Well situated between the main rail station and the historic city centre of Bologna, the Internazionale is a very convenient base for tourism and sampling local gastronomy. In fact the airport BLQ Aerobus shuttle (5€ e/w) passes the door, and if you are able to spot or ask for the stop before the final one at the rail station- Arena del Sole Theatre- you will be dropped almost across the street.(Via Independenzia) The walk from the station is only 7-8 mins though, and it's a slightly shorter walk to the impressive main squares of the city centre. So location is a big plus factor with this hotel.
There was a very friendly and efficient front desk and check in, and the room - double for single occupancy- was very comfortable and well appointed. Free Wi Fi in the rooms. However, it was unseasonably hot in Bologna, and the a/c was best described as feeble. I note other reviewers commenting on this so it was not just an issue with my room. The hotel is at a busy intersection, so opening the window, even with a 4th floor room, led to quite loud traffic noise. If this troubles you, ask for an inside room- there is no great street view anyway. The bathroom was on the small side but again well appointed. The bath tub was quite narrow and deep- that might be uncomfortable for more broader built guests! There was no internal noise at all from other rooms- the walls well covered in padded fabric material so it was very pleasant in that respect. A flat screen TV with some free channels (though no operational English speaking ones) plus a pay-per-view Sky box. The room was clean and well maintained.
Breakfast (included) was served from 7am - 10am and was very comprehensive and service was good- used tables cleared quickly and the buffet replenished regularly.
There is a lounge and a bar but with so many excellent options for eating in the vicinity they didn't seem to get much business and there was no atmosphere. Internet access at 30 cents per minute wasn't in demand either.
This is a nice hotel, well located for tourists, and especially if you can get a discounted online deal, a very good four star choice for visiting this interesting historic city.
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- Also Known As:
- Internazionale Hotel Bologna