We stayed at this hotel for two evenings during our stay in Bologna. The hotel itself is nice and the staff are very accommodating. There are some outdoors areas on the grounds where you can sit and relax on benches when the weather is nice. Several people seemed to take advantage of these areas when we visited.
When we arrived, it was around dinner time. The reception desk staff was quite friendly and even made reservations for us at a restaurant in the neighborhood. (Without reservations - which are a must in this area - you don't eat.)
Our rooms were good-sized; the room my daughter and I shared even had a fireplace. The hotel staff showed us how to use the remote control to work the air conditioner, and this was much appreciated. Our room was apparently near the main street. At night, it was quite noisy outside the window by our room. People were laughing and talking loudly outside of our window. This went on for several hours on each night. I'm not sure if there was a public seating area or gathering place outside of our room - but I wouldn't recommend it for a light sleeper.
If you are on foot and wish to eat at one of the few restaurants near the hotel in the evening, you MUST make reservations. Everything was packed with people during our visit. On the first night we stayed at the hotel, we we lucky our hotel staff made reservations for us at a restaurant. On the second night, we had to fend for ourselves, and it was not an easy task. Except for the handful of restaurants in the immediate area where we stayed, there was absolutely nothing within walking distance where we could eat. This was a little inconvenient and something to think about if you plan to stay here.
About 10 minutes away from the hotel, there is a bus stop that you can take. The bus literally circles the city. We did take this to get into the main part of town on one of the days we visited. Also - of note - this is not anywhere near the train station and we had to have a taxi take us to the hotel. There's no possibility of making the walk there.
On the bright side, this hotel has a wonderful and large buffet breakfast set-up. It was very generous and consisted of more than the standard continental breakfast many hotels have. The breakfast here included sausage, bacon, eggs cooked two ways (scrambled and hard-boiled), fresh fruit, pastries, breads, cheeses, various meats and more. The breakfast was absolutely delicious!
Although this was a nice hotel, I did not find it to be convenient to anything of interest to us. It was equivalent to staying at a hotel in a large neighborhood of apartment complexes. There really isn't much to do in the area if you are traveling on foot. This - for us - was a definite downside to staying here. The next time, I will stay somewhere that is closer to everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel is located in the heart of Bologna, few steps away from the beautiful Piazza Maggiore and the famous Two Towers.Recently renovated it has maintained the typical Bolognese atmosphere while making the most of the courtyard garden that houses our sunny breakfast room in an oasis of green. Your welfare and attention to detail are our daily care. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porta San Mamolo Hotel
- Porta San Mamolo Bologna