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Papillo Resort Borgo Antico

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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!

This hotel is lovely staff very helpfull room was just perfect. You do need a car as it is not near the sea, although the hotel does provide a shuttle bus to the beach. The village is quaint with a few places to eat

The hotel has beautiful, crafted decor. Our room was nice & tidy & the mattress nice & firm. The A/C was a God send in the 35 degree heat! The pool was gorgeous and more often than not we had it to ourselves so it felt like staying in a villa. Most of the staff were very attentive and helpful but I get the impression some deal with busy meal times better than others. The location was great - we loved the restaurants & market and the mountain views add something a bit different. We hired a car but it might be a little restricted without transport. The hotel massage was exquisite, although only 40mins long & advertised as 50mins. The food was of good quality but a little boring (lots of pasta and not much meat!). I thoroughly recommend the scrambled egg & bacon for breakfast! The staff had very limited english, bar one (Stephan), which made it quite hard to get issues sorted, although everyone was very warm and kind. Our safety deposit box did not work & we were told this would be sorted but it never was. Also we were not offered our free welcome drink and we couldn't be bothered to haggle & explain when we checked out. I would have liked a price list on the bar for drinks as everything is just added to your room and so we had no idea just how much we were totting up until checking out - and the drinks are VERY pricey! Personally I think a glass of wine/beer with each meal should be included in the half board arrangement. The floor in our room didn't seem to be washed all week as my feet were always black, even when I came out of the shower! All in all a wonderful week away, a charming hotel. Great to feel like you're really getting away from it all. My advice is to hire a car (we were quoted almost 3 times the amount we paid (using Skyscanner) by the hotel. There is so much to see & explore within a short drive & the beaches really vary. Take your snorkelling gear!

The first noticeable thing was the beautiful welcome from the staff - it is almost unfair to mention anyone by name but Christof was fantastic. The room was very nice and I particularly liked the firmness of the bed. Even though we didn't "buy" from the mini-bar it was great having a fridge. Wi-Fi didn't stretch to the room - marginally on the balcony - but it worked very well in the restaurant and lobby. For us breakfast was the time to check and deal with email - but we were on holiday so that was more than adequate! This is a great hotel, in a great location with a brilliant market every Thursday, very interesting shops otherwise, a sufficient number of restaurants/eating places so that you didn't have to go to the same place every night and perfectly adequate supermarket/s. A total joy. At the risk of spoiling it for my next visit (I hope there will be one!) I would recommend this hotel and location to everyone

From the minute we arrived we were made welcome. The members of staff were friendly, helpful and very competent. From the reception team, restaurant staff, wonderful chef to the housekeepers, nothing was ever too much trouble. The hotel itself is nicely appointed in a village in the hills. Our room was lovely and clean, had a fabulous shower and very pleasant balcony with table and chairs. There was never a shortage of places to sit or sunbathe, with a choice of poolside, secluded garden with whirlpools or a sunny terrace. For breakfast we were provided with a vast choice of continental meats, fruit and pastries as well as the option of hot food. (The omelettes are well worth a try!) We ate in the hotel restaurant one evening as other guests had recommended it, and were not disappointed! The food was delicious and there was never a feeling we were being rushed. Not having been to Sardinia before, I didn't know what to expect. It is a beautiful island I hope to return to and would definitely want to stay with Stephane, Roberto and the team again.

Via La Petra Sarda Olbia OT

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 free self parking. 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 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. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle (available on request). 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, Pool View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite, Balcony, Pool View

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room, Balcony, Pool View

Full 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, Balcony, Pool View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 100 reviews