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La Vecchia Fonte Hotel
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Palau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Had a very relaxing stay at La Vecchia Fonte in the middle of April. Staff at the hotel were always welcoming, friendly and helpful. In fact, when we had a problem with our car, the lady on the front desk was exceptionally helpful and offered some very useful translation!

Rooms are an excellent size and very clean. Breakfasts were always fantastic. Also worth having a drink or an aperitivo in the Hotel bar. Again, the staff here were brilliant and very friendly.

Mid April turned out to be a very good time to visit Palau and maddalena archipelago. Warm, but very pleasant sea breezes and not too cold. Easy to sleep at night and not too busy in the day. Definitely worth hiring out a car as you get to see more of the local area and it's much easier to get around. Also highly recommend a trip to Santa Teresa di Gallura and a quick hop over to Corsica. Bonifacio is ideal for a day trip.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Friendly as well as helpfull staff, a perfect location even if without a car, big & clean rooms, whole building in very good shape (probably recently renovated) and after all very reasonable pre season rates :):):)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Address: Via Fonte Vecchia 48 | direzione Porto Turistico, 07020, Palau, Sardinia, Italy
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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 Luxury Hotel in Palau
#5 Family Hotel in Palau
Price Range: $80 - $1,192 (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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