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Papillo Resort Borgo Antico

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Just returned from a weeks stay and enjoyed every moment! Due to going early in the season there were only 9 occupied rooms and the service was very personal, Staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. We spent a couple of days at the hotel and had the pool to ourselves on both occasions. It was like staying in a private villa! Generally the hotel, though small was presented to a very high standard, cleanliness was second to none - spotless. Towels were replaced daily and though I am not entirely sure, I believe the same applied to the bed linen. having stayed in several 5 star hotels, in both Europe and the USA, standards here were generally higher. The location of the hotel is pretty much perfect, close to the village centre with several bars and restaurants of reasonable quality and prices. One word of warning though. Unless you have a high boredom threshhold, I would recomend hiring a car as part of your travel package. There is little to see locally and transport is essential, though the hotel does provide a shuttle service to a local beach. Unfortunately I decided to book a car locally which worked out very expensive and cost 60 Euros per day (Fiat Panda) plus insurance. Booking a car for a week in advance and collecting it at the airport also saves the cost of hotel transfers which are also quite high. All in all a very satifying and good value hotel. Highly recomended.

A great place, all the staff were friendly and welcoming; lovely decor and ambiance; good breakfast selection; the only glitch was that alpharooms booking for twin beds was not received, but a room with a double bed was very quickly arranged with no fuss at all. I would recommend Borgo Antico and San Panteleo.

What a little jem we found nestling in the countryside, in a lovely viillage surounded by magnificent mountains. The hotel has 27 rooms, all had air con, tv, fridge and hairdryer provided as well as plentyful fluffy white towls, which were changed daily when the room is cleaned and bed made up. The bed was comfortable and had plenty of pillows and the rooms and bathroom were spotless. The pool is lovely and clean with chairs, tables and sunbeds available. The breakfast was excellant with fresh fruit, cereals, meat, cheese, eggs, tomato's, filled croissants, freshly made apple and pineapple cakes, biscuits, yogurt and lovely fresh bread, with either fruit juices, tea or expresso. Kept the best for last the staff from the chef to the receptionist including all the staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and were a credit to the hotel. We loved it here and it was so close to the Costa Smerelda.

Nice quiet and small hotel in a small town that is much more lively than one anticipates. Friendly staff, clean room, nicely decorated. Small showers though. Coveneiently located to visit all beaches at the Costa Smeralda.

The hotel is really clean and nice. The breakfast is a bit low but it's the only fault. The bedrooms are really clean and there are some with sights to the swimming-pool. The village San pantaleo is really really nice with bohemic shops; the hotel is into the village, so you don't need the car to go and visit it. But the nearest beaches are about 15 min by car.

We will go back as the hotel was clean, in a perfect quiet setting and the staff were really friendly and helpful. The small niggles were, why have a television in a room that doesn't work (no ones did apparently). The pool is partly under a large Oak tree and although the man scooped the leaves and debris from the surface each day the bottom was littered and made it a bit uninviting. Some people have commented on the no wifi in the rooms but my wife and I enjoyed going down at about 6 in the evening to the lounge area, grabbing a drink and doing a few emails (facebook etc) before going out so no big deal to us. Finally, if like us you go late in season and rain is a risk, don't leave anything on the balcony, the lined bamboo roofs leak! Tiny things really that did not spol our stay.

