Astoria Hotel Bologna
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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 …
... with them... but a good one most of the time.
When we got to Bologna of course Zuzia could not park the car but Miguel just woke up from sleeping and did it. Yes we totally fulfill those stereotypes.
Sadly we missed the christmas-market, but we kept telling us it would not have been good anyway.
We also saw Gregory, the pope that invented our calender of today, very ...
... they are very pretty colored here). We then got some gelato but I tried Betty's and it wasn't good so I wasn't in the mood anymore. We wandered through a refurbished castle turned mall called Corte Isolani, and it luckily led right into Santo Stefani which was also spectacular - they have bits from the original floor and a pretty pulpit. Sara and I got giant chocolate frappes after that, at Cremeria Sette Chiesa which was delicious. Betty had a praline gelato which she said ...
... times on this trip that it became hard to wrap your head around just exactly what you were seeing. For dinner that night, Justin found this restaurant that was over one hundred years old. You walked down underground into this space that turned into a vast dinning hall filled with large Italian families. The food was authentic and delicious. One of the highlights of this meal was the live entertainment. This was provided by a gentleman who was essentially ...
... the evening as the effects of alcohol kicked in. However, the three of us were extremely tired and retired relatively early and my bed was certainly very welcoming.
The following day was a whistle stop city tour with a university friend studying in the city. We hurried through the streets, passing the castle, looking into the little quaint shops and browsing the markets, after our daily dose of pizza and gelato it was onto the train and our next stop…Padova. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstoria Hotel Bologna
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.