What We Love
- A peaceful and picturesque stay in Sardinia, with breakfast, a welcome drink and more Dining on delectable Italian cuisine while gazing out at the incredible views
- Exploring the pretty town of Cala Gonone
- Hiring a boat and spending the day beach-hopping
What To Know
- The hotel is a 20-minute walk from town but there is also free shuttle service
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
- Free WiFi is pretty iffy
Hotel Brancamaria is a four-star hotel just outside the Sardinian coastal town of Cala Gonone. With an understated elegance, it offers warm service and easy access to the majestic forests, mountains and beaches that surround it; a paradise for outdoor adventurers and beach junkies alike.
Dip in and out of the refreshing pool and indulge in an iced cocktail before dinner at Restaurant La Terrazza, with lovely country views and the sea peeking out in the distance. If you head down to the harbour, you can explore the restaurants there, or hire a boat to take you around the best local beaches.
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We stayed for a week in July and loved it. The food was great and varied, the room comfortable and kept fantastically clean as was the hotel. The reception staff were very friendly and so helpful with our queries and questions and organising day trips.
The restaurant staff were really helpful and always smiling and happy.
Facilities were excellent and the mini-bus to the beach much appreciated.
Would definitely recommend it and go again.
We visited at the tail end of the summer season and there were not many good options for hotels that were still open but the reviews were good so......we went for it.
We pride ourselves on choosing accommodations that are within keeping of the character of the region we are visiting. Opulence is not necessary but this hotel had NO character whatsoever. It is a big, cold feeling, monolith that stands out as an eyesore from the rest of the cute town. We took to calling it “The Big Green Monster” as it is not lit as beautifully as in the photo above, At night, large neon green bulbs are aimed directly at the structure so that the tall, rectangular structure glows green. If you prefer to sleep with the shade open in sea view rooms....your whole room does the same.
- the staff was excellent! Helpful and friendly and efficient.
- room was very clean
- the we love the region and are definitely glad we had the opportunity to visit Cala Gonone and Dorgali in general
The rooms are very small -even with an upgraded option with a view and a (silly, unusable, Juliet style) balcony. Not enough space to open 2 suitcases. They are stark of decor or character, smelled like cleaning products upon entry. Bed was hard and poor quality, rough linens and towels.
Sleep quality was the worst of all our stops in our Tour of Sardinia.
They offer coffee and tea options but no bottled water.
People smoke on the patio below and it wafted into the rooms above.
Breakfast was extremely poor quality. We decided to go elsewhere even though it was included in our stay.
They give you towels for the pool and beach but charge you to trade them in for fresh ones.
The pool itself was large and inviting but the deck around it was anything but.
Ultimately, we spent most of our day out and about and enjoyed Cale Ganone but don’t see the appeal of this sterile hotel with no soul.
We stayed in this hotel recently and found the staff (particularly Valentina) very helpful and friendly.The room was as requested prior to our stay on the top floor end of corridor with a topper to ensure the bed was soft and comfortable. Our room had a sea view and was scrupulously clean - although don't much see the point of the Juliette balcony - you can't sit out on it! The food was of a very good standard and presented nicely - again staff in the restaurant always welcoming and attentive. There was a wine tasting one night, with no obligation to buy and another night there was a Sardinian food experience with accompanying songs - very nice touch and good voices.The pool is very big but also very cold so you have to be quite dedicated to use it.
We had a fantastic holiday even when it rained.Everyone had impeccable customer service skills and made us feel very special.Mario collected us from the airport we even enjoyed a coffee an route and gave us a very warm welcome.We loved the food especially the Sardinian evening and all the speciality food .The chef and his team did a great job.We enjoyed the cocktails made by Marco and appreciated the service from all the waiters and waitresses such as Anne,Manuel and all the team sorry we can't remember everyone's names.The shuttle bus was invaluable and we appreciated Sylvia booking our table at the pescatoro a Michelin starred restaurant in Cala Gonone a real find .The boat trip is a must thank you everyone for helping to give us a lovely holiday.
Couple stayed there a week on a half board package.
Positives: clean, well arranged hotel with impeccable customer service. We were made welcome from the start and staff were friendly, accommodating, helpful and professional throughout.
Location - hotel is at the top end of Cala Gonone and while the views are great, we were restricted in our ability to explore the local area and town by walking (attempted the steep hill once in the heat but regretted it immediately - both fit and in our mid/late 30s). The nearest and only venue close to the hotel is a gas station. There is a free shuttle transport to town provided by the hotel which runs on the hour and while we used this throughout our stay, constantly watching the time for our next required shuttle was not something we wanted to do on holiday. Also the shuttle has a three hour break in the middle of the day, which meant that we couldn’t return after lunch in town (which was a necessity for us as lunch was not in the half board package). The shuttle does come out to pick up on request during this period but they charge €5 a go.
No checkout holding area - we had to vacate our room by 11.30 and with our hotel transport not due until 4.30 in the afternoon we found it incredibly difficult and frustrating not being able to change clothes, have a shower on what turned out to be a hot day (staff suggested the public open shower by the pool - hardly practical!) or use own bathroom facilities. With the hotel being so out of the way up the hill for main amenities in town, this was not a pleasant end to our holiday.
Food (6 out of 10 for us) - poor breakfast choice - same food all week of plastic bacon and overcooked frankfurters, hard boiled eggs turning blue (inedible), jams and cheap cereal. There was some fresh fruit but that went quickly so you had to be quick! Old coffee machines - ages to get your coffee in the morning. Dinner was three courses served but we found most inedible - entrees were dry and weird mix of poor seafood based dishes. The main courses were small, often watery sauces and tasteless overall. Also by the end it felt like we were not offered most of the dishes available on the main menu which appeared much nicer (having seen the non half board guests’ food) and we would have preferred. Felt like waste of money paying for half board.
Not child friendly: the food on half board was not suitable for small children; the pool is too deep and not safe for children; hotel also charges small babies for activities/excursions organised by them (whereas the same can be purchased from the town where small kids go free)!
Would we return: yes to Sardinia and Cala Gonone - stunning, peaceful, friendly local people and yummy local food (we ate out quite a bit in the end and didn’t have a single disappointing meal!). Sadly it would have to be a different hotel next time round.