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Papillo Resort Borgo Antico

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We came here on 'a deal' and couldn't have asked for more. The village is small and you'd need a car, but it is no distance at all from main roads, the hot spots of the Costa Smerelda and boat hire. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Accommodation and shower room comfortable and spotless, nice grounds, decent pool. Breakfast is the usual continental offering; we had a good dinner here on our first evening but there are nice restaurants nearby. If you're looking for somewhere quiet to stay, but near the sites, look no further. Highly recommended!

The hotel is a typically small Italian hotel in a charming, quiet village in the heart of the Sardinian countryside, the exterior painted in lovely shades of yellow/orange. We enjoyed every aspect of it. The room was large and kept spotlessly clean, wi-fi in the room was always reliable, the air conditioning was efficient, and there was a free safe and fridge in the room. Breakfast was good with a wide selection of ham, cheeses, cereal and lovely cakes, and eggs would be cooked to order. The staff were absolutely delightful, they were always friendly and very helpful, and they are what really makes this hotel special, nothing was too much trouble for them. It is about 4 miles from beautiful beaches, I would recommend car hire, I think public transport to get out and about is very limited. We really enjoyed our stay here and would thoroughly recommend staying here.

We stayed at the borgo antico recently, and were pleasantly surprised with the situation of the hotel, which is conveniently located close to the centre of the charming village of San panteleo. the hotel itself is a friendly, simply furnished hotel, and a little more rustic than we are normally used to. The hotel pool requires further attention and maintenance. Indeed I too badly cut my foot whilst attempting to use the facility. Although staff once alerted, helped with first aid. The restuarant, is under utilised, with the consequence that it makes for a rather solitary dining experience, although we found the food to be fairly reasonable. However the main attraction of the hotel is the excellent quality, attention and care of its staff. it would be unfair to single out individuals, as each one in turn gave the very best of care and attention. we did not hire a car, which we rather regretted. Although the hotel is only to pleased to arrange transfers and taxis. The island boat tour is to be recommended, where we were adopted by an extremely lively group of Italians, and which represented excellent value for money (rudimentary if tasty bowl of pasta included).

Typical Italian hotel in beautiful very quiet village setting, Rooms were clean and well decorated. DIstinct lack of information regarding what was happening in the hotel, handed a paper menu on arrival which we thought was just for our information but it was for us to choose our evening meal, choice of 2 starters and 2 mains, salads were very unimaginative and consisted every night of iceberg lettuce and red cabbage, one night we did get a tomato, No one explained that you could have eggs in the morning until we saw them coming out of the kitchen on the 3rd day, also no one said you could order French fries until we saw someone else order them, we weren't told you could ask for Pool towels again no real information, the only things in the Hotel folder in the room was details of Massages and a suggestions form. Swimming pool had loads of tiles missing, and paint was missing in large areas on the bottom, it looked very tatty, the safe wasn't working in our room and when speaking to other guests their's wasn't either, but in saying all that the staff were very friendly who were happy to help when asked.

We spent a very relaxing 10 nights at the Borgo Antico. It's a small hotel but very pleasant. Our room was large and well appointed, although would have preferred one with a balcony to sit out on, we were in a standard room. It had an upper floor with a single bed a desk and still had lots of free space. The bed felt hard to sit on, but was extremely comfortable, I slept like a baby every night. The hotel is centrally located in San Pantelao close to all amenities, although hiring a car is a good idea if you want to venture further afield. The beach at Portisco is beautiful and very close by. The staff were all amazingly efficient friendly and helpful if advice was needed. Only gripe would be having to ask to have breakfast items replenished almost every day.

