Hotel Porta San Mamolo
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... But it is actually quite good – spacious room and people are nice and friendly. We took the bus into the city centre and it was relatively ‘chiusod’ to start off with. However we eventually found a café for lunch and had enjoyable pizza and a tasty salad. Craig also spotted our very first sfolliatelle and it was very nice indeed – along with coffee. Yum.
... have to take and you need to be able to read them going min 70 km around a corner with the sign being extremely small so you can't read it until you are almost past it!!
So we continue on trying to recognize the town names are we drive through, this our confirmation that we are still on the right track..
The roads are 2 way so of course I get all the locals behind me getting very frustrated that I am "only" doing 60-70 km on ...
... chill in bed before i go back to the dorm bed from tomorrow. Had burger king chicken burger for the lunch/dinner - way better than McDonald in Italy. Came back to place. Chill out. Watching some tv then figured out the app that i am using at the moment for the trip. I always forget things or places name after some time even though i travel a lot. So i decided to write things and try to remember them by this. Good ...
Santa Maria della Vitta was a stunning surprise! The "Red Masterpieces" of terra cotta sculptures by Niccolo Dell’Arca are probably the most emotionally evocative piece of artwork I've ever seen my whole life!
Museo de Medicina (Medical School) The operating room at Teatro Anatomico was a highlight. This is where they dissect the human body while conducting lectures on human ...
... each other) and they began to lean, they were shortened in 1351 for safety. Next we wandered through the Mercato Di Mezzo area and stopped at a panacheria -"la Vecchia Malga" where they sell all the Parma hams and the Reggio Parma cheeses. I later returned to this shop and bought some Tartufo (truffle oil, pate, mushroom truffle oil and truffle sauce).
We were taken to the main town square ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Porta San Mamolo Bologna
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!