Located within a 15-minute walk of Bologna's main monuments
Country-chic rooms, some with terraces and garden views
Pretty rooftop terrace where breakfast is served -- plus a 24-hour bar
Small meeting room for business travelers
Parking garage available
Small pets are welcome
No on-site restaurant for lunch and dinner
Some of the furnishings look worn
Guests have reported noise from other guest rooms
Fee for parking
Fee for breakfast
The 43-room Hotel Porta San Mamolo is a mid-range boutique property with lots of Italian charm. Tourists and couples with small pets seem to favor the hotel for its country-chic rooms with such romantic details as garden views, terraces, and jetted bathtubs, but some guests have complained about cleanliness and worn furnishings. The rooftop veranda and gardens, where breakfast is served, are a real highlight. Bologna's famous landmarks are about a 15-minute walk away, so it may be worth checking rates at the more centrally located Best Western Hotel San Donato.
Though Hotel Porta San Mamolo is located in the heart of Bologna, its interior-facing courtyard and gardens with lemon trees, oleanders, and pomegranates give the property a calm and peaceful vibe not found elsewhere in the city. The white painted lobby has a small fireplace flanked by matching blue floral Queen Anne chairs and slightly sagging plush, striped sofas. Wooden beams and orange terra cotta tile floors give off a country feel. Past guests have noted that the elevator is old and noisy.
In central Bologna, about a 15-minute walk to Plaza Maggiore
Guests arriving by car should know that the city of Bologna doesn't allow cars of nonresidents in the area, so they must alert the hotel's front desk so that the hotel can inform the police who will then allow car access, otherwise there's a high risk of a fine. Bologna's central landmarks, such as the Piazza Maggiore and Asinelli Tower, are about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The streets appear dark at night, but the area is considered safe.
Italian country rooms with modern amenities; some include garden views
There are 43 rooms and suites inside Hotel Porta San Mamolo, and each evokes an Italian country style, though some of the furnishings and bedding could use a refresh. Rooms differ from one another, but keep an eye out for such details as skylights, terraces, jetted bathtubs, and views of the gardens or rooftops of Bologna. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi, minibars, satellite TVs, and L' Occitane bath products. Guests have complained about noise from nearby rooms.
The inner garden with the rooftop veranda where breakfast is served is a small paradise in a big city like Bologna. Breakfast costs extra, but Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. There is a charge for the on-site parking garage, and guests need to let the staff know ahead of time they're arriving by car to avoid costly fines. If travelers want more features and don't mnd higher rates, the Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni offers a spa, wine bar, and renowned restaurant, but at triple the price.
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