Bologna is a buzzing city, full of life and with some of the best sights in Italy. Its restaurants, markets and bars are exciting to explore, but after a long day of sightseeing visitors will want to rest at a relaxing hotel. Below we have listed some unique hotels filled with beautiful design and excellent facilities.
The only five-star hotel in Bologna, the Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni houses elegance in every nook and cranny of the building. A historic city, it is of little surprise that this hotel is part museum, as there is a section of an old Roman road below the 18th century building, which can nowadays be visited by tourists. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy the wonderful gourmet restaurant, with frescoes on the ceilings and excellent food.
This hotel differs somewhat from the previous one on this list, what with its bright and clean-cut modern interior. What is most exciting about this establishment is the fact that it is home to another of the best restaurants in the city, this time the only Michelin-starred bistro in Bologna, serving innovative meals with a sophisticated and artsy presentation that will welcome visitors to discover Italian cuisine in a new way. The hotel’s central location means that it is also a great base from which to discover Bologna’s top attractions.
A member of Bologna Art Hotels, Hotel Novecento is their most recent addition, having opened in 2003. This hotel offers excellent suites that are all individually designed, providing for a unique and customized experience. The décor here is inspired by the Viennese Secession movement, so visitors can expect 1930s glam and glitz all over. The hotel is located close to the Piazza Maggiore, which is surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, meaning that it is excellent for those who want to explore what Bologna has to offer.
Another stylish hotel courtesy of Bologna Art Hotels, Art Hotel Orologio is also located by the Piazza Maggiore, on a quiet and picturesque side street that provides a calm respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Decorated with beautiful objects ranging from oriental rugs and antique clocks (oroglio translating to clock) to bright yellow walls, this hotel is bright and lively and will cheer up anyone’s day. The hotel also has stunning views of the Palazzo Comunale which is across the street, and they serve a delicious breakfast every morning.
Located in a majestic 15th-century palazzo, with parts that date as far back as the 13th century, this hotel has been recently renovated and has become one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in the city center. It has preserved the best historic elements for a special touch, such as frescoes, coffered ceilings and coats of arms as well as an Art Deco inspired reception. The pedestrian street in which it is situated means that it is easily accessible and not at all noisy throughout the day. Although all of Bologna’s major attractions are within walking distance, the hotel offers its guests free bicycles during their stay.
Hotel Metropolitan is yet another hotel located in a historic building on a quiet pedestrian street, but this time the hotel’s decor has been inspired by Eastern influences, which gives it an exotic air. Every room has been individually designed, and the hotel also counts five studios on a rooftop courtyard sprinkled with olive trees that overlooks the city. The studios are all unique and have indoor gardens, emotional showers and outdoor spaces. The hotel also has several modern apartments that are great for bigger groups.
Opposite the Novecento, the Albergo delle Drapperie adorns the other side of the Piazza Maggiore. This simpler three-star hotel has 21 rooms that are great value for money, and its location is unbeatable, as it is surrounded by narrow cobbled streets that fill up with great food markets each day where visitors will be able to buy Italian delicacies. Inside the hotel is very Italian, with picturesque rooms that are quintessentially Mediterranean, decorated in bright colors with original fabrics and adorned with beautiful paintings.
The fact that this hotel is situated a bit further out of the city center, whilst still being in the old town, means that it stands in a calmer setting than most of the other hotels on this list, whilst still being positioned perfectly for exploring the city. Its vicinity to Bologna’s biggest green area, the Giardini Regina Margherita, means that visitors will be able to take a morning stroll here and prepare for an intense day of sightseeing, after which they will appreciate the hotel’s courtyard, where they will gladly recover their energy.
The Hotel Il Convento di Fiori di Seta is certainly one of the most unusual hotels on this list, as it is located in an old convent. Upon entering visitors will head over to the reception, located in what used to be the altar area, and after a long day of sightseeing they might want to have a refreshing drink in the hotel’s bar, which was once a sacristy. Those who want an even more surreal experience can choose to ask for a room in the former apse. The hotel has recently inaugurated its own spa, so guests can relax and enjoy the one-of-a-kind setting.
This hotel was built in the 1970s, designed by architect Enzo Zacchiroli, and is one of the most elegant and exclusive hotels in the city. Surrounded by a garden, the hotel is home to a modern gym, a Clarins spa and over 200 rooms as well as ample conference rooms and a huge garage. The sophisticated décor inside the hotel makes for a very special atmosphere, and guests can even choose to book private drawing rooms to relax with their family or friends after an exhausting day out. Afterwards the hotel’s clients can enjoy a yummy beverage at the cocktail bar, or dine in fashion at the Ristorante Neoclassico.