Arrived at this hotel and checked into room 111, first impressions, clean and tidy, small balcony looking out to the front of the hotel, room safe found to be closed,ensuite expelair fan not working and lighting inadequate when having shower. Contacted reception and organised room swap next morning, again all seemed good but lighting in ensuite over shower inadequate, everything else good. We were booked B&B and unfortunately didn't get the chance to use the restaurant, The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant during our 10 day stay. I utilised the pool once and found that the water temperature and clarity was good for September, there did seem to be an issue with tiles at the base of the pool and at the deep end, a bit more maintenance required and some TLC, other than that the hotel was fine. You can arrange excursions through reception and English is spoken but you can also practise your Italian if you do desire. The location of the hotel is just off the Main Street in San Pantaleo, the sign is painted on a building which is a no entry one way street and street parking is the order of the day. The restaurant in the evening didn't seem too busy as most guests ate out. The menu at the hotel was much the same as in town but some restaurants had entertainment on during the meal. In the evening the piazza was the place where everyone seemed to go. Breakfast finished at 10am and a bus left for the beach from the hotel at 10:30, we had a hire car so we made our own way to beaches that we knew which were a little bit quieter. All in all our holiday to San Pantaleo was good and the weather and water temperature was good for September apart from the last two days when the wind speed increased. We utilised these days to visit a local vine yard through reception which cost €30 to get there and €35 for the wine tasting with local meats and cheeses. Take yourself up out into the hills around San Pantaleo to get some great views of the surrounding granite mountains and the views out to sea.

We stayed at this hotel for ten nights and had a very pleasant stay. It is a small hotel close to the main road in San Pantaleo. Our room was on the first floor with a small bamboo covered terrace leading to a larger communal terrace area. The room is not oversized for three but was adequate for our needs. There is a fridge and a good sized readily accessible wall safe. The bathroom has a shower, single sink, bidet and of course a toilet. The air conditioning works well and is a must in the summer, for us 22 or 23 c was the best setting. The rooms are cleaned each day by a chamber man Marco, he does an excellent job, (my wife is fussy about such things). The room has a TV but we did not bother to turn it on for our whole stay. We stayed on a Bed and Breakfast basis although we did eat dinner here on one occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed it, having the Sea Bass, (x 2 good sized fillets) and the Uraguay Salted Steak. Our dinner with wine / juice / water for two adults and an 8-year-old daughter came to approx 80 Euros. The staff there are not that many of them are friendly and very helpful, I cannot name them all but Simonetta stood out as being one of the best. You can book a shuttle each day to take you to Rena Bianca beach and back, the driver Rocco is helpful, and polite. He is also the driver who does the transfers from Olbia airport, (50 Euros each way). There is a pool but it is in a state of disrepair with small mosaic tiles coming off, our daughter cut her leg on a sharp point in the pool causing quite a gash, the staff was helpful with a first aid kit. It is not the staff's fault but the owners should address this issue ASAP. There is a relaxation area as well that we did not use with x 2 jacuzzi's but they cost 5 Euros per person for 30 mins, an additional expense that we were not prepared to pay, holidays are expensive enough. Again for the management / owners give access to the jacuzzi's and relaxation area for free, you have to heat them anyway and we hardly saw anyone use them at all. My only other slight moan is the breakfast it is the same and I mean identical every day, after ten days we all had enough of it. Please try and put a different variety of cold meat / salami out, possibly let the cooks prepare omelettes, and heaven forbid maybe even a bit of bacon, cheese on toast or something else to give variety at breakfast. I know breakfast is not an Italian concept, apparently their breakfast is an Expresso and go, but we are not Italian and now and again we enjoy a full English Breakfast, or even some of its ingredients. The internet in the rooms was a bit hit and miss but good in the reception. The coffee though is prepared to order by Ewalina each morning and is great. We would come back to this resort despite the little gripes and if they were addressed this would become an excellent resort. The staff are the asset, thank you Simonetta, Sylvia, Ewalina, Francessca, Marco, Stephan, Rocco, Franco and the two other cooks for giving us a very pleasant stay.

