It is the city where culture and knowledge meet historical and tourist attractions, along with entertainment and nightlife. The University of Bologna is the oldest in Europe and is still today a meeting point of cultures and civilizations. With its arcades stretching over 40 kilometers, the ancient city is one of the best preserved medieval cities of the ancient world. Today, its historical and artistic heritage is preserved in more than 40 museums. The real surprise is to be inside an open-air art gallery, walking next to magnificent churches and noble mansions.
Today, you can discover a rich live music program, in some cases quite exceptional. Because of this broad and deeply ingrained custom, Bologna was awarded the UNESCO title of “City of Creative Music” in 2006. Time spent in Bologna means, among other things, fine dining and leisure tourism. Its food traditions have made it famous all over the world and today it is truly the capital of culinary taste and quality. Dishes range from tortellini to tagliatelle, and the local cuisine is based mainly on handmade pasta made from eggs and dried and cured meats on top of all the famous Bologna mortadellas, selected meats, and fine wines.
Bologna is located only 37 minutes from Florence, and one hour from Milan through the high-speed rail network that places our city in the heart of Italy. In addition, Bologna is the place where all the main Italian highways meet and are connected by major links with other European countries. Do not forget that here is the most famous part of the Italian car industry, including prestigious companies such as Lamborghini and Ducati. We have selected for you a group of the best Italian Bologna hotels that will make your stay comfortable and easy during a wonderful trip of entertainment and historical attractions.
Grand Majestic Gia Baglioni Hotel – 5 stars
This luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Bologna. Built in the 18th century, and decorated with priceless Baroque details and paintings, the hotel attracts its share of visiting celebrities. Free internet is available and a breakfast buffet is included in the rates. The fitness center, with a range of cardio machines, includes a spa with a sauna and Turkish bath. Il Garage, one of the best restaurants in the city, gets great reviews for its service and food quality.
Rooms and suites are decorated in French or English style with Super Luxe details, such as Murano glass lamps and Carrara marble bathrooms. The deco suite has a private lift, and the furnished balcony is so close to the facade of St Peter’s that it can be touched. All rooms feature plasma flat-screen TVs and free internet. Some guests complained about the lack of air conditioning or heating between the roads. Not all rooms have great views, some overlook the street or the inner courtyard.
It would be nice if the hotel let the guests read for themselves in the tourist-friendly city of Bologna with a private guide. Luxurious features include a wellness center with an exercise room, Turkish bath, and dry sauna. The hotel restaurant is considered one of the best in Bologna, but the hotel also has a casual wine bar serving food. There is a parking fee. Free internet is available throughout the property and a breakfast buffet is included in the rates. One of the best hotels in Bologna Italy in the luxury category in terms of location and great rooms.
Prices start from $300
Rating: 9.8 Exceptional
I Portici Hotel Bologna – 4 stars
As its name suggests, the entrance to this upscale hotel is listed under one of the world’s most famous hotel brands or a series of arches extending to the city’s main square a 10-minute walk away. Inside there are 91 contemporary style rooms of varying sizes, some quite distinct, while others feature frescoes or ornate wallpaper. All have modern amenities such as air conditioning, minibars, flat-screen TVs, universal adapters, as well as balconies. However, the biggest challenges here are the common areas that add to the beautiful nineteenth century. A highlight is a Michelin-starred restaurant occupying a converted theater and a bistro on the terrace with views of the adjacent garden. The restaurant also promises a pizzeria and pasta restaurant, and ample meeting and event space.
Although it does not clash with the high bar set by many of the public areas, the rooms are a nice mix of old and new styles. The modern rooms have a simple, calm atmosphere where you can feel good, although they are oozing with original art from the hotel’s collection. Conversely, some rooms retain contemporary furnishings but have painted walls or textured wallpaper to reflect the building’s history, as well as restored architectural elements, such as parquet or Palladian floors and frescoed ceilings.
Bologna is a cosmopolitan dining destination, and the in-house restaurant options do not disappoint. Chief among them is the Michelin-starred restaurant, which is located in a creatively transformed theater with a grand piano now taking center stage and managed by Chef Emmanuel Petrosino. It offers tasting menus and à la carte menus. Alternatives include a side restaurant, a less formal but still elegant restaurant with garden-side seating indoors and out, and Portici Pizzeria, where handcrafted pasta dishes top the lunch menu. Also available in the room and private dining. One of the best hotels in Bologna, Italy, in terms of the restaurant and the variety of rooms.
Prices start from $150
Rating: 8.5 Excellent
Hotel El Guercino – 4 stars
The hotel consists of 41 hotel rooms of medium size. Easily accessible from the train station and within walking distance of the city center, this charming hotel features individually designed and somewhat dated rooms in a traditional Italian building. The hotel features an indoor hot tub, sauna, and small fitness center, but there is no on-site restaurant. The hotel offers great value with gifts such as breakfast, bikes, and internet, which is a little cheaper than the majority of hotels in this category in Bologna.
Each of the hotel’s rooms is individually designed and furnished. Many have patterned wallpaper and colorful furnishings. Each bathroom is different, but they are all designed in an elegant home style. Some look bigger than others. The rooms are very small but well designed so that they make good use of the space. Some rooms have balconies, all rooms have air conditioning, a minibar with some cold drinks, a hair dryer, flat screen TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and room service during limited hours.
