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“Beauty and elegance on the hills of Romagna”

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Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Varignana
Certificate of Excellence
Barzago, Italy
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50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Beauty and elegance on the hills of Romagna”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

I spent three days in this nice resort about half an hour drive from Bologna on the occasion of a company meeting. The location is amazing, and the place is definitely elegant. I had the chance to try the gourmet restaurant: great food and good selection of wines. On the contrary the breakfast is rather poor. The swimming pool is nice but opening hours should be extended both in the morning and in the night. The rooms are very quiet and well equipped, and the wi-fi connection worked perfectly. Staff is friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend it for a few days of relax in a great countryside setting, or for meetings or for a great party.

Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Palazzo di Varignana and that you appreciated the location as well as the Resort’s design and services. Our opening hours of the swimming pool are 09:00 am until 08:00pm, as afterwards we serve dinner on the terrace. Thank you for your helpful feedback regarding our breakfast, we are working on improving our breakfast standard and we are sure during your next stay you will appreciate our efforts. We hope to welcoming you soon again as our guest for a relaxing stay where you can enjoy the picaresque landscape with a panoramic walk or via the various outdoor activities like Nordic Walking, biking or our outdoor wellness trail.
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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

On top of Hill in Reggio Emilia, breathtaking view, a pleasure for the eyes. The hotel rooms are spacious and very clean; Bed and pillows comfortable; SPA is just what you need after a day of tracking, biking or motor biking

Room Tip: Rooms are beautiful but if you can choose a room with its own garden it would be more romantic
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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, Public Relations Manager at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Dear Gino,

Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we really appreciate hearing that you had a nice stay and that you were satisfied with our hotel services. We hope to welcoming you soon again as our guest for another relaxing break in the hills over Varignana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We have just spent a lovely week at this hotel, friendly staff at all levels who do everything to make your stay enjoyable. It is a new hotel set in the most beautiful scenery our room was spacious & clean with a balcony to enjoy the view & the coffee from your own machine. I would recommend a a car if staying here longer as it's off the beaten track & although the hotel does have transport you can use which is cheaper than a taxi it's nicer to be more flexible. Although the hotel wasn't to busy with guests in our week I would agree with the reviewer that said they seem to cater for a lot of corporate functions that are going on around you while having a meal as they don't seem to cordon off specific areas which is not ideal. Breakfast is good with plenty of choice & the food in the restaurant was very nice although we were told that would be closing for two months as most people want to eat outside during the main summer not sure how that works when the menu at the pool bar is limited. We had a couple of treatments in the spa during our stay both very enjoyable & the staff again very pleasant. We would defiantly be happy to stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 201 lovely views but close to reception & you can see the pool to check out how busy it is...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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, Public Relations Manager at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Palazzo di Varignana. Your are right that we are somehow off the beaten track which is our gift for those who are aiming a relaxing stay in 30 hectares of private park with various activities like Nordic Walking, biking, outdoor wellness trail and culinary delights. We are only 19 km from Bologna downtown and attached to Castel San Pietro with a Golf Club or a shopping outlet - we do offer a shuttle service on request but it is surely easier to get around for those who travel by car as one is more flexible. Regarding your concerns about our corporate functions: we are aware that is not ideal to cater both, leisure guests and functions within the same space, but we are working on that. Soon our covered terrace at the pool side, with pull-out glass walls, will be available as an exclusive spot for our leisure guests, with the most beautiful view of the Resort.

We hope to welcoming you soon again as our guest for another relaxing break in the hills over Varignana
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Crans-Montana, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a three day stay at this beautiful hotel.
The Manager, and all the staff couldn't have been more helpful, whether it was booking a treatment or getting recommendations on where to visit.
We were made to feel special the moment we arrived . The rooms are modern, clean and extremely comfortable. We were given a room with spectacular views that looked like a picture postcard.
The swimming pool area is lovely as are the grounds.
We can highly recommend this hotel but you must be someone that likes being off the beaten track, having a car helps although the hotel has transport that will take you anywhere you would like to go.
We would definitely go back.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Liz S
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, Public Relations Manager at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Dear Liz,

Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we really appreciate to hear that you had a nice stay and that you were satisfied with our service as well as the hotel facilities.

Your are right that we are off the beaten track, but this is the reason why we can offer you a relaxing stay in 30 hectares of private park with various activities like Nordic Walking, biking, outdoor wellness trail and much more. We are only 19 km from Bologna downtown and attached to Castel San Pietro with a Golf Club or a shopping Outlet. It is surely easier to get around for those who travel by car but in alternative, we offer a hotel shuttle service on request.

