I recently spent one night at Starhotels Excelsior in Bologna and I come away having mostly positive comments about this property. I arrived by automobile and quickly found the hotel's parking garage, which you first must navigate through two narrow marble/concrete columns. The flow of traffic into the garage is bi-directional, though there is no room for two cars to pass each other. Once I got my car situated, I easily found an entrance into the hotel lobby from the parking area.
Starhotels Excelsior is an older hotel and its age is apparent by looking at the exterior. The main train station in Bologna is located directly across the street from the hotel, so it is an ideal location for transient visitors arriving by rail. The interior has been totally refurbished and everything appeared to be relatively new and very clean. I was checked in by Sabrina in the reception area and she provided a warm welcome and very professional services. I was even found on the Starhotels database from a previous stay at their property in Trieste, Italy.
The lobby was quite busy with several meetings and conferences being held in the hotel. There were plenty of places to sit and watch the activity and I particularly enjoyed the massive windows open to the sidewalk outdoors. A bank of four elevators effectively functioned and there was no time lost waiting for an elevator to become available.
My room was small, though nicely furnished with dark wood furniture. The bed mattress was very comfortable, as were the linens, pillows and blankets. The writing desk had only two available electric outlets to charge my electronics and I ended up using another outlet located in the bathroom. The wardrobe was fitted with an interior light that I found to be a nice touch. A large flat screen television featured countless channels in many international languages. I didn't hear and street noise from my second floor room; however hallway noise was disruptive at times. A complimentary coffee and tea tray was also available in the room.
The mostly marble bathroom was clean and furnished with modern plumbing fixtures. The entrance into the shower stall was extremely narrow and people with a few extra pounds will find it very difficult to enter the shower, as I did. The bath and hand towels were large and of good quality. All the amenities you would expect to find in a hotel of this class were available in the bathroom.
I didn't eat in the hotel's restaurant; however I did stop for a cocktail during the advertised Happy Hour. The bar is well stocked, however the young bartender didn't know how to make the basic cocktails. He made my Vodka Martini on the rocks, with a splash of sparkling water. It was terrible and should have been served up in a Martini glass with a twist of lemon peel, not a slice of lemon. The young man explained that he is just learning to make drinks and added that there are a total of 50 cocktails on their menu. The Happy Hour buffet was well stocked and for 8 euro a drink, you have access to the buffet. Not bad.
Breakfast was crowded and it was difficult for me to find a place to sit. Eventually a table opened. There was a good selection of breakfast items and the waiter staff was attentive in obtaining coffee or tea orders.
All in all, I enjoyed my stay at Starhotels Excelsior and I would return here on future visits to Bologna. I recommend this property to the TripAdvisor community.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Starhotels Excelsior in Bologna. In this beautiful ancient University city, our contemporary chic hotel is considered to be one of the best. The location opposite the railway station is conveniently close to the Fiera as well as the historical heart. Our Italian style is an alluring combination of clean, fresh interiors throughout the lobby, library and restaurant, and cosy traditional bedrooms.In our city centre Bologna hotel there are 193 rooms and suites; a well-equipped fitness room; lounge and bar for relaxing, Avorio restaurant serving traditional Bolognese food; and five meeting rooms seating up to 380 delegates in total. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Starhotels Excelsior Hotel Bologna
- Starhotels Hotel Bologna