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Aemilia Hotel
Ranked #4 of 103 Hotels in Bologna
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“Just ok”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Biggest issue is there is no bellman to help with luggage- just a luggage cart. The internet was not fast enough for working.
The roof deck is nice. It's a 15 minute walk to town, not 5. You get to the old city gate in about 5, but need to walk a bit further for to get to the sites/restaurants/etc.
Check-in and check-out were easy. Rooms were fine.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear Guest
thank you very much for taking time to submit your feedback on Tripadvisor and thank you for having chosen both Savhotel and Aemilia during your last visit in Bologna. We're really apologize if you are not completley satisfied of your stay, about the things you mentioned that haven't convinced you, we would like to give some explanations that can be useful for all the community of Tripadvisor:
1- our portarage service even if is not mandatory for a 4 stars hotel is available at fixed times during the morning and the afternoon
2-the distance between us and the heart of the town (piazza Maggiore) is about 15 min. by walk, but at just 5 min by walk, it start the historic center of Bologna, and our guests may have the opportunity to have a very nice walk along Via San Vitale which covered of the famous porticos and rich of shops, restaurants and bar
We really sorry that you expressed a negative feedback and you didn't get the quality of our services and the genuine customer care that we're famous for.
We're hoping to welcome back you again in order that we can show you all the several services that the Aemilia Hotel can offer.

Best regards

Andrea Aslo
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Very nice hotel, friendly helpful staff, great breakfast, what's not to like. It's a ten minute walk into the centre, but it's a great walk. The walk starts ok, and gets better and better until you hit the magnificent 2 towers. As for Bologna itself, it is beautiful and charming. All the people we met were very friendly and the food everywhere we tried was just spectacular.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Dear Laurence
we're so glad to read your Amazing review about your experince at the Aemilia, we're so happy that you discovered our beautiful city.
hoping to welcome back you soon, we send our best regards

Andrea Aslo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Hotel Aemilia is quite obviously a business-oriented hotel but do not let this put you off if you are a leisure traveller looking to visit the unexpectedly lovely city of Bologna. The hotel is conveniently located about a 10-15 minute walk from the gates of the historical centre and also offers an onsite undercover car park (a fee is involved but the hotel has a deal with the owners of the car park and the rate was competitive as well as being extremely convenient). Keep a keen eye out for the sign because it is small and not easily visible when driving.

Our room was spacious with a king sized bed and floor space to move around without bumping into furniture and we had a good view out towards the historic centre of Bologna with the added bonus of opening windows. The décor is as you would expect for a business hotel, clean lines, simple colours and modern. The king sized bed was very comfortable as were the pillows. Both the room and bathroom were clean and the bathroom was a good size with amenities, bathrobes and slippers on offer. Breakfast in the morning was plentiful and varied although the service could have been better by the wait staff who studiously ignored all attempts to catch their eye. The reception staff however were very courteous and efficient and all spoke excellent English. At check-out we were served by a very nice young man who was on work experience (whose name I unfortunately cannot remember). He went above and beyond to retrieve some freezer blocks that had been placed in the kitchen for us and we commend him for his initiative in escorting us personally to the restaurant in order to chase it up as the kitchen staff were not responding to his telephone calls. A pity a more senior receptionist thought it necessary to remonstrate him for going that extra step when we returned, perhaps a leaf could be taken out of the work experience staff's book of how to offer great customer service.

All-in-all a very good stay and we would definitely stay at Aemilia Hotel again during future visits to Bologna.

Although Bologna is a large city and geared very much towards the business market with its frequently held fairs, don't discount travelling here as a simple tourist. Bologna has much to offer in beauty with its distinctive colonnaded walkways, churches and buildings. The Piazza Maggiore is impressive and dominated by the Basilica San Petronino and the Town Hall. Make sure you step inside the Basilica - it is truly spectacular in size and has a surprisingly light and airy interior. Some of the chapels along the walls are covered in exquisite frescoes and the only drawback is the inability to take photos of this marvellous church. At present, the Basilica is undergoing extensive works and the exterior is covered in a shroud with lots of scaffolding inside as well. Next to the Town Hall is the Public Library which has original Roman foundations and streets visible under the floor (some of the Perspex tiles are difficult to see through but some allow you to see these treasures). Aside from the Roman ruins, the Library is worth viewing simply for its magnificent ceiling.

When facing the Basilica San Petronino from the Piazza Maggiore, make sure you take a trip into the streets leading off to the left of the piazza. You will find there food markets on the streets and shops dedicated to gastronomic delights that will make your mouth water!

Two other must-sees / must-dos in Bologna are the Due Tori (Two Towers) - the shorter one of which has a distinct lean (cables are supporting its girth to prevent it from toppling over) and the taller of which is surprisingly tall - and the Seven Churches which sit in a beautiful piazza surrounded by gorgeous medieval buildings and the loveliest of all the colonnaded walkways. Be sure to enter inside the main church as some of the seven are inside and not visible from the piazza. This is a very unique situation and ranks as one of our highlights in Bologna.

