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“Just as we'd hoped”
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Art Hotel Orologio
Ranked #9 of 103 Hotels in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Just as we'd hoped”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband and i were looking for a romantic place to stay in Italy for a short break.We'd researched this hotel on Tripadvisor before visiting Bologna, and were not disappointed...it was just as we'd hoped. We were met at reception by cheerful, friendly staff and were promptly given our room key despite being 2 hours early.
The hotel is well maintained and clean. We had a fourth floor double room overlooking the square, which was quite noisy at night, but not enough to disturb us or deter us from sleeping, especially after all the trekking we'd done! It was immaculately clean with pristine white cotton sheets and a gold embroidered theme in the curtains and matching wallpaper. There was a slight sense of opulence in the decor, marble in the bathroom and lovely white fluffy towels fresh each day.
The breakfast was exactly as photographed by a previous reviewer, a sumptuous variety of fresh fruits, pastries, cheeses, ham etc and the alternative of cereals and yoghurt or something cooked on request. The staff at breakfast were brilliant, polite and helpful but discreet, especially appreciated by someone like me who needs a couple of coffee's before getting into chatty mode!
This is one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
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Grazie! Siamo davvero felici di essere stati all'altezza delle sue aspettative. Un ringraziamento anche da parte dello Staff per i bellissimi complimenti che ha scritto.
Tornate presto a trovarci!
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Lisbon, Portugal
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41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We have stayed in Orologio for just one night, at the end of July 2014. Location could not be best. Hotel facilities are excellent. We got a room facing Piazza Maggiore! Staff was friendly and very efficient - namely making their best to held us solve a luggage problem.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are certainly the best.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
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Siamo davvero felici che abbia gradito il soggiorno presso il nostro hotel. Effettivamente un albergo più vicino a Piazza Maggiore dell'Art Hotel Orologio non c'è! Grazie anche per i complimenti fatti al personale. A presto!
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Paris, France
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62 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Bologna, my favourite city on Earth? The Orologia - it is the best location in Bologna!

Bologna has a palace hotel, which is fantastic but very expensive. However, that palace hotel - is on a fairly mediocre location! ("Next to the H&M" on the large shopping street.)

The Orologia is perfect, it's right on the square, right at the fountain of neptune, etc.

Manuel, the main desk manager is fantastically knowledgeable, kind, and charming. The staff are great, breakfast is good. Everything is spotless. Beds are comfortable. The building is solidly built and of quality. The A/C seems good.

Consider -- I think it's better to get the SUITES at the Orologio, rather than a "cheap" room at a palace hotel. For me the Orologio is one of those great hotels, where, the suites are really terrific value. You could say, the normal rooms are "great" value (you're in the best location in the coolest city in Europe), but the suites are "incredible" value (you're in the best location in the coolest city in Europe, and it's a lovely, bigger, glamorous room).

If you're driving! Incredibly, they have (indoors, totally secure) parking. What you do: (0) look on google street view to orient yourself if it's your first time (1) go right ahead and drive right in to the central pedestrian area of bologna (2) park immediately in front of the hotel (by the brass statues of people) (3) take in your bags etc. (4) one of the staff will drive around to the side of the hotel with you (just past a cafe) and unlock etc the garage for you - it's terribly charming. there's limited car spaces so book a car space.

It's basically your dream, relatively inexpensive, established charming city hotel in Europe - fantastic.

Thank you so much, Manuel and Hotel Orologio !!!

Room Tip: The suites are worth the small extra price, they're great.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
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Grazie per la bellissima recensione che ha scritto sul nostro Art Hotel Orologio. Siamo molto orgogliosi che abbia trovato l'hotel immacolato, di qualità e in una posizione perfetta. Grazie di cuore anche per i complimenti fatti al nostro Staff e a Manuel. Torni presto a trovarci!
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I booked into the Orologio at short notice, having chosen it mainly for its location a stone's throw from Bologna's main square. The hotel does not look much from the outside and the communal areas are no more than adequate but our bedroom was comfortable and the marble bathroom very attractive. The staff are extremely helpful and charming and go out of their way to assist. There is a breakfast room but no restaurant - and the breakfast was excellent. We would certainly stay here again

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
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Grazie per la sua recensione, siamo contenti che abbia trovato il soggiorno nel nostro hotel di suo gradimento e che ci tornerete a trovare! Vi aspettiamo, a presto!
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Enjoyed my stay at this small and friendly hotel. Staff was friendly and ensured that my stay was enjoyable. Room was small but very comfortable. Loved the breakfast spread! Great location in the heart of Bologna.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
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La ringraziamo per il suo bellissimo commento. Siamo felici che abbia apprezzato la nostra prima colazione a buffet e la cortesia dello staff. Un saluto dal cuore di Bologna!
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Orologio at the end of February. Our room was charming, had an absolutely beautiful bathroom (with a window!). The bedroom window opened onto the side street, not the little public square, so it was quiet at night even though I always leave the window open a bit. The staff was friendly, breakfast great... and the location absolutely perfect for walking around the historic center of Bologna. We can't wait to stay again... and we hope we can get the same room!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
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Grazie per la bellissima recensione! Certamente, quando tornerete faremo in modo di offrirvi nuovamente la camera in cui avete soggiornato se lo specificate alla Reception al momento della prenotazione. Siamo molto orgogliosi del titolo che avete dato alla vostra recensione: "Ora il nostro nuovo hotel preferito in Italia" ... Un saluto da Piazza Maggiore!
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McLean, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

My wife and I lived in Italy and Sicily for five and a half years but that was a long time ago and we always wanted to return for a visit. We had the opportunity to return in May 2014 with our friends and wanted to show them something special. I contacted my friend Sybil Haynes of Dolce Vita Adventures (http://www.dolcevitaadventures.com) and she was able to arrange the accommodations for us at the hotel

From our check-in on the first day of our stay to our final check-out, the hotel staff went out of their way to ensure that we would always remember our visit. We had a 7 am tour departure the day after our arrival and the staff provided us with a full buffet breakfast prior to our departure. The breakfast was normally served at 7:00 am but they cheerfully honored our request.

The rooms were clean and comfortable.

We would not hesitate to book the hotel for future visits

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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IlariaArtHotels, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Art Hotel Orologio, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
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Grazie per la bellissima Recensione che ha scritto sul nostro hotel e un ringraziamento anche al Sig. Sybil per averci consigliati! Torni presto a trovarci
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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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