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“a nice place in the very heart of Bologna” 4 of 5 stars
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Starhotels Excelsior
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Pietramellara, 51, 40121 Bologna, Italy   |  
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Ranked #22 of 106 Hotels in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
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“a nice place in the very heart of Bologna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Starhotels Excelsior Bologna is really a nice hotel very close to the historic center of Bologna, which is Piazza Maggiore. By walk, it takes around 10-15 minutes to get there. There are nice shops and very good restaurants on the way. So, the location is perfect with the Central Station just accross the street. The room we have stayed is smallish but nice, with every equipment that is needed in a hotel room. The bathroom is clean and also nice. The breakfast is far better than we have ever had in a European hotel. We liked it a lot.
As a result, I can recommend the place to everyone who is travelling to Bologna!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Nice hotel, perfectly located across the street from the rail station, buses and taxis.
Walking distance to anything in Bologna!
I was upgraded and very much enjoyed my spacious room.
Windows can be opened, but when closed it is completely isolated from any noise around.
Good full breakfast buffet, free wifi in the lobby (by 30 minutes, but unlimited).
Very warm welcome, very friendly staff.
I had contacted the hotel concierge prior to my arrival to purchase a ticket for a ballet performance at the Teatro Comunale and it was ready in its envelope on arrival. Impeccable service.
Next time in Bologna, I will definitely stay there again, for all the good reasons.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

It's a good location, near the train station and very close to the city center. Parking is not free and Inet is free only in the lobby for 30'. It was good that we can leave our rented car from Europecar in the parking place for a fee and not took it to the airport as we should. It's easy to get to the airport in 20' with a bus near hotel for 6 E. Rooms are ok, average.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

opposite the train station; although quit
bus from the airport (less than 30' travel time) stops opposite.
5 minutes to downtown, higt street
modern ambiente, great room, perfect bathroom
breakfast is excellent; only 4 tables outside - "smoker launch"; smokers came out but that does not trouble
have a gym we did not visit

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

this hotel was very modern and the rooms were large and remodeled beautifully. Bathrooms large also. Two blocks from pedestrian walk to the piazza. Great location. front desk staff was so helpful. we ate at Restaurant Il Moro which was five stars, where the locals eat. the homemade tortellino in Brodo was excellent. Enjoy. The food in bologna was incredible. Best Pizza.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We had such positive experiences at the Starhotels in Milan and Naples that we chose the one in Bologna when we were passing through on our way back to the UK.

The first positive thing is that at check-in the receptionist discovered immediately that we were Starhotel "regulars" and immediately gave us an upgrade even though we'd booked only the most basic room.

The building is relatively modern and has superb lifts which is important when you are on the 7th floor. It has a certain style to it and feels as though it has been kept up to date.

All Starhotels provide tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms which is not that common in Italy but something I really appreciate.

Our room was spacious and comfortable. The only black mark was that the waste-paper bin had not been emptied.

We will certainly stay there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Stayed here for two nights 9th-10th June. The hotel is situated right opposite the train station where the airport bus also terminates (6 euro one way)- perfect location if carrying your own suitcase!.Easy to walk to most of the touristy locations.The open top 'hop on hop off' tour bus also stops very close by. The hotel itself is pretty nondescript from the outside but inside it is modern, clean and welcoming. Staff on reception were friendly and helpful. Our room on the 5th floor was at the rear of the hotel overlooking the hotel car park, this meant that we were not disturbed by any traffic noise to the front of the hotel.The room itself was quite large and comfortably furnished.The bathroom was clean and modern - bath had overhead shower. Flat screen tv with BBC World News amongst the English language stations.Breakfast itself was good - choice of cereals/fresh fruit and yoghurts. Hot food consisted of scrambled egg, bacon and sausage. Choice of cold meats and cheeses along with breads and lots of pastries.Would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pietramellara, 51, 40121 Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#13 Family Hotel in Bologna
#19 Business Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Starhotels Excelsior 4.5*
Number of rooms: 193
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Starhotels Excelsior in Bologna. In this beautiful ancient University city, our contemporary chic hotel is considered to be one of the best. The location opposite the railway station is conveniently close to the Fiera as well as the historical heart. Our Italian style is an alluring combination of clean, fresh interiors throughout the lobby, library and restaurant, and cosy traditional bedrooms.In our city centre Bologna hotel there are 193 rooms and suites; a well-equipped fitness room; lounge and bar for relaxing, Avorio restaurant serving traditional Bolognese food; and five meeting rooms seating up to 380 delegates in total. ... more   less 
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