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“Very good weekend trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato

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BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato
Ranked #46 of 104 Hotels in Bologna
Budapest, Hungary
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very good weekend trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

We spent 4 days in Bologna at the Hotel San Donato Best Western. The rooms are not very big, but clean. The location is excellent. The hotel has a terrace on th 2 flour (we did the breakfast there) with wiew of the roofs of the city and the towers! The town is living during the whole day and night! Take a red bus city tour! I can recommend to make some excursions to the nearby cities ( Ferrara, Modena, Parma or Padua). The trains (trenitalia) are fast and always in time and runs very often. Easy to buy ticket on the automat ( on English too). Don't forget to try the real "bologenese". It was fantastic 4 days!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

This hotel is all about location, which is excellent, near the University (therefore lively) and the twin towers (therefore close to the main city sites. So far, so good. Where the hotel fell down is that it is very noisy (as mentioned by many other reviewers) and finding a set of ear-plugs in the bathroom was not encouraging. Walls are indeed paper thin, and the use of floor tiles instead of carpets magnifies the noise - as we discovered during preparations for departure in a nearby room at 4am.
The other annoying thing about the hotel was the immensly frustrating access to the (admittedly free) WiFi, which requires guests to sign a form, and ask for a separate access code per phone of lap top, and the need to re-log on endlessly as access just shut down time after time for no apparent reason, requiring a new log-on. Anti-terrorist legislation we were told, but this was the only hotel in Italy (with quite a few sampled) that required this annoying procedure.
Apart from that the hotel was quite good, although I am not sure that we will use it again the next time we visit Bologna.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank passyparis
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Guatemala
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62 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

The hotel is located in the heart of what you could consider red Bologna (it is surrounded by red buildings). There is parking and it is included in your fee. The breakfast was good, but nothing extraordinary. Heating in the rooms could be improved. Here is the breakdown:

The good: Price and location. You cannot beat either. You are within walking distance of all the nice piazzas and buildings, as well as bars and restaurants. And the price is extraordinary. Additionally the staff went out of their way to help. I was there in 2012 when it was snowing all over Italy and the staff helped us remove the snow from our car.

The bad: It is a little old and needs a renovation. Especially the bathrooms and the heating systems.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for a weekend when you don't want to splurge in a hotel. If it is a special weekend go to a nicer hotel, otherwise if you are on a budget like I was it is perfect. Additionally, ask the front desk to help you with dinner reservations, they sent us to an amazing restaurant.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Atlacatl
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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

I booked this hotel on booking.com and got a very reasonable rate for its location. The room was 74 euro per night which included breakfast. Hotel is a bit hard to find and unfortunately our GPS was of no help because it is located on a pedestrian street which the GPS can't account for so you end up driving in circles until you ask someone how to get to the hotel. Just go to the square where the twin towers are and park the car and put the flashers on. Walk about 80 yards to the hotel and get your parking token to use their lot. Here is where it got a little sticky for me. When I checked out my bill had a 24 euro per night fee on it for parking. When I booked the room the site said hotel parking available and when I checked in the girl at the desk made like it part of the stay. It was like" yes, please go and get your car and bring it in this way, this is our parking for the hotel. It is actually the center courtyard for the hotel and there is no indication that it is a pay for parking situation. I now know that it is very important to read all the detailed info when using booking.com as it pertains to parking fees and internet wireless fees etc....The hotel offers a very substantial warm breakfast and the rooms have a beautiful terrace overlooking the center courtyard as well as a roof deck. I would recomend this hotel as a great value if you're not driving a car and if a 24 euro per night parking fee is in your budget then you won't do much better as far as location and value are concerned.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank John H
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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92 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is a superb hotel in a very perfect city location. The staff ae so helpful and kind. They told us of some wonderful places to eat dinner. I would stay there anytime in Bologna.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato

Property: BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato
Address: Via Zamboni 16, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna > San Vitale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Room Service
Hotel Style:
#29 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
#30 Family Hotel in Bologna
#35 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,201 - ₹ 22,268
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Hotel San Donato 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern Hotel housed in 17th century structure, situated near main theaters. ... more   less 
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