We spent four nights in late October 2011 at the Due Colonne. This was our first trip to Sardinia, although we've been to Italy numerous times. Since we were staying in France for a month, and Cagliari was easily reachable from Marseille Airport via RyanAir, we decided to take a little side trip to discover a new area.
Due Colonne is clean and well located, and the staff are friendly and fairly helpful. You can walk to shopping, and the bus station is convenient for taking out of town trips to the countryside. It's also close to the marina district, the tourist mini-train and open air tour buses.
We found the hotel staff friendly, but our over-arching problem with our stay was the lack of air conditioning on two of the four nights. When we arrived we tried to turn on the ac in the room, but it was not functional. We then complained to the desk clerk that the room was too hot. He said that because it was autumn the air conditioner had been turned off and probably couldn't be turned back on. He fiddled with something on the computer for a few seconds, and murmured something about a burning smell we might experience in the room.(?) With urging, he agreed to contact the manager. His suggestion was that we open a window. This was not a satisfactory solution due to the street noise, the heavy drapes that didn't stay open, and mostly the lack of cool air from outside.
For all four of our days in town,the weather was hot and humid. The weather didn't seem to be a surprise to the locals, and in fact, our guidebook to Sardinia described the province as having "six months of summer." Even if the weather was unusual, the management should have been concerned about the comfort of their guests. On the second and third nights, the air conditioner was turned on, but on the fourth night it was once again stifling hot and uncomfortable. At 110 euros a night the hotel is admittedly not a very high end establishment, but it is not so cheap as to indicate that guests should not expect comfort and attention to detail.
I also just noted that on the Due Colonne site that they claim to have a bar and internet service, neither of which was true during our stay in October 2011. There is a very nice internet cafe a few blocks away which is fine, but the hotel shouldn't claim to have services it doesn't provide.
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- Also Known As:
- Due Colonne Cagliari, Sardinia