If you are a food enthusiast, then you have to know about the culinary capital of Italy, Bologna. However, this largest city of Emilia-Romagna has so much more to leave you in awe. The Roman origin city is beautifully built on the canals laid in a grid pattern and sheltered by 3.8 km of extensive porticoes. The la turrita city is panegyrized for its assembly of ethereal churches as well dated back to a few hundreds of years. The abode of the oldest university of the Western world has been crowned as the European city of Culture in 2000. Every street of this mini model of Italy sings the euphony of heritage in its la grassa cuisine, baptized Bolognese sauce, preserved medieval architectures and film festivals.
The city has been ignored off the itinerary of Italy for years which gives you another reason to stroll through and it will generously bare its little undiscovered treasures through the window of Via Piella Street giving a peek into the embedded canals of the city or the Sala Borsa’s glass floor preserving the Roman remains.
Adhering to the mood of the city, the hotels of Bologna are a blend of history and contemporary, gourmet dishes and wine, opulence and comfort. Here is the list of the accommodations which will be the comfiest base after a day of digging into the culture of Bologna.
Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni
One glimpse at a century old Majestic gia Baglioni and you will apprehend that it is not just the wine that tastes better with age. The18th-century palazzo was built for Pope Benedict XIV. The only five star deluxe hotel of Bologna has retained its regality and has continued to accommodate nobility, politicians, and celebrities for a hundred years. Splendid interiors comprising of antique refurbishments, magnificent sculptures, fresco art, and marble floor allusion to renaissance and royalty. The hotel posing as a tiara of Bologna streets is home to many elite facilities. Guests are overwhelmed with the warm and professional conduct of the staff. The kingly Italian ethos bedrooms and a rooftop terrace are the standouts of the imposing palazzo.
Hotel Corona d’Oro
The window to the Le Due Torri has a tale of its own. The 15th-century aristocratic residence after living through World War II now models as a 40 rooms intimate hotel in Via Guglielmo Oberdan. It holds a great asset of location being just a stone throw away from the majestic Piazza Maggiore and ancient Quadrilateral Market. The golden lined glass-dome atrium of Corona seated with plush sofas presents the warmest mien of embracing the guests. However, the gleam of style does not renounce comfort. The rooms bear a pillow menu, premium furnishings, a kettle, a radio, and private balconies. The staff goes out of their way to make each guest feel pampered.
Torre Prendiparte is the most unique stay of Bologna. The second highest tower of Bologna has been transmogrified into a bed & breakfast by the proprietor, Matteo Giovanardi. Giovanardi is one of the warmest hosts keen to share his knowledge of Bologna and the medieval century tower. The B&B is furnished with some 19th century details and some vintage pieces belonging to the owner’s ancestors, thus warming the confines of the rocky structure. The well preserved graffiti of the prison walls and the steep staircases let the guests experience the raw vibes of a defense tower. The tower has also been loved as a romantic hideaway for the privacy it offers since the entire tower can be booked for two. Often the tower stages an opera. The 12th century tower amuses its patrons with the unparalleled starry rooftop view of Bologna from the soaring height of 65 meters.
The hotel marks its territory in the calm Piazza. The location and the façade are responsible to lure a majority of visitors to the most modern member of Art Hotels of Bologna. Its 1930s Viennese Secession style has also managed to grab attention. Clinging to its renowned brand’s standard, the hotel brings refinement and culture on the table with its Art Deco theme, efficient services, and polished rooms. The rooms also have a minibar, opulent toiletries, bathrobe, and a TV. The penthouse suites of Novecento make one dive into their luxurious fantasies. A complimentary buffet breakfast is a perfect treat to start your day with.
Royal Hotel Carlton
The Royal Hotel is the most raved-about hub for business travelers. The highly refined and cosmopolitan zephyr glides throughout the hotel. A conference room completed with high-speed wifi and other business facilities makes it apropos for any crucial meeting. Another factor for its popularity is its insuperable location being just 15 minutes stroll away from the City Center and 5 minutes away from the railway station. It also anchors a fitness center that can be easily mistaken as a fully-fledged gym, a Turkish bath spa, an intercontinental restaurant and a bar with a unique booze menu. A pet friendly hotel equipped with such international standard amenities makes a great leisure destination as well.
This family venture is centrally located in Bologna. The 36 rooms accommodation carries a relaxing vibe with style. Hotel touring has been working on the motto of personal and intimate service, a specialty of family-driven ventures, with just the right amount of professionalism. Whitewashed walls of the rooms enclose a king-size bed, a flat screen tv, a working desk, free wireless internet, and a functional bathroom. The guests are prompted to enjoy a drink at the rooftop terrace with the cool evening breeze. The multilingual staff hints at the cosmopolitan ambitions of the Touring.
Al Capello Rosso
With a trailing history of six centuries, Al Capello has been serving the guests of Bologna since 1375 and has never been a disappointment. A guide presented to the customers let them appreciate the antiquity they are going to be a part of. The establishment had invited artists to bedizen the rooms. Some of the rooms are disguised in a medieval period while others are in contemporary attire. Thus, guests can freely choose the world they want to experience. This pet-friendly lodging also has two specially adapted rooms for people with wheelchairs. Concierge service, vending machine, bicycles for rent, a restaurant and a bar are the provisions offered.
