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Disclaimer: I have never stayed at the Hotel Orologio!

A few weeks back I was discussing whether to stay at the Hotel Commercianti or the Hotel Orologio, two of the Bologna Art Hotels. The discussion was very much leaning to the Orologio. One of the outcomes of this discussion was that my blog friend Sandra, of A Journey of a Thousand Miles, decided to switch her summer reservation to the Orologio. She was originally going to stay at the Hotel Porta San Mamolo, which comes warmly recommended by many Slow Travelers. I felt slightly guilty that she had switched hotels, especially because she wanted a quiet hotel, but I could live with it.

Now, however, another blog friend, Girasoli (of Shaved Ice and Gelato fame, has switched over as well!! And she loves the Porta San Mamolo! Now I feel responsible for the decisions of two other people... They both got great deals, and I love a good deal myself, but I sure hope they are happy with the switch!

Therefore, I wanted to post this public disclaimer - I have not stayed at the Hotel Orologio and my recommendation is solely based on other people's comments. Please do not sue me if you don't like it. :)

(To make matters worse, my friend is now staying at the Commercianti and I am thinking about switching back...)

Comments (4)


Chiocciola, you made me laugh out loud! I can just imagine how you must feel!

But this is what we all do, isn't it -- part of the fun of travel planning is weighing other people's suggestions and reviews of places and considering which ones might best fit our plans and interests.

I'm not too worried -- there have been lots of good reviews of the Orologio, they're offering excellent deals, the location is great -- and we'll all be in Bologna! How great is that!!!!

I also cracked up when I read this! Don't worry, I knew before making the change that you haven't stayed there.

I also went with recommendations of others on Slow Travel who have stayed there and the fact that they are giving me a deluxe room on the quiet side of the hotel with a nice view.

Staying right in the center was what really made my decision to change. Before the great price deal they offered, I could not justify the high cost when the Hotel Porta San Mamalo is such a wonderful hotel.

You will have to tell us how either hotel you end up at is when you return. Have a wonderful time in Bologna and in Italy!!

This is funny. And I can't believe you might be switching hotels. LOL. Isn't planning wonderful?


Feel better...FAST and have a wonderful trip!

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