This was my first trip to Cagliari. I'd researched places to stay, and prefer privately owned, smaller places, so Albergo Aurora hit all the right buttons, although I thought it was TOO big from their website!
Cagliari is a small town, albeit the largest on Sardinia. You can walk all the parts you need of Cagliari, and the bus system is tops, so even the hills can be dealt with this way.
Aurora is a tad off Piazza Yenne, which is PERFECT location for people watching, gelato, coffees, dinner, everything! So you are close to everything day and night, and that is not like downtown NYC or Paris - this Sardinia! Things are at their own pace.
Nearby is Via Manno, a pedestrian street of shops and commerce, and all things to see are close to Piazza Yenne.
I had a room in the back, room 203, and stayed 3 nights. Everyone involved with Aurora was friendly, pleasant and smiling! (Even when I came in at 11 pm upon my arrival.) My room was a bit smaller (I had a single, but a double bed all the same) and I loved the room. Wood ceiling, ensuite bathroom/shower. The view from my window was Elephant Tower - brilliant when lit up at night! I too agree with the other traveller, the back is quieter, but you give up the balcony view of the Piazza. The hotel has about 12 rooms on 2 floors, and the reviewer who complained about stairs apparently hasn't travelled in Europe much! This is NORMAL! There are commercial businesses on the ground floor. Besides, stairs are good for you.
I peeked into the other rooms on the 200s floor whilst they were vacated/cleaned - larger and brilliantly painted. All were lovely, indeed. My room had a split unit heat/Air Con (October is not a/c months anyhow) - I think they all had them. I reserved through email with the hotel itself and paid single rates.
I loved the rooms and building - so well done, so old but so well done - I felt as if I went back in time, complete with BBC World and a shower.
The 'breakfast' is Sardinian-style - they don't eat breakfast like Americans or Brits - a pastry (or non-sweet bread) and coffee, lots of black, steamy coffee! Then a late afternoon lunch, never hurried, a siesta and then out for the night of people watching, dinner, wines and more coffee. That is the life, and Aurora is perfect location for IT ALL.
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