Well what can I say about this hotel. Welcoming, friendly and generous hosts! I booked a week for mums 70th birthday which was back in May. I contacted the hotel and asked if they could arrange some fresh flowers and chilled wine for our arrival to make it extra special for mum. We arrived and were offered a drink whilst going through the formalities of booking in. We were then taken to our room, #2 a lovely airy ground floor room with balcony overlooking the pool, definitely one of the better rooms. The rooms on the opposite side upstairs must be very dark as overlooking the road obscured by olive trees etc. We entered the room and were met with a beautiful bouquet of bright orange and yellow lilies, Gerbera and sunflowers, as well as a lovely bottle of white wine chilling in an ice bucket. Mum was immediately reduced to tears, especially when we looked up to see the smiley faces of most of the staff peering around the door. They all cheered and wished "happy birthday mamma" which was so touching. The rooms are fairly basic but clean and tidy. Crisp white sheets and a firm bed (little too firm for me), towels changed and beds made daily. The shower was always hot and powerful which was bliss, but I would suggest a light by the shower as it is very dark once inside. The lighting in general could be better, very dim lighting all round. There was a dressing table with chair and tv. A couple of comfy chairs would have been nice as only the one chair, hard patio furniture or bed to sit on. Also, missing tea & coffee facilities. Us Brits do like to have a cuppa in bed before showering and heading into breakfast. Mum wakes early also and it would have been nice if she could make a brew, the bar wasn't manned until 7am at least so no where to get a hot drink before. The restaurant area was clean and bright. The breakfast, a continental style with cold meats, cheese, boiled eggs, bread, yogurts, cereal, jams and honey, fresh fruit, pastries and fruit juice. You could also order scrambled of fried eggs with bacon or omelette if you wanted something hot (a little too much oil used for me). The chef also made fresh crepes for a small boy when requested which was sweet. The tea is a bit of a miss as very weak, the coffee is very strong and just warm. If you want a longer hot cup of coffee ask for an Americano. The croissants, doughnuts and selection of fresh cakes were too tempting and delicious for my waistline! The pool was nice but small. Great for this time of year as only 6 people there at the most on one day, otherwise we had it to ourselves. I would imagine in high season it would be way too small with too few sun beds for the occupants if they all chose a pool day. The spa area wasn't as expected, a central platform with cushion I assume for massage and two jacuzzis. I would have loved a massage but I didn't see any staff in the spa area. There was also a charge €5 for 30 minutes stay which seemed a bit mean, though you were offered free use on your day of arrival. Above the restaurant was a lovely chill out area. White rattan furniture with willowy white sheeted gazebos, reminded me of Ibiza. Would be a lovely place to unwind after a day at the beach but sadly we didn't get the opportunity as the weather turned. We booked half board so also had an evening meal included. The chef was a lovely chap but sadly the food was rather hit and miss. Quite basic, under seasoned mostly and lack of imagination and not a vegetable in sight. A main course of roast pork with mertyle sauce was just that, no veg or salad. Desserts rather disappointing too, fruit salad was cubed Apple with skin on with a few discs of banana, gelato was good though. We ate out on alternate nights to mix it up a bit. The hotel offers a shuttle service to the local beach which was great, a 15 minute ride away. Simply book the night before and arrange a pick up time to return with the driver. Beach was nice but small, nice little restaurant for refreshments and a bite to eat. Lots of tradesmen / woman selling their wears, can be quite annoying so would recommend you don't make eye contact if you want to be left alone. Sadly only made it once as weather wasn't suited for a beach visit again, bit too blowy and temperamental. The village is small and quaint with a few bars and restaurants still open. Bar Zara on the hill and bar Nina on the square were our favourite for coffee or one (mainly two) glasses of Prosecco whilst watching the world go by. Very friendly local people! Restaurant La Vele opposite the esso garage was lovely, delicious lobster linguine is a must. The two brothers that own it are friendly & funny though their limited English and my non existent italian caused a slight barrier but we got by. Ichos for the freshest pizza and pasta, lovely homely place buzzing with locals and tourists alike and very reasonable. Pretty church on the square, with some lovely little shops to browse. Thursday market (7am - 2pm) which was greatly anticipated was sadly cancelled due to the monsoon like weather we experience over our last three days. The little supermarket in the village was a god send. Only open in the morning and then late afternoon/evening. Lovely deli selling charcuterie, cheese, breads etc. good selection of wines also. Though you aren't allowed to bring any food or drink into the hotel which is purchased outside?? Why supply a fridge then, there was no mini bar either?. A bus ride into Olbia €6 for two bought on the bus, a 30 minute ride away. The return wasn't so easy, make sure you ask where the bus stop is as it isn't opposite where you get off. You also need to buy a ticket in one of the bars or tobacconists @ €4 for two. Olbia wasn't as expected, some nice areas but quite grotty and grundgey in places. A lot of kids openly smoking weed also, which was an eye opener. Would definitely like to return but maybe in May or June when weather should be more friendly and a few more places open. Really suited for those that like a quieter holiday, with a base to travel out from. Anyone below 30 would be disappointed I think as definitely not a party place. I didn't hire a car but if returning for longer than a week will definitely do so, you are rather restricted otherwise. Also fairly steep in areas so not for the very old / infirm. I've written a review on San Pantaleo and Olbia separately for more info!

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Hotel highlights

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

Located in San Pantaleo, Papillo Resort Borgo Antico is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Vigne Surrau Winery and within a 10-minute drive of Portisco Marina. This 4-star hotel has 27 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a spa tub. National Archaeological Museum of Olbia and Basilica of San Simplicio are also within a 30-minute drive of 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


Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, Balcony, Pool View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Double or Twin Room, Courtyard View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 117 reviews