This historic Italian city is a major hub for travelers, which means there are lots of different hotels in Bologna to choose from. Most people tend to stay in the area in or around Piazza Maggiore, a lively square lined with cafes and striking architectural structures, including the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Some of the best hotels in this area include Art Hotel Commercianti and Al Cappello Rosso, or the more affordable B&B Piazza Grande.
The Quadrilatero is a compact district located around Via Clavature, to the east of Piazza Maggiore. It’s a great place to stroll through and explore the market stalls, little cafes and delicious gourmet delis. Albergo delle Drapperie is right in the heart of this district, while Albergo Garisenda is just a couple of streets away.
Travelers looking to stay in a more secluded, village-type area, should head to southwest Bologna, near Casalecchio di Reno, as you’ll be surrounded by charming streets and beautiful nature. Stay at Boutique Hotel Calzavecchio and you can walk to the nearby park (Parco Della Chiusa), where river Reno flows by.
Torri degli Asinelli and Torri Garisenda are two of the most striking symbols of Bologna, located at the end of Via Rizzoli. They are the tallest towers in the city, and you can climb Asinelli. Right nearby you’ll find a few hotels, including 051 Room & Breakfast and Albergo Garisenda.
If you need to stay close to the University of Bologna, there are a few places nearby that will easily allow you to walk to campus, such as Campus And Opera BB, Aemilia Hotel Bologna, and Dopa Hostel, which is the perfect place to meet like-minded young people.
Bologna is a heaven for foodies, with great restaurants scattered around the city. There’s a higher concentration of eateries between the Basilica di San Petronio and the Quadrilatero district, but if you want some great local food head to Via Cartoleria, home to Drogheria della Rosa and Sette Tavoli. For maximum proximity, stay at Affittacamere Cartoleria or B&B Farini 26.
What is the best area to go out at night?
The bars under the arches of Piazza Santo Stefano are great for a drink after dinner, and you can stay at Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta and stroll through those charming streets. Party lovers can head to Via Zamboni, near the university, where there are tons of bars and pubs to choose from. Best Western Hotel San Donato is conveniently located between Via Zamboni and the famous Le Due Torri.
Are there hotels close to the airport?
If you’re arriving on a late flight or departing on an early one and need to stay as close to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport as possible, there are a few options: Flyon Hotel, Hotel Emi, or even the more affordable Hotel Brianza.
What are the closest hotels to the train station?
Many travelers visiting Bologna also take trips to other nearby cities in Italy, with train an ideal way to move between cities. If you want to stay close to the train station, as well as to other attractions such as the MAMbo (Modern Art Museum), there are lots of options, including Mercure Bologna Centro, Starhotels Excelsior, or Unahotels Bologna Centro, among others.