Villa Las Tronas Hotel

, Alghero, Italy
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Villa Las Tronas Hotel

, Alghero
5 star

Rooms: 25

1 Lungomare Valencia - Alghero - 07041 - Italy Hotel Website | | 0039 079 981818
173 Traveller

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Restful quality destination
Submitted by: Richard in 06/04/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Wonderful location, very private, dining room (Breakfast and Dinner) as good as you can get. Bedrooms not huge but great views. Staff not overly friendly but efficient. Good value during off-peak.
We will definitely return at a warmer time of the year to take advantage of the dramatic seaside location.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Villa Las Tronas Hotel

Duchess for a few days

from sd_globetrotter
My fiance and I were recommended to stay Villa Las Tronas by hotel staff in Olbia during our Sardinia visit, June 2005. We were thankful for their assistance in booking as well as leading us to this gem.

We had a rental car and had some difficulty finding the hotel in the evening, due to our unfamiliarity with the area. Warning: Do not try to navigate the medieval area's too-narrow roads, they are not made for vehicles with more than 2 wheels, especially on festival evenings! Once we found the main road along the sea, Villa las Tronas beckoned to us with it's warm night lighting.

A sea view room was not available since we booked last minute, however the size of the room, decor, high ceilings, abundant closet space, and nice bathroom made the room comfortable and we felt good value for the price. We did have a nice garden and a town view to make up for it. Bed was too soft for us if I remember correctly.

Breakfast was fine, and we really enjoyed lounging at the saltwater pool and the private sea access for a dip in the med. Lunch was delightful, fresh, abundant. We also enjoyed our evening apertivo and live piano music sitting on the patio. Elevator is quite tiny, but we managed to carry our own bags and squeeze in.

We were happy to have our rental car to explore the wonderful beach at Stintino, Sella & Mosca vineyards, ancient ruins, and other local beaches. Walking to the medieval town is pleasant, but personally prefer Calvi, Bonafacio and Corsica atmosphere.

Overall Villa las Tronas is a unique and historic accomodation in which we felt like royalty in the antique and comfortable setting
and ambiance. Rooms- especially comparative to the European hotel standard- were spacious. Remember it is a former residence converted to a hotel, and this reflection makes Villa las Tronas so special!

This is no ordinary hotel; its an absolute belter; perfect for a weekend away.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked this hotel on the back of these reviews and certainly wasn't disappointed. Was dropped off by taxi directly outside the entrance after a 10min trip from the airport, whilst the car park is hidden from view and 50 meters from the entrance there is certainly no need to drag cases up a steep incline as at least one other post implied.

On checking in we were informed the sea view rooms were all full so we would be upgraded to a sea view room with balcony. Had I realised by balcony they meant a 15ft by 15 ft terrace with two wooden, cushioned loungers, table and chairs, facing straight out to sea and perfect for sipping a glass of wine whilst watching the sun set I would have stumped up the extra myself and from the envious looks Ms. Warrington and I got from the rooms above I get the impression other guest felt the same way too.

Given the sea view rooms were all full I imagine the hotel must have been fairly full but with only 30 rooms a large pool, substantial gardens, a games room and private bathing platform with access to the sea you certainly never felt aware of this, in fact the only sound we heard all day was the gentle lapping of waves on the surrounding shore line.

Room/ bathroom was of a good size with everything you would require of a hotel of this standard. Breakfast was continental buffet with a perfectly adequate spread, although not as substantial as you may find in the UK or US, with bacon, eggs etc all available to order at no extra cost and all of which arrived within c.5 minutes of request. We didn’t eat dinner in the hotel but the menu looked great and heard good reports.

Games room included snooker table, piano, Xbox and a decent range of board games.

Clientele was a nice mix of ages and nationalities, we were probably the youngest at 27 and 25, there were a number of honeymoon couples, a couple of families and some retirees, people tended to keep themselves to themselves but chatted across the balconies in the evening.

Town was a pleasant 10-15min stroll along the coast; I was under whelmed by the choice of restaurants but this may be unfair as was only in town for 2 days so may have missed some areas. The old town itself was nice to walk around but after a few hours we felt we had seen all there was to see so could return to the sun bathing with an easy conscience.

Any complaints? The nice areas of beach are apparently 20mins along the coast, whilst there are some small areas of sand near the hotel they are some way short of the stunning beaches you may be coming to Sardinia looking for. We didn’t take up the offer but the hotel can lend you mountain bikes to get there which I heard was a very pleasant ride. The air-conditioning in the room was quite noisy when on but I find this is often the way in these older hotels. My girlfriend described the hairdryer as about as effective as drying your hair with your breath. But these really are very minor points and didn’t detract from our stay.

