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We arrived in bologna Friday morning at around 9:30am. Everyone was pretty exhausted at this point in the trip and kind of just wanted to be back in Rome. Bologna is famous for their colonnades that run along the main streets in the city. We focused primarily on Piazza Maggiore, which again is the major piazza in Bologna. There are two towers in Bologna close to Piazza Maggiore and we were able to climb to the top of one of them, which was a lot of ...
... were Christmas lights all over the city, like in Florence. Marit and I ate at a restaurant that looked like it should have been out of price range but somehow wasn't, and I had sparkling RED wine for the first time, something I didn't know existed. The restaurant was practically empty except for us (another theme of our trip.)
After dinner we went into an old medieval church, and ended up staying for Mass. We'd both realized we ...
... I was so impressed! The audience on the other hand was dead. No energy, no excitement - and then there was me. A little chick in the front freaking out, singing and dancing. I wasn't that obnoxious guy in the crowd by any means just giving a little well deserved love back to the performers. This was the last night of their European tour. So you could see they put everything into it. ****in Bologna. The show really was incredible. I can't wait to see them in ...
... a picnic dinner at the statue of David
For dinner we got a picnic of pesto pasta, salad and wine and headed into the city to have dinner. We stopped off at the bridge and had some photos and enjoyed the lights sparkling on the water. We then headed to Davids square and had our picnic.This was really nice, the square was very quiet and peaceful. We had a look at the Statues in the old roman building next door and then headed back to the hostel.
Another thunderstorm last night, with heavy rain. No sign of it this morning. Packed up and walked to the garage to load up the car for the last time for two weeks.
Found out from the front desk that the hotel had served as the German HQs during the war. They didn't know if the Americans took over after the Germans high-tailed it out of there.
Great start out of Udine. Oh, Ken, we asked about the piazza where your family plaque might be. They knew the family name, but ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Art Hotel Orologio Bologna
Quaint and elegant Hotel Orologio
My husband and I spent 4 days at Hotel Orologio in June 2005 and hated to leave. From the friendly and kind front desk welcome and help we received from Erica and Luca to the immaculate spacious room and bath, speedy reasonable laundry service, and beautiful and tranquil breakfast room where we started each morning with various and generous choices of fruit, cheese, breads, coffee--American and Italian, we felt pampered. Hotel Orologio was exactly what we hoped for--an elegant European hotel in the heart of everything. We walked everywhere to historic sites, restaurants, even the train station. We recommend Bologna and Hotel Orologio to our friends and look forward to our return.
Just got back from a two night stay at this lovely hotel.Positioned just off St Marks Square, easy to find.Large bright modern rooms.Booked a juinor suite for 2 adults and 2 children, which turned out to have two ensuites and dressing areas as well as a bedroom and sitting room with bed settee and a kitchenette/dining area area.Staff on reception helpful.Only drawback is you have to make your own breakfast in room but they provide pre packed croissants,crackers,biscuits,yoghurts,juices,cheese,pate. Shop around for a good price try Venere.
What a find!
My husband and I stayed in the hotel Orologio for 3 nights and I must say it was an absolute find and really contributed to our enjoyment of this delightful city. The location of the hotel is perfect for exploring the city, smack bang next to Piazza Magiore (but we never heard noise from the piazza and the clock does not sound at night). I was a little concerned before arrival that it might be a dingy little hotel but was so delighted to find spacious, clean and well decorated rooms and immaculate bathrooms. The feel of the hotel is very intimate with only 45 rooms and the staff are very friendly and helpful and speak excellent English. I have already recommended this hotel to many of my friends and family with confidence that they will love it as much as we did.
Best location - hidden gem
We spent our days after Christmas in Bologna. Orologio is very well run. The suite we were in was extremely clean. The staff was very very helpful. The location superb, right in the middle of everything. I would strongly recommend it.
For some reason, Bologna hotels seem to be fiercely expensive the days I wanted to be there - the Jolly was going to charge me Eu299 for a single, so I did a bit of checking and this seemed nice from the reviews. I was very pleasantly surprised - paid around half the Jolly rate and got a lovely room in a quiet backstreet. This is extremely central, great for tourists, for those who want to get right into the heart of Bologna. It has a couple of sister hotels, but this is the cheapest of the four. Service was good, the room, though quite heavily wallpapered, was elegant and clean and recently decorated. There was also a bath, which I was very happy about. Breakfast was a feast - which countries do you get to eat home made cakes for breakfast?! and was served till a very reasonable eleven o'clock. I loved it and would definitely go back again.
wonderful experience - -
hotel location excellent, staff helpful and pleasant, the breakfast was great, highly recommend this hotel
A good, central location with views of the main square. Uninspiring flowery rooms and a rather unpleasant plastic bathroom, noisey from the outside frolics in the square, but very clean and well kept with a good breakfast. Rather pay more and try one of the other hotels in this Family's chain. This did not live up to the promise of the earlier reviews.
A beutiful little corner in Bologna.
When you book a room from a thumbnail photo thousands of miles away ... you never know what you'll find. What we found in Bologna was a beautiful little hotel that made our stay memorable and enjoyable. From the perfect location to the friendly people to the impeccable houskeeping ... this is the real deal. If your looking for old world charm this is the place. Not you cookie cutter, can be anywhere, huge chain hotel ... the Orologio is ... well, Italian with a capitl I!
Loved this hotel. I stayed there in March 2003. You couldn't get anything more central. The rooms are a good size and the hotel is well run. An excellent buffet breakfast. Also free internet available if you want to check news/sports. There is also a good choice of bars and restaurants nearby, the best reason for going to Bologna in the first place! I would go back anytime, it was wonderful there and worth every penny.