Bologna is a buzzing city full of life with some of the best sights in Italy. Its restaurants, markets and bars are exciting to explore, but after a long day of sightseeing, you’ll want to rest at a relaxing hotel. Below, we have listed some unique hotels filled with beautiful design and excellent facilities – bookable with Culture Trip.
A grand hotel with the feel of a country estate, the Savoia Hotel Regency is an icon of Bologna’s hospitality scene, just minutes away from the historic heart of the city. Lavish, classically decorated rooms, an outdoor pool, landscaped gardens and the famous Garganelli Restaurant come together to create a sophisticated retreat from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city centre. For those of you wanting to arrive in style, the Savoia Hotel Regency even has a private helicopter pad.
Not many hotels can boast a passion for hospitality that dates back to the 12th century, but Al Cappello Rosso is not an ordinary hotel. Following in the tradition of a tavern with guest rooms, this boutique hotel has 33 rooms and 10 apartments – each individually designed by famous artists and stage designers. The tavern below – the Osteria del Cappello – has been serving traditional Bolognese dishes since 1375, and if you fancy taking a taste of Italy home, this foodie-friendly hotel even features a gourmet shop.
Sleek minimalism abounds at the Savhotel, near Bologna’s Fiera District. Contemporary guest rooms are airy and practical, while the hotel’s NeroArancio Restaurant serves up traditional dishes from the surrounding region, using only the freshest, local produce. However, the star of the show is found on the sixth floor – take in unmatched views of the Bologna skyline as you relax in the jacuzzi tub on the hotel’s sky-brushing rooftop terrace.
A boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the medieval centre, the Art Hotel Commercianti acts as a window into Bologna’s past. Lying inside what was a local government building in the 12th century, this charming hotel has restored the original features that make it unique. Vaulted ceilings and wooden beams create an enchanting atmosphere in the guest rooms, while the balconies overlook the gothic stained-glass windows of the historic Basilica di San Petronio.
Between the city and the countryside is a true Bolognese home from home. The tiny Casa Fluò Relais offers a truly authentic local experience, where rustic chic lends charm to the four guest rooms. Start each day with a regional feast of home-made cakes, freshly baked bread and local produce from the hotel’s farm. Just opposite the guest house is the owner’s second venture – Fienile Fluò – a charming restaurant and theatre space, welcoming neighbours and visitors alike and delivering a real connection to local life and culture.
Lorna Turnbull contributed additional reporting to this article.
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