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“Wonderful little hotel, subtly located right in the harbour”
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Il Nuovo Gabbiano
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Cala Gonone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Brilliant, picturesque location in the heart of Cala Gonone (the nicest end of the town, to boot). Although in a prime position overlooking the harbour, the hotel retains an element of subtle class, lacking the garish decor, signage and illumination of some of its local contemporaries. This little spot evokes the character to be expected of a small to medium sized rural establishment, while at the same time affording its guests the right degree of privacy. We were originally booked in for three nights and ended up staying for five, so impressed were we with both the hotel itself, as well as with Cala Gonone and the greater surrounding area, The terrace restaurant of the hotel was also, by some margin, the best spot we ate in (and we sampled most of the more highly considered establishments across the town, using Tripadvisor as a fair guide, coupled with some advice on the ground).

Our one qualm was the tendency to be awoken in the early hours of the morning by the town's rather bizarre cleaning regime, whereby this nicely sleepy little backwater sees a team of labourers equipped with fairly loud machinery descend on it before sunrise and gather waste from public bins etc (I assume). This little routine is then capped off with an irksome, if not commendable, desire to recycle glass with gusto at the adjacent bottle banks. In a way, this little daily ritual was charming, certainly in a bewildering fashion; however, it could annoy some travellers.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the hotel with sea view overlooking the harbour are a must.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Very conveniently placed for the boat trips to the beaches of the Gulf of Ortosei, the ones on inflatables being fabulous.
The hotel has nice clean rooms and new bathrooms. Breakfast is ample and varied. We didn't eat in the restaurant but it looked to be of a good standard. It represents value for money.

Room Tip: All rooms have balconies, although those on the front have a view over the harbour.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Situated right on the harbour, this hotel has a great location for day trips to the exceptional nearby area, is very close to a lovely beach, and it has a very good restaurant attached to it (hotel guests get 10 per cent off, too). The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Cala Gonone is a wonderful place, and this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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ilnuovogabbiano, Roberta, Addetta al Ricevimento at Il Nuovo Gabbiano, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Dear Michael,
thank you very much for your recent visit and your great review, we are glad to read that you have enjoyed the Restaurant, the Hotel and the facilities around it.
We look forward to welcoming you again in Cala Gonone!
Best regards

Lo Staff dell'Hotel Il Nuovo Gabbiano

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I set out for Sardinia with two objectives: to get out onto the water and explore all of the nooks and to see the interior countryside. Bue Marino was a great place to be with only 3 days to get all of that done. I had to book a flight to the main airport in the South, but Bue Marino took care of all the arrangements without any hassles. They also arranged for 2 tour guides to pick us up to explore the Supra Monte and the awesome tour of Orgosolo, the communist town famous for it's Murals. Great breakfast every morning, nice clean rooms with plenty of space -- all of it brand new fixtures and furnishings. Great staff that are very helpful and welcoming: we arrived at 10pm and they arranged a nice table for us and brought out food quickly.

But being right on the water was the best part: rented a dinghy each day for 70 Euro and just spent the afternoons finding all of the wonderful beaches and caves along the coast ... and the water is crystal clear and beautiful with plenty of spots to just anchor and swim around.

One of the best trips of my life ... so much so, I finally decided to go to Italy this year and will be re-visting Cala Gonone on the way home.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Calagonone is amazing, and Il Nuovo Gabbiano complement it, the location is perfect, the view amazing.

The people who work in the place are the same as 2 years ago in my first visit.

Everybody made you feel so welcome and very comfortable, excellent service

A good positive point, the free Wi-Fi, wish is very helpful if you cant wait to post the photos in Facebook, or just need to be communicate =)

The restaurants are lovely, as they have Terrance, inside, and al fresco, all 3 in from of the sea

The food wow!, delicious, love the tuna pasta with a Asian twist, and the nero tagliatelle yummy, all the menu is delicious, and the dessert !!!! You can see the chef really love what she do, the menu is lovely interesting, and everything is so fresh!!!
and of course dont forget the MIrto!!! =)

Will back in September with my other half, and of course with out any discussion we are happy to back to our second home Il Nuovo Gabbiano =)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Management response:Responded June 25, 2012

Goodmorning Angela,
Thank you for your great review, we are pleased that you had an enjoyable holiday. See you in September!
Roberta

