We stayed at this hotel for a week in early October when the weather was perfect and Sardinia less crowded. The hotel is lovely - go for a "classic plus" room with a balcony so that you can watch the harbour comings and goings while enjoying a sundowner! Our room was spotless and comfortable with a reasonaby sized bathroom. Breakfast is very good - lots of choice and the room is wlecoming and sunny each morning. The hotel staff were all really helpful and keen to help us get the best from our holiday.
Palau is a great base for exploring the Maddalena islands and getting about generally. We did not hire a car but public transport was fine, even in low season, and so we got out and about easily with a bit of planning. We also took the little, quaint "Green Train" inland which was a memorable journey. And we did a day trip to Corsica, via the ferry which leaves from Santa Teresa (about 45 mins by bus). Boats, trains and buses are all in the same place at the ferry terminal which is just 2 minutes walk away from the hotel but tucked around a corner.
Palau itself is small but friendly and there are loads of good restaurants to choose from. Our favourite one was adjacent to the ferry port and called C'era una Volta (fabulous sea food) but we also liked one called La Taverna. The ones in the main square where the hotel is located are mostly fine - but try the backstreets too. There are plenty of walks along the coast and a small beach just five minutes away. But as others have said Palau is not really a place for just sunning yourself - go to resort hotels down the coast if that is what you prefer.
Others have also commented on the odd separation of the hotel from the harbour by a car park. This is true but it did not diminish our very enjoyable and relaxing stay in Palau - and in low season there is none of the noise and bustle that others have described. I had toyed with staying in the main town on the Maddelena Islands but am glad I stuck with Palau as we would have been more isolated there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Vecchia Fonte Palau
- La Vecchia Fonte Hotel Palau, Sardinia