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“Bologna at it's best”
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Art Hotel Orologio
Ranked #10 of 104 Hotels in Bologna
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Sydney,
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“Bologna at it's best”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed in the hotel for 4 nights in January, we were met on arrival at the Hotel by friendly staff and were given a lovely room overlooking the Piazza. The room was a large room with windows opening onto the view which the Hotel is in a little side street very close by the main Piazza.The room was both comfortable and quiet with windows that shut out the noise from the Piazza. The bathroom was of a generous size with good quality bathroom soaps,shampoo etc.
The breakfast was one of the best we had in our 6 weeks in Europe, the breakfast room as is all the Hotel designed in true old fashioned Italian style.........which we adore. Beside the breakfast room there is a large sitting room that we often had a Prosecco each evening before heading out for dinner....very comfortable and a great start to the night. Bologna is the food mecca for Northern Italy so you can't miss not having a dining experience of sheer delight...Papperdelle alla Bolognese just to name one .....the Trattoria just around the corner from the hotel serves fabulous Italian dishes in true authentic Trattoria style, not expensive and great choices.
Shopping in Bologna was the very best in Italy ..better then Rome, Florence. The arcades are wonderful to walk along and such stunning architecture we walked every day for 5 hours along the arcades...........a joy. The Art Hotel Orologio is a wonderful comfortable hotel for your stay in Bologna.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grazie per la bellissima descrizione che ha scritto di Bologna, dei portici di cui andiamo molto orgogliosi e della nostra cucina. E la ringraziamo anche per i complimenti che ha fatto al nostro hotel!
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

just an adorable hotel in perfect location for Bologna -- we borrowed the pushbikes and enjoyed a spectacular day sigghtseeing. I loved the old fashioned decor and so close to the shopping precinct and some delicious restaurants just off the piazza. It was wonderful to find a breakfast with more than white rolls, sliced ham, cheese and a yoghurt-- here I enjoyed delicious fresh peaches and great cappucino.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grazie per la splendida recensione che ha scritto. Torni presto a trovarci, un saluto dal centro storico!
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here two nights and were very happy with the hotel. We were upgraded to a suite, which was a nice surprise. Clean, friendly, great breakfast. Bed and linens were very comfortable. The collection of antique clocks was a nice touch. It is steps from "the piazza" with Gianbologna's Neptune and fountain and walkable to all the sights. This was our first time in Bologna- a very beautiful city!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

All I stayed at the Orologio 4nights 21 nov. I stayed in room #54 which was a delux double very comfortable room looking out on the piazza maggiore. Nice tub and bathroom ,minibar to store cold drinks. I loved the central location. Some reviews have complained about the décor but it was just fine. breakfast the variety of fruit, rolls, ham/cheese etc good selection. Computer access very helpful too. I took 2 day trips to Ravenna, and Faenza and being within a 20 min walk to the station was good. staff helpful and I even used a bike they had.

Room Tip: choose a room that faces the piazza I had room #54 or a room in the back away from the elevator,
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

There isn't much to say negatively about Art Hotel Orologio. It is centrally located, the staff are competent and helpful, the breakfast is extensive although some items after a day or two seem a bit stale around the edges, and the rooms are comfortable. Okay, this place has no idea of what a pillow is supposed to look like, but we can accept all that. The place is clean, and the bathroom is fine. We were there in early September and the AC didn't exactly blow us away, but it was enough to cool us after a day of searching out the finest ragu in town. (Don't try. Bologna has good and super good restaurants. Just pick a name you like. You are not likely to be disappointed.) So what is the reservation? We had two unfortunate incidents; the first an understandable error and the second that challenged our faith in the quality and standing of this "Art" hotel.
In the first case we arrived at Hotel Orologio after 2 flights, a bus shuttle, a train ride and a taxi ride. We were greeted professionally and our bags were carried in. We were instructed to go to our rooms and our bags would be delivered in good time. There is a 1 1/2 floor climb to the elevator , and the staff was attempting to lighten our load, After a time our bags were delivered to our room. we paid little attention to the bags for some time, but when we decided to unpack, we discovered that the blue bag delivered to our room was not OUR blue bag. We were in a panic. At what point did we pick up the wrong bag? Quickly deciding that it could not have been our mistake, I picked up the bogus bag and ran downstairs to the lobby. There I found our blue bag, ready to be loaded to be moved out with the luggage of another guest who was moving on. I made the switch and all was well once again. No harm, no foul.
The second incident was more troubling. We were in our last full day before moving on to Tuscany. My wife decided to do some shopping and I decided to take that long comforting shower I felt I had earned. I took the shower, wrapped myself in a towel. and moved to the living area to dress. At that point I heard a key in the door and thought that my wife was returning, albeit a bit early from her shopping adventure. To my surprise it was a hotel employee, clipboard in hand, equally surprised to see me. He had assumed that we had both taken the opportunity to leave the room. He explained that he was there to check to see what we had used from the mini-bar. I indicated nothing, but that he was willing to check my honesty. He did, and then he left somewhat sheepishly after finding that we had not used anything form their mini-bar. I found this whole incident to be very tacky and quite unbecoming to what we assumed to be a place of high reputation and quality. We have travelled all over Italy in our four trips and we have never encountered such penny pinching, mistrust, and cowardly behavior. Once we were in Rome and on checkout I indicated what I had consumed from the mini-bar and the desk said something like, "We don't really care. it isn't important to us." It is important here at Hotel Orologio. So, if you don't mind someone sneaking into your room when they think you are not there just to check on the possible absence of one of their precious beverages, rather that trusting your honesty, this might just be the place for you. It isn't for us.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the art hotel Orologio for the fifth time in late October. It is a perfectly located and charming three star hotel. Lovely rooms but showers only in the bathrooms, excellent beds, excellent wi fi. Lovely staff. Fine breakfast. Beautiful antiques in the halls and public rooms. The hotel is just off the Piazza Maggiore and is right on all the great shopping streets of Bologna. Whether you are looking for women's clothing or parmigiano reggiano you won't have to carry your packages far. Lots of good restaurants in easy walking distance. A wonderful place to stay in this beautiful vibrant and historic city

Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Utrecht
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Bologna is a great place. It has all the history and charm of more famous rivals such as Verona or Florence, but without the package-tour crowds. You will find mostly locals even on the majestic Piazza Maggiore and the irresistible food stores peppering its side strees.
Just off this beautiful Piazza is the Orologio Hotel. A smallish place with just the right amount of old-world Audrey Hepburn charm. The rooms are nice without being overdone. Check out the adorably Italian breakfast area. Amazing value for such a location.

Room Tip: Having a room at the front means a little more noise, but this is more than compensated by views on...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Art Hotel Orologio
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 10, 40123 Bologna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
#11 Family Hotel in Bologna
#16 Business Hotel in Bologna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Art Hotel Orologio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just off Piazza Maggiore, right across from the antique Clock Tower from which the hotel gets its name, this Art Hotel represents the ideal stay for those who love atmospheric historical flavour without forgoing the comforts of a modern hotel. Hotel Orologio is a delightful and charming hotel with a view of the city’s most venerable landmarks: the Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo dei Notai all frame Piazza Maggiore, one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval piazzas. Our warm and welcoming tea room offers a moment of repose in the tranquil peace of a typical Bolognese palazzo. It central location provides the ideal starting point for sampling the events, museums, theatres, culture, and shopping that Bologna has to offer, all close at hand. ... more   less 
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