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Grand Hotel Corallaro 3.0

Santa Teresa di Gallura, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia

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Pros

  • Great location less than a five-minute walk from Rena Bianca beach
  • Seven minutes’ walk to the center of Santa Teresa Gallura
  • Bright rooms -- many individually decorated with nautical-themed mosaics
  • All rooms have small flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and safes
  • Free breakfast served in all-day restaurant
  • Sunny pool terrace shaded by mature palms
  • Outdoor playground for children
  • Many guests love the hotel’s resident dog

Cons

  • Standard Rooms are basic and outdated
  • Free Wi-Fi is limited to one device
  • Basement-level gym only opened upon request

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Grand Hotel Corallaro is less than a five-minute walk from Rena Bianca beach, a secluded sandy cove on the very northernmost tip of Sardinia. The property is decorated in a nautical theme that extends to the 83 rooms, which range from basic and lacking balconies to chic spaces with furnished sea-view terraces. A free buffet breakfast is served in the all-day restaurant, while outside, a sunny pool terrace is shaded by palms. Note that the hotel's gym is only open on request and free Wi-Fi is limited to one device. Guests looking to keep kids entertained might want to try the nearby, all-inclusive Marmorata Village.

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Scene

Rustic and welcoming nautical-themed hotel with cute seafaring ornaments

The Grand Hotel Corallaro makes great use of its location on the Mediterranean, and the sea is as visible inside the hotel as it is outside. Terra-cotta tile and whitewashed walls are set off by powder-blue accents in the hotel’s bright and airy lobby, which is decorated with nautical memorabilia and local crafts like a sailboat and smiling clay suns along the walls. The restaurant has rustic wooden chairs painted a robin egg blue, charming sea-inspired decorations, and woven tablecloths that give the room am intimate feel. Outdoors, grounds mostly consist of a sizable freeform pool in a sunny terrace shaded by mature palms. The hotel attracts some families, but is far more popular among older couples without kids in tow.

Location

Five minutes' walk from the Rena Bianca beach, and seven from the center of Santa Teresa Gallura

Set right on the white sands of the Rena Bianca beach at the northernmost extremity of Sicily, the Grand Hotel Corallaro occupies a prime spot in the town of Santa Teresa Gallura. It takes less than five minutes on foot to get from the hotel to the beach, seven minutes to reach the center of town, and 15 to reach the town’s harbor, from which ferries run to and from Bonifacio in Corsica, a journey that takes around 90 minutes. The dramatic windblown terrain of Capo Testa is a 13-minute drive away. Expect transfers to and from Olbia Airport to take an hour and 15 minutes by car.

Rooms

Bright and cheerily decorated rooms with a seafaring flair and hand-painted murals

Rooms at the Grand Hotel Corallaro are bright and sunny, and decorated with a similar nautical flair to the spaces downstairs. Most have charming shiny blue tile or wood floors, white walls painted with aquatic murals and adorned with pebble-like tiles, and attractive wood furniture. However, the Standard Rooms are basic and dated, albeit spacious, outfitted with traditional wood furniture, old-fashioned blue linens, and no wall decoration aside from framed prints of animals that seems out of place. These bathrooms have dated tiling and granite sinks, plus small shower stalls and bidets.

Higher-category rooms, meanwhile, are more elaborate, with swooping, swirling waves painted on the walls, and little round mirrors resembling portholes. Their bathrooms are, likewise, more elaborately decorated, with mosaics shaped like waves made out of a glittering array of glass pebbles in shades of blue and sea-green. Suites are far larger, with a seating area which has a large and comfy sofa bed, and a bathroom with a rainfall showerhead. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and safe. Deluxe Rooms and Suites add bathrobes. Several rooms have furnished balconies or terraces -- some with sea views.

Features

Large outdoor swimming pool, free buffet breakfast, and limited free Wi-Fi

The Grand Hotel Corallaro trades on its location and decor rather than its amenities. There's a sizable outdoor swimming pool set in a sunny terrace shaded by mature palms. An indoor pool is technically on-site, but guests have reported that it is rarely open. Similarly, the hotel has a small gym in the basement, which is only opened on request. A free buffet breakfast of hot and cold options is served in the all-day restaurant, and drinks and snacks are served at the bar. Staff can organize boat trips around the nearby scenic islands with local tour guides. An outdoor playground is available for kids. Wi-Fi is free, but it's limited to one device. Guests love the hotel’s resident dog, a friendly German Shepherd, and guests are allowed to bring their own pets.

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Address

Via la Rena Bianca SNC, Loc. Rena Bianca, Santa Teresa Gallura 07028, Italy