This is a stunning hotel - totally different to any other hotel I've stayed in in Italy. In my view we Italians don't do hotels very well, so this is a real find. It's literally 2 minutes walk from the main square, just passed the Questura (police HQ) I should point out though that being near the police station doesn't make it noisy - don't let that put you off - it's in a lovely part of town.
When you walk in and see (and hear) the tasteful wall waterfall you know it's going to be nice. There's art all over the place which adds to the feeling of being somewhere cutting edge.
The rooms are big and comfortable - as in all Italian hotels the double bed is two singles together - but they were nice and hard with expensive linen. The decor is very nice - tasteful and modern, lots of brown wood, mirrors and smooth lines. The wardrobe for example has really nice wooden slatted doors which slide accross - and more hangers than I have at home.
There's a kettle in the room and a mini bar, a good hair dryer, bath towels and dressing gowns. They've got a good iron and ironing board they bring up if you need it and have a laundry and ry cleaning service which is very fairly priced and good quality.
The bathroom was fantastic! All marble and bright with a double shower (though they don't seem to work at the same time...) and marble seta in the shower cubicle which is big enough for 3 or four people!
The breakfast, which was included in the price, was okay. Breakfast isn't a big thing in Italy - we mostly have a cappucino and sweet pastry - but Il Novecento had tried. There was a selection of fresh fruits (and freshly sqeezed fruit juice), lots of homemade caked, some meat and cheese selections and different breads. The cappucinos weren't up to much. After the first day we went to breakfast to have a nice cake - but then headed out to a bar round the corner for a wonderful, proper creamy cappucino. They do actually serve breakfast in bed for no extra charge.
Il Novecento comes up as not being bookable on line but if you google it you can find their website - Art Hotels Bologna I think - and book directly there. They are linked to two other hotels a few minutes walk away so you have to specify if you want to stay here. The booking process takes a while - you have to email to check availability and they then email you within 24 hours to confirm. This all worked smoothly when I booked (though they came back with a quote far higher than their advertised prices) but might be worth considering if you're booking last minute.
I would 100% reccomend this hotel. I lived in Bologna for years - it is a wonderful city, and this is a wonderful hotel in the middle of town.
Make sure you take time to relax over a champagne (or prosecco if you're on a budget) cocktail in Zanardi (I always forget the name!) - from the main sqaure walk down the road to the left of the cathedral and it's at the end of the porticos on the corner - they do a great breakfast too! For a lunchtime meal be sure to stop in the self service restaurant 5 minutes from Piazza Maggiore (again the name escapes me) From the main square walk down the first turning on the left, straight down (towards the veg market and Santo Stefano) - you'll pass a big bar, then a wonderful shop with fresh pasta in the window. You'll recognise it - there's always a nun sat outside collecting money under the carving of a saint. Go through the shop and in the back is a self service restaurant with amazing fresh pasta. It's worht stopping to buy some to take home too - they speak English and if you tell them you're taking it home they'll wrap it specially.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whoever said that new hotels are all alike has never seen a design hotel--moreover, they have never stayed at the Hotel Novecento, the ideal haven for those who won't settle for an ordinary hotels but are looking for something special. With its unmistakable Viennese Secession style, this exclusive hotel of only twenty-five rooms integrates seamlessly into the medieval context of Bologna's historical centre, and its location on Piazza Galileo offers incredible views of Bologna's scenery. A dive into Europe of the 1930s, its rooms and suites are characterised by a design that blends the sobriety of form with the richness of substance, with a result that is rich with personality. And also.. At the Bologna Art Hotels you will have the opportunity to enjoy the city in a unique way. In an ancient building (XVI-XVII Century) in Piazza Galilei, a few meters from the Art Hotel Novecento **** - which you can refer to for all your needs - two superb De Luxe Apartments welcome you in the city center, offering the highest level of comfort and a refined and original design, in which technology and art are combined to reach perfection. The Suite de luxe are the flagship of Bologna Art Hotels where the owners, who have shown a remarkable interest in art, offer exhibitions of paintings and statues from the most exclusive galleries. Moreover, in the Suite deluxe "The Court", during the renovation works, wood ceilings and frescoes of the sixteenth century have been brought to light, and thanks to a careful restoration and enhancement, they add a special charm and an impressive touch of the past . Arts, recreation, technology and contemporary design combine to make your stay unique and unforgettable. ... more less
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