We stayed at the Paradise for a week in June 2013. We were looking for a friendly, small and homely hotel in a central location, and this one fitted the bill perfectly. It's just a short walk from the railway station in one direction, and from Piazza Maggiore in the other.
The staff were absolutely lovely, and made us feel very welcome. The whole place was spotlessly clean. Some previous comments here have remarked on the smallness of the rooms, but ours (no. 205) was really spacious and comfortable. It's probably worth enquiring before you book if room size matters to you.
Breakfast each day was superb, with fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, bread, cheese and ham - and home-made cake! There are lots of little homely touches throughout which are great fun (such as literary quotations tucked in to the sugar bowl).
There are some really good, inexpensive trattorias within just a few steps of the hotel's front door, and just round the corner on Via Piella is the much-talked-about window on to Bologna's old canal system.
The only downside for us - and it wasn't too much of a problem - was that the bar across the road was quite noisy at the weekend. There was a couple with a small child staying at the same time as us and they found this quite difficult to deal with, so it's maybe not the best choice if you are travelling with very young children.
We loved this hotel, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone visiting Bologna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Paradise is more than a hotel: it's our house, open with love to our guests. In our rooms you will always find our warmth and passion. A ball of wool yarn will welcome you and bring you back to us every time you may return to Bologna. Our stories too... Will cradle you to a good nights' sleep, and upon the following morning you will rise to find our good humor any assistance ready to please. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Hotel Bologna