A villa by the sea
The Villa Las Tronas has once been a resort of the Italian royal family and it is probably the most luxurious hotel Alghero can offer. The rooms are just gorgeous, the service was really good. The hotel has a small park and a seaside terrace with marvelous views on the Mediterranean. It is very conveniently located, you can reach the Old Town of Alghero in about 5 minutes on foot.
It is a bit "posh" yet you never feel out of place! The experience comes at a price (roughly 150,- to 280 € for a double), but if you want to give yourself a real treat (honeymoon), you should think of staying for a night or two. This 5-star-hotel feels just like the posh hotels in the old Agatha Christie-movies (meant as a compliment). Alghero is a very pretty city that should not be missed if you visit Sardegna.
A few suggestions for improvements at Villa Las Tronas
Time to write my review having just returned from a weekend at Villa Las Tronas. First impression of the hotel on arrival is just as many other reviewers have written - a beautiful location with wonderful views of the coastline.
The receptionist was very professional and made us extremely welcome. However, if you are expecting a 5 star hotel and 5 star service, you are likely to be disappointed. Even though this was a former royal palace and that is certainly part ot its charm with antique furnishings etc, there are a few criticisms, which would be easy to remedy.
The seaview room was certainly lovely and an excellent size, the bathroom though was very small and in need of complete refurbishment.
Very poor service at the pool on day 1 - no staff on hand to take orders for drinks - you had to try and find someone. Grey towels for the sunbeds that looked like they could have been white originally, but have been washed with dark colours. The pool needs refurbishment and plastic loungers need to be replaced with better quality ones, perhaps wooden as some of the others scattered around the grounds are.
Lack of service in the hotel bar early evening - again you have to try and find someone or ask at reception.
Not quite sure where the restaurant manager was trained, but he badly needs lessons in organising his staff for evening service, there were only 20 people in the restaurant and the staff appeared to be struggling to keep on top of things,ie the vegetables arrived before the main course and if you had chosen fish from the menu which needed to be filleted, which obviously takes a little time, your partners food and vegetables were lukewarm by the time the fish was served - perhaps they should invest in a flambe lamp if they can't co-ordinate better between the kitchen and restaurant!
The food in the evening was very average and I wouldn't particularly recommend it, although perhaps if we had been there for a few days we would have given it a second chance. Breakfast on the other hand was so much better, the staff excellent; the food very fresh; the scrambled eggs and bacon cooked to perfection.
These may seem to be fairly minor points, but the hotel needs to improve their standards if they are to remain ahead of the rest in this lovely area of Sardinia. Service of course should always be discreet and that is why we chose Villa Las Tronas because of its setting and because we wanted to recharge our batteries in a quiet environment, which we certainly achieved. But many other hotels in Italy provide a far, far, higher standard without being overbearing or intrusive ie Palazzo Sasso in Ravello and San Clemente Palace in Venice. Villa Las Tronas would do well learn from both of those hotels and offer their guests a truly 5 star stay!
Alghero: other curiosities
Have a look at those pictures to see some other curiosities... (Castle hotel, Church, Cave of the old centre).
Hotel 'Villa Las Tronas' was built at the end of the 19th century. It was the residence of the
Italian Royalty during their holidays in Sardinia until the 1940s. It's now a luxurious hotel with controlled access.
Quite nice... a bit dated... nothing special... and expensive!
Just returned from a Friday to Sunday Ryanair cheapo special from Liverpool! Before I get to the hotel I should point out that Alghero out of summer season is a fairly quiet place. In fact the majority of people wandering around were Ryanair-ers from Stansted, Liverpool or Frankfurt!
Alghero's also fairly small... so by Saturday afternoon you're probably going to be struggling for anymore sightseeing or shopping! (There's not as much to do as in Girona, our favourite recent Ryanair destination!) We luckily hired a car and drove down to Bosa and around inland and it's a lovely island to explore. (We booked it with Auto Sardinya via the Alghero airport website and it was about £45 - without extra insurance - for the two days.)
Anyway on to the hotel. Villa Las Tronas is a bit of an oddity. It certainly isn't worth €240 per night per room B+B. It's stuck out on a rather odd bit of headland and is a slightly mis-shaped building architecturally. Inside it's a bit seventies-ish. Yes, it's got some nice ornaments and the like, but it's not some kind of antiques palace! Rooms are smallish (great views), basically furnished and the bathrooms could do with re-grouting and a bit of a spruce up. Breakfast was quite nice.
If it was £100 for the room you'd be quite content. At £160-ish you're just left with a slight bitter aftertaste as you pay your bill compared to what you can get elsewhere in Europe for cheaper prices!
The Carlos V over the road appeared as though it's being refurbished. It looks VERY nice. If I was going back to Alghero I'd try there first.
Beautiful spot; perfect stay
Stayed one week at Hotel Villa Las Tronas in Alghero. We loved the town and we loved the hotel. The tranquility of the hotel defied us to leave it for daytrips. The staff at desk, housekeeping & restaurant were personable, professional, and unobtrusive. We had a few requests of desk staff, which they handled kindly and promptly.
Inside, marble floors, high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, dark furniture, damask & velvet fabrics, and large windows. Outside, intimate gardens, pathways, staircases, fountains, and benches to enjoy the peace and beauty. All of it wrapped in serene views of the sea, cliffs and sky. The villa really conveys the sense of being a residence.
