Aba Maya B&B (daughter) is part of the Big Fish B&B (mother) in Alghero.
As soon as we arrived Ylenia was there to greet us and showed us how everything worked at the B&B.
I had asked beforehand if she could leave a bottle of wine with a little happy birthday note in the room and she did which was a very nice of her.
Things I liked about it:
- breakfast area with a coffee machine and microwave along with various breakfast foods open 24/7.
- t.v. and fridge in the room
- VERY close to the center of Alghero (max. 5 minute walk and you are in THE center)
- Ylenia (the owner) and Franca (her mom who also has a b&b) are sweethearts - ready to answer all your questions and help you out any way they can (without being overpowering). True professionals!
- the rooms also have AC and heat which we didn't need but it's always nice to know that they are there if you need it!
This is a great place to stay for a very reasonable price.
- Very close to town
- nice owners
Last May we booked a direct flight from Düsseldorf Weeze to Alghero at only EUR 60 per ticket (!). We found the B&B on Google. We were warned in advance by people who went to Sardinia before that most innkeepers only speak Italian and some local dialect, which makes a decent conversation quite impossible. B&B Da Langella is run by Salvatore Langella, a Dutchman from Sardinian descent, who speaks rather good English as well. A real treat for English-speaking travellers or actually for anyone who doesn't speak Italian, because the language barrier can be a real hassle on the island. We always choose B&B's because we like the personal touch, which is so often lacking in regular hotels. We got what we wanted. Our host made us feel immediately welcome.
We stayed at Da Langella for 5 days (3 days longer than originally planned) during which Mr. Langella has provided us with excellent suggestions on day trips and places to eat. Breakfast was brilliant, consisting of fresh rolls, assorted sliced cold meat, jams and local pastry specialties, accompanied by fresh orange juice and coffee / tea. Boiled eggs by special request. We never had a breakfast like that again during the rest of our Sardinian journey. The room we had was spacious. Much more spacious actually than the picture on the website suggested. The bed was great. Linen is provided by the house. The B&B has a very cosy garden, which was open to guests. Da Langella features 2 guest rooms, which are roughly the same size. The bathroom is shared. While we were there an elderly couple stayed in the other room. We were hardly aware of their presence because their room was at the other end of the hallway. The B&B is located in a rather uninspiring street: rows of dull apartment buildings thrown up at a way too hurried pace. Once you enter the B&B you forget about the area right away and after a few days you easily put up with it. The good thing is that the beach is literally at the end of the street. It's a 20 minutes walk from the B&B to downtown Alghero. If that is too long a walk to you there are plenty of cabs driving back and forth. We preferred the highly enjoyable walk along the beach.
Alghero is still amazingly quiet in May, which makes you often feel you’re the only tourists around. Because Alghero has never been a seaside resort totally depending on tourism, most shops and restaurant stay open all year round. Prices are similar to continental Europe. Much cheaper though than in Tuscany. Most tourists that frequent Alghero are continental Italians, who visit Sardinia every year. That is why in August, when the whole country has a month’s holiday at the same time, the city gets flooded with Italians from the mainland.
To get to the B&B from the Airport I would recommend taking a taxi. There is a public bus going to Alghero city centre costing you only 70 eurocents for a one-way trip, but its time schedule is unreliable. We were lucky to wait for only 20 minutes, but we spoke to other people who had waited more than one hour for the bus to come. It’s rather annoying especially when you arrive late in the evening. A taxi costs approximately EURO 20 and takes you to Alghero in only 12 minutes.
It is rather peculiar that Alghero - and actually the whole of Sardinia – is still comparatively unspoiled by tourism since it is such a great destination. The beaches are the most spectacular in the whole Mediterranean. The surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning offering a great variety of scenery. Alghero has a rather unique atmosphere which is at the same time very Italian but with a special twist, mainly due to the fact that the city is founded by Catalan settlers in the 15th century. This Catalan influence is noticeable everywhere most notably in the local cuisine and the language. The street signs in the historic city centre are both in Italian and Catalan. The elder population still speaks a distant Catalan dialect that is unfortunately becoming extinct. The medieval is walled by a rampart closed off by the sea. Now that defence against enemies from overseas is no longer necessary the impressive city walls serve as a popular esplanade, especially during the evening when the people of Alghero go out for a stroll and ´to see and to be seen` seems to be very serious business.
I consider Alghero a genuine hidden treasure and although I rather want to keep it that way – and I am sure most Sardinians share my point of view - I reluctantly recommend it to anyone who wants to get off the beaten tracks and explore this unspoiled and comparatively unknown part of Italy. When going to Alghero please be sure to book B&B Da Langella. Its breakfast and personal service are unrivalled. You better be quick though because demand is high and there are only two rooms available.
- very pleasant and tasteful ambiance
- it is very close to the sea
- the rooms are spacious and well furnished
- comfortable double bed
- very friendly inn-keeper from Sardinian descent who speaks Dutch and English and knows the best places in town and around
- sumptuous breakfast unrivalled in Sardinia
- good price/quality ratio
- excellent base for daytrips
The B&B was not in the best location, but it is not far away from the beach. We found it discomforting walking through the neighborhood at night though.
