After leaving Stirling for Glasgow Airport at 4 am, flying into London, squeezing in as much sightseeing as possible during the day and not landing in Sardinia until just before 9 pm, I was absolutely knackered by the time I got to my accommodation in Cagliari. Luckily for me, the B&B I had picked turned out to be like staying at a stylish mate’s house, whose fridge is always full. To top it off, the owner Andreas informed me that my room had been upgraded from a single to double suite, with a great view of the city and the sea.
I’d chosen B&B Art Rooms because of its location – near the airport for arriving at night, in the city centre, within walking distance of Cagliari Cathedral and the other main sights – and because the pictures of the rooms on booking.com looked a bit…different.
I’d jumped in a taxi at Cagliari Elmas Airport and thought that my bad Italian had resulted in the driver dropping me off at the wrong place…a narrow back street with what seemed like only residential apartments until I spotted an arty sign next to a buzzer box.
I buzzed in and (tiredly) climbed to the second floor, where Andreas was waiting to greet me. I was pretty grateful that his English was good – my brain wasn’t working well enough by this point to attempt much Italian. Andreas chatted away and showed me around the kitchen/communal area – a big open space with bright walls and artwork everywhere (as the name would suggest!). The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked and he explained that he wouldn’t cook breakfast in the morning but that all the guests are welcome to help themselves to any food and drink at any point. He then asked if I liked “real” coffee, proceeded to show me how the coffee maker worked and told me I could use his favourite cup in the morning (bless!)
He recommended a favourite restaurant of his around the corner from the B&B, but by that point the only place I wanted to go was bed. Andreas showed me to my room, explaining that there are only four suites at the B&B and that, he was very sorry but I had the smallest, single room. I followed him in, expecting a tiny, single bed but I was standing in a huge suite with a massive double, a desk and a big ensuite bathroom! He laughed and said, “Only joking – one couple changed their plans so now you have the big room!” Then he walked over to the shuttered windows, flung them open and exclaimed: “In the morning, you will have the most beautiful view of the rooftops and the sea!”
I thanked Andreas and agreed that yes, it was no problem for me to switch the lights in the kitchen off after everyone had gone to bed (see, like being at a mate’s house…or your mum’s). After he left, I took a long, hot shower and changed into non-travelled-in clothes. I then, completely unashamedly raided the fridge. Andreas keeps it filled with bottled water, milk, cartons of juice, cheese, yoghurt – great snack and picnic-style food. On the counter, there were big jars full of cereals, plates of croissants and breakfast bars, as well as lots of herbal teas, coffee and hot chocolate. I wasn’t sure if the other guests were in or out so I ate quietly at one of the little tables and then made for bed.
I woke up early the next morning, still tired from travelling but feeling excited about going out and exploring Cagliari. I made coffee in the kitchen (just the way Andreas had shown me how to do it “Italian” style!), said hello to a couple of the other guests and took in the view towards the sea from the little balcony. I got organised, grabbed my camera and headed out of the B&B (read A Tale or Two About…One Morning in Cagliari for more about what I got up to) around 8.30am. When I got back at 10.30, Andreas was in the kitchen with his adorable dog, cleaning up from breakfast. We chatted for a while about my morning and my plans for the rest of my trip in Sardinia. He insisted that if I was ever back in Cagliari, I should stay at the B&B again and that he’d happily give me more recommendations for places to eat and things to see. I thanked him for his warm welcome and then repacked for catching the bus to Baunei at 11 am, taking some picnic supplies from the kitchen for the four-hour journey ahead…
Website: www.bbartrooms.it Address: Via Sant’Ignazio da Laconi, 26, 09123, Cagliari, Sardinia
Booking and Cost:
I booked a room at B&B Art Rooms through Booking.com and paid €40 for one night.
Getting There and Away:
Cagliari Elmas Airport is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride to/from B&B Art Rooms. Cagliari ARST Bus Station and Cagliari Train Station (which are next to each other) are a 10-minute walk from the B&B.