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
We stayed for four nights and had an amazing time. We were in a top floor renovated room with a terrace. The room was spacious, clean, and well appointed. The bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed breakfast every morning. The staff were friendly and helpful. The location of the hotel is perfect. The only suggestion would be to add a couple of chairs on the terrace so we could enjoy a drink outdoors. Well done HN Hotel de la Gare.
I spent 2 nights in this hotel during a business trip : before arriving I had asked for a renovated room but ended up in an old one with carpet. The trash of the bathroom was broken so I had to touch it every time I needed to throw something away. There was no kettle with complimentary tea in the room.
The restaurant staff was nice but the food was way too salty, and the breakfast was a joke : of course a lot of choice but industrial, really a shame for a 150/night room.
The worst : at checkout, though my room had already been paid for, they charged me "stay taxes": I have been in other hotels in Bologna and I was never charged extra like that.
Definitely, this hotel is not a real 4* : I've had much better experience in 2* hotels before.
We stayed at the NH Bologna for 3 nights! On arrival we had a short wait before check in but we understood it was a busy time. We had arrived at noon and were shattered due to travelling all night and the receptionist was most helpful giving us an upgrade to a superior room and also letting us check in early! The room was big and spacious and very clean which is all that matters to me when at a hotel. I understand that some rooms of the hotel have been upgraded and we were not in one of these so the room is very old fashioned and a bit run down but looking past this it had everything needed for a good nights sleep and pleasant stay.
The location is great right next to the station and within a 10 minute walk of the centre with lots of shops and restaurants on the way.
Would definitely stay here again if I return to Bologna which is a beautiful City! Just hope eventually all the rooms are upgraded to make it 5*!!!
Overall a well situated hotel with a reasonable breakfast buffet.
“Superior” rooms are less so than you might imagine - the shower rail was hanging off upon our arrival for example. When were these rooms converted to “new style”, as advertised on the NH site?
Despite advertising air con on their website, it can barely be referred to as such. Other couples we spoke to at breakfast (from Canada) share our view that it wasn’t really effective.
More disappointingly, was the fact that to even obtain a fan I had to speak to two managers, having been initially told that there were none available in the hotel by the young lady on reception.
The third manager who attended the room and sought to enter without even calling the room first (I had to leap up half dressed to prevent him and a maintenance guy entering the room) - seemed only interested in verifying the room temp at around 5pm, when it worked fine.
At night time it is a different matter as increased demand seems to make it fail (there was noise coming from the vent but not much else).
The overall response to my queries and email to the general manager was poor. To make matters worse, the guy on check out made a small discount to our bill to make up for the “small inconvenience” (his own words).
Having spent several nights with very disturbed sleep as a result very poor AC - I think this was more than a “small inconvenience”, but this betrays the attitude you may face if you do raise an issue.
I’ve stayed at 5 or more NH hotels in the past - and would certainly not stay at this one again.
Booked at a decent price through Secret Escapes. Hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the station and is easy to find. It was about a 15 minute walk to the centre and about 10 to where a nice group of restaurants were. Staff were friendly, welcoming and happy to recommend things to do and places to eat. Rooms were comfortable and clean. Breakfast was included and was plentiful if a little bland.