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 were told that catching a train to Bologna was great because the station is very close to the city centre. They were not wrong. But the big bonus was that the hotel, by its very name, was also very close to the city centre and very close to the railway station.
NH Bologna de la Gare was a two minute walk from the station and a two minute walk from a myriad shops, restaurants, bars, etc.. The hotel was very NH: clean, small but efficient rooms, with a good shower and great water pressure. The bar was excellent; the barman friendly and helpful, keeping us well supplied with the snacks that come in Italy as an adjunct to every drink. Breakfast was a slight change from the rest of the hotel buffets, offering fresh figs, cottage cheese, breakfast ‘darlings’ and panna cotta along with the usual platters of Italian meat, cheeses, etc..
For location, this hotel is a winner but it also supplied a little bit extra to recommend it.
I stayed for one night in this hotel and was upgraded to a room at the 5th floor which had a balcony. Very nice when you like to breathe some fresh air.
Staff at reception very nice and friendly. The room itself was clean and spacious. However, I was missing a power outlet at the writing desk and had to plug in my computer close to the bed. Not a big deal but other hotels do better in terms of power supply/mobile phone charging facilities.
Breakfast very good (for Italian standards). I did not miss anything.
Overall a good experience. I would use this hotel again when in Bologna. It's close to the train station (5min) and not too far from the city center (15min).
We’ve stayed here for one night, but we usually prefer NH from other hotel for their amazing services. For the big room to the amazing and friendly staff.
Our room even this time was big, clean and the bedroom very comfortable.
For sure we will come back here when we come back to Bologna.