The Best Hotels In Cagliari, Picked By A Local

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Are you looking for good hotels in Cagliari? Look no further!

If you are planning a holiday in Cagliari, you will be happy to know that the capital city of Sardinia offers incredible experiences, from art museums to flamingos! When visiting the sun-soaked capital of Sardinia, it can be challenging to choose where to stay.

That’s why I’m here! I’m a local – I grew up in Cagliari, and this is where I currently live, and since my place is small whenever friends visit me I have to hunt for a nice hotel for them. With time, I have managed to check out a lot of places. So, I’m eager to share with you all my insider tips on the nicest hotels in Cagliari to help you decide on the perfect place to stay.

Continue reading to find your perfect room.

Would you rather stay in an Airbnb? Check out my post The Best Airbnbs In Cagliari.

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The view from the terrace at Palazzo Tirso

Overall Nicest Hotels in Cagliari

Some of my absolute favorite hotels in Cagliari are not in the four historical districts of the capital city (Castello, Stampace, Villanova and La marina). They don’t even lie by Poetto beach! Yet, they are all centrally located; within easy walking distance of the top attractions and the best restaurants town.

Best Luxury Hotel in Cagliari: Palazzo Tirso

The latest addition to luxury hotels in Cagliari is set in a stunning and beautifully restored historic palace in a wonderful location in the heart of town – Piazza Deffenu, perfectly set between Via Roma, the Marina district and Villanova district.

Palazzo Tirso features very modern, large and comfortable room, some of which overlooking the bay and the historic district of Castello.

There’s a small terrace pool for guests, who can also travel here with their pets. After a long day of exploring you can also enjoy a spa treatment in the hotel wellness center, or opt for a training session in the hotel’s fitness center.

The hotel features two bars and two gourmet restaurants – on the ground level, and on the terrace overlooking the harbor. They are also open to non-guests and they are a new favorite of locals.

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The tower of T Hotel as seen from Parco della Musica

Best Hotel for Business Travelers: T Hotel

T Hotel is quite centrally located, nestled right by the Teatro Lirico and directly in front of the Parco della Musica, which is a quaint park. It has stupendously spacious rooms but is most known for its out-of-this-world spa and the luxe lounge bar that mixes up mean cocktails.

The public are allowed to access the spa and lounge, so you’re likely to see lots of locals there—not just tourists! T Hotel is one of the best hotels in Cagliari for business travelers.

Best Hotel for Couples: Villa Fanny

Villa Fanny is near the University of Cagliari, very close to the Roman Amphitheater and the Botanical Garden. In fact, it lies only a brief ten-minute stroll from Stampace, the beating heart of town, where you can check out the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer.

The hotel has an extraordinary eye for detail; each room is decorated differently, with artisan furnishings and eye-catching style. There’s also a gourmet restaurant on-site to dine at. 

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You’ll find many excellent hotels in Cagliari

Best Hostel in Cagliari: Hostel Marina

Hostel Marina is located in La Marina district, an area jam-packed with restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars. This is one of the best hostels in Cagliari if you are looking to socialize and make new friends. Indeed, it does attract a younger clientele.

Moreover, Hostel Marina hosts weekly events to keep the good vibes going! As Hostel Marina offers both private rooms and dormitories, if you weren’t looking to sleep in a bunk bed with roommates—don’t worry! Hostel Marina has budget-friendly options for everyone.

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Castello is home to some nice boutique hotels

The Best Hotels in Cagliari By Neighborhood

CastelloBest for History Lovers

Do you have a hankering for history and mystery? The Castello district is one of the most gloriously historic areas in Cagliari, and just happens to be one of the most photogenic places in the city.

This district has some of Cagliari’s must-see sites, like the Towers, the Archeology Museum, the Cathedral, and the Palazzo Viceregio. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods the city, on a hill. It is filled with tiny, meandering streets that stream through the area, perfect for strolling and exploring.

To discover more about Castello, read my post The Complete Guide To Castello, Cagliari.

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The narrow alleys of Castello

One of the difficulties about staying in Castello is the lack of public transportation. Since Castello has such narrow streets, the buses can’t easily reach there, and non-resident cars are only allowed access for a few hours a day.

That being said, it is within easy walking distance of a few bus stops that will lead you to other areas of the city should you wish to go, and it’s literally a walk downhill (uphill on the way back to your room) to the other historic districts of Cagliari.

In Castello, you’ll find tiny guest houses filled with warm, friendly faces and boutique hotels oozing old-world charm. There are also a lot of self-catering apartments available to rent.

If you intend to rent a car in Cagliari, double-check the timetable of non-residents’ vehicles being allowed in and out of the district. I would recommend using the parking lots by the gates of Castello district. It will be a short walk to your hotel.

Best Hotels in Cagliari’s Castello District 

L’Antica Torre

This is by far the most budget-friendly hotel in Castello. It’s located in a historic building so the set up will likely be not what you are used to – rooms in this part of the city tend to look long and narrow, and it’s very much the case here. Yet, it’s a quaint and cozy little place where you’re sure to feel right at home.

