Sitting on a quiet square just off central Piazza Maggiore, the Hotel Novecento is an ideal base for exploring Bologna on foot. This boutique hotel has a collection of art pieces that are displayed throughout, from the polished lobby to the modern rooms.
Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni
The opulent 18th-century Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni is the oldest and arguably most well-known hotel in Bologna. Well located in the heart of the city, the hotel is a short walk from the Piazza Maggiore and Due Torri (the city’s iconic medieval towers) and boasts many dining and shopping options on its doorstep.
Entering the main lobby, you’re greeted by frescoed walls, a black-and-white-tiled floor, Murano-glass chandeliers and a sweeping red-carpeted staircase. Rooms continue in a lavish fashion, with sumptuous fabrics and antique furniture. You’ll also find a preserved portion of Roman road under the hotel.
The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, I Carracci, is decorated with a number of frescoes from the Carracci school of Bolognese artists.
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Aristocratic and lavish, the rooms at the Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni offer a sumptuous blend of antique furniture, chandeliers and parquet floors or thick carpeting. Some rooms are furnished with four-poster beds and have balconies overlooking the streets. Modern comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs, soundproof windows and air conditioning all come as standard.
Well located in central Bologna, the Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni is close to the main sights, shops and restaurants. It’s only a five-minute walk from the main square, Piazza Maggiore.
Food and drink
You’re spoiled for choice by the Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni’s many dining options. A hot and cold breakfast with fresh juices is served on the lower level in the elegant Italian-style breakfast room. You can lunch or order an aperitivo in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel’s Art Deco Cafè Marinetti, which features a grand piano. For fine dining in the evenings, I Carracci has earned three Michelin forks for its attentive service and lovely atmosphere. You can also dine in the wine cellar, which holds upward of 300 wines and offers wine tastings and wine-pairing meals.
For us, Bologna’s most elegant hotel, we highly recommend the Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni if you’re looking for unashamed 18th-century opulence.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Offering a prime location in the heart of Bologna, the Art Hotel Orologio is well situated for exploring the city on foot. As the name suggests, a clock motif runs throughout the hotel and the quirky decor adds to a distinctive and stylish stay.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Learn from the experts in a region famous for its fine food by starting out in a local market to choose ingredients then mastering how to cook them in a private cooking lesson in Bologna, Italy's 'pasta capital.'