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Hotel Santoli 3.0

Porretta Terme, Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

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  • Family-run hotel set in Porretta Terme spa town with picturesque surrounds
  • All rooms open to furnished balconies with lovely views
  • Clean and comfortable air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Impressive spa facilities including multi-faceted hydro-massage pool
  • Rustic themed restaurant serving Italian cooking
  • Direct corridor to next door thermal spas
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Unattractive concrete building
  • Decor often feels dated
  • On the outskirts of town

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The 48-room Hotel Santoli is a mid-range, family-run property dating back to 1973 set on the outskirts of the Italian spa town of Porretta Terme. While its 1970s-style interiors feel dated and retro in about equal measures, the hotel has impressive modern spa facilities and direct access to the thermal baths next door. Rooms too feel a little old-fashioned, however balconies have lovely views of the picturesque surrounds. Rates are surprisingly affordable, but for somewhere a little more ritzy check out the Hotel Helvetia Thermal Spa in the town center. 

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Family-run hotel with mixture of '70s vintage-retro and dated vibe    

Built in 1973, the Hotel Santoli occupies an unattractive concrete block typical of the decade, its partial covering of ivy failing to hide a weather-worn facade. Inside, the 1970s vibe continues, though with a more vintage feel comprising retro-style seating and funky period lighting -- it treads a very fine line between vintage-retro and just plain dated. The hotel is run by the Santoli Family, who have apparently been involved in the hotel business since 1929, and who place a real emphasis on a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. The property's 48 rooms are spread across five floors, all accessible via two pairs of elevators, while the hotel has a corridor that connects directly to the renowned Porretta Terme spa next door. The atmosphere is relaxed and peaceful.


Set on the outskirts of Porretta Terme spa town 40 miles from Bologna

The hotel is located on the southern outskirts of the thermal spa town of Porretta Terme in the Province of Bologna in northern Italy. The town dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and woodland threaded with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The city of Bologna is around 40 miles away, or an hour and a half by car via the A1. Alternatively, the Porretta Terme railway station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel and connects directly to Bologna in just over an hour. 


Clean, dated rooms that open to furnished balconies

The hotel's 48 rooms are all decorated in a simple, modern fashion with a slightly dated -- though clean and cozy -- 1970s style. As well as opening to a small furnished balcony with lovely mountain views, all rooms are air-conditioned and come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are also well-maintained, if a little old-fashioned, with wall-mounted hairdryers and walk-in showers.  


Impressive spa facilities include a state-of-the-art hydro-massage pool

The hotel's highlight is its modern spa featuring an extensive range of facilities and the only spa in town exclusively for guests' use. The centerpiece is its impressive pool that includes numerous stations where guests can be massaged with jets of water and air with varying degrees of intensity and position. The fifth-floor wellness center also provides a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath together with water beds and resting areas. The hotel also has the rustic-themed Il Bassotto restaurant -- complete with fake TV fireplace -- serving a menu of Italian favorites with a twist. 

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