NH Bologna de la Gare
What We Love
- A downtown Bologna stay in the gastronomic heart of northern Italy - with breakfast and more Making the most of Bologna’s culinary heritage and regional flavours in the home of bolognese
- The excellent downtown location, within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and San Petronio Basilica
- Checking out late from your comfortable base, which has all the amenities for a home away from home stay
What To Know
- The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Steps from the train station for those traveling by rail
- Free WiFi
With so much prosecco and pasta to sample across Italy, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the country’s gastronomic heart lies. Follow your stomach to beautiful Bologna, however, and you’ll find plenty of food for thought as to why it is one of the country’s key foodie contenders, and largely considered within Italy to be the culinary capital. As the home of the bolognese sauce and Mortadella sausage (“baloney”), this is the place you may want to pack your stretchy waistbands for.
Within easy reach of the city’s main square, Piazza Maggiore, and the San Petronio Basilica, NH Bologna de la Gare serves up its cold cuts in contemporary surroundings. Regional flavours top the bill in the Amarcord restaurant, and guest rooms are a mix of old and new with wooden floors and colourful wallpaper. Just a short walk from Bologna Centrale train station this is the perfect base for discovering what La Grassa ( “The Fat One”, Bologna’s affectionate nickname throughout the rest of Italy) has to offer.
How to Get There
Location is good. Breakfast is great, we had a spacious room with extra sofa. It was cold in the room because heating system wasn't working well, so the staff brought us an extra heater. The room was clean.
I stayed here with my father and it was very conveniently located near the Bologna train station. We really appreciated the coffee machine and snack table in the lobby! The room was clean and comfortable and the reception staff helpful and friendly.
We go to Bologna two or three times a year and this wasn't our first time staying at the NH. We like the location as the train station is right there for day trips and it's just a short walk to the city center.
We arrived a few hours before check in and were pleased to hear that we should have a room in 10 minutes - therefore we decided to wait. After 20 minutes, and watching two Italian couples go straight to their rooms, we asked what was going on. We were informed that we had been 'upgraded' and that it would be another ten minutes. We were a bit annoyed because we would have been fine with leaving our bags and hitting the town from the beginning. Instead of waiting another 10 minutes that could be much longer we headed out.
When we returned our 'upgraded room' was upgraded in the sense that it has been recently redone, but it was right next to the elevator. However, that's not worth complaining about on its own. We took a nap and woke up to a heavy smell of cigarette smoke in the room. As non smokers this is not something we can put up with. We complained and where told that the entire property was non smoking, but that someone would be sent to our room. At first he tried to argue with us saying that he didn't smell anything, but we pointed out that the white wall paper around a vent had turned brown from the smoke. I speak a bit of Italian and I'm pretty sure he said that someone had been smoking in an adjacent room. We were promptly given a new room.
The woman who moved us at the front desk was proactive and nice. However, I can't help but think that the smell was a known thing and they were just trying it on as we're not Italian.
Other than the maybe hotel hi jinks our stay was nice. We had the breakfast included in our stay. While a descent buffet, I would never recommend paying €15 or there about for it.
Feel a bit harsh giving only 3 but didn't feel it quite lived up to 4. This is mainly because the room is in need of an update -walls a bit scuffed and carpet slightly worn, etc. But I am aware that the rooms are all being renovated in the next few months so I am sure it will improve. Only other slight complaint was that my sister and I had booked a twin room (which the receptionist checked with us when we arrived) but it was actually a double. We weren't bothered enough to ask to swap, so can't say whether they would have let us, but I think they probably would have!
Location was perfect for us as it was near the station where we were dropped by the bus from the airport. It is a 10-15 minute walk into the city centre (straight down the main road) but we were happy to walk and explore. There are probably buses.
The staff were very helpful and friendly -definitely 5/5 for them!
Didn't eat at the restaurant as we preferred to get out and about to explore. Wifi connection was good, didn't experience any problems. We were able to check in a bit early as our room was ready and after we checked out we were able to leave our bags which is always helpful!
Would definitely stay again and I'm sure I would give a higher rating in a refurbished room
We spent only 1 night at this property, but we found it cosy and convenient. The location is very good, rooms are clean and quiet, and the service at the reception is very professional. Totally recommended