I Portici Hotel
Portici hotel enjoys the privilege of being pitched in the city center of Bologna and in proximity with all the major tourist attractions that justifies all the hype about it among the leisure as well as business travelers. The rooms are crafted with Nouveau Art and are sufficed with all the amenities. Some rooms even have a balcony with a verdant park upfront. However, the major temptation of the hotel is its gastronomic alternatives. With a Michelin starred Italian restaurant echoing with mellifluous piano tunes staged in a converted theatre, a bistro, and a pizzeria, the guests of the hotel will surely be enjoying the delicacies.
The hotel is snuggled in the Lame Street. It has undergone a magnificent refurbishment by its owner who is an architect and has adeptly curated it. Once a private home, this luxurious dwelling still infuses mellowness within a modern art ambiance. The star of the stay will be credited to the six rooms which are idiosyncratically themed as virtues and are adorned with exquisite crafts reflective of those ideas. This Bolognese styled lodging displays a beautiful splash of hues complementing the theme on a soothing white backdrop. Not just the façade but the services offered are awe-inspiring ranging from coffee machines to free upmarket bathroom vanities.
Casa Fluò Relais
This countryside farmhouse is indisputably the best place for that much needed unwinding vacation. Espoused with the frondescence, Relais is nestled in the peaceful Bologna hills, removed from the jarring urban lifestyle yet just 15 minutes drive away from the City Centre. The mornings of this farmhouse are extremely pleased with the chirping of birds and cool breeze while lying in the sinking mattress of the bed. This boutique hotel rents out four distinctive rooms, each unique in its theme. The appetite needs are looked after by an open air restaurant that tables delectable meals with a picturesque vista. The restaurant is also a hit among the locals. The barn of the farmhouse is utilized into a hall presenting certain recreational activities. A steam room and a bar are also incorporated in this vacation house.
Art Hotel Commercianti
The 12th century edifice is the groovy blend of refurbished luxury and uncloaked yesteryears. Each of the hotel’s 33 rooms is tailored with a distinctive theme stitched with artifacts like wooden beams and art pieces. All of this is put together to make the guests relax amidst the history of bologna or the building. The high speed wireless internet connectivity in the rooms is always the frequently-asked-for service, and the Commercianti doesn’t disappoint. The establishment also hosts an art exhibition that one might come across in the breakfast room or lounge. It also organizes a daily guided tour to the major attractions of Bologna. The hotel goggles the Basilica San Petronio whilst standing in the quiet street of Central Bologna.
This enormous structure of 124 rooms somehow manages to overwhelm its clientele with warm and personable service and staff. The hotel vaunts of a strategic location being just sufficiently away yet close to the city center. The rooms of the hotel, offering an enchanting frame of hills and Towers of Bologna, are consolidated with modern furnishings coffee machines, TV, blackout curtains, safes, and minibars. A humble fitness center, a casino, a golf course, a cocktail bar, an Italian restaurant named Gurme, nine meeting rooms and a conference room can be spotted in the hotel. The terrace decked up with a hot bath, loungers, and call-for-bar is the highlight of Aemilia.
Savoia Hotel Regency
The magnum opus of the Savoia is the sparkling outdoor pool reposing right in the front of the imposing villa. Behind the pool stands a fenced fountain surrounded by amply huge patches of lush green gardens on both sides. The first look at the impressive layout impels the customers to plan their next poolside party at Savoia. The 24 hours reception table is all ears to the visitors. All the rooms are tastefully designed and retro-styled furnished. Some rooms even have wallpaper painted with Bologna’s views to add some quirky strokes. One might stumble upon a live music session. The onsite Italian restaurant is one of the best in town.
The hotel sought after a clean contemporary look. Located in the outskirts for the city and near the Bologna Fiere, SavHotel is the ideal base for those who are here for some conferences or exhibitions. The hotel offers decent and unfussy room options completed with every basic facility including a TV, a safe, a minibar, a king-sized bed and much more. The bathroom is a classy one with a bathtub and a shower separated by a glass door. The NeroArancio restaurant delectably satiates the starvation of the visitors after a long day of exploring Bologna. The rooftop terrace of the hotel on the sixth floor is beautifully lighted and cozily embellished with beanbags, coffee brown furnishings, and herbaceous potted plants.
Art Hotel Orologio
A homely stay with the 21st century’s comforts in a medieval century building defines Orologio. The art deco hotel placed a few meters away from Bologna’s famous Piazza Maggiore is the most convenient launchpad for tourists looking forward to skimming through Bologna. The boutique hotel possesses a private garage so that you can safely park your car and explore the city on foot or on a borrowed free-of-cost bicycle. For the business clients, the room beside the lobby has personal computers and printers. The family-run establishment presents supremely comfortable rooms with an old fashioned charm painted in cool blues or soothing earthy tones. The signature elements of the property are the rustic clocks of varying patterns hung in rooms and lobby. The currency exchange service is a thoughtful and impressive facility made available for the non-indigenous patrons of the hotel.