I stayed here for 5 nights as a mini escape with my sister. From the second we arrived, we felt very welcome. The staff were attentive, friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The hotel was absolutely beautiful, with breathtaking views of mountains that surround it. The rooms were spacious and nicely decorated, and were cleaned everyday to a very high standard with fresh towels and toiletries. There was a free safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and free Wifi, but it wasn't very reliable. Breakfast was lovely and fresh, and on most days the chef would bring us little extras (like a plate of strawberries) which was a lovely touch. We had dinner at the restaurant once, which was delicious and very reasonably priced. As we visited in early June the hotel was very quiet, which was amazing as we had our pick of the sun loungers, and spent one day totally undisturbed in their "Relax Zone" - which features jacuzzis and a lovely sun bed. The town, San Pantaleo, is small and quaint, boasting a number of cafes and restaurants. I'd recommend booking, especially on weekends. It's also important to remember that everywhere closes between 2-4, we were caught out by this one afternoon when we headed out for a late lunch. Would also recommend hiring a car, as there's so much beauty to explore (and you might get a bit bored if you stay in the village every day). Sardinia itself is an absolutely beautiful country, unspoiled by huge hoards of loud Brits shouting Bonjourno. The locals are very friendly and most speak enough English to get you by. We felt very relaxed and at peace throughout our stay. Would definitely recommend a trip to Surrau winery (get a taxi if possible). We sampled 3 wines and some local cheese for €25 and the vineyard itself is absolutely beautiful on a sunny day. Really wanted to give this hotel 5* but unfortunately I can't ignore the fact that we were without hot water for the last 2 days of our stay. I understand this is no fault of the staff, but we were not informed of the issue until we asked at reception and were given no updates.

An excellent small hotel, less than a two minute walk to the centre of a lovely village. All of the staff have a lovely friendly manner & nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are serviced daily to a very high standard with clean towels plus replacement clean and dry shower curtain (something that many hotels could learn from and adopt this practice! ). Breakfast is a Continental spread, it is possible to select a very varied & enjoyable breakfast. The coffee is to die for, especially the Americano, made to order with no coffee urn keeping bulk coffee hot. We certainly would recommend a visit to this lovely hidden gem.

We loved this hotel; it is small (only about 25 rooms), and very relaxed. The staff are first class, and the hotel is very clean and well cared for. The approach is welcoming with a selection of Mediterranean potted plants. There is no car park although we found it easy to park on the adjoining roads. Our room was very spacious with its own balcony leading to a very relaxing terrace with rattan seats and tables - as well as bamboo screens which provide welcome shade from the sun. The bed was comfortable, and the shower room was very clean and well-equipped. We had a very light room with windows on two sides and the high vaulted beamed ceilings gave an impression of spaciousness. There was a free safe, and a very effective refrigerator. There is also a facility for free Wi-Fi in your room. The pool is unheated and rather small - not adequate for serious swimmers - and the sunbathing area is limited. The hotel do provide free sunbeds and umbrellas, but there is room for less than 10 people. They provide free beach towels which you can take to local beaches. There is a free shuttle to one public beach about 4 miles away, although that does involve quite a long walk from the car park. We had a car so we found a very good smaller beach nearby in Portisco. Breakfast is good in the continental style, if rather limited in choice. There is a range of pastries and cakes, plus cooked meats, cheese, bread, cereals and fruit. They will also cook eggs to your choice. The dining room is airy and spacious, looking over the pool, so a good place to start the day. San Pantaleo itself is a very charming little town with a number of good restaurants and bars. It is a few miles from the coast, but an excellent centre from which to tour if you have a car. The Thursday market attracted many visitors and was a particular highlight.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Papillo Resort Borgo Antico places you next to Giuseppe Garibaldi Memorial and within a 3 miles (5 km) of Vigne Surrau Winery. This 4-star hotel has 27 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a spa tub. Rena Bianca Beach and Portisco Marina are also close to this Olbia hotel.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Papillo Resort Borgo Antico's 27 rooms are air-conditioned and provide balconies, refrigerators, and free newspapers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Safes, phones, and desks are also standard.

Property features

Papillo Resort Borgo Antico features a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with concierge services and luggage storage. This hotel also has a seasonal outdoor pool.

Room options

Double or Twin Room, Balcony, Mountain View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2


Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, Balcony, Pool View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 126 reviews