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“Dog-friendly hotel and restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Albergo Ristorante Bologna

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Albergo Ristorante Bologna
Ranked #10 of 24 Hotels in Varese
Certificate of Excellence
Geneva, Switzerland
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dog-friendly hotel and restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I fully agree with vladimir21k's extensive review.
We stayed for 3 nights and were traveling with our dog. The room was very spacious and had a balcony. No extra fee was added for the animal. It was welcome at the restaurant and always given a bowl of water.
We had all our meals at the hotel's restaurant; the cuisine was excellent, typical of Bologna and the bill was always rounded down, i.e. we paid e.g. EUR 50 when the total of the food and drink added up to EUR 58. I had never seen this before in my life. Service was fast and friendly, even when the restaurant was jam packed. I fully recommend both the hotel and the restaurant (provided you like Italian cuisine).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Varese, Italy
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362 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you like traditional Emilia-Romagna cuisine, don't miss this place, located in Varese city center. Make sure you book it time in advance, they're usually always fully booked, and the reason is quite clear: quantity and quality is very good, price is absolutely acceptable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank GLSI
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I didn't really expect much when I came here with my family in mid-september of this year. This is a 3 star hotel, and I was just looking forward to a average hotel where I could spend the night and go about my sight-seeing. The Albergo Bologna turned out to be the highlight of my trip! .

We had booked two rooms on ebooking.com, and when we got there we had no trouble checking in. The staff doesn't speak English at all, but they were very helpful and the receptionist took his time to show us to our reserved parking spot in the hotel's courtyard. The parking area was spacious and secure. I stayed in what I think was room 307 (don't take my word for it), a nice room equipped with a TV (didn't work, didn't matter), AC, and a rather poorly stocked mini bar, which i was later to find out was completely irrelevant (I'll get to it later). The room was very clean. The bathroom was perfect, extremely clean, and came with a hair dryer.

At first glance, nothing special, but it was the little things that made my experience very enjoyable. The bathroom had complementary bars of soap (as expected), shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and even one of those little sponges for shoe-shining. Housekeeping would replace these items with fresh stock every single day. Housekeeping made sure the rooms were spotless and it felt like I had just checked in every time I came back from exploring the city.

Breakfast was free of charge, and the food was amazing. A home-made buffet breakfast was made ready each morning by the hotel's own veechia signora, with whom my mother would later exchange recipes. The capuccino was the best i had in Italy, each morning I would have a cup at breakfast and have a second cup on the small balcony in my room overlooking the street.

My impression was that this was primarily a restaurant, and since it was always packed we assumed that the food was great. We had dinner one night, and we wanted to eat outside but since there were no tables left the waiters picked one out of storage and planted it directly on the pedestrian zone street in front of the hotel, and the atmosphere was delightful. Apart from the dinner being exquisite, our hosts served us complementary champagne and spirits after our meal.

The location is phenomenal as it is right at the beginning of Varese's pedestrian zone. The hotel also has free wifi for it's guests and you must ask for a username and password at the front desk, but it is no fuss at all.

All in all, very clean, very quiet, great staff in a very familiar setting. I felt as if I was a guest at somebodies house rather than staying in a hotel! If you are ever in Varese, this should be your first choice pick.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Basel, Switzerland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I lived in Varese for 5 years and go back a few times every year. I always stay at the Albergo Bologna and have dinner in their restaurant. It is the high point of the trip. The food and athmosphere is really brilliant and it has got to be among the very best restaurants in Varese. The Hotel rooms are clean, no fuss and basic and offer great value for money. jim.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jimmi_10
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Albergo Bologna provides delicious, unpretentious food in a friendly, lively atmosphere. Hotel not the main business but the rooms are comfortable and large. A bit noisy because of bar and road below.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank teach-9317
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Wiltshire
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123 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

I have stayed at this hotel 10-12 times over the past decade but this was my first visit for about 4 years. I discovered it when it was recommended by colleagues when I had to work in Varese and can pay no bigger compliment than to say I have returned 6 times with my wife and friends at our own expense, it has never disappointed. It is a true northern Italian experience.
As others have noted, the rooms are spacious and well equipped with nice, modern bathrooms. However what really sets it apart from the others are the fantastic restaurant which specialises in wonderful and plentiful Lombardian cuisine and the staff. The owner is the finest host I have ever encountered; I am sure he remembered us (if not he behaved as if he did) and nothing is too much trouble - even things you do not know you want are provided. We were here on New Year's Eve when the celebration meal alone was an event worthy of a report (though vegetarians might struggle).
This hotel is also fantastic value for money, it is the only place I have ever stayed where I wish the bill was larger!
There are prettier towns in Italy than Varese and it does not get many tourists, but it is very well placed for lakes Como and Maggiore and a climb up Sacro Monte, just outside the town, is very worthwhile. However, if nothing else attracts you, I still recommend Varese for this hotel/restaurant alone.

  • Liked — The hospitality
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Lancs
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2008

We stayed on a Sunday night, on our way back to Milan airport (about 1hr away), and having read excellent reviews about the restaurant, booked half-board. We were not disappointed!

The rooms (we had 2 rooms, as we are a family of 4) were spacious and clean, with lovely bathrooms. The air conditioning was very welcome. Our dinner was superb, with lots of local dishes, and the restaurant was packed, mostly with locals - business men, families, couples - it was a lovely mixture. It was also great value for money - 140 Euros/night/room half-board.

As we had a car, an added bonus was that the car park (with electronically-controlled gate) was very handy. The one-way system in Varese was complicated, but there were signs to the hotel from several streets away - at least it wasn't as bad as driving round Bologna.

It was a lovely end to our holiday.

  • Liked — Great restaurant, good atmosphere, clean, spacious bedrooms
  • Disliked — Some rooms face onto a busy street - could get noisy at times
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank SJHLancs
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Property: Albergo Ristorante Bologna
Address: Via Giuseppe Broggi 7, 21100 Varese, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Varese > Varese
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 24 Hotels in Varese
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Ristorante Bologna 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel is located in the historic center of Varese, is part of an antique monastic complex of 1550, called convento S. Antonio. The management during the last 60 years was made from family Lorenzini which take care of creating a family atmosphere. ... more   less 
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