Art Hotel Orologio
Travel Blogs from Bologna
... at the end of the 19th century, and even today, is considered a 'hotbed' of anarchism with several anarchist groups located openly in the city. Ooh err.
On their second day of freedom, the boys headed back up the A1 Autostrada to Modena, a wealthy city about 40km North West of Bologna and the centre of both the Italian ceramics industry, (Italian floor or wall tiles in your house? this is where they're from probably), and also where all the ...
... pleasant. No sign of earthquake damage. Lots of old buildings. Pleasant shops, laid back traffic and people on cycles. Loads of coffee bars and places to eat and lots of pedestrian only areas. Even found somewhere to park. Sat and had coffee outside municipal offices in main square and got caught up in wedding. Family of five foot midgets in posh becks high heel shoes. Limo parked on cobbled square. Interesting watching pigeon ...
... concerned as more and more trucks and cars converge.. Bertha plods along. Rocket Ron behind. Sooner or later truck decides to pull out into this mess without signalling in front of Bertha. Needless to say after three hours of this kind of driving, when I arrived in modena decided to stay for two nights until trucks are banned from roads for weekend..... Too much testosterone on Italian ...
... where the restaurant was located and did some window shopping admiring the exquisite Italian clothing and shoes until they returned to Piazza Maggiore where they sat in the outdoor cinema and enjoyed some Italian film history, then a late night gelato of Amalfi Limone.
Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. On one side is a hard-working, hi-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where suave opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres ...
... France for short. It keeps stalling, shutting itself off and generally playing up. It is underpowered and doesn't seem to have any torque, unusual for a diesel. My dreaded lurgy is back and I feel like you know what, but I wanted to see the Tuscan countryside so eventually we got going to Greve, which was a huge disappointment. We are in rural Tuscany, but Greve is supposed to be a tourist destination, but being a Sunday ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.