Room Tip: It is worth paying a little extra for a king sized bed and asking for a room with a view of Bologna.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Dear Guest
thank you very much for taking time to submit your kind and detailed feedback.
We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and like our services together with our customer care that we are very proud of.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Aemilia Hotel.

Andrea Aslo
Front Office Manager
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a property that is situated within easy walking distance of the university; it's well-maintained with rooms slightly larger than average for this locale. The amenities are above average, the service is attentive. Unfortunately -- as others have also pointed out -- the wi-fi is slow and inconsistent, and effectively incompatable with standard business use. If you arrive here after a long trip with a hefty inbox, good luck trying to stay online long enough to make reasonable headway. I know they say they're "working on it," but unless it's absoutely clear this has been fixed, I'd be reluctant to stay here on my next business trip -- a shame, given it's otherwise very high potential.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank DctrD
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you for your review.
I'm glad that you find most of our services and amenities above the avarage, and at the same time I really apologize for the inconvenience of the WI-FI, as you specified during this days we're truly focused to fix this problem, in order to improve the speed performance of our WI-FI connection.
I hope that you will come back soon, in order that we can dimostrate to you that the Aemilia is always one of the top hotels in town for quality, customer care and efficiency of his services.
Best regards

Andrea Aslo
Front Office Manager
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Chevy Chase, MD
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was our second stay at the hotel for vacations in Bologna. It has all the amenities one could want in a business class hotel and large comfortable beds. It is convenient to the city center, just outside the San Vitale gate - a 15-20 walk to the Piazza Maggiore. We had a car and the nightly parking rate was 10euro - modest for city rates. Unless you want to be in the historic center, I would recommend the hotel.

One night of our stay was rainy and cold and we opted to eat in the hotel restaurant. We were pleased with the food and service. If you are unwilling or unable to venture out where there are a plethora of fantastic trattorias, restaurants and osterias, the restaurant is not a bad option

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank PhilandSaraF
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you very much for you Amazing comment!
I was delighted that once again you enjoyed our services and the quality of food at our restaurant.
I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best regards

Andrea Aslo
Front Office Manager
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Vail, Colorado
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Very professional and clean looking hotel; I wouldn't classify it as typical "Italian" more business, but extremely clean, modern, and spacious. My boyfriend couldn't stop raving about the beds as well; loving how soft and comfortable they were.

A little out of the way, about 15 minute walk to the two towers, but after eating non-stop in the city, I now consider that extra walk a blessing. The staff was helpful and friendly at all times! Ricardo (I think?) checked us in and was so pleasant the entire trip.

Great breakfast, plenty of offerings that didn't change, but I never grew tired of.

Rooftop was gorgeous as well to take a bottle of wine up to, and just see the city. Sadly the jacuzzi was closed during our trip, that would have made it even better.

One complaint obviously noted already was the Wi-Fi; very slow, wouldn't load any videos, etc. Other than that, I'd say it was a perfect stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Jenna
thank you very much for taking time to submit your kind and positive review on Tripadvisor.
We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and like all our services and facilities that we're very proud of.
We're looking forward to welcoming you back soon
Kind regards

Andrea Aslo
Front Office Manager
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Denver, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stayed at the Aemilia Hotel on Oct 10 and 11, 2013, primarily to participate in the Italian Days Food Experience (this was great!) and to spend a little time exploring Bologna. This is an excellent hotel, with very friendly and helpful staff, especially in reception. The room was a bit smaller than I like, but it was in great shape, with attractive decor, a very comfortable bed, clean, good lighting, nice bathroom. The breakfast buffet was the best we had in Italy -- great selection of tasty food and ample enough for American tastes. Not in city center, but only about 10-15 minute walk to get to the Piazza Maggiore. We definitely would return and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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aemiliahotel, Responsabile reception at Aemilia Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Guests
many thanks for your Amazing reviews about the experience you had at the Aemilia Hotel, we're really happy that you enjoyed all the aspects of your stay, especially the friendliness of our staff, we're so proud to read that you consider our buffet breakfast the best you had in Italy.
We're looking forward to welcoming you again.
Kind regards

Andrea Aslo
Front Office Manager
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Property: Aemilia Hotel
Address: Via Giovanna Zaccherini Alvisi 16, 40138 Bologna, Italy
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Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bologna
#3 Business Hotel in Bologna
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aemilia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aemilia Hotel fascinates its guests thanks to its marvellous views of the Towers of Bologna and the hills outside the city. It is situated in a silent area 200 metres away from Saint Orsola General Hospital and a few minutes walk to the historical center of Bologna. It offers many services and facilities for your holiday: free of charge fiber-optic WiFi in the rooms and the common areas, roof garden with solarium and Jacuzzi, fitness room, 32 inches satellite LCD TV, minibar and safe deposit box. It is possible to take advantage of a free of charge shuttle bus to Saint Orsola General Hospital. A guarded parking lot is also available. ... more   less 
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