest regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Found the place fairly easily, but did have to contravene the one-way system to park-up. We were asked on check-in whether we wanted to a free mini-bar or free-parking - which otherwise would have cost 12Euro a day. Friendly and instructive concierge, who showed us to our room.

Room was spacious, with soft furnishings to the minimum. Had most of the facilties you'd expect: safe, TV, hairdryer, fridge, wifi, kettle(!) etc. There were a few things that could have used a bit more finessing (use of plastic cups, rather than glass; not enough chairs; did not replenish tea stock etc.) but once asked staff were happy to help. No bath in our room - not a big deal, but unusual for superior rooms. Black out blinds and double-glazing meant a good nights sleep, and air-con kept the room comfortable.

Breakfast was very well done, and very generous hours (until 10.30am). Well set up for the day; choices of continental type stuff, cereal, fruit, yoghurt etc. No waiting for tables, and attentive staff.

Location had its up and down sides. Nice and central by the harbour and night-market, but therefore all restaurants were quite touristy and brash. But, we were happy to explore and Palau is not huge. It's unfortunate that a large car park seperates the hotel from the harbour, and so while it is true that our room had a harbour view, it also had a car park view. The balcony was also not large enough to get two chairs on it, so there were no evenings drinking wine watching the boats (some rooms had larger balconies, so it's worth checking if this is important to you).

The hotel was offering a 'free' night for every four nights paid, and so this worked out to be a good deal. Check-out again was very friendly, and we would recommend this place again, but is probably not for a quiet/romantic retreat and is more functional.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sardinia_4_ever, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Vecchia Fonte Hotel, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Sirs,
we thank you for your kind review.
We are sorry you didn't appreciate the view. The touristic Harbour can be fascinating while the car parking, even if it's not the best view, is necessary to tourists but for the future there are some projects that foresee gardens. This could help to enhance the area.
Our kindest regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed two nights, classic room. Very nice hotel, and very central. Check in was quick, service perfect, good breakfast. Beach towel rental available.

Nothing to complain about, for once... :-)

Will recommend this to others.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I stayed here twice 2 nights, waiting for friends to arrive (we always rent a house if there are more people).
Great place to get into the mood for Sardinia, also to catch some sleep in the day (had VERY early flights on both occasions).

Internet worked as expected, parking was also very convenient (in-house for 12 Euros / day).

AND: I have to mention how helpful and friendly the people at the front desk are! THANKS :-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sardinia_4_ever, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Vecchia Fonte Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Many thanks for your good review.
Looking forward to seeing you again, our kindest regards.
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Address: Via Fonte Vecchia 48 | direzione Porto Turistico, 07020 Palau, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Palau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Palau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — La Vecchia Fonte Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for something else?Le Ville Le Saline has a location score of 9.1 Book now La Vecchia Fonte Via Fonte Vecchia 48, 07020 Palau (Show map) Share Available rooms Facilities Policies The fine print Location See all reviews Fabulous 8.7/10 Score from 161 reviews very nice and helpful service. Jochen, Karlsruhe Access to Madalena Archipeligo. Comfortable hotel in good location Anonymous, au This place made it into my list of top hotels to stay at. Spotless. Amazing. Super staff. Good location, very very very nice room, all nicely ... Ana, London Warm and luxurious boutique style hotel in Palau, the perfect location for daily tours along Costa Smeralda wide & the island and the ... Anonymous, il Friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable room. Jean, SAO PAULO Staff is great, rooms are nice and the location is very good to visit the surrounding area. Sorin, Pantelimon, Ilfov Allessandro in the resepetion is a fantastic guy. So helpful! All the other staff were also very nive. Especially in the cafe. The hotel ... Anonymous, no Spacious, comfortable rooms. Very courteous and friendly staff - answered any and all questions and supported with dinner ... Anonymous, us Great location near the port and bus station. Center of town (restaurants, shops, etc) Excursions to La maddalena are a must. Very ... Anne-marie, Montreal Good location. Secure storage for motorcycles. Anonymous, gb This 4-star hotel overlooking the harbour is a 5-minute walk from the main beaches. Parking is free from late September until April.The rooms are decorated with traditional Sardinian-style furniture and light colours. Some rooms offer views of the harbour, which links to La Maddalena Archipelago. Wi-Fi is free throughout.The café and breakfast bar is situated on the ground floor next to the hall. Coffee, aperitifs, and cocktails are served in a refined atmosphere inspired by the seafaring world.La Vecchia Fonte’s courteous staff can assist you throughout your stay in Palau. ... more   less 
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