The room was clean and decorated nicely. The Italian breakfast was meager, lunch meat and rolls, and since we were the only ones there we were served the same lunch meat and rolls for the 4 days we were there, making them less appealing as the days went on.
Rose and Angela are very sweet and made up for any shortcomings. However, you will only see them first thing in the morning. If you were ever to have a problem and need to contact anyone you are out of luck as we found out. The contact numbers didn't work and there isn't a phone in the entire place. We happen to arrive at 6:52am a few min. before Angela and Rose showed up, I don't know what would have happened had our flight been later in the day since we could not seem to contact them by phone.
Absolutely fabulous! Planning on returning.
Studio appartment (self catering)
Small and compact, but nothing is missing
Ideal for a few days rather than long term stay
Safe, very friendly agent
Ideal for up to 2 people (although fits 3 but would get small)
While talking with some friends, we realized we'll have the same week of holidays in August, and we decided to visit Sardinia. It was only a couple of months before, and being August peak season, most places we found were already booked. I can't remember how I did find this apartment, but it looked very nice at their website, the prices were reasonable, and it could accommodate the 5 of us in the old town, exactly what we were looking for. I've to say it looked too good to be true. The lack of reviews makes us a bit hesitant, but the place claimed to be new (this could explain not having any reviews). It was the only acceptable place we had found, and we really wanted to go. So... we booked it.
I've to say that it did not only fulfilled our expectations, it was better than expected!! The location was excellent, in the old town but quiet; we loved to have breakfast or a drink at night at the nice small square in front o the apartment. We rented a car from the Avis office just 10 minutes away, and even you can't drive in the old town, never had a problem to find parking places in the new area, a short walking distance.
The apartment was recently renovated and spotless clean. We had there all we could need: linens, towels (beach towels included), and even coffee and an assorted plate of local delicacies as a welcome.
And the best of all: Caterina, the landlady, who was so nice and helpful all the time. She did her best to make our stay as perfect as possible. She speaks perfect English
It still sounds too good to be true? Look at the pictures
However, I’ve to say it was not 100% perfect. We felt a bit of "lack of intimacy" as only 2 of the 5 had their own room. Anyway, with so much to see and do we really did not spend much time at the apartment. I guess it may be the perfect place for families indeed, and in any case, we had a great time there and we would use it again.
It was not a problem for us, but be advised the place has no elevator, and the apartment has 2 levels, so it’s not convenient for people with reduced mobility.
FYI, the same owners have a smaller apartment in the same building called "Minorca"
My boyfriend and I were discouraged by the lack of information we could find on affordable accomodation in Alghero. We ended up finding this B+B on a web page and couldn't believe our luck! We stayed for three nights (a long weekend) in a huge, amazing, immaculately clean room for a mere $130 Euro as a last minute deal. It is on the second floor above some shops on a cute side street, a five minute walk from the beach and historic old Alghero. We came home late at night and never felt threatened, it's in a very safe area. The entire apartment has been newly renovated, has a great kitchen and huge bathroom. We really couldn't believe our luck. The owners are fantastic and friendly, don't speak a lot of English but as my boyfriend is Italian we got along fine.
When we stayed there, they had a deal with a nearby cafe that allowed us to have a coffee and pastry whenever we woke up as the breakfast part of the B+B. The cafe was really cute, just down the street, and make amazing lemon cream filled pastries!!!
Alghero has lots of fantastic restaurants and we loved visiting the beach and Neptune's Grotto. Actinia is a great place to stay and an unbelievable deal for the accomodations that you get. Enjoy!!!!
our stay at this apartment was very pleasant. It was veery well equiped for up to 6 people in 2 bedrooms. The view of the harbour from the living area was great. The apartment was on the 4th floor, but we were ok with that. The price was good and I would recomend this apartment to anyone.
Situated in a narrow cobbled street with views over the harbour
We found this B & B by internet. Since the first, all was very easy: Understand us, the price, the way of payment. We were very good welcomed by Franca, the owner, who enjoy her work and transmited it to us, doing feel us very well there.
Vam trobar el B & B a internet. Des del principi, tot va ser molt senzill: Entendre's, el preu, la manera de pagar. vam ser molt ben acollits per Franca, la propietària, que gaudeix de la seva feina i ens ho va transmetre, fent-nos sentir molt bé en la nostra estància.
L'Alguer is small, therefore the location is very good cause is five minutes walking from center, beeing, although, a very quiet place. The rooms are cleen, ones bigger then other. Normal views. For breakfast, you can eat when you want. You have there the breakfast and you can do your coffee, (good coffee) and all, when is well for you.
L'Alguer és petit, per això la localització està força bé perquè és a cinc minuts el centre, caminant, però tot i això és força tranquila. Les habitacions són netes, algunes més grans que altres. Les vistes normals. Per esmorzar, podeu menjar quan vulgueu. Teniu allà l'esmorzar i podeu fer el cafè i tot, quan us vagi bé.
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