We stayed at the Hieracon on San Pietro Island for about 4 nights in July 2011. Charming, unspoiled, old-world island and town. Hotel is a little dissappointing - but from my search on-line I got the impression that all the hotels in Sardinia are quite expensive for what you get. This certainly applies to this hotel as well.
We took a the superior double garden room for 140. I am not sure what made it “superior”. What made it “garden” was that you had no harbour views but where in the courtyard. It was far from a beautiful room – no charm, style, warmth or elegance. The balcony was almost depressing. At the same time I had a fabulous time staying on the island.
By the way, location of the hotel is great: right on the harbour but at the quiet end. All the restaurants are walking distance yet you are not right in the middle of the busy part.
So this hotel does not get a recommendation from me, but I have no idea if you can get better in the vicinity and I certainly enjoyed my stay. (you do have a/c and a fridge)
This island is not for you if you are looking for excitement, night-life or elegance. It is dated, rustic and therefore, in my eyes, very charming.
- You need a car to get around the island. I contacted firstname.lastname@example.org. Unbelievably cheap and excellent reliable service (they met us at the Cagliari airport when our flight arrived and before our departure) 180 euro (incl 30 airport delivery) for 5 days / 100km mileage a day / two drivers.
- The starred restaurant on the board walk is worth a try
- In the end we only really enjoyed one of the beaches on the island – but enjoy discovering.
- In summer season this is a popular holiday destination for Italians. The beaches do get busy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hieracon Hotel in Carloforte, on San Pietro Island, Sardinia, is a charming art nouveau building built in 1897, although its original plan dates further back to 1750. Rivano Palace, home to Hieracon Hotel, was the residence of one of the most famous families in Carloforte, then active in the trade of mining materials and lumber. The ground floor, where today there is the hotel restaurant, was once used as a shop, while the back - today used as reception and conference room, was the warehouse. Later on, the palace was the seat of the consulate of Denmark and Belgium, at the time when Carloforte was the place where the trades related to the local mines (Buggerru and Porto Flavia) took place, as Carloforte had risen to Sardinia's second commercial port after Cagliari. The wall structure is made of local stone (obtained from trachyte and basalt) and reaches a thickness of over one metre. The ceiling still preserves its original pine beams, which reach a 12-metre span. The outdoor veranda, located in the garden, as well as the linear indoor columns, located in the hall, is made of solid cast iron. Insed the garden there is the small private chapel dedicated to Saint Teresa, after which the neighbouring quarter is named as well, which is used exclusively for private functions and for the family's devotion. Thel building show clear art nouveau influences, which make it a real rarity in the island's architecture. On its front, among bas-reliefs with floral motifs, figures of dogs (dachshunds), the passion of the Dutch architect who designed the building, are especially distinguishable and noteworthy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hieracon Carloforte, Sardinia, Italy