Our expectations were very high – but they were exceeded. For starters, we were upgraded from a ‘classic’ to a ‘superior’ room for our four-day stay – a very nice surprise. What did we do to deserve that? Nothing, apparently. Other reviewers have experienced similar generosity, so it seems to be a hotel policy – and one which others should follow. Our third floor room looked directly on to a statue of St Paul on the cathedral. It was the height of elegant sophistication, with all the expected five-star facilities – plus some unexpected, such as ‘intimate’ soap sachets by the bidet!
We checked in early and checked out late – neither was a problem. In between we had a near-perfect hotel experience. The staff are exemplary. They achieve that difficult balance between warm friendliness and cool efficiency. All spoke excellent English.
Breakfast (so often in Italy a disgraceful rip-off) is a superb, generous spread, which even includes unlimited prosecco! The lounge bar in the evenings is a delight. The high price for a cocktail matters little when accompanied by generous canapés and live piano music. We did not try the Carracci restaurant as there are so many tempting (and cheaper) options in this gastro-capital of Italy – and frankly, the large, elegant dining-room was uninvitingly deserted for most of the time.
There is a new Wellness Centre, free to all guests, including a small, but well-equipped gym and an even smaller sauna and steam room. Massage is available, but prices are high – even by UK standards. Finally, the hotel’s location is perfect – just minutes from the Piazza Maggiore, and walking distance from all the main attractions. We are seasoned travellers (as you can see!) and it is not often that we find a hotel that is impossible to fault. This is certainly one.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Bologna
- Grand Hotel Baglioni
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant Classically styled Hotel in historic building near palaces, churches & museums. ... more less
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