Bianca Dimora

This is an exclusive bed and breakfast where each room is aglow with thoughtful touches. While it’s in a historic building, the rooms have been beautifully refurbished and look modern and feel very comfortable and cozy.

One of the towers of Castello
Relais Santa Croce

This small hotel is set in a lovingly restored historical structure. It has spacious and harmonious rooms, some of which come with expansive balconies offering sweeping views of the Castello district. The best rooms remain those that overlook the sea. No wonder it’s one of the favorite hotels in Cagliari for travelers-


This small property sits mere steps away from the Cathedral, in via Lamarmora, one of the nicest streets in Castello. Rooms are nicely decorated, with a modern touch. A delectable complimentary breakfast is served daily.

Le Torri

This is a sweet apartment, perfect for those who prefer a self-catering accommodation but still wish to lounge around in comfort, convenience, and style.

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La Marina is one of the liveliest parts of Cagliari

La Marina – Best For Nightlife Lovers & Foodies

La Marina district is a vibrant neighborhood with abundant historical and religious heritage. Once home to the fishermen and traders in Cagliari, it is now where you will find some of the best restaurants and bars in Cagliari. My favorite is by far Sabores, a small enoteca with a limited menu of delicious dishes.

La Marina is multi-cultural, diverse, and chock full of fantastic clubs, pubs, and bars. There is even nightlife for those who don’t want to drink and dance— everything from jazz concerts to book readings.

This neighborhood is also positively brimming with gorgeous antiquated churches, like the Church of San Francesco da Paola, the Church of Sant’Eulalia, Church of Sant’Agostino, and the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, to just name a few!

To find out more about the history and many attractions of this part of town, read my post A Short Guide To La Marina, Cagliari.

La Marina is closed to non-resident cars. However, if you have rented a car, there is a large parking lot next to the train station that you can use. Another option is parking in the lots that line the harbor along Via Roma.

Museo Sant’Eulalia, in the Marina District

Best Hotels in Cagliari’s La Marina District

B&B Cappuccine

This is a charming guest house sure to delight all travelers. Rooms have antique floorings, and the overall vibe is that of having stepped back in time. Don’t worry though: you will also enjoy all modern day amenities, including a fabulous breakfast.

Birkin Marina

Much like its brother in the Castello District, Birkin Marina has enormous rooms styled with modern decor. The rooms are so chic that it seems almost effortless! It’s one of the most sought after places to stay in the area, so if you have your eyes set on it make sure to book well in advance.

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The colorful buildings of La Marina
Hotel Regina Margherita

This is actually one of the most famed hotels in Cagliari. I don’t think I can even remember Cagliari without this hotel! This is a favorite among business travelers as it is perfectly located in the heart of the historic center but at the same time easy to access by car. It also has all kinds of lavish amenities.

Art Guest House

This nice guest house will give you the feeling of living among the locals. It is nestled right at the heart of La Marina. Crisp white linens are paired with artsy furnishings and statement art pieces.

Stampace is packed with beautiful churches

Stampace – Where to stay in Cagliari for a blend of nistory & nightlife

Stampace is a dynamic district in Cagliari that seems to be a perfect blend of the best the capital city has to offer. There are plenty of sights to see, restaurants to try, and bars to drink at.

This was where the medieval working class lived. The name Stampace comes from an adage, “stai in pace,” meaning, “go in peace.” It was a farewell to those who were tossed out of Castello at the end of every working day.

I’ve always loved walking around Stampace, meandering through the alleys and soaking up colorful buildings and narrow streets. The ancient Roman Amphitheater and Cagliari’s Orto Botanico are also located in Stampace.

Each year, there is an epic parade (Sant’Efisio Parade) that occurs on May 1, which actually begins in Stampace. If you’re planning a trip to Cagliari around the end of April to the beginning of May, book far in advance to get a great hotel to attend all the festivities!

For more information on the history of Stampace and the many attractions, you should read my post A Short Guide To Stampace, Cagliari.

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Stampace as seen from Castello

Best Hotels in Cagliari’s Stampace District

Hotel Flora

This is a modern hotel that has spacious rooms filled with spectacular antique furnishings. There is also a delicious restaurant inside to enjoy. You will be mere steps from the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the restaurant and nightlife hubs in town, and within easy reach to most attractions in Cagliari.

Antico Corso Charme

This is a delightful bed and breakfast. Each morning an exceptional breakfast is served. You can’t beat the location here: right on the Corso. But keep in mind it is very busy at night, in case you are a light sleeper!

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Cute alleys in Stampace
LuxurYenne B&B

This nice bed and breakfast prides itself on having chic rooms with classic decor. Some rooms come with balconies that afford guests lovely views. It’s incredibly central, and you will be within easy reach to La Marina and Castello districts too.

La Dolce Cagliari

Managed by my friends Riccardo and Alessandro, this is one of the newest guesthouses in Stampace, with freshly refurbished rooms and a charming vibe. Breakfast is not included in the fee of your room, but you will have plenty of places at your doorsteps. Location is excellent: close to all the action, but tucked away in a quiet corner.

