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Starhotels Excelsior
Ranked #26 of 102 Hotels in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Plans changed which required an overnight in Bologna. We booked last minute based on other TA members recommendations, the price and the location of the hotel. This hotel was a pleasant surprise. The room was big, spotless and well appointed. The bed was comfortable and the hotel felt secure. The room AC worked but didn't get the room cold. I did not call down to get service or a different room since I would only be in the room for a few hours and it was not especially hot. The location is great. When others say it is near the train station, it's true. It is literally right across the street. The street is busy but the rooms were quiet. It's an easy walk to loads of restaurants and the city center. If shopping is your thing there are hundreds of shops along the road to the older city center. ATMs are everywhere as well. If you just want a snack, slice of pizza, a coffee and don't want to eat in the hotel restaurant these are all available just steps from the main entrance to the hotel. We had to leave before the free breakfast in the morning to catch an early train so no comments on the breakfast.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Perfect location for the train station and walk to town centre. Room quiet but a little tired. Kettle with complimentary tea/coffee bags. Shower desgned by a madman with the intention of causing splashouts. Personnel in general not too cheerful. Breakfast with good variety but mediocre produce, sometimes plain poor (e.g. the fruit juices, the coffee). Functional, but at the pirce they charge, just average.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank thoughtfuldiner
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed here for one night between train trips. Wish we'd stayed much longer. Great location across from the central train station and just a few blocks from the gorgeous walk on Independence under the porticos into the center of town. The rooms were modern, large, quiet and lovely. Wifi worked great. Terrific breakfast buffet. Helpful front desk. Great value. Bologna is a great hub for trains to Venice, Florence, Modena, Tuscany,...

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank jmorgenthal
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We stayed here only one night, but thought it was a lovely comfortable hotel in a very central location opposite the train station. We arrived vey late but received a warm welcome. The bed was great and the breakfast was delicious. Only issue was the shower where the small splash panel (I think there should also have been a curtain) meant water was all over the floor. Would return to this hotel for sure if in Bologna again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Weebee07
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Very quiet. Very comfortable clean rooms. Very close to train station and walking distance from the old centre of Bologna. Very helpful and friendly staff. Great breakfast. A great experience staying here.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank MilSean
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Friendly personal (Tiberia, Francesco, Serafino, Manuela and a lot more), spacious room and very clean, we had a room facing away from the main street: heavenly quet, opposite the train station, modern business hoteel, breakfast very good, the price was very reasonable, the restaurant recommendation of "Il Veliero" just 5 min away was excellent as well: Thank you Tiberia. Our late check-out on the last day was an extra bonus. This - our 2nd stay at the hotel - was not the last one. Venice 1 h 25 min by train, Firenze 35 min, Verona 55 min... very practical holiday hub.

Room Tip: we preferred a quiet room facing away from the train station
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This hotel has a model chic lobby right and is literally across the road from Bologna Centrale. The rooms are not as modern though, but the beds were very comfortable, the linen crisp and white.

The bathroom had organic toiletries and there was enough for 2 people. There were tea making facilities in the bedroom which included herbal teas.

Breakfast in the morning was excellent. There was a range of breads and some hot food including scrambled eggs.

Overall, this is definetly a place to stay if for some reason you need to be close to the station. It is, however, within walking distance of the centre of Bologna, about 15 minutes.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank DaveMay09
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Address: Viale Pietro Pietramellara 51, 40121 Bologna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
#19 Business Hotel in Bologna
#25 Family Hotel in Bologna
Price Range: £81 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Starhotels Excelsior 4.5*
Number of rooms: 193
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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