Via Bora 8, Strada Panoramica Olbia-Golfo Aranci, Olbia, Sardinia, Italy
"This hotel is definitely 3-star, not 4-star but, with just 42 rooms, it is a delightful haven of peace and tranquillity, with welcoming Reception, Room Service, and Waiter staff. It has very much a traditional feel about it. We stayed in the first half of September and the grounds are very pleasant, with palm trees and flowers, and plenty of sunbeds and fixed umbrellas (helpfully with the attachments which can shade your head if you wish). No issue at all with anyone reserving sunbeds, but this is probably because most residents just head down the road to the private beach area, also with sunbeds and umbrellas, so the hotel and grounds were fairly deserted during the day ! There is a small freshwater pool and a wonderful spa tub with various bubble settings – it’s just wonderful sitting by the pool, late afternoon, with great grounds around you, looking down to the sea. Breakfast is the usual wide spread of teas, coffee, juices, cereals, fresh yoghurt, meats and cheese, cakes, and a small selection of hot food, although often this is near-cold due to only putting 1 tealight under each bain-marie ! So easy to fix – don’t know why they serve this food cold. If you’re half-board then you eat in Nino’s restaurant next door (a large round building) where you have a choice of 3 Primi (including a fresh pasta dish) and 3 Secondi courses (see photos of sample menus), all of which change daily, followed by, often a huge slice of water melon or strawberries or, often, Tiramisu. Nino (the owner who, apparently, created a lobster and spaghetti dish, which attracted famous visitors, and built the hotel, naming it after his daughter) is incredibly visible, throughout most days and the evenings, and takes a hand in all jobs – you get the impression he has a very close eye for detail and drives the standards, which is great to see. Most rooms don’t have balconies, and many face inland not sea-facing, but you can’t really see the sea anyway, unless upstairs. The beach, with private loungers and umbrellas, free if you are half-board, is less than a 5-minute walk down a road from the hotel, and there are 3 bars/restaurants on the beach (the middle one, Mamabeach, is great for late afternoon cocktails or beers and light snacks or meals) – really not busy at all at this time of year. The hotel is not really close to anywhere, including shops, so a car is strongly advised (the free car-park, with loads of space is opposite the hotel), although there is a bus-stop, to Olbia, for only €1.50, less than 100 yds up the road. The rooms are basic and clean, and WiFi coverage is excellent and quick enough (although each code you receive can only be used for two devices, so you have to get another code if you exceed this). There is extensive free parking just across the road, which is really handy if you have a hire care. Would we stay again ? Definitely, for a very leisurely, chilled-out break."
"This is our third visit to Hotel Stefania in three years. We absolutely love staying here and couldn't believe our luck in finding such a gem. We have found the owners and staff to always be extremely friendly and helpful with restaurant suggestions, other recommendations, directions, answers to questions, etc. We have greatly enjoyed the ample breakfast that is provided each morning. There is also an excellent restaurant on-site with great menu choices and very attentive and friendly staff. The beach is a two minute walk from the hotel with a section provided for guests. There are three restaurants located on the beach but only two were open in late September. The beach itself is sandy, not rocky, and the water is very easy to swim and snorkel in. The rooms are clean, bright and comfortable with good WiFi access (password provided by the front desk). We rent a car for our visit because we like to explore, but the local bus stops about 50 yards from the hotel entrance and will take you to the town center of Olbia, which is great for additional restaurant options and shopping. There is ample free parking for hotel guests. We would definitely recommend this hotel and look forward to our next visit."
"Our third time here and holiday was perfect. Hotel is a fantastic family run hotel. Staff are fantastic all through the hotel from cleaners right up to the top. They just cannot do enough for you. Rooms are great. Food is very good and as yet have never been disappointed. Live Music after dinner with a nice glass of prosecco finishes off every day perfectly. Recently added excursions are great. Boat trip to Tavollara and Jeep Trip to San Pantaleo and Porto Rotondo were fabulous. Trips run by Giuseppe who is very knowledgeable and charming. No trip is the same. Have already booked for next year. We love it here. Aug 2020 Our 4th visit to this wonderful hotel. Top marks for everything. We feel so at home here. The owners and staff uphold the highest regard for the residents. The food never fails to satisfy and is served to you by wonderful waiters who are proud and passionate about their jobs. The whole resort is just so welcoming including the private beach area and lifeguard.. Cannot wait to go back next year. ."