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Grand Hotel Smeraldo Beach
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Baia Sardinia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed at this hotel on our first family holiday with our thirteen month old son.

First off, the hotel is exactly what you'd expect in Italy - it's traditional. I disagree with other views who said the hotel needs refurbished - it's a typical Italian hotel and in my opinion, not in need of refurbishment.

We were really impressed with the food. Always a good choice on offer at breakfast and dinner and the restaurant staff were all really pleasant and were brilliant at entertaining our son during meal times.

The pool areas were lovely, but the water is freezing! We didn't really sit around the pool much as it was a very quiet atmosphere - not really suitable for an excitable baby!

There are a lot of stairs around the different pool areas, so not suitable for pushchairs. However, the hotel isn't that big so it was fine to carry our son around those areas.

There's a lovely beach which the hotel sits on - not the softest of sands, but the views are fantastic.

Just a five minute walk from the hotel (and down a very steep hill) you come to the centre of the resort, with nice chilled out bars, restaurants and shops. If you're eating out, I'd recommend the Baia Blu for lunch / dinner. Excellent food and service - and if you're a tiramisu lover, you've got to order it in this restaurant, it was sublime!

The main beach in the centre of the resort is a good size, nice soft sand and you can hire boats / arrange boat trips from here.

The only downside to the hotel was the amount we were charged to hire a cot - 40 Euros per night! The rooms aren't all that big either - but as Sardinia is so beautiful, you don't want to be spending that much time in your room anyway.

All in all, I'd definitely recommend this hotel and the resort - great food, great staff and great weather!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Honeymooning08
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for a week in September. Yes, it is dated and in need of a re-furbishment but the wonderful views make up for this. The staff were very efficient and kind. In spite of what other guests have said, we did have to bag our places around the beach or pool - something we could have done without. The food was adequate - we are not big eaters so could not manage all the courses. The beach cafe was nice but the menu could have been bigger.

Room Tip: Sea front rooms have wonderful views of the bay.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ceamilne
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Fantastic place, great location, close walk to the little town which is a bit newish and contrived so no old town but very nice nonetheless. Rooms are beautiful and south facing sea front balconies worth every penny.

Room Tip: Frontal sea view or side sea view but rooms at back have poor aspect so pay the extra.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Peter5555Lincoln
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This is a decent hotel with a very convenient location. The rooms are clean and the private beach and breakfast selection are excellent.

The only downside is that the bathrooms are too small and it would have been nice to have a safe in the room.

Another point to note-Do not book any maddalena excursions or snorkelling through the hotel as these are very expensive. There are several maddalena excursions available at the public beach for half the price. For snorkelling go to proteus diving school located in the main square, 30 euros and excellent instructors.

There are several restaurants close by, all quite good aside from skipper and news cafe.

You will need a car to explore around as there is no public transport.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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3  Thank locamocha_uk_99
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

My wife and I stayed in this hotel for 5 days in July 2012. reception staff are generally nice and helpful. Some cannot speak English but you can always find someone who does. Entrance to the hotel is lovely with lots of flowers and beautiful garden. We had a sea-facing room with a balcony. Rooms are simple but very clean. One criticism is that the mattress was very hard and I found it uncomfortable. Bathroom are very clean and there are plenty of storage.
Pool are and the sea are very nice and quiet with no children running around screaming, which was very nice and relaxing. You can always find a little corner for your own.
Restaurants and food are very good and we enjoyed it a lot.It is very close to Baja Sardinia if you want to eat out with plenty of choices.
You must rent a car and go around specially Porto Cervo. Beautiful place!
Overall very good hotel. We would definitely go back and I totally recommend it. Thank you Grand Hotel Smeraldo Beach for a very relaxing and unforgettable holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank UkTravelDoc
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

The Hotel is fabulous, it meanders along the coastline with 4 seperate pools 3 of which have waterfalls from one to another so in total 6 small pools & 1 pool you could swim lenghts in.
There is a larger private beach with umberellas & reclining chairs and then there is also another smaller beach. The beach areas are very covey with pathways through the trees & rocks. You could sunbath somewhere different every day ! We had no problems finding sunbeds - no getting up at the crack of dawn to put your towels out ! And we often moved later in the day.
The sea - AMAZING !! It is a lovely cool temperature & so clear, there are loads of fish more where you can stand than if you swim out, the snorkelling is fantastic our 7 yr old son was hooked ! (Take a bread roll down & the fish flock to you). You get beach/pool towels on arrival which are included, I think it was 2 euros if you wanted to exchage for clean.
The rooms were lovely, we were slightly disappointed initially as it was different from most hotel we have stayed in, very quaint - but please don't be put of with this as they fit in with the look off the rest of the hotel. The bathrooms are spacious & supply shower gel & shampoo, also the hair dryer is very good (tip when drying your hair prop open the door to the bedroom to get the air con) There is plenty if storage in a lovely walk in wardrobe and extra drawers. There are no room safes but you can get a safety deposit box at reception which you can access as much as you want to.
If you can get a sea facing room or even a ground floor room as you can walk out of your balcony to the pool areas (there is an extra charge for this though)! Tip if the beds are too firm for you put a blanket under the sheet .
Breakfast is continental style overlooking the sea, lunch is either in the restaurant or in the beach bar - lots of pasta (well it is Italian) again over looking the sea, evening meal was in a seperate restaurant - 4 courses very nice.
However you can walk to Baia for much more choice on food & drinks which is the main reason we had picked the hotel which is 5mins Max ! You could of even swam there !
The highlight though is on an evening sittiing in the bar looking out over the sea & the Islands in the distance and watching the sun set. The views are spectacular and you are always noticing something different - you think they empty & then when the sun goes down all the twickly lights can be seen.
If you are adventourous go into Baia & rent a speed boat we were quoted 100 euros for the full day plus gas (approx 50) some people we met did it & you can go all round the Islands they really enjoyed it & very good value.
Porto Cervo is also a must see for all the HUGE boats & designer shops - just be vary were you drink as they are more expensive here, we found the Ferrari to be most reasonable.
We LOVED this hotel & would return in a heart beat ! Carribean beach & sea only 2hr 20 mins away.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Nic08Yorkshire
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Great location for this Hotel with fantastic pools and a private beach. The views from the room are great as well. However we were concerned w/ the lack of information by the front desk, the most uncomfortable bed we have ever slept on, towels with holes in them and other amenities. Two other additional money hungry aspects that weren't exactly enjoyable is them charging for internet! 5 euro for an hour or 12 euro for 5 hours and the connection was very spotty. Finally they will provide you towel to take down to the beach but if you would like a clean one for the next day or 3 days later that will be an additional 2 euro. We don't appreciate this when you are spending this type of money on a room! Basically the room itself was nice, great view and fantastic pools and beaches but they need to make some changes!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank kevinlandie
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Address: Via Tre Monti, 07020 Baia Sardinia, Arzachena, Sardinia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Olbia-Tempio > Arzachena > Baia Sardinia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#6 Luxury Hotel in Baia Sardinia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Baia Sardinia
Price Range: $159 - $403 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Smeraldo Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 162
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