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Bologna: Art Hotel Orologio

Via IV Novembre, 10, Phone: 051.745.7411

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Reviewed by: sandrac from Canada, review #2673

When: June 2009

A great hotel in a great location {3 stars}

I spent a week at the Art Hotel Orologio in June and I think it actually deserves a 4-star rating rather than its 3-star rating. The Orologio has great rooms, wonderful service, a fantastic location and one of biggest breakfasts I've seen in an Italian hotel!

When I booked, I was upgraded to a double deluxe room (for single use) likely because I was staying for a full week, at 90 euros per night which I thought was a great deal for a great room in the city centre.

I was really impressed with the size of my room, which had lovely hardwood floors, pretty fabric covering the walls and a large marble bathroom with the biggest shower I have ever seen in a hotel room anywhere! Lots of power outlets, a large closet with plenty of hangers and a good TV set made the room really comfortable. The bathrobes and slippers were a nice touch, although I could have done without the bathroom scale! (I learned to ignore it.)

Staff were very helpful, especially Sara (one of the managers) who was delightful to deal with. I also appreciated the fact the hotel has a great sitting area with newspapers (including English-language papers) and free Internet, via a very good computer and printer for guest use. Breakfast was very large and varied.

The location is really wonderful, just off of Bologna's main square, Piazza Maggiore. My room looked towards the main square, which is really lively, and the windows are very well -- but not completely -- sound-proofed.

My one complaint is that a couple of nights I could hear a bit of noise seeping in from the Piazza Maggiore, but that was easily dealt with by using earplugs. And anyone as noise-sensitive as me could request a room not facing the front to avoid the issue entirely.

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