All in all a fantastic place to come for a short break, no, it isn’t as polished as a Four Seasons or other 5 star US chain but to me that only adds to its character.

We founded the best rates by booking direct and had no problem reserving a room when expedia etc said they were full. Enjoy your stay!

Charming, Quirky with bags of potential!

from sodie69
Firstly, this isn't 5star luxury although there are elements that on the whole add up to a 5star experience. Great balconied rooms overlooking the Med, views to die for and a ground floor stuffed with dusty object d'art and beautiful old antique furniture that gives the place the feeling that you've just stumbled across the film set of a new Merchant Ivory flick!
Yes, the hotel could do with a bit of updating in places but this could actually spoil it's charm.
Breakfast isn't bad but could be a bit more extensive, service is slow but who cares, the view across the headland is fabulous and the pace of this place is slow to say the least.
If you read some of the reviews on The Las Tronas (as we did) you'd believe you need crampons to reach the main door and a day out hiking to reach the centre of Alghero....Fact...It's not that steep to reach the main entrance through well managed security gates and it's a beautiful 15 min stroll to the heart of this cracking little walled town.
The only downside to this town is the poor standard of eating out, lots of restaurants but little choice, if you don't like pasta or pizza it would be a struggle and the overall quality of the dining options are average to say the least. However, worth a trip, book a "Room With A View" (pardon the pun) and wind down - great relaxing break!

what a divine break

from A TripAdvisor Member
really did love this rather eccentric hotel. Very comfortable rooms and very clean. The breakfasts (dispite another review) were fantastic - sitting outside looking at the sea - service was very good and the food was delicious. The saltwater pool was refreshing and the gardens and little jetties around the hotel were delightful. I loved the apperitif before dinner and the dinner itself was outstanding. The location is great and not too far to work into town. I would love to return and I miss it already.

Villa Las Tronas - One of the Best hotels in Italy

from CentroStorico
Prior to becoming a resident of Alghero, I stayed at this hotel three times a year for 6 years. In my view, this is one of the very best hotels in Italy. Testament to that statement is the fact that in won it's 5th star last month.

The location and views are breathtaking. The style befits the former home of the Italian Royal family, the rooms are excellent and the staff incredible.

Contrary to an earlier comment about the breakfasts, you can actually have whatever you want - you only need to ask. If you want egg & bacon, you will get it. The 5 selection, 5 course dinners change on a daily basis and are truly fantastic.

The restaurant manager, Renzo speaks perfect English and is always willing to help anyone with any holiday question or problem they may have.

If you want a truly memorable holiday or perfect wedding venue, you will not find anywhere better

Expensive / Great Location / Horrid Breakfast

from koalahead
After reading some reviews on the hotel, and another choice wasn't available, I reserved a room at the Villa Las Tronas. The nicest part of the of the hotel has to be the location, on a headland jutting out into the sea surrounded by crashing waves on 3 sides. If it wasn't for this location, I'm afraid my review would be Neutral or OK with some problems rather than Above Avg. The hotel is secure, however this means that whenever you drive in (and you REALLY need to hire a car), you have to get out, buzz and wait to be buzzed in. Most of the time, you had to do this twice before anyone would open the gates. Unlike 99.9% of the hotels in the world, you can't actually drive to the lobby or nearby, but merely to a carpark at the bottom of a STEEP incline. All your luggage has to be hauled up this - no help from anyone - (one side has steps, the other a steep luggage route). If you have mobility issues - this could really be the make or break on this hotel. It's a lovely walk from the hotel along the seafront towards the old town (10min), but this might be too far for some - however parking much closer is a nightmare and you have no real choice. For the price (I paid EUR 220 a night incl breakfast for a deluxe with sea view and balcony) the room was disappointing quite small - particularly for a small city (it was virtually the size you'd expect in Manhattan, NY). Nice small LCD TV, and CD player, but not much space, smallish bathroom (stand-up in bathtub shower) etc. The balcony was huge, but there is a long row of them, with a minor wooden fence (about 2 feet high) between each of them, so there is NO privacy at all if anyone else is on their balcony & security might be an issue for some. For what is obviously a "cheaper" part of Europe, and outside of a main city, the room rate was pretty extortionate. I didn't have dinner in the hotel, but I did have breakfast there each day. Apart from the cost of the room, this was the biggest let down. There is only 1 guy serving breakfast - by that I mean cleaning up, setting up, bringing coffee, adding new food etc. So a typical breakfast would be you sitting down at a table with no cutlery or cups - which you then have to find yourself. You go to the "buffet" table, to find you can have cereal - but there's no milk. You can have ham, but there's no cheese, bread rolls, or butter to go with it, the croissants have all gone, and maybe there'll be enough juice in one of the containers to fill up half of one glass between you and your guests. Everyone quietly mumbles, and eventually the guy makes his way to you and you can order ONE cup of coffee, and request cutlery that you couldnt find, and for some food on the buffet table. Of course, he cant clear tables, bring coffee, restock etc. all at the same time. Last Sunday morning, we sat in silence with everyone else, and waited 35 minutes for our coffee to arrive, and then he brought a plate of cut baguette pieces. They were gone in 1 minute as everyone was starving. Another 5 minutes later and some rolls arrived. Cheese and butter never appeared, but I did get some milk (after 30 min wait) to add to my dry bowl of cereal. This same charade was gone through each and every day of my stay with varying degrees of difficulty in eating. I just wanted to stand up and shout "I'm not gonna take it anymore" - and everyone else would have agreed. For EUR 220 / GBP 150 / USD 260 per night (off-season, internet rate) you'd think they could provide some food for breakfast and more than one person to run around trying his best. There was free internet (1 terminal under the stairs), and 1 copy of each newspaper on the front lobby table (I should be more exact, ONE copy per day of the Herald Tribune for the entire hotel full of mostly English speaking guests). I have to point out the negatives and major irritations of the hotel, but it was a very lovely location, and in summer it would be fabulous on the balcony. But of course, the room rate would be even more extortionate. Overall, i did enjoy myself, however breakfast is a major nightmare, and be prepared for the walk into town and up the steep incline if you have mobility issues.