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Cala Gonone was our favorite place in Italy.. It's simply amazing! Il Nuovo Gabbiano not only has the perfect location but the people who work and run the place are so friendly and helpful. The food in there restaurant was so delicious. If it were possible we'd return every year...unfortunately it's a long way from Minnesota.
I'm sure people reading this would also like to know that our room was Very nice and Very clean. YOU SHOULD STAY HERE!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded June 22, 2012

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Il Nuovo Gabbiano Hotel. All clients’ comments are important to improve the quality of our hotel.
We look forward to welcoming you again!
Best wishes, Roberta

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Reviewed October 17, 2011

The best asset of this hotel is its location, right on the harbour of Cala Gonone and is best enjoyed in a room with seaview and balcony. In off-season, free parking next to the hotel is easily available.

Roberta, the receptionist is multi-lingual and eager to help out with tips on surrounding activities and to make your stay enjoyable. At check-out she also waived a couple of extras from the invoice.

Rooms are clean but not very big or fancy. Bed will seem a bit too firm to some. Also it is not well sound-proofed, among other things expect to hear the door of every guest room slam as guest come in and out.

The hotel has a restaurant where you can enjoy the view over the harbor. You also get 10% off and a free glass of proseco to welcome you. But that would be the only real positives, we took each a fish and none tasted fresh.

The breakfast offers multiple choice and if you favor quantity over quality you will enjoy it. If you enjoy fresh juicy, tasty bread and croissant, you won't.

If you can get over those shortcomings you should greatly enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Top floor sea view rooms will give you the best view and are quieter
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza del Porto s/n, 08020 Cala Gonone, Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy
Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Nuoro > Dorgali > Cala Gonone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cala Gonone
Price Range: $73 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Nuovo Gabbiano 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel.Il Nuovo Gabbiano*** is a very comfortable three stars hotel built in front of the tourist harbor in Cala Gonone. Designed by one of the most important Sardinian architects, the hotel offers breathtaking views on the amazing Gulf of Orosei. The hotel has 16 guest rooms, a restaurant and a wide terrace overlooking the tiny harbor and the sea, the perfect place to chill out and relax enjoying the stunning views on the Gulf. The hotel offers its guests free parking for bikes and motorbikes in a private garage.The rooms.The Hotel has 16 bright and cosy guest rooms, all provided with balcony, air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe deposit box, independent bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, TV and stereo system.The stylish rooms are decorated with handmade furniture and all of them have a nice balcony overlooking the sea and the harbour.Free WI FI is available at the reception.The services. The RestaurantThe Restaurant of Il Nuovo Gabbiano Hotel*** is the ideal place for those who want to taste the specialties of Sardinian and National gastronomic tradition. Some of the recipes are often reinvented by our Chef with a slightly modernised touch, in order to surprise and suite all tastes.The meals will be served in the beautiful terrace overlooking the sea, with its warm and cosy atmosphere, as well as in the elegant interior dining room, provided with air conditioned. There will be the opportunity to taste the delicious dishes of local fresh fish and meat and to choose among a large variety of traditional handmade pasta, all of this served with a glass of good wine. The CafeteriaThe Cafeteria has a rich buffet offering a variety of choices among intercontinental, continental or Italian breakfast. Wine Bar and Snack BarThe Wine Bar offers a long list of all the well-known local and national wines, from the classical productions to the new ones. A wide range of aperitifs to be served with your starters and main courses is available too. Location.Il Nuovo Gabbiano Hotel is located in front of the marina in Cala Gonone, along the eastern coast of Sardinia, in the amazing Gulf of Orosei. It is possible to reach the small town driving through one of the wildest and most suggestive parts of the Island, which is called Barbagia. Cala Gonone is situated at the base of a stunning valley, where the ground slopes gently down to the sparkling sea.SurroundingsBesides boasting a wonderful coast, with amazing beaches and breathtaking cliffs, Cala Gonone has also a rich inland, with spectacular archeological and naturalistic sites. Just few kilometers far from the town there is a number of fascinating archeological sites, among them the well-kown Nuraghe Mannu, the Nuragic villages of Serra Orrios and Tiscali and the Tomb of the Giants of Thomes. Thanks to the agencies and co-operatives that organise guided tours to these sites is very easy to reach them, enjoying interesting excursions in touch with a still unspoilt nature and an ancient past. ... more   less 
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