Having read the mixed reports on the Hotel Santa Lucia, I was rather apprehensive about our stay. In fact, most of the negative points made by some reviewers turned out to be unfounded. Yes, there is industry in the area, but none close enough to be detrimental to the hotel, in fact the only close by industry, if you can call it that, was a small concrete mixing plant, which although rather gaudy colour, was neither noisy or dirty. The other side of the wetland nature reserve was a power station and some wind turbines, but again no noise or smoke. There are a couple of oil refineries a few miles away, but none in sight of the hotel. During my stay there was none of the smells mentioned either.
The hotel itself, as mentioned is in an odd position, adjacent to housing and a small shopping centre. Getting back to the hotel itself, my room, on the first floor, was spacious, clean and airy, with a small balcony overlooking the wetlands. The room also had a hidden away cooker and sink, in a cupboard, which also housed the fridge. None of these items actually worked though, nor were there any saucepans, cutlery and crockery anyway!
Now, the restaurant... This was rather a joke. Breakfast was of the continental variety, which was fine, but as it was a self serve buffet arrangement, things got very busy at times, particularly at the drinks machine. Coffee's were dispensed quickly, but tea drinkers had to decant hot water into teapots from the same machine. This took ages, leading to coffee drinkers queuing up. There was also a button for chocolate, but all this delivered was hot diluted milk. Eventually a visitor made up an out of order sign and stuck it over the offending button. The staff only supplied a finite amount of food and when it was gone, it was gone, much to the annoyance of some of the German guests who weren't quick enough to grab some of the cake, which appears to be part of the Germans' breakfast expectations. Then it came to dinner in the evening, things went down hill. Firstly you must make a reservation at the reception by 6pm and state which of the items on the menu you wanted. Now the menu was limited to two items of starters and two mains and a desert. Not overtaxing to most restaurants, but when there was one of several coach parties staying, the restaurant simply couldn't cope, leading to long delays between courses and several unhappy guests. Even when there was a smaller number of diners, meals were slow in arriving. Guests were turned away as the restaurant being full, when it actually wasn't at all, all of which led to heated discussions between guests and staff. Still, you could always have a drink in the lounge to calm down. Well no, the girl that served behind the bar, was the same girl trying to serve dinners! Unfortunately there were few options locally to dine out and unless you wanted a pizza, or were prepared to pay the high prices of the two local fish restaurants.
Southern Sardina itself, once away from the Cagliari area is absolutely beautiful. Drive along the coast and you will find tiny bays with stunning beaches and views. The coast road snakes around cliffs and presents so many places you just have to stop to savour the stunning scenery.
So, would I stay at the Santa Lucia again? Probably, simply as there didn't seem to be any other alternatives on this coast, but only as a base to tour from. Capoterra has nothing to offer the tourist and the beach or lido as the call it, is covered in piles of dried sea weed, but does offer views of oil tankers and an oil refinery the other side of the bay. Travel 20 miles though and you are in heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Santa Lucia Capoterra Hotel is situated in the south of the beautiful Island Sardinia adjacent to the fabulous area of the Natural Park of Santa Gilla and the Sa Maddalena Beach surrounded by one hectar of Mediterranean park and offer a relaxing ambiance close to the little town of Capoterra and the Capitol Cagliari.Spacious and elegant rooms offer comfort and functionality for your relaxation created for a pleasant stay during work trips or holidays. 71 rooms located on the ground floor and 1st floor: 50 double rooms (or twin) , each with either a private patio for ground floor rooms or a terrace for first floor rooms. 2 suites equipped with a lounge, separate bedroom and big terrace; 13 single rooms and 6 handicap rooms, all room designed fully wheelchair accessible. All equipped with patio tables and chairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Lucia Capoterra Hotel Capoterra
- Santa Lucia Hotel Capoterra
- Hotel Santa Lucia Capoterra Sardinia