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“Very nice hotel with nice extras and extremely helpful staff”

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Espressohotel Bologna Centrale
Ranked #70 of 103 Hotels in Bologna
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“Very nice hotel with nice extras and extremely helpful staff”
Reviewed 26 August 2011

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!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

It is a good place to stand, very near to the Central Station, 15 minutes from the city centre walking. The rooms are a little small, but the breakfast buffet excellent.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

First impressions were not good as it was on a busy road and hidden behind concrete pillars but our enjoyable experience started as soon as we entered. the reception area was very attractive and the staff were very polite and helpful, they all had a basic understanding of english which was very useful.
All our rooms were on the front of the building which could be noisy at night but because of the very good air-con the windows could be kept shut. The rooms were on the small side but very well presented and equipped.Unusually the first 4 drinks that were in the mini bar are free and you only pay if you ask for the bar to be refilled..nice one! Only criticism was that the english speaking channels on the tv were very limited and usually you ended up watching italian or french tv just to get some choice.
Breakfast is very good with a large selection from the various buffet bars, you can have cereals, lots of fruit, yoghurt, cakes,real bread and there is even some scrambled egg and bacon as well ! The restaraunt menu in the evening is of good quality and very good value and is well worth a visit, make sure you book as it can get busy as the locals have discovered it and was full most of the time we were there.
The hotels position is excellent, 5 mins walk from the railway station(and airport shuttle bus) the bus station is opposite and the city centre is an easy 15 mins walk through the shopping centre and magnificent architecture of bologna.
Would thoroughly recommend the hotel to business and family users as it represents good value and very good standards....we loved it !

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

Stayed here for the second time and like the location very close to the railway and bus stations; airport bus stops at railway stations and for appointments or visit fair grounds/convention center local bused can be used. Nice room with modern bath room, free internet; city cemter at 10 minute walk. Outside hotel not very attractive. Restaurant is not operated by hotel and offers very limited choice/ Breakfast to Italian standards OK.
Staff very helpful and good English.
Street noise in rooms at front side hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

It's conveniently located, just steps away from the central station in Bologna. Spartan exterior with modern interior design, good shower room and very comfortable bed. No-nonsense service. Parking is €15 a day and internet is free. Plenty of business travelers but also ok for families. Would stay again!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

This hotel was really excellent value for money. It had a new, stylish and up to date feel about it (see phone pics). The bathroom was well equipped and the wi-fi was free. The bed was comfortable and the staff were helpful and likeable. Also, the minibar contents (four soft drinks) were free!

On the down side, the breakfast wasn’t particularly great and the location means a 15 minute walk to the centre of Bologna. However, overall, we’d definitely recommend this place, especially if you’re looking for outstanding value.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2011

just perfect from price to service, breakfast, clean excellent! and very close to the train station!
ok no room service but the restaurant inside the hotel has gourmet food and excellent prices!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Espressohotel Bologna Centrale

Property: Espressohotel Bologna Centrale
Address: Viale Angelo Masini 4/3, 40126 Bologna, Italy (Formerly 4 Viale Masini Hotel Design)
Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#38 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Espressohotel Bologna Centrale 4*
Number of rooms: 82
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