In the hope of welcoming you again soon, we wish you a lovely rest of the day
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

This is a lovely new hotel. The rooms are nice, spacious enough (we have an infant with us) and clean. The restaurant staff are very friendly and accommodating with the baby.
That is where the good things end.
When we first arrived we asked about a shop, we were told it was a 10 minute drive away, as we hadn't rented a car they offered to drop us off and we could get a taxi back - great, not a problem. Until we try to get a taxi only to be informed by the locals that there are no taxis. We were stuck, with the baby for over half an hour before we managed to find someone who knew a taxi driver and was thankfully able to get him.
This is a hotel that does conferences and functions and that is their main priority. We went for dinner one evening, there was a function on at the gourmet restaurant so we went to the pool bar and low and behold there was a function on there as well. When we first arrived we were told the restaurant was fully booked and there was no room for us. Then, after expressing out displeasure, we were informed that of course there was a table for us - when everyone from the function left.
The next night we booked the gourmet restaurant at lunchtime for a table at 8.30. We got a phone call at 8 saying the gourmet restaurant was closed and we would have to go to the pool bar for a pizza. Disappointing. So we went to the pool bar only to be informed the pizza oven was not being used that night. I went to the reception to complain and as I was waiting the receptionist was telling a person who was checking in that he would have to eat in the pool bar and that he could have pizza - the right hand has basically no idea what the left hand is doing.
When we finally got to go to the gourmet restaurant as there were no functions on that night the food, wine and service were very good.
The menu at the pool bar is limited, we have lunch there and as you often can't get into the gourmet restaurant most days if you have to have dinner there as well it gets very boring very quickly.
The spa - it was raining so we thought we'd give it a go. We each had a massage (at different times) and who should be the therapist - the life guard from the pool!!! As he spends part of the day picking up sun beds etc he had hands like sandpaper. This is meant to be a spa hotel, fair enough if they weren't trying to push it as one but they are and you end up getting a rub down from the pool guy!
And the final issue happened today. We thought we'd go in to bologna for a look around. When we came back the door from the bedroom into the garden was open and the second key had been taken from the electricity unit. I went and complained to reception. An hour later I hadn't heard back from them so I went to see what was going on and the receptionist said that the maid had left the door open and taken the key. I just hope that he is right as I don't fancy someone letting themselves in either when we are here or not.
The reception staff just don't seem bothered, there are no apologies, there was no phone call to let me know what the position was.
We are here for another two days.
If we could get flights back now we would.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you so much for your helpful feedback, that we surely consider to improve.
Regarding your observations about our corporate functions: we are aware that is not ideal to cater both, leisure guests and functions within the same space, but we are working on that. Soon our covered terrace at the pool side, with pull-out glass walls, will be available as an exclusive spot for our leisure guests, where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the Resort. We are sorry that the Gourmet Restaurant was often occupied during your stay with us, we are also working on creating separate spaces here.
We hope to welcoming you back again as our guest where it will be our pleasure to offer you a complimentary SPA treatment with our qualified therapists
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

This is the 3rd time we have stayed at Palazzo Varignana Resort, and it just keeps getting better. This is clearly a "5 Star" resort!! We stayed in the Junior Suite with a large patio overlooking olive trees in the valley. What a way to have your morning coffee. The new restaurant in the main Palace is outstanding, and the service is outstanding! Most unique menu we have ever seen in Italy, and completely 5 star. We did a Nordic Walking Class, followed by a 2 hour trek which was great, then off to a great lunch in the Spa restaurant, and pool & sauna after. What a great place!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Larry H
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Palazzo_Varigna, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Google Translation
Gentilissimo Larry,
come risposta alle sue fantastiche parole ci possiamo solo augurare di riaverla prestissimo nostro ospite
Per il suo prossimo soggiorno la invitiamo a visitare il ricchissimo programma di attività proposte ai nostri ospiti per il periodo di pasqua
Se le è piaciuto il Nordic Walking troverà il programma strepitoso e non potrà fare a meno di tornare
A presto
Public Relation Manager Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

The Bartels Family spent a wonderful week enjoying the hotel, spa (many pools) and environs. The staff went out of their way to make our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. What a wonderful location, with magnificent views, right at the doorstep of Bologna. Here you can mix business with pleasure and above all learning ....
We will be back.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Bartelsjc
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Palazzo_Varigna, Public Relations Manager at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Dear Bartels Family
We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated our SPA facilities and the beautify view over the Emilian territory. A special thank you to your compliments regarding our qualified staff, we are pleased that our enthusiasm to work in such a beautiful resort is being appreciated by our guests. We are happy to inform you that on our Facebook-page we inform our friends about our SPArty’s, our regularly celebrated party inside the SPA.
We are hoping to welcoming you again very soon
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Property: Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
Address: Via Ca' Masino 611/A, 40024 Varignana, Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
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Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Castel San Pietro Terme > Varignana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Varignana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA 4.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzo di Varignana is nestled in 30 hectares of private park, surrounded by the unique beauty of the Bolognese hills, only 19 km from Bologna. The Resort offers two restaurants, the Pool & Lounge Bar and Restaurant at the pool-side with a fantastic view over Bologna and the Gourmet Restaurant Il Palazzo, inside the historical villa. VarSana SPA, a spacious wellness center that will be soon enriched by a Fusion SPA zone with Hamman and an Asian Onsen (opening Fusion Spa April 2017) . In the summertime the Resort offers a total of 4 outdoor swimming pools and the possibility to practice sports using the Resort’s Wellness Trail or its new Tennis, Paddle and Squash fields. A Congress Center with natural light is connected to a two-level multifunctional events location. To complete this beautiful setting, 90 elegant rooms set in different buildings connected by underground corridors are creating an exclusive resort-village. A landscaped garden part of the important Italian network “Great Italian Gardens” with an exclusive 5-bredroom Villa, Villa Amagioia is directly attached to the Resort. ... more   less 
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