The hotel has a wonderful spa where massages, aromatherapy, and other treatments are offered. It also has a sauna, a hot tub, and a Turkish bath. There is also free use of the limited fitness center, as well as the great benefit of free bike rentals for guests who wish to explore. There is no restaurant here but there are plenty of options in the surrounding area. There is a small grotto with two sofas, soft mood lighting, and more eclectic artwork. An excellent breakfast is included in the room rate, with delicious pastries as well as eggs, meat, bread, cereal, and sparkling wine. On-site parking is available for a small fee, and guests are welcome to use the computer station and free internet access. The front desk is open 24 hours, and tea and coffee are always available in the lobby. One of the best Bologna hotels in the middle category in terms of price and services.
Prices start from $100
Rating: 8.8 Excellent
Grand Elite Hotel – 4 stars
This hotel has 106 rooms on eight floors and is within walking distance of the main sights of the city. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood, and there are plenty of facilities in the hotel as well, including a restaurant, bar, fitness center, and parking. Hotel rooms hint at old-fashioned charm, but look faded and modern in higher places.
Although the hotel is located on a fairly busy road, all rooms are soundproofed, so in the front-facing rooms, you will not be disturbed by any traffic noise. The rooms are spacious and have a small bar area. Each room has air conditioning, a minibar, a small flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and free internet, which can be intermittent. As with the rest of the hotel, the decor in the rooms and bathrooms feels quite calm and a little dated. The Superior Room has much more floor space and a living area next to the bedroom with a small sofa, desk, and kitchenette. The bathroom in the superior rooms is brighter, with blue and white tiles and a bathtub and shower over the bathtub. There is also a small balcony which offers a wonderful view of the city’s rooftops.
The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children’s menu is also available for those traveling with their youngest. The breakfast buffet offers fruits, cereals, cheese, meats, and pastries. Convenience is worth noting, but by venturing outside the hotel, better value can be found at the local cafes. Room service is also available during limited hours. The hotel bar has the feel of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club. Shelving units cover the walls, displaying bottles of red wine, and dark brown leather buttoned chairs are scattered around the room with small tables. On-site parking, available for a reasonable fee, is a real point of the hotel. There is also a well-equipped fitness center free of charge for all guests. One of the best Bologna hotels in terms of location, comfortable rooms, and bar.
Prices start from $70
Rating: 8.5 Excellent
Metropolitan Hotel – 4 stars
This mid-range, 50-room boutique hotel is ideally located for exploring the city’s sights on foot. It is located right in the heart of the historic city center and is easy to reach by car or train. The rooms have been updated, decorated in a minimalist design style, and fitted with modern amenities, although some face the city streets. It is a small hotel, so there is no restaurant or fitness center on site, but the breakfast buffet is offered for a fee and there is a bistro. The hotel is a good choice for those who want a stylish room in an excellent location, and plan to spend most of their time outside the hotel.
All rooms at the hotel continue their minimalist vibe, featuring white walls, bedding, and a contrasting black finish, such as the bedding or rug. Rooms have all the basics one would expect from a modern hotel, including air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, tea, and coffee making facilities, well-stocked minibar, free internet, and flat screen wall-mounted TV with Sky satellite services. Room sizes vary, so ask for a large room if you want more space. It is worth asking for a quiet room also because some of them overlooking the street can get noisy from the restaurants nearby. Some rooms have great views of the city’s red-tiled rooftops, while the cheaper rooms have little ventilation. Junior suites are very spacious and luxurious.
The hotel serves a buffet breakfast every morning. It’s an assortment of fruits, grains, cheeses, meats, and pastries that are wonderfully presented, and the cappuccinos are excellent. Breakfast can also be served in the guest room upon request. Cocktails are served at the bar all day long. Free internet is available throughout the hotel, and there is a desktop computer for guest use. There is no gym or swimming pool here, but hotel guests can use the facilities at a nearby spa at a reduced rate. For business travelers, there is also a meeting room suitable for up to 10 people. The hotel staff is happy to organize tours for guests as well.
Prices start from $140
Rating: 9.4 Excellent
Porta San Mamolo Hotel – 3 stars
A 43-room, mid-range boutique hotel with plenty of Italian charm. Tourists and couples with small pets seem to prefer the hotel for its rustic-chic rooms with romantic details like garden views, terraces, and jetted bathtubs. The rooftop terrace and gardens, where breakfast is served, are the real highlights. Bologna’s famous landmarks are within a 15-minute walk.
There are 43 rooms and suites within the hotel, and each evokes Italian style, although some of the furnishings and bedding could be upgraded. Rooms vary from one another, but keep an eye out for details like skylights, terraces, jetted bathtubs, and views of Bologna’s gardens or rooftops. Standard amenities include free internet access, minibars, TVs with satellite channels, and premium bath products.
The inner garden with its veranda where breakfast is served is a little paradise in a big city like Bologna. Breakfast is an extra cost, but the internet is free throughout the hotel. There is a parking fee on site, and guests are required to inform the staff before their arrival by car. If travelers want more features and don’t want higher prices, the hotel offers a spa, wine bar, and popular restaurant, but at three times the price. It is one of the best hotels in Bologna in the cheap category in terms of tranquility suitable for honeymoon trips and couples.
Prices start from $120
Rating: 9.2 Excellent
The best hotels in Bologna, Italy in all hotel categories