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“Nice Rooms and Service - Delicious Breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Porta San Mamolo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Vicolo Del Falcone 6/8, 40124 Bologna, Italy   |  
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Springdale, Arkansas
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“Nice Rooms and Service - Delicious Breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We had a wonderful stay - the location is about a five minute walk from the main centre of town - but very easy to navigate through lovely little streets. Well maintained communal areas in the hotel, in a nice style. The room was very good for a three star hotel - we had a 'superior' double - which was on the third floor, reached by elevator. It was spacious with a nice view of the rooftops, and had a really nice big bathroom with good shower. Everything has obviously been refurbished quite recently. Shampoo/shower gel in rooms. Plenty of closet space and a safe in the wardrobe. Free wifi (suggested €2 charity donation for it for your stay) - plus communal PC and printer in reception (for boarding passes!)
The breakfasts are served in a lovely little conservatory kind of thing, with plenty of outdoor seating too - with some great outdoor furniture which I am now looking to buy for my own house! Good selection at breakfast - buffet of cereals, pastries, freshly cut fruit, local cakes (my daily choice!) plus cold meats and cheeses, and hot scrambled eggs and bacon. Not the best breakfast I've had in a hotel before, but definitely very solid and reliable, and plenty of it. Good coffee too.
But the main thing about this hotel is the service. It's perhaps the best experience I've ever had in terms of service. Not only were the staff all very friendly with very, very good English, but they really went out of their way to help us, and were very understanding and kind, especially when we had a big change of travel plans partway through our trip. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Bologna who isn't a millionaire. If you're reading this, thank you to all the staff at the hotel!!
One thing to remember about Bologna - be prepared for lots of walking in general, and what you hear about Italy closing down for most of August is true - it's very very quiet for most of that month. Best to go another time of year.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

B&B in the style of a small boutique hotel: rooms in two different houses (backyard and fronthouse). I cant judge the location, we stayed here overnight only to move on the next morning. We got last minute a little cabinet in the backyard, which was very quiet, only in the morning hte breakfast happened directly in front of our the door, still wasn't bothersome. Aircon, Minibar, en-suite bathroom (only with sliding door, can't lock), a bit old but cosy furniture, desk, chair, armchair, TV. No windows to the direct outside (only in the ceiling, remote controlled).

Parking costs 20 € extra a few metres down the road and is only on request, breakfast could be a bit more fresh and a little more choice, but overall for 3* really not bad. Extremely friendly and helpful staff, not a business hotel, but comfortable and clean. Overall, for a price of 80 € per night (incl. bfast!) a really good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend. Beautiful and cozy in all aspects.
The rooms are awesome and, I would say, very romantic reminiscing the design and style of the 17th century. The inner garden that leads to the breakfast lounge and to the rooms is something unforgettable. The location is good, not perfect, but good as you gonna walk at least 8 to 10 minutes to the main square where all the action takes place and main attractions are.
The service is outstanding. No problems or missteps there. The only detail that was not solved, is that our cable tv wasn't working properly, but who cares! I mean you don't go to a city like this to watch tv. All in all, good hotel and one of the best option in Bologna.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We were only in Bologna for one night, but Hotel Porta San Mamolo was an great choice! We were using Bologna as a base as we wanted to travel out to Modena to see the Ferrari Factory/Museum, but wanted to stay in a bigger city. The hotel was quite a distance from the train station (don't bother trying to walk! It's worth it to pay a few extra euros to jump in a cab), but only about a 15 minute walk from the main downtown area. Unfortunately with it being a Sunday evening in August a lot of places were closed, but the receptionist at the hotel recommended a wonderful place to eat that was close by and called over to book a reservation for us (I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant because it was delicious!! The best tortellini any of us have ever had). Sergio was very helpful in helping us bring our bags up to the room. He also worked at the bar in the hotel and served us some little complimentary snacks to go with our wine. There was a nice indoor/outdoor spot for breakfast, and we were all quite impressed with the selection. The rooms themselves were a decent size and were very clean. Overall this is a very good hotel for exploring Bologna!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We booked a few months ahead by email, and had several email exchanges which were always very helpful and freindly. I suggest that you don't try and find this place without a good GPS. The staff from the owner down were incredible. They will help with everything from carrying bags through the rabbit warren that is the very old building to parking and bringing back your car. And if anything is wrong with the room it is fixed immediately. It has a cute kitchen in a cupboard but no kitchen appliances (no tea or coffee making), but we discovered later that such is standard in Italian hotels. I can only echo other reviewers comments on the breakfast. Just wonderful. We went out for pizza at night and when they staff saw us coming in they made up a table in the couryard and even cleared up after us. Sadly we hit Bologna in a heat wave and had to move on after only one night, but again the staff made us feel that nothing was too much trouble. A three star hotel with six star service.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I stayed 1 night only in the Hotel but the staff were very helpful, the room clean and the breakfast very nice with fresh fruit and a good choice of hot and cold food. 10 mins walk to the centre only, and easy to find by car as it is just off the ring road.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vicolo Del Falcone 6/8, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#5 Family Hotel in Bologna
#10 Business Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Porta San Mamolo 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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