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Hotel Abi d'Oru
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Porto Rotondo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Mu husband and I spent the most fabulous week in Sardinia at a hotel that we both highly recommend.
The Hotel Abi d'Oru is strategically nested in the "Golfo di Marinella", one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda. The Hotel is privately owned by a Sardinian family and such ownership is reflected in the feeling of personal care rather than corporate management.
The Service is impeccable in the characteristic Italian amiability and gentleness. The decor is elegant and every detail gets special attention.
The restaurant sits on a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea and the surrounding hills. The food is exquisite and the desserts are immensely delicious.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Had booked a hotel in Porto Potondo in Late April, which decided at the last minute not to open until mid-may. Found Abi D'Od'oru (Sardinian dialect for Golden Bee, ((ape d'oro)) ). What a find!
View of the bay was spectacular, and we had a room with a balcony with that view. Service top notch, and we enjoyed the restaurant 2 of our three nights there. We rarely use hotel restaurants, so we had to go local for at least one night.

Room Tip: the extra money for the balcony rooms with sea view is,IMHO, worth it
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank joekr
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

First meal very good,but we did keep it simple
Second meal poor. One small sea bass 30 euro -- not good value
Good waitress who looked after us well

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

First visit to Sardinia. Chose Hotel Abi d'Oru because of proximity to Olbia Airport (25 min drive )
and location on Costa Smeralda.
Turned out to be a great choice. Hotel is a super location on a beautiful beach and surrounded with with well kept gardens. Large swimming pool with lots of brand new furniture although not heated. The beach also had plenty of brand new sun beds kept clean although lacked food and drink service out of season.
Very impressed with the Hotel management. Reception staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Agustino helped us sort out restaurants,excursions etc. The rest of the staff always with a " bonjourno " or a" bona sera "
Behind the bar Luca and Fabio helped us with places of interest to visit,local history, Language as well as served the drinks. Housekeeping was immaculate throughout and as good as anywhere we have experienced across the world and better than most.
Porto Rotondo ( 10 min by car ) is absolutely lovely.The walk ways around the Marina are well layed out and there are tasteful bars and restaurants interspersed.Plenty of restauarants in the town.We found that a restaurant called " TARTARUGHINO" in the centre of town,great quality food,fresh fish ( turbot) and shellfish plus superb steaks and chateaubriand, was the best. Expertly run by Riccardo who always makes you feel very welcome with a great team of very friendly staff.
Traditional Sadinian food was found at " Locanda Rudalza " What a feast! Fixed menu of around six starters,three pastas,suckling pig and home made wine all for an inclusive price of 30 euro when we visited in last week of April
One thing I did learn about Porto Rotondo. Be careful when choosing your holiday dates.Too early or late in the year lots of places and facilities are closed.
High Season everywhere is very busy.Beaches are packed,roads are busy etc.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PSMITH504164
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Just came back after spending a week in this hotel.

To keep it short, here is a bit of a summary:

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Nice setting, wonderful garden, access to the beach (a pretty long one) with the hotels own sun loungers, which is indeed a nice thing. Shower + Toilette also right there at the beach. Pool looked great too, not that we ever used it. Lots of TV channels in the room if you are bored, room is also quite spacious (even if it seems a bit cold for my liking).

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Service, service, service. Starting with the fact that it is very difficult to find the hotel. The sign on the road is practically covered by leaves, you can only see it, if you are practically standing before it. So if you drive by, you gotta slow down really to not to miss it...
Reception barely provided any info at check-in. Which wouldn't have been a problem, but there is no information at all in the rooms either. For a proper 5* hotel I would expect some guides in the rooms - recommendations what to do, visit, eat out, shops etc... There was not even information about the usage of tennis court, let alone the gym! Which was not even signposted within the hotel. It seemed as if they really wanted to hide it from the guests. If you don't ask about it, you will not even know there is one...
We somehow got over that. But then: WiFi never worked, it looks like they set-up there a system which is just not operational... Slow service at the restaurant at breakfast. Around 10 o'clock they always seemed to be overwhelmed (not sure why, after all this was not even high season...?) - no tables set and waiting to be discovered by waiters so that we could finally order drinks. We were not the only ones complaining about this during this week. I have been to bigger hotels where they managed to do it. It just seemed that the work was not organized well... Also some finger pointing was going on. You asked a waiter something, and he asked somebody else, as it was not his table... This was just a goddamn breakfast?? really strange attitude. When we complained at the 3rd instance when we had again no set table (no fork/knife to start our breakfast with), my husband heard them talking bad about us behind our backs. This should be an absolute no-go in the service industry in my point!!
Pillows, sheets could have been also improved / changed in the room.
So to summarize it all, this is not a 5* hotel, more like 4*. But I guess this is normal in Italy, 5* there is not the same as a 5* in other EU countries. Service-wise I would rate it even worse.
For 1 visit it was worth it, but we will not be returning to this hotel, and probably not to Sardinia either for a while. Undeniable beautiful beaches it has, but it is still over-priced and service quality just makes the price-value even worse.
Just another note: Before booking we have looked at other hotels, but the ones which seemed more like a real 5* were just ridiculously expensive. So I guess this is just normal for Sardinia... It is a pity, as if the high price would mean at least better - good - service, we would even think of returning...

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Just returned from a week with my wife at the Hotel Abi D'Oru. It is a very pretty hotel with splendid views, a nice garden, a beautiful pool and a great beach. The service was in general excellent, though the bar service on the beach was slow. The food was good, but not inspired Mediterranean fare. The open air fitness center has minimal equipment, though was never crowed. Wireless internet was only 1 euro for the entire week.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room as the music from a beach disco some distance away is surprisingly loud on the...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DocD123
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

It is a wonderfull hotel in the one of the best places of italy. On the seaside, very cosy, charming and quiet, excellent for the family or for the romantic holiday.

Room Tip: suite or junior suite
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Localita Golfo di Marinella SNC, 07026 Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Porto Rotondo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Porto Rotondo
Price Range: $160 - $641 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Abi d'Oru 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Abi d’Oru takes its name from the Sardinian ancient dialect, Abi d’Oru meaning golden bee. This beautiful hotel overlooks the private beach for hotel guests, with fine white sand, at the end of the Golfo di Marinella, just 4 kilometers away from Porto Rotondo, close to the Costa Smeralda. It is the first hotel opened in this area, back in 1963. Almost every room, including suites and junior suites, faces the sea. The beach is just a five minute walk through a Mediterranean garden with a natural pond and a swimming pool with relaxation area and Jacuzzi. There are three bars and four restaurants, two of which are by the sea, with local specialties, international cuisine and an excellent patisserie. The hotel staff is multilingual, to welcome guests from every country in the world. Young guests, from four to ten years, will enjoy the mini club six days a week in a dedicated hotel area. Free WiFi is available in the rooms, common areas and by the swimming pool. Among the many available activities: sports, ancient sailboat rental, golf at the Pevero Golf Club, excursions to Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and to the most important archeological areas of the island, wine and food tastings. The new Spa (opening May 2017) features a Finnish sauna, ice cascade, Turkish bath and whirlpool. The hotel is 12 km from Olbia, 15 minutes from the airport. Small-sized pets that do not exceed 7 kg in weight are admitted. Pets might pass through but not stay in common areas and are not allowed in restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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