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Piazza San Domenico, in Villanova, is one of the nicest in town

Villanova – Best Area for Families

Villanova is the quietest and most peaceful of all Cagliari’s historic districts, yet still within a few minutes’ walk of the top sites in the city. Restaurants, cafes, and sightseeing is all at your fingertips there.

Founded in the 13th century, peasants from the surrounding countryside around Cagliari began moving into this area to take advantage of new business opportunities.

Villanova is also home to some of my favorite churches in Cagliari, such as San Giacomo – built in the Gothic-Catalan style around the year 1360. It sits right at the foot of Castello and at the end of two of Cagliari’s most famous shopping streets—Via Sulis and Via Garibaldi.

Another beautiful place to visit there is the Cloister of San Domenico.

While the two shopping streets can get quite busy, overall, Villanova is a tranquil and subdued district, where you can find a peaceful oasis.

To discover the history and attractions of Villanova, head over to my post The Best Guide To Villanova, Cagliari.

Keep in mind that there is very limited access to Villanova to non-resident cars. The gates are only open at specific times of day. However, there are a few large parking lots right outside the district where you can safely park your car.

Need groceries? The Mercato di San Benedetto is the largest market in the capital city and the perfect place to stock up on all kinds of goodies! Villanova is just a stone’s throw away from Mercato di San Benedetto.

The gorgeous Bastione separates La Marina and Villanova districts

Best places to stay in Cagliari’s Villanova District

Casa Clat

One of the most recently opened luxury hotels in Cagliari, this is the place to stay if you’d like to pamper yourself. Book a room with a jacuzzi and prepare to dine at the on-site gourmet restaurants, one of the best in town. Location is excellent, along the Viale Regina Margherita and close to all attractions in the city.

Palazzo Doglio

Beloved by tourists and locals alike, Palazzo Doglio offers beautiful, modern comfortable rooms in Villanova, a bit outside the center of action but in a lovely location. Rooms all face a nice square where you’ll find restaurants and bars. The on-site spa is fabulous!

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Gorgeous, colorful balconies in Villanova

This small apartment is perfect if you want to experience life as a local. It is right on one of the main shopping streets. It’s small but fully equipped with everything to make your stay a comfortable one.

BB22 Bed and Baking

This is a truly lovely apartment. It is fully equipped, and you’re sure to feel right at home. You will be in the modern center of town, and within easy distance from all the main attractions in the city. San Benedetto market is a 7 minutes walk.


This is an exceptionally cozy bed and breakfast right in the heart of Villanova, in one of the most charming streets in the city (think colorful buildings). You’re sure to have a pleasant stay and feel like your every need has been attended to. There are plenty of nice bars and restaurants nearby, too.

Staying in Poetto will give you easy access to the beach and Molentargius nature reserve

Poetto – Where to stay in Cagliari for nature lovers

Are you in dire need of a hefty dose of nature? How does easy access to the beach, the trails, and a nature reserve sound? Poetto is for you.

Poetto is just a ten-minute drive from the city center and easily accessed by public transportation. With eight kilometers of sandy shoreline, this is the main beach in Cagliari.

You’ll find locals enjoying Poetto beach in all seasons, year-round, whether they are jogging, biking or skating along the path that runs parallel to the sand or lounging on a sun-bed with a book. Poetto Beach is one of the best places to visit in Cagliari.

Molentargius Nature Reserve

There are also lots of cafes and restaurants to enjoy, perfect for soaking up some sunshine and crisp Mediterranean air. They cover the spectrum from opulent and extravagant – like Le Palmette – all the way to casual and funky, like the Twist.

Right behind Poetto Beach is Molentargius Nature Reserve, a lagoon where rare birds, including pink flamingos, gather.

As a side note, fairly close to Poetto is Calamosca, another incredible beach in Cagliari that has rewarding hiking trails.

All the restaurants, shops, stalls, and vendors are open for business during peak tourist season in the hot summer months. However, if you’re planning a stay in the winter, many businesses will be shut down. Just a few local restaurants and bars will be open daily— make sure to call ahead to see if your eatery of choice is open!

To learn more about Cagliari’s magnificent beach, make sure to also read my post Everything You Need To Know About Poetto, Cagliari’s Best Beach.

The clear waters of Poetto

Best Hotels in Cagliari’s Poetto Beach

Hotel Nautilus

If you want a beachfront location for your Cagliari stay, stop right here. This is one of the best places to stay in Cagliari. Nautilus is a modern hotel with a garden, bar, and a complimentary breakfast buffet. It’s the perfect for a true beach vacation with all the comforts and amenities the city has to offer.

La Villa del Mare

This is a cheerful hotel decked out with marine-style décor – anchors, paddles, nautical rope, you name it! This hotel is right on the shoreline and gives you lovely views of the sea. It’s a favorite of travelers so make sure to book in advance if you are looking to stay there.

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Sunset at Poetto Beach
Appartamento sulla spiaggia al Poetto

This is a lofty apartment ideal for families or couples. Start your vacation as soon as you land, and have a wonderful beach right at your doorstep.

Hotel Chentu Lunas

This small hotel is mere steps away from the beach. It has a warm, welcoming, and homey vibe. You will find lots of nice bars, restaurants and equipped beaches nearby.

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