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“The Ultimate In Bologna” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta
Ranked #73 of 104 Hotels in Bologna
Vancouver
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The Ultimate In Bologna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

We stayed in this beautiful hotel for 2 nights in May, 2012. Our room was spacious, clean and extremely luxurious. The lobby of the hotel was absolutely amazing. However, the element which made this small, boutique hotel truly special was the staff. They were extremely helpful in making dinner suggestions and reservations for us as well as advising us as to getting around the city. Our stay was a truly memorable experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pietro65
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Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

My wife and I and another couple of our friends stayed at Il Convento from 5 - 8 May 2012. We had a very enjoyable stay and found that the staff (particularly Laura and Serena) were most helpful and friendly. The double room that we had booked was replaced with a junior suite at no extra charge on our arrival and the room itself was well appointed and spotlessly clean. The hotel itself is quirky as many of the reviews point out but we found this to be a source of fascination rather than an irritation. The only downside we found was the single elevator/lift (a) it is small - why are all Italian hotel lifts small? (b) very slow and (c) needs the floor button to be pressed continuously for it to move. Very odd. There are only a few rooms but all of them are individual and very comfortable. The location of the hotel in Via Orfeo is about 1km from Piazza Maggiore in the centre of Bologna and can be a little noisy at night but that's only to be expected from a city hotel. I don't think that guests can have dinner at the hotel but that is no hardship since in Bologna you are surrounded by fantastic restaurants and trattorias and you really shouldn't want to stay in the hotel to dine. Overall we were very pleased with the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank David H
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London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

We stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. The hotel is positioned in a lovely part of Bolgna and is about 10 minutes walk to the centre, so really close. The staff on reception were so helpful and friendly, they really made our stay there what it was. They were always there to help with any question we had and regularaly gave us great advice on restaurents etc, They also helped us plan a trip to the local San Luca, even providing us with bus passes for the day.
We moved rooms after the first night due to a slight confusion but although both were quite different they were both very lovely. We really liked the distinctive and original feel to the whole hotel that made it a really different and memorable experience compared to some more clinical places you can end up staying when on holiday.
The rooms were cleaned very regularly but never to the point of it being a nuisance, and it was always a pleasure to come back to the room after a few hours wondering around Bologna.
The spa was small but perfectly formed. I booked an hour there and candles and music were laid out for me on arrival which made it feel really special and very very relaxing!
We loved our stay at Il Convento and I woul definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Emma W
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Southampton, Bermuda
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

This is a very cute place to stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the Centre of Bologna. The bedroom was simple but lovely. There were large doors to open and shutters to close off in the evening. The bathroom was very cool :) Everywhere was easily accessible by foot. Do the Red Bus Tour as it gives you a very good feel of the city layout. We booked the hotel via email and corresponded with Laura who was so helpful and were delighted to meet her once we finally got to the hotel. We loved Eliza and Serena who kept us entertained each time we came by the Front Desk. Without a doubt the staff makes this place an absolute gem :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BDALamb
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usa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

We experienced customer service at its finest! The staff went above and beyond to make sure our stay in Bologna was great-- their recommendations Were
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mush50
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scotland
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

Maybe it's a matter of taste, but, for me, the modern styling of the old building misses the mark. The gimmicky modern lighting, for example, was not sympathetic. Many of the bulbs were missing or didn't work giving a gloomy and neglected air. We paid as much for our room as we did recently for s 5star Mayfair hotel and the levels of comfort and finish were in quite different leagues. The hairdryer was broken, the shower, again gimmicky and ostensibly designer-ish was lamentable splashing out water in dribbles too close to the wall to be stood under. There was no ventilation in the ensuite bathroom (and little privacy) so the air was stale. The street outside is very noisy being opposite a school. It is narrow too and local deliveries etc are early and loud. Yes, the staff are lovely but that alone doesn't make this a first class or good value hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

This truly ancient edifice (originally a medieval convent) has been turned into an ultra modern, comfortable hotel. It is a perfect study in contrasts -- Brunelleschi meets Benigni. Incredibly intimate but also very private. The staff is outstanding, lead by Laura, who will cater to your every whim and seems to anticipate every need. They are all so accommodating without ever being overbearing. The hotel is situated in a part of town about a 10 minute walk from the Piazza Maggiore, so it's convenient, but still happily separate. Some of the best restaurants in the city are quite nearby. There is nothing I can say about this place that isn't superlative. Oh, finally, as a side note, they happen to serve one of the best cappuccinos in the city. I tasted many during my stay and none were as good as the ones that were served in this breakfast room.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta
Address: Via Orfeo 34/4, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna > Santo Stefano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Bologna
#36 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#40 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Bologna's dowtown area, il convento dei fiori di eta has been realized following the meticolous restoration of the little church of the nunnery, built in the 15th century. ... more   less 
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