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“You can't beat this location” 4 of 5 stars
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Art Hotel Orologio
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Via IV Novembre 10, 40126 Bologna, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 105 Hotels in Bologna
London, England
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“You can't beat this location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

With only one night in which to maximise our time in Bologna we needed somewhere central to stay. We lucked out with a relatively low rate as we were booking quite late and this hotel was perfect location; only a few metres away from Piazza Maggiore and the small streets full of fresh food shops, and a couple of minutes walk to the Two Towers (I recommend climbing the tower for good views of Bologna - there are 400 steps, of which the first 20 or so are quite enclosed and claustrophobic but it opens out after that.)
Everything about the hotel was fine (the room, the breakfast, the staff) but nothing exceptional as such - it's the location that makes this hotel stand out.
If you're going to be in Bologna a while and aren't in such a rush or if you're looking at the full rate, perhaps stay a little further out for a lower cost. Though I would be happy to stay here again and I would recommend it to friends.
The only disappointment was that the hotel used my card to hold the amount of the room, and then charged me when I checked out. But this had the same effect on my card as if they had charged me twice and then refunded one amount 5 days later. Fine in theory but it left me short of Euro in the meantime.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
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Grazie per la sua cortese recensione. Il nostro hotel oltre ad avere una posizione centralissima è anche un hotel molto elegante e con servizi di alto livello. Torni presto a trovarci!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stayed in 2 different rooms - I would recommend getting one that overlooks the square. The breakfast was one of the most amazing speads I've ever seen. Unfortunately we had to leave early for the second night and didn't get to eat it. Definitely try the croissant with pistachio cream! It was nice to have a shared sitting and dining room as my husband was unable to tour the city and I could bring food back for him.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
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Grazie per il bellissimo commento che ha scritto sull'Art Hotel Orologio e sulla nostra prima colazione a buffet. La prossima volta provi anche la brioche alla crema di nocciola, è squisita!
Un saluto da Piazza Maggiore
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I stayed at the Hotel Orologico from May 12-15 after I returned from a cruise to Rome. The hotel could not be more central to all the sights in Bologna and is very reasonably priced. I appreciated the fact that the room was very clean and a nice size. Best of all was the view from my window to Piazza Maggiore. The rooms are very colorful but tasteful and they are painted in bright colors. Mine was lime green. The rooms have beautiful wooden floors and marble bathrooms. The breakfast was excellent with cappuccino and multiple choices of meats, breads, cheeses, fruits, cereals and delicious cakes and pastries. I highly recommend this hotel and also would encourage a visit to Bologna which is a charming city not yet overrun with tourists, but with great food and sights.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the Piazza.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, May 26, 2014
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Grazie per la bellissima recensione che ha scritto sul nostro Hotel e anche su Bologna: la nostra città è davvero ricca di storia e piena di bellissimi scorci da scoprire. Torni presto a trovarci!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Ideally situated just off the main square, Piazza Maggiore, and close to great choice of restaurants in nearby vegetable market streets. Bedrooms are well appointed and breakfasts are excellent. A pleasant experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
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Grazie per la bella recensione che ha scritto sul nostro hotel e sulla prima colazione a buffet. Torni presto a trovarci!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Lovely hotel, excellent location, very friendly staff, amazing breakfast!

I there in April 2014 and would strongly recommend anyone to go there. Myself, I'd love to go back! The location could not have been better!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
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Siamo davvero orgogliosi che abbia apprezzato il nostro hotel. Un saluto dal centro storico!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Stayed only for a night, so perfect location to travel around the entire center of Bologna. And parking available very close to property. Clean room and beautiful view - we stayed on the 4th floor facing Palazzo D'Accursio and Piazza Maggiore off to the right. What a beautiful view at night. Breakfast was great as well - very large selection and everything was fresh and high quality. Highly recommend this property.

Stayed November 2013
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed in the hotel for 4 nights in January, we were met on arrival at the Hotel by friendly staff and were given a lovely room overlooking the Piazza. The room was a large room with windows opening onto the view which the Hotel is in a little side street very close by the main Piazza.The room was both comfortable and quiet with windows that shut out the noise from the Piazza. The bathroom was of a generous size with good quality bathroom soaps,shampoo etc.
The breakfast was one of the best we had in our 6 weeks in Europe, the breakfast room as is all the Hotel designed in true old fashioned Italian style.........which we adore. Beside the breakfast room there is a large sitting room that we often had a Prosecco each evening before heading out for dinner....very comfortable and a great start to the night. Bologna is the food mecca for Northern Italy so you can't miss not having a dining experience of sheer delight...Papperdelle alla Bolognese just to name one .....the Trattoria just around the corner from the hotel serves fabulous Italian dishes in true authentic Trattoria style, not expensive and great choices.
Shopping in Bologna was the very best in Italy ..better then Rome, Florence. The arcades are wonderful to walk along and such stunning architecture we walked every day for 5 hours along the arcades...........a joy. The Art Hotel Orologio is a wonderful comfortable hotel for your stay in Bologna.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room..........and if possible on the third floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
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Grazie per la bellissima descrizione che ha scritto di Bologna, dei portici di cui andiamo molto orgogliosi e della nostra cucina. E la ringraziamo anche per i complimenti che ha fatto al nostro hotel!
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Address: Via IV Novembre 10, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Bologna
#17 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#18 Family Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Art Hotel Orologio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just off Piazza Maggiore, right across from the antique Clock Tower from which the hotel gets its name, this Art Hotel represents the ideal stay for those who love atmospheric historical flavour without forgoing the comforts of a modern hotel. Hotel Orologio is a delightful and charming hotel with a view of the city’s most venerable landmarks: the Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo dei Notai all frame Piazza Maggiore, one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval piazzas. Our warm and welcoming tea room offers a moment of repose in the tranquil peace of a typical Bolognese palazzo. It central location provides the ideal starting point for sampling the events, museums, theatres, culture, and shopping that Bologna has to offer, all close at hand. ... more   less 
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