Astoria Hotel Bologna
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Nach der ruhigen Zugfahrt pünktlich in Bologna Centrale angekommen, kann ich das Zimmer im Hotel Astoria bereits um 6:00 Uhr beziehen. Dementsprechend früh startet die Stadterkundung. Das erste Ziel ist die Fontana Del Nettuno, weiter geht es über die noch ziemlich leere Piazza Maggiore und die dahinter liegenden engen Gassen mit den …
The flight into Bologna was about 20 minutes in total. The little plane charged up it's engines and it seemed as if we were shot out of a sling shot almost straight up and then leveled off long enough to consume a quick drink and it was time to dive onto the airport tarmac for a screeching landing.
Just in case anyone is wondering why the …
... leaning towers. I shouldn't trust an Italian for foundation works after seeing these and re Pisa! Had dinner of apparent local favourite, Tortoloni, filled pasta (the shape of which was apparently inspired by the 'Navel of Venus' - happily there was no fluff in it!) along with a bottle of Sangiovese. Bought a bottle of Sangiovese to bring home, and taxied back to the hotel. Today 60. Total miles ...
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A relaxing and enjoyable breakfast was had
in the hotel restaurant, breads and pastries like that you do not see in buffet
breakfasts at home, a couple of coffees to kickstart the day went down nicely.
Now I am waiting to be collected before
heading to Catollica…
... was left over from dinner. Then headed into the pub at the campsite to have a bit of a groove. Nicole, Kelly and I shared a bucked cocktail, they free pour here so this is a sign of where the night was heading. Gemma and Ella partied with the three of us and Gemma insisted on vodka shots, none of us remembered this until we flicked trough the photos of the nights events. Had a ...
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At first the approach to this hotel is a little frightening. It is located down an alley surrounded by five story apartment buildings (typical architecture for Italy) and the rear views of a number of store fronts. If you turn your back to the surrounding area and just look at the front entrance you will not notice how run-down the surrounding area is. The lobby of the hotel is very clean and attractive. The front desk reminds me of something out of a Clark Gable movie as do the room keys. As you leave your room you drop your key at the front desk because it has a large brass fob attached to it. You never lock yourself out of your room as it takes the key to lock the door.
The rooms are small but have everything you need to make yourself more than comfortable. The beds are a medium comfort level neither hard nor too soft. two pillows come per person along with an extra blanket so you don't need to ask for them. We had room 204 and had no complaints. Breakfast is limited to cold cereal, cold cuts, cheese, bread, cakes, juice, and coffee/tea. Enough to fill the void but not your typical hot breakfast.
The hotel is located in amongst the local people of the area. They are hard working with a very strong work ethic and tight connection with family.
Around the hotel are many great places to eat at under 5.00 euro's. If you want a traditional Bologna meal with delicious food and a place that treats you like royalty, may I suggest Papa Rae's. The meals run from about 30 Euro's per person but this includes all the courses and 2 glasses of fine wine.
I found that while traveling with my daughter it was great to be able to have a way for us to stay connected. during Carnival the crowds can get thick and it is easy to get separated in Venice. WIND, located across the square from Papa Rae's Restaurant sold us unlocked phones completely set-up with 159 minutes on each including the phone for 29 Euro's per phone. all that was required was photo I.D.
If you are looking for a grocery store try Pam's. it is a 2 minute walk from the hotel and they carry everything.
Things to see include the University of Bologna and the towers. Taxi's are really cheap so don't hesitate to take one when the feet start to hurt. Have fun on your trip! Liz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.