Hotel Porta San Mamolo
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Loved Porta San Mamolo
We just returned from 19 days in Italy and Porta San Mamolo in Bologna was the nicest place we stayed. Our room was bright and spacious. The bathroom with a double bath, recently updated, was the largest by far and a welcome treat after some tiny bathrooms with European showers.
This lovely spot is more like an inn. The rooms are off a bright courtyard and the flowers and fountains finish it off. Breakfast is served in a glass enclosed room in this area and it was a wonderful start to our day.
The staff was friendly, accommodating and spoke English. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone who is planning a stop in Bologna.
We had a wonderful stay at the Hotel Porta San Mamolo. We had read a number of excellent reviews of the place including one in the Footprints guide to Bologna. They also have a nice website however we weren't too sure what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised.
Our room was very spacious, quiet and had a great bathroom with a jacuzzi. The air-conditioning was very helpful. The breakfast was fine, pastries, cold meats, cheeses, fruit, coffee and tea. But the best thing about the hotel were the staff. They were incredibily helpful and friendly. It seemed like they really couldn't do enough to help us. One day we were enquiring about train timetables to Parma and woman on the desk offered to give us a lift to the station!
The hotel itself has lots of character. They have a lovely courtyard with comfy seats, perfect for reading. The hotel is also very close to the Piazza Maggiore, the main piazza. In fact the city centre is quite compact so you are in walking distance to all the main sights.
Also one of the best restaurants we found in the city (and we tried many) happens to be just across the road called Le Mura. It is a really cool laid-back osteria with great wine and food. Another one nearby is Della Santa which is a very typical neighbourhood trattoria with the best handmade pasta.
So great city, great food and great hotel. Would definitely visit again.
A gorgeous hotel
We spent three nights at the Porta San Mamolo-what a wonderful place to stay. Our room was a nice size, cheerfully decorated and quiet. The bathroom was well appoionted too. Our room looked out over the rooftops of Bologna. There is a lovely garden and a beautiful room where we had the best breakfasts of our trip-croiossants, breads, meat, cheese, fruit and pastries. Everyone was very helpful. It is about a 10 minute walk to the Piazza Maggiore and a short walk to catch the #33 bus, which circles Bologna and makes it easy to reach the train station and other attractions. There is a very nice trattoria, Al Sangiovese, just down the street from the hotel, as well as a nice wine bar a few minutes away. Lots of good restaurants within walking distance too. This is a perfect place to stay in Bologna, quiet and yet close to everything. We would definitely stay there again.
A wonderful small hotel with a great staff
Hotel Porta San Mamolo is located in 400 meters from the Piazza Maggiore (e.g., about a ten minute walk). It is a small hotel, with only 24 rooms and 8 suites. It has a beautiful garden. The rooms are also more attractive than some of the "chain hotel" style rooms of hotels like Accademia, Bologna. The hotel has a free WiFi Internet access point, although WiFi (and cell phone) reception is weak in some rooms.
I stayed two nights at the Hotel Porta San Mamolo and can recommend the hotel highly. The rooms are large and elegant, with a large bathroom. What really makes a hotel stay wonderful, however, is the staff. The staff at the Hotel Porta San Mamolo is wonderful: very friendly and very helpful. The front desk is staffed 24-hours a day, which was very helpful getting a taxi, since I had a 6:30 AM flight out of Bologna.
Oh so charming
I don't know why I'm writing this review because this place should be kept secret! It's such a lovely, relaxing hotel. The staff were friendly and professional, the rooms spacious, clean and calming - you couldn't hear a thing in the morning, no traffic, no commotion, nothing, which is unusual for a city hotel in Italy. Our room overlooked the courtyard, which was like a little garden. Some rooms had terraces as well, which would have been nice. The en-suite bathroom was largish for Italy, new and clean. Breakfast was in a lovely conservatory, with a wide variety of treats - I had some custardy cake that was to die for. The staff were ready to serve - with a barrista to make fresh coffee.
Overall, such a pleasant, affordable place to stay with easy access to the center of Bologna. If you are at the train station, take the number 32 or 33 circular bus to Porta San Mamolo - it's that easy. From the hotel it's a ten minute walk to the center (very pleasant walk too). My husband and I will most definitely stay there again!
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Another fine breakfast. Scrambled egg juice to ea good bread and salad Tram to Centrale stn (1.50) then Frecciarossa high speed train to Bologna. 40€ plus 3.50booking fee. Great train - smooth and stable at 280kph. 1 hr trip. Very flat farmland with old brick 2 story farmhouses. Mainly veg and grapes and couple chook/pig sheds. Lost way around station looking for hotel which transpired was only 400m along same ...
... me :-) Over lunch Joanna mentioned a a walk to a great viewing point just pitside the old city walls through 666 porticos. I thought it would be a great idea to go for a walk after such a big lunch and a very late lunch, I think I left at around 4pm. The Portico of San Luca - 3.8 km or 666 porticos leads up to the basilica Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca. Each portico is numbered so you can work out how far along the journey you are. I was amazed at how long it took ...
... I couldn't get the first door to open - it flashed green but the door seemed to be jammed. Just as I was heading back to reception, one of the bar staff walked around the corner so I asked him for assistance. He tried and tried and tried. He called someone else who tried and tried and tried. Then they called the tour leader (a Japanese group I think) of the girl who is in room 212B and they tried calling her. No answer. They knocked and knocked and knocked - no answer. ...
... a marble 'altar like platform' in the middle where the dissection of corpses took place. The lecturer's chair is supported by statues of two skinless men! In other parts of the museum, there is a library of old scholarly texts, as well as many coats of arms and names of students who became famous after their studies were completed at the university. There are numerous towers in Bologna, but there are two leaning towers - surprisingly these don't get the airplay ...
Steve off to another factory tour. By myself again, awwwww alone in Italy. I had a good day today, enjoyed my not very busy day of yesterday and felt much rested. Left the hotel about 10:30 and had a plan. Got a city map from reception and bought a yellow highlighter as I realized Its the only way I will not get lost.
I wanted to get my nails done, thought somewhere here should have a nail salon.
Headed to town centre, passed two hairdressers ...