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“A relaxing stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Albaruja
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Cristoforo Colombo, 09043 Costa Rei, Muravera, Sardinia, Italy   |  
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“A relaxing stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2009

A very nice hotel in Monte Nai on The Costa Rei only 150 meters from a beautiful, long and sandy beach. The hotel has a private part of the beach with sun beds and sun shades. There is a lovely swimming pool and a small bar at the hotel, but no restaurant. However, the hotel has a deal with two local restaurants. We tried the L’Escargot, and we were very satisfied with what we had.
The service at the hotel was professional and helpful. The rooms are all located in four separate buildings lying in a beautiful garden. Each room has a terrace or a balcony with a table and chairs. We had planned to stay just one night, but decided to stay for an extra night because everything was so nice.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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uk
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

The Albaruja is a small three star hotel with a reception block containing lounge and breakfast patio which overlooks the pool. The rooms are studio apartments in 4 small blocks set in the gardens. The place is well maintained with efficient maid service every day. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, however only a couple of them spoke English. Breakfast was reasonable, but a bit chaotic on 2 days when the only good member of staff wasn't on duty (she could run it single handed!). The other 2 were hopeless, there were dirty tables, no cutlery and the food kept running out.

The rooms are simple but clean with comfy beds, TV, air conditioning, shower cubicle in the bathroom and a patio or balcony. Optional kitchenette with fridge, hob and sink with a cupboard containing basic crockery and very large saucepans (couldn't fit 2 on the hob at the same time!) was sufficient for snacks. Room safe available. The hotel pool was a reasonable size, great for a splash after the beach and mostly fairly quiet, although closed for bathing1pm until 3.30pm.
the rooms did smell very strongly of cigarettes.

This area of Sardinia seems to be quite undeveloped and the main attractions are the beaches and scenery. The beach is only a few minutes walk away from the hotel and it’s a fantastic 8 kilometres of white sand, reportedly one of the best beaches in Italy. The beach is beautiful with clear turquoise water, shallow for quite a long way out. Only negative point, were the annoying beach sellers, who came along every 5 minutes, some were quite persistent.

Costa Rei has about 9 or 10 restaurants and a few café bars. Rey Oasi next to the hotel, was handy for pizzas and ice cream. L’Escargot beside the beach was fine the first time we went, but 2nd time the pork was under cooked and the waiter didn't understand this. English menus were not always available and English was not always spoken, so take your phrase book.
2 local supermarkets, which because of the poor Euro exchange rate, we found quite pricey for some things.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Albaruja Hotel for 5 nights in Sept 08, and really liked it.

It is very simple, a nice, clean, spacious 3 star hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. Each room has a fridge, and some have kitchen facilities. There are rooms scattered around a flower filled garden, and a nice pool, with a breakfast room overlooking the pool. The breakfast was fine, with the usual European fare.

The beautiful beach - the best I have seen in Europe, is a 3 minute walk away. The hotel is in Monte Nai, and there are several restaurants in the town to eat in. If you want a beach holiday, this is the perfect place to go. The beach is pure white sand, crystal clear water that is safe to swim in. However, other than the beach, there is not a lot more to do in this region of Sardinia.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2007

Our thoughts are pretty much the same as scouse-spouse.

We have just returned from what was supposed to be a 5 night stay followed by a 4 night stay in a 4 star in Pula.
We spent one night at the 4 star and then came back here for the last 3 it was that good !

Bearing in mind that we normally stay in 4 or 5 star hotels we thought this was great for a 3 star and it was really nice to eat out and not have to have a 4 course gourmet meal.

Let's get the downsides out of the way -
Shower cubicle is very small, but just about useable if you are not too large and the hot water did not go far.
Breakfast was a bit basic but ample for us.
That's really about it on the negative side.

On the plus side -
All the staff were fantastic. Rooms cleaned daily. Beach was great, although we were not told we would have to pay for the use of the umbrellas & loungers but it was not that expensive.
Pool was clean although we did not really use it. We went for a room with a balcony which had great views.
If you want a room with a hob & sink then you have to ask for it which costs a little extra, although we looked at one and did not really think it worthwhile.

