Clean rooms with more than adequate facilities and very comfortable bedding . The best thing about this hotel is the outside terrace on which the excellent breakfasts can be taken - the selection of pastries is truly amazing !
A little way from the historic centre. Anyone saying they can walk it in 15 minutes must be related to Usain Bolt ! More like 25 minutes which is actually what they said at reception. But 100 metres away is the stop from which you can catch the 13 or 19 bus services which are frequent and get you to the historic centre in 5 minutes at a cost of 1.5 euro.
Now to Bologna itself. Good points. A wonderful choice of eateries often hidden down alleys or in delightful piazzas. Wonderful architecture at which point we start to arrive at the bad points. The city is almost ruined by mindless graffiti and flyposting. This is not "Banksy" style graffiti - this is vandals with a spray can. And what isn't covered in graffiti is covered in thousands upon thousands of fly posters . A crying shame.
But the worst thing about Bologna is the beggars. Not your, sitting down with a cap or a cup beggars but beggars who hassle you and follow you for maybe 100 yards constantly jostling you and refusing to stop. We were only there for 4 days and got accosted ( pushed and shoved by beggars ) usually mothers and daughters and I would guess of Eastern European origin as they didn't seem like native Italians. So if you do go to Bologna expect to have your quiet stroll rudely and unpleasantly interrupted.
I've previously been to Milan, Sorrento, and Rimini and never had these problems and unless the Mayor of Bologna does something about the aggressive beggars , I for one won't be returning any time soon.
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- The Suite Hotel is a DESIGN hotel, offering a rich international breakfast with Italian coffee . The hotel is located near the walls of the OLD TOWN 15 minutes walk from Maggiore's SQUARE/CATHEDRAL and just 10 minutes by car/bus from FAIR , STATION, and AIRPORT "Guglielmo Marconi". Nearby you can reach in just 5 minutes walk MAGGIORE HOSPITAL and the FOOTBALL-STADIUM of Bologna. ... more less
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