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“Great island so so hotel”
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Hotel Hieracon
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Carloforte
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great island so so hotel”
Reviewed 1 January 2012

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.
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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.

Tips:
- You need a car to get around the island. I contacted carlo.angius@auto2000-srl.it. 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.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

"In April 2011 my husband Giorgio and I spent one night at this lovely, cosy hotel overlooking Carloforte Marina. Our room, though, was one of the few rooms leading to the internal, beautiful garden, the ideal place where to relax when you are not strolling around the little town of Carloforte or around the island. We were welcomed by Antonio and Francesca, excellent, charming hosts. After a while, we know exactly what to do and where to go during our short stay-In fact, and unfortunately, we could only stay one day and one night. - Francesca was very helpful in giving us information about places to visit and provided us with maps.We were then shown our room and pleasantly surprised when we learnt that we were being given a "Superior", rather than a "Classic", for the same price, due to the fact that the hotel was not fully booked. What a bonus...The room was big and clean, with en suite bathroom and, as I said before, leading straight to the garden.We were recommended Hotel Hieracon by friends, 2 couples who had been there,in separate occasions, the previous summer and we'd like to do the same: we strongly recommend this friendly, welcoming and cosy hotel where breakfast, with home made cakes (thank you, Francesca) and a variety of cereals, hams, cheeses and so on, will help you to give your day a great start."

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2010

I stayed here during low season in the beginning of October 2010 for one night with my wife. The hotel was pleasant enough but seemed to not be well organised, each time we went to reception there was a different person who was always friendly, but seemed unable to help with most things we asked. The continental breakfast was served out late and we had to keep asking for missing items such as spoons, bowls, etc. But on a more positive note the building was interesting (it looked early Victorian to me, with lots of original features) and had a lovely garden at the back which we spent a lot of time in. It is located on the harbour front so if you arrive by ferry it is easy to find. Our room had the usual air con, shower room and mini bar.

We did not eat here other than for breakfast, the town is quite scenic and has lots of ice cream parlours, bars and restaurants. A supermarket is within a short walk (out of the door and head left).

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sardinia, Italy
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

First impression was at the front desk where Francesca and Antonio greet the guests...they are very simpatico... they attended to all our needs and requests quickly.. they are most helpful with information about the city and island. . .
Rooms, while not grand , are very comfortable and good size, with color tv, private baths..our rooms overlookd a very nice garden area that guests can utilize..
there are other rooms overlooking the sea but we found our rooms to be very tranquil. Some of the original antique furniture remains in the house.
Important to note that there is an elevator in the hotel
Breakfast is included in the very modest price of the room..breakfast during our stay consisted of your choice of coffee,tea, chocolate. cereal, fresh fruit, croissants, yogurt and a delicious tort made by Francesca in the hotel kitchen.
For some of us it was the second time to stay here. The location is perfect, fronting the sea and very near the traghetta landing and embarking area.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2009

We hadn't booked in advance and found the hotel in a guide book. After we entered the hotel and saw the room we made an instant decision to stay. We took one of their three rooms with a view onto the port. Magic. Spent a lot of time just staring out of the window. It's a bit like Saint Tropez.. The room was bright, big and with a large bathroom. Good taste, classic Italian decor. Could almost be 4 star. Everything was perfect. Very friendly and helpfull staff. Always smiling. Good breakfast included in the price. We had to continue our trip the next day. On the third day we changed our plans and went back to the island and to stay at the hotel again. We stayed another two days. Would have stayed a fourth day or even longer but had to start the return journey. On our return to France I was anxious to see some photos and to read what other people had said on TripAdvisor. When I read the reviews, I was shocked. Either we were lucky or the other people who had stayed in the hotel were unlucky. Perhaps for us, the fact was that it was October and most of the tourists had left and there was less stress and they had more time to devote to clients. We are planning on going back to the island next year as we like the calm and the isolated atmosphere. We will either stay at the hotel again or maybe rent a small flat. There is a "chic" about the island. Good restaurants, nice boats to look at and a feeling of being cut off from the rest of the world. Note: our visit was in October (off season) and I think we were offered an off season price for the room. I'd suggest trying to stay in one of their rooms with a view onto the port. I think they only have three and maybe they'd be a bit expensive in high season. The island is magic, for us the hotel was magic and our great joy will be to stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Hieracon
Address: Corso Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour no 62, 09014 Carloforte, Sardinia, Italy
Region: Italy > Sardinia > Province of Carbonia-Iglesias > Carloforte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Carloforte
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,012 - ₹ 13,251
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Hieracon 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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