As we normally eat in at hotels, eating out was a pleasure.
Plenty of places to choose from. L'Escargot was our favourite, especially as it looked out over the sea.
Sa Cardiga e su Pisci was also very nice.
Had very poor service at L’Aragosta but the food was fine.
There is a great bar called the Blue Sax bar which was really friendly. Order a spirit for 2.5 euro and you get the equiv to a treble !

The area itself was clean and everybody was friendly. Not that many people around and it does not really seem that sort of place that gets packed as there is not a great deal to do other that the beach which was fine by us.
As mentioned by the other reviewer, English is not that widely spoken as most people are German or Italian so a phrase book is a must although if you ask the restaurants for an English menu the ones we ate at provided one.
Several small supermarkets around selling everything you need.
Bottle of cheap gin for 8 euros and bottled water is only .50 euros.

Would we go back?
Yes, thinking about going back next June as although we had pretty good weather, it did get a bit overcast for the last few days.

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness & frienliness of staff
  • Disliked — Shower cubicle and squeeky water system !
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

We spent the first two weeks of July in Sardinia at the Hotel Albaruja (booked through Just Sardinia) in Costa Rei and would definitely go back again.

The Albaruja is a small three star hotel with a reception block containing lounge and breakfast patio overlooking the pool. The rooms are studio apartments in several small blocks set in the gardens. The whole is well maintained with good maid service every day and plentiful breakfasts. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, in fact when our toilet gave up filling and flushing one evening, we mentioned it on our way out to dinner and by our return it had been fixed.

The rooms are simple but clean with comfy beds, satellite tv, teensy shower cubicle in the bathroom and a patio or balcony outside. The large fridge, hob and sink with a cupboardful of basic crockery was sufficient for at least snacks and beers from the mini market over the road. It would have helped to have had a room safe – as it was we kept our valuables with us even on the beach. The hotel pool was a reasonable size, great for a dip after the beach and mostly fairly quiet, although closed for bathing in the afternoon which apparently is quite common in Italy.

This area of Sardinia seems to be quite undeveloped and the main attraction is the beaches – this is the raison d’etre for Costa Rei and for the holiday itself. The beach is only a few minutes walk away behind the hotel and it’s a fantastic 5 kilometres of white sand, apparently one of the best beaches in Italy – if you look up photos of the beach on the web, it is as good as it looks. It was clean, warm and shallow for quite a long way out and well life-guarded. The lifeguard also deals with the hire of your sun loungers and umbrellas – just give her your room number and it all gets recorded for payment at the end of your holiday. It was fairly busy but not packed and quiet in the afternoons.

Costa Rei had about 9 or 10 restaurants and a smattering of café bars. The hotel offers half board by having an arrangement with three local restaurants – all of which were good, but really not essential as there was plenty of choice within 5 minutes or so walk of the hotel. Some good ones were L’Escargot beside the beach (which also does takeaway pizza at lunchtime), Il Molo for the biggest and best pizza and Sa Cardiga e su Pisci and L’Aragosta along with the very handy Rey Oasi next to the hotel (great selection of ice creams in the café area). Most menus were Italian or German as were most of the holiday makers. English menus were not always available and English was not always spoken, so take your phrase book and you’ll get by ok. If you are squeamish like me you may want to avoid the horse or ‘caballo’ steak.

We also booked a day trip (from the stall outside the mini market) on the famous ‘little green train’/’trenino verde’ sadly no longer a steam train due to its habit of setting the undergrowth on fire, it’s now a small graffitied diesel but still with great for amazing views of the lakes and mountain scenery inland. This trip culminated in a guided tour of the underground Grotte Is Janus Sadali, a lengthy peasant lunch and a walking tour of a local village. None of the guides spoke English but we were lucky enough that one of our fellow Italian tourists did and gave us a great translation. This made a pleasant change form the beach despite the early start.

In summary: total relaxation a short flight away from the UK with temperatures in the low-mid 30s everyday – now don't you want to go too?

  • Liked — location, location, location
  • Disliked — lack of a room safe
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 09043 Costa Rei, Muravera, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Cagliari > Muravera > Costa Rei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Costa Rei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Albaruja 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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