Stayed a couple of nights in a deluxe room. The hotel is located about 10-15 mins from the main train station, its a straight walk up via indipendenza. They seem to block off the road on Sundays which makes it even easier to walk to the hotel from the station. A cab is about 10 euros and they will drop you off around the corner if the street is blocked off. The unassuming entrance is opposite a church about 50m away from McDonalds. The location is exceptional, you are right in the middle of the town and walking distance to everything. There is a great upmarket grocer/bookshop around the corner in the main square selling coffee, delicacies, drinks and books.
Check in was quick, most of the front desk staff are friendly (apart from one) and efficient with good recommendations for dining. Housekeeping was always very friendly.The room was a decent size for Europe, "ageing gracefully" would be an appropriate description. It was a little average to be honest, dated and tired - however it is a historic old hotel so I guess one cant complain about that. Spotlessly clean and well maintained but a tad shabby and clearly wasnt quite as nice as the photos suggested. To be fair the higher category rooms may be nicer but you will be forking out well over 300 euros. Bed was great, the bathroom was again rather dated, as was the decor in the room, apart form the small LCD tv in the corner. A refurbishment would definitely help. The common areas however, are beautiful, and the hotel has a lot of charm and character that you wont find in a modern skyscrapper. The keys are chunky old school ones which is pretty cool.
Had dinner once in the hotel restaurant, the food was pretty good, the service was great (it was pretty empty which is surprising) and the value was decent, comparable to similar restaurants in the area and definitely worth a try. Breakfast was excellent, a good selection of high quality with friendly, polished and efficient service.
This is probably the only five star choice in Bologna, and its definitely a nice hotel but nowhere near as fabulous as some have suggested, so YMMV. Whist the experience was good, if I had read some of the glowing reviews first I would have been disappointed so dont set your expectations too high.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Majestic "già Baglioni", the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Bologna, sits in the heart of the city on Via dell’Indipendenza, within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and the famous Due Torri. This superb five-star deluxe hotel is situated in a Palazzo designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century and built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. The palazzo is in fact, built on top of an ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen within the hotel. The 109 rooms have a mix of antique furniture with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic Italian style, elegance and hospitality. The 4th floor refurbishment has enriched the hotel with a new range of Junior Suites and Deluxe Room. The style in this case is classic eighteen century classical French. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Bologna
- Grand Hotel Baglioni