When I have to pick a hotel for a travel Booking.com and Tripadvisor are my first option. But given that I live here since I was born I haven't spent a night in any hotel of Bologna so, which suggestions can I give you?
Well, first of all some hotels are real milestones of the town and I've asked a lot of people about their experiences. Then I can give you tips about the hotel position: there are a lot of hotels in front or next to the train station but is a good area to sleep? No, it's not. It's quite safe and convenient but I usually prefer to sleep in a calm and charming area (like Porta San Mamolo of Via Santo Stefano). And last, when I walk around promoting my Bologna food tour I had the chance to meet and talk with some of hotel receptionists, so I can tell you a few things about kindness and welcome.
If these are enough reasons to trust me, follow my list. I don't get money from any of these places, so from the elegance of Grand Hotel Majestic (photo above) to the serenity of Hotel Porta San Mamolo these are just my suggestions.
I didn't include bed and breakfast and apartments, and I wanted to choose only hotels in the city centre so if you're looking for a business hotel near Bologna Fiere, you have to look somewhere else.
Prices, checked on Booking.com, are intended for double standard room (no suite), per night in standard period.
Teatro Eden - I Portici Hotel Bologna
Top Level (more than 100€/night)
Grand Hotel Majestic (Baglioni)
Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, 40121 Bologna - Tel. 051 225445
If someone asks me which is the best hotel of Bologna I don't have to think about the answer. Located in Via Indipendenza, just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, Grand Hotel Majestic (known as Baglioni) is a wonderful and historical building designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century. Luxury, elegance, position, make him the best. If you have the money to afford this, there are no other options to consider. And if you're lucky you can meet Bono, Lady Gaga of the Pope.
Booking.com link: grandhotelbaglioni
I Portici Hotel
Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40050 Bologna - Tel. 051 42185
Another top choice. The perfect balance between modern and classic style: modern rooms with minimal furniture, clean shapes and simple spaces inside the elegant atmospheres of Palazzo Maccaferri (Art Nouveau). This hotel is also famous for his Michelin star awarded restaurant, located inside a 1899 theatre. You can walk there from the Central station.
Booking.com link: i-portici
Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta
Via Orfeo, 34/4, 40124 Bologna - Tel. 051 272039
Located in a quiet area between Via Castiglione and Via Santo Stefano, two of the most beautiful and elegant streets in town, stands this former nunnery dated back to the 14th century. All the rooms are different and 4 of them are fashioned out of the aisle and apse of a old church. If you're looking for an elegant and delicate solution to spend your days in Bologna in a unique context, this is your place.
Booking.com link: conventodeifioribologna
Aemilia Hotel Room, photo by Space Hotel, via flickr
Middle level (70-100€/night)
Via de' Mattuiani 1/2, 40124 Bologna - Tel. 051 584305
80€, discounts for more than one nights
Located in one of the most beautiful area of the town, just next to St.Dominic Basilica (the one with Michelangelo statues) there's this small and kind hotel. Born in 1950 but with renovated rooms, it's famous for his terrace where you can enjoy a drink or a Jacuzzi with an amazing view of the red roofs of Bologna.
Booking.com link: hoteltouringbologna
Via Giovanna Zaccherini Alvisi 16, 40138 Bologna - Tel. 051 394 0311
Just outside the walls of the city centre (about 15 min walking to the 2 towers) but in a quiet location you'll find this elegant and modern hotel. Perfect for business (with his big meeting centre) but also if you're looking for a new and model hotel. A few metres from it, there's a great greek restaurant (Delogo), but maybe we'll get to that soon.
Booking.com link: aemiliahotelbologna
Hotel Porta San Mamolo
Vicolo del Falcone 6/8, 40124 Bologna - Tel. 051 583056
Far from the Central Station (about 20min by bus, 33 or 32) but in a quiet and wonderful old, "village" in the city centre next to the major city attractions, stands this charming hotel. You can have your breakfast inside a big garden full of oleanders, pomegranates and lemon trees, making this place the perfect location to relax in a green oasis of Bologna city centre.
Booking.com link: porta-san-mamolo
The garden hall of Hotel Porta San Mamolo
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