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La Vecchia Fonte Hotel
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Palau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Stopped for three nights as a taste of Sardinia after touring Corsica. Wanted a base for La Maddalena islands and Palau is just that. Hotel is just a few yards from the car ferry for La Maddalena town and for the small tour boats that go round the islands. Ditto bus stop.

Hotel is good value (in October !) for a four star hotel. All staff very helpful and spoke good English. Room spacious and well appointed, bed very comfortable. Breakfast was very good and included in price (unlike Corsica hotels !) and held in a separate pleasant sunny room.

Unusually for a such a hotel they don't do full meals although they have a coffee bar. Plenty of choice of restaurants nearby though. Layout of Palau is rather strange in that the main restaurant & bar strip is separated from the harbour by a large car park - ambience suffers somewhat !

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Nice hotel, good helpful staff and good location. We arrived here after an early fight. It was a good place to book up a boat trip to the islands. There is a little beach nearby. The restaurant recomendation from the hotel was excellent.
I wasnt expecting much from Palau but it had a good friendly atmosphere. Lots of little shops to stock up on fresh food for a journey, and bars to watch the boats coming in and out of harbour

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We booked a B&B for a week in Alghero but definitely wanted also to spend a day at the Smeralda coast to do a boat trip. So we booked this hotel and I have to say it was quite good. The staff was really helpful, the location was perfect (only 1 minute from the harbor), the room was big (we booked Economy), clean and fresh and breakfast was also good. In the evening we walked the 'harbor boulevard' to choose a boat for our excursion the next day. We were really lucky to have chosen "Palau Excursions" a really nice sailing boat (capacity max 12, but we were only 6). No strict route to follow so it was up to us if we wanted to stay somewhere longer or go somewhere else. Nice captain (and also good cook). After the trip we collected our luggage at the hotel and had the possibility to change in a (small) office with bathroom.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

This hotel was stylish but informal. Great location. No hotel parking was available but we found free car parks about 10/15 minutes walk away. Staff all spoke English and were friendly. Breakfast was good and the 2 ladies did really well ensuring everyone was looked after even when it was very busy. Cafe was good too. Room was clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The hotel itself meets all expectations and provided a very pleasant and relaxing experience for us - spacious and clean rooms, friendly and professional service, nice breakfast. We had the royal suite, which has a sitting room and a roof terrace with a jacuzzi, and there was a plate of strawberries waiting for us in the room as a welcome - nice touch. At low-season, and not yet too hot summer weather, the treat was well worth the higher price. Also because the suite has sound-proof windows.
Which brings me to the most unfortunate points about La Vecchia Fonte - its location and its noisy neighbours. Between the hotel and the nice marina, you have an ugly parking lot (which however hosts a market, nice for sampling local produce). A real let-down are the bars on the square, not even nice tavernas or winebars, just soulless junk, which turn up the noise to ridiculous volumes - it ruins the atmosphere of the town, and it certainly ruins your sleep if you're in a front room without soundproof windows. So make sure you get a room out on the back, or take the suite, pack earplugs, and don't travel in high season.
As much as I enjoyed staying in the hotel, this aspect would make me hesitate to go back in high season; tourism has evolved from cheap drinks and loud music! I seriously wonder how even the locals accept this situation. I would like to know whether there are any efforts made to address this point - would be shame for a nice hotel to be let down by its neighbourhood like that.
So overall three points - I would like to give the hotel 5, but zero for the location and noise. Please do something about it!

Room Tip: Room to the back, or the royal suite. Otherwise, Earplugs strongly recommended.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This hotel is very lovely. The rooms are a nice size (for Europe). The bathrooms are also very nice, with shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps, blow dryer etc. The people at the concierge desk are also very nice and helpful. There is a huge street vendor showcase that sets up every night in front of the hotel, with nearly every souvenir item you could think of. Some mornings there was a farmers market/clothes market setup in front of the hotel. We were a little worried at first about the giant play ground and small carnival that seem to be permanent fixtures on the port, but it was never loud in our room. (FYI: Italy is full of screaming, unhappy children that don't go to sleep until the wee hours of the morning.) So if you book here, I'd suggest asking for a room in the back of the hotel, just in case. Beds are hard, like most of Italy. Oh, and bring extra money for parking. Overall, very nice and I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: Book a room in the back of the hotel for less noise.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I was looking for a beach front hotel ... this one has sea view but seperated from the sea or the amrina by a big parking.... the rooms are good and the staff very helpfull.
the only complaint is on the internet...doesnt work inthe rooms except thru cabale and even that it didnt work that well.
breakfast was good.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Vecchia Fonte Hotel

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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palau
#5 Family Hotel in Palau
#5 Luxury Hotel in Palau
Price Range: $82 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Vecchia Fonte Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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