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“The Noise ...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato

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BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato
Ranked #46 of 104 Hotels in Bologna
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The Noise ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I have to say I stayed in this hotel a few years ago and the I don't remember it ever being so noisy. The church bells finished at 11pm and started back again at 6am. Between that you had the students singing, screaming and shouting. Was the worst nights sleep ever, on rock hard beds.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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44 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

a very good and central hotel all in walking distance of bologna.very clean rooms.very good breakfast with terrace and fantastic view of towers.staff very good and helpfull.very good bar and you can use the terrace for your drink too,day and night when weather is good.coffee shops and restaurants all around the hotel.very good choice.

Room Tip: third floor with balcony
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nico k
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London
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25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very well located hotel, convenient for all places of interest, about 15 minutes from train/bus stations and if you are visiting for the opera, just a 2 minute walk away. The hotel is very well maintained, spotlessly clean and all the staff were very polite, friendly and extremely helpful. There is a lovely roof terrace for relaxing after a hard day's sightseeing and a breakfast terrace on the 2nd floor with great views across the city. Would have had no hesitation in giving the San Donato 5/5, but Bologna is a university town and the hotel is in the main university district so during term time the students are very rowdy all night until almost sunrise! The hotel thoughtfully include earplugs with the bathroom toiletries which do help to mute the otherwise unbearable noise, but I would suggest requesting a courtyard room for an undisturbed night's sleep!

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms should be quieter
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SandlesLondon
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Istanbul, Turkey
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

I very much liked the location of the hotel as well as the interest and help of the reception in finding a wonderful restauant in the city. But what a bad sound insulation !! Each sound and move of the people in the room above ours as well as those in the left and right rooms is clearly heard. This is really a big problem if you have to sleep for an early flight... I would suggest the hotel to definitely do something for a sound-proof room, which is a basic and essetial featue for a hotel.

Room Tip: I suppose that all rooms are lacking sound proof quality.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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112 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

This hotel is ideally situated in the city centre near the towers. You will have no difficulty to find an interesting walk or a bar or a restaurant nearby.
The house is a bit old, but nice. Do not expect the modern keycard for your room, here it is still working with the "old" keys.
Room is confortable (at least mine a double for single use), with free wifi, free coffee/tea boiler and amenities in the bath room. Indeed as some others pointed out, some smell exists that seems to come from the work of the cleaning staff. I could get rid of it just by ventilating.
Laundry service is efficient (same day service) and reasonably priiced.
Breakfast is very good. Service is friendly and efficient.
Total price paid is not really cheap, but decent considering that it is a confortable hotel in the real center of the city.
I would return for the same price conditions.

Room Tip: If you travel solo, pay a bit more and take a double for single use like I did; otherwise, like in t...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wales
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29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

Stayed at the Best Western San Donato for 2 nights and I must say what a superb hotel this is. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, brilliant breakfast and the location was ideal for bars, restaurants and shopping.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TyHir
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Phuket, Thailand
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40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

This hotel is generally very nice. It has a delicious breakfast in the top floor-balcony with nice view. Rooms are comfortable enough. Everything is in close walking distance. But the woman in the receptionist is very rude and ironic with no reason at all.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank brainlaugh
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Property: BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato
Address: Via Zamboni 16, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna > San Vitale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Room Service
Hotel Style:
#29 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
#30 Family Hotel in Bologna
#35 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern Hotel housed in 17th century structure, situated near main theaters. ... more   less 
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