s not a bad thing of course!

from montclairmom
We stayed here for our honeymoon almost five years ago and loved it. We had a beautiful room with french doors opening onto a large terrace where we had breakfast every morning. The waves crashed below us and lulled us to sleep. The town of Alghero was a short walk away and we tried lots of restaurants: most very good. The town itself is beautiful: there's a nice sea walk encircling it and various piazzas for people watching. Definitely rent a car to visit the caves and the various beaches on the way to the caves. We found Bosa kind of run down.

My husband had some severe allergies here: bring your medicine. Also, there were no other Americans that we heard but the town seemed to be very popular with the Brits. I think at the time you could fly RyanAir for 99pounds r/t or something.

Hope to return one day.

Really, really good !

from chris forza robur
We liked this hotel very very much.
It had a nice atmosphere and we enjoyed sitting around the hotel, having a drink, watching the sea etc. It is furnished to a high standard, equivalant to a country house hotel in the UK. The restuarant is excellent, both the food and the service.
We had the winter break of 3 nights D.B.B. and each night the menu was different with about five choices for each course. A pianist and flutist played during the meal but at 10 o`clock when they finished the owners son played. 14 years old and absolutely brilliant. Fantastic. Ask him to play the Beatles !!
The position of the hotel is impressive and you really are dining with the waves crashing on the rocks. All the staff are friendly and chatty, most speaking good english.
Book a room with a sea view (money well spent) and I suggest hire a car as Alghero town will only occupy you for about a day. The hotel is a 10 min walk from the town centre.
A good car journey for views, is the coast road to BOSA and the caves at CAPO di CACCIA are amazing and not to be missed. The road from there along the North West coast has wonderful scenery, quite long about 3 hours. Very good roads, very few cars.
If you want a lovely restful break, where somebody else does all the work, this hotel is it.

terrific hotel with a wonderful location

from TAHES
We spent six nights at Villa Tronas in a suite with a terrace overlooking the ocean and Alghero. This hotel has to be one of our all time favorites and we travel frequently. The staff was extremely accomodating. There was free Internet access so that we could check e-mails. The grounds and buildings were immaculate. The only complaint we had concerned the piano player at dinner. On our first night, we were seated at the table nearest the piano. We asked if we could be moved, but there were no other tables available. We could not hear ourselves speak. The selection of tunes was extremely outdated and the piano player was not good. The food was good. However, it was difficult to enjoy the meal. There are a number of wonderful restaurants in Alghero and we thoroughly enjoyed walking into town for dinner.

Fantastic Hotel and location

from bevchris
This is a wonderful hotel. Built out on a promonade with awesome sea views.
We had a sea view room with a large terrace. The room was clean and spacious. The staff very friendly.
It is only a short stroll to the old town.
We had a fantastic stay at this hotel and certainly plan to stay there again.

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Grotte Di Nettuno caves Be fit enough to tackel the 600 steps!!!! If you cant get a boat trip there

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Other names for Villa Las Tronas Hotel

  • hotel las tronas
  • Address: 1 Lungomare Valencia - Alghero - 07041 - Italy
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