We arrived at the hotel relatively late at night and had a lot of trouble finding it. Was a name issue, we thought it would be signposted as "design hotel viale massini" but is actually signposted by the greater hotel group's name. After much confusion and actually considering that it might be located in the very seedy apartment building located next door we finally realized our mistake. Impressions of the immediate surroundings were very negative, as there is the central train station near the hotel, which is quite creepy at night. Not knowing the area well didn't help. Perhaps if we arrived during the day it wouldn't have been so bad. The
helpful gentleman at reception
assured us the area was safe and that the city centre was only a short walk away. We were sceptical and somewhat reluctantly proceeded to check in. The hotel itself was beautiful, living up to the "design" name, being very modern and bright. The rooms were also very modern and clean, although did show a few signs of wear. They seemed to think of a lot, in that some lights near the luggage bay were motion activated and a nice touch. They also had complimentary slippers, which weren't really needed as the room was carpet but were a nice touch! Free wifi was a great inclusion too, it's amazing how many hotels still charge you. Call me cheap but one thing that
impressed me immensely was the complimentary mini bar. Don't get too excited, no alcohol, however there were a few soft drinks, orange juice and mineral water. It may not seem like much but it is a very nice and thoughtful touch, especially since we arrived late and enjoyed the refreshment. It was nice to not have to pay exhorbitant mini bar prices for a sip of juice after a long journey and was much appreciated. It was also indeed a short walk to the center where we were lucky to get some dinner before all the restaurants closed, it is just unfortunate the first impression of the area that we had. Breakfast was included and was continental style. Upon check out we had the same fellow at reception and he was again very helpful in suggesting local attractions to check out. Overall I enjoyed this hotel very much, finding it very modern and considering of the needs of guests. Im glad we didn't let our first impressions of the area change our mind!
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Viale Masini Bologna