We loved our sea view, terrace room, which we booked thanks to the smart advice of this forum’s posters-who-know. Housekeeping visited twice a day, keeping the room very clean, with plenty of fresh towels. (Bring lotion and hair conditioner, as they are not among the bath amenities provided.) Big bathroom in great condition: tub/shower; marble vanity with double basins; and a big, shuttered window to the sea. Room: big closets with mirrored doors; beautiful traditional Sardinian tapestry bedspread; fancy metalwork bedframe; shuttered double doors out to the huge furnished terrace, with a spectacular panoramic view. The weather was sunny, warm, crystal clear; perfect for sunning, reading, dozing, and swimming in the sea and the pool.
Evenings, a piano player and a flute player in the busy dining room; service caring and professional. Meals were wonderfully prepared, nicely presented and tasted terrific. Non-meat eaters, we enjoyed the fish (sometimes filleted tableside), and the very good pasta and risotto dishes. Interesting combos, like pear & blue cheese risotto. Nice buffet breakfasts: pastries, breads, fruits, cheeses, cereals, juices, eggs to order, etc.
We developed an afternoon addiction to the pizzas at Bella Napoli, and then gelato.
We drove along the beautiful coast to Bosa, and took a drive for the views and the hairpins up to Villanova Monteleone. Another day, sunning and swimming at La Pelosa beach, so stunning, with stops to buy wine (at Sella & Mosca) and olive oil (Le Ginestre.) Driving was easy, roads good, towns very well sign-posted, very little traffic. Also went on the boat to Neptune’s Grotto. Cool caves and coastal views.
Meandering the cobblestones of Alghero was really pleasant, window shopping the boutiques, dropping into a piazza for a drink, strolling the walls at sundown. The town, the hotel, and the area are all beautiful and slow paced; our batteries magnificently recharged.
An Amazing Hotel!!!
We stayed at the Villa Las Tronas Hotel from the 15th-17th December 2006. On approach to the hotel, it certainly was a fairy tale picture postcard with this stately house against the backdrop of the sea. We were welcomed by friendly and efficient staff and after climbing into a rather small lift we were shown our room which over looked the gardens and a pretty water feature, to the left and the right we had views of the sea.
Our room was well decorated with old fashioned grandeur with a modern twist. This hotel isn't large but does have a grand feel without being pompous, there are several rooms in which to relax, there is a bar area with a grand piano which leads into a dining room with sea views. There is a reception room along with a games room with a billiard table. I would love to return in the summer as the pool area and surrounding lawn areas overlooking the sea would be sheer pleasure to be able to lay in the sun.
We went out of season and Alghero town is very quiet during the day but came alive at night with many shops, restaurants and bars. We ate in the at the hotel restaurant one evening which was excellent food and not too overpriced.
All in all a great weekend to get away from it all.
Not worth the splurge
This five-star hotel needs a lesson in gracious welcoming -- including proper signs so arrivals know how and where to drive to the entrance (over the lawn) to drop luggage. And those at the desk need to understand the true meaning of hospitality and drop the snooty airs. For example, they could not be bothered to tell us about the availability of the pool, spa and workout room (and as a result we missed the hours they were open and never got to use any of these facilities). We had reserved for just one night, thank heavens.
However, the room facing the ocean was compact and lovely, with an excellent bath. The grounds and public rooms are stunning. The breakfast was outstanding and the dinner was delicious, though the service was incredibly slow. For off-season it was overpriced and overrated. Frankly, we found two 4-star hotels in Sardinia that were much better than this 5- star.
Great Small Hotel
We have stayed at Las Tronas 3 times in the last 12 months. One of the few Hotels that seem to improve every time we stay. Food is fantastic, staff really friendly. Decor in Hotel is unbelievable.
If you want a relaxing Hotel in great surroundings, you will not get better than Las Tronas.
A fine old fashioned hotel
A charming hotel: location, facilties,staff, service and meals were all excellent. Alghero is an interesting little town, with many good restaurants, but the hotel food was first class.
12 days in sardinia in july
Hi all! My husband and I- both in our early thirties, are flying into Alghero (thanks to Ryanair!) on 21st July for 12 nights. We really need the first few days to be chill out & recharge the batteries!- nice hotel, near beach, nice town, quietish area if possible! Any suggestions gratefully received!!
We can rent a car after this and would be grateful for ideas for bases from which to see the island- perhaps a total of 3 hotels (4 nights each), cost not really an issue. We were thinking of popping over to Corsica for a few days-but is one week enough to chill out & see a little of Sardinia? Any advice would be great, Thanks ! L.
Re: 12 days in sardinia in july
I havent much advice for you as I have just moved to Sardegna myself a month ago. I think 12 days will suffice to see what and do what you want. If your renting a car you already have an advantage. Castelsardo is a beautiful little town on the sea. I live about 20mins from there in a town called Trinita D'Agultu. Costa Paradiso is beautiful. I hoep you have a great time. Drop me a line should you fancy a drink one evening, I live here with my Italian b.f.
Re: 12 days in sardinia in july
Hotel in Alghero: Villa Las Tronas. Beautiful building, has its own little beach, just a little way along from the old centre, very charismatic and looks very quiet too. I don't imagine it comes cheap, but it sounds just the place you are looking for.
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