We got a taxi to the hotel from the airport for 19 Euros. We arrived at 12.30 and were told that the room wasn't ready - which is fair enough, it does say check in is from 2pm, so we had out luggage stored and went walk-about. When we returned, we were given our key and it was a case of 'find your own way to your room'. There are 2 lifts in the hotel and they are fairly fast so no problems there. Ours was room 308 - a family suite for me, the Mr Dreamer and our 11yr old daughter.
The door opened onto a good sized room with 2 single beds, a desk with TV, coffee table and a mini fridge, through from this was the bathroom, then through again was a room with kingsize bed (2 singles put together) for me and hubby. Both bedrooms had balconies, the room with 2 single beds had the biggest - but there was no furniture at all!! and our room (kingsize) had a balcony which 'tapered' - around 3 feet wide at the widest part and down to about 1 foot at the narrow end- very strange but unusable anyway. I used them to dry dry out our swim wear lol.
All of the rooms had metal shutters, curtains and air conditioning. The air-con was pathetic - it made no difference at all which setting it was on, and in our 11 days here, we tried them all!! The beds are 'put me up' style, with fold away legs, but I have to say they were comfy and the pillows on the kingsize were memory foam, but the ones on the single beds in our daughters room were just polyester filed and she ended up using 2 pillows because they were really flat.
There was a TV in both rooms but we could only get a reception on the one in our daughters room.
The bathroom was a loo, bidet and shower - and the shower was complete with curtain all the way round - who else hates shower curtains?! The shower had a slope to a drain on the left hand side which the maid seemed to take pride in using the shower mat as a wick for - all folded nice but soaked before you can even use it :(
When I first spotted the mini bar, I wondered if it was included in the room price - and I asked about this at reception - I was told the price list was on the desk ....in the folder - well we didn't have a folder so there was no price list, I eventually got a price for the mini bar. Needless to say, I took everything out of the fridge and filled it with goodies from the supermarket up the road:) I filled it up daily, with beers, wine, sausages, fruit and other and snacks.
The pool was the main reason I booked this hotel - and it was the best thing about it - there are very few hotels with pools in the area and on hot days it was great being able to take a dip or hide under the canopies at the side and hubby taught daughter to swim while were were there so thats a bonus.
Breakfast was good - it was the same thing every day, ham, cheese, bread pastries etc. The coffee from the machine was so bad though - I drank English Breakfast tea from day 3, and I HATE tea lol. There is suspicious looking fesh orange - its the colour of blood and very, very concentrated, but tasty enough if you water it down with a bit of frizzante. The fresh fruit was nice and they don't object to you taking it away with you - the pears were perfectly ripe and the oranges were seriously yum!!!
The hotel is in a good place - its around 25 mins walk to the town or in the opposite direction to the beach. We caught the bus from outside the hotel a couple of times and if there isn't a ticket seller on the bus - well you don't pay - this wasn't deliberate but it happened a couple of times for us. The Hotel is in a nice area, surrounded by stadiums and the whole place felt really safe and laid back. Bottom line is, if we were to go back - and I think we might, it wouldn't be to this hotel purely based on value for money. Oh...and apparently there's a gym in the hotel - we didn't manage to find that (we'd only have looked anyway lol). Cagliari is a beautiful place with lots of history and amazing beaches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A strategic position, only a few minutes away from the city centre and the wonderful Poetto beach. A first-class service and a breathtaking view over the Golfo degli Angeli make Hotel Panorama the ideal place to stay for anyone who wishes to spend some time in the city of Cagliari or visit the south of Sardinia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panorama Hotel Cagliari
- Hotel Panorama Cagliari, Sardinia