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“Excellent location, nice hotel with a few flaws”
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I Portici Hotel
Ranked #23 of 104 Hotels in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Rome, Italy
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent location, nice hotel with a few flaws”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

The place is really lovely and the atmosphere is very cool. Young and kind staff at the reception - though I wouldn't call them "friendly". Rooms are large and minimal-style furnished (though I must admit I didn't like the shelves and racks to substitute for a proper cupboard). Breakfast is abundant and excellent with two buffets - one sweet, one salted - and served in a lovely little theatre with outstanding décor.
I was a bit surprised to find worn-out sheets and towels (one of them even ripped) and the complimentary toiletries were also scanty.
Free wi-fi and satellite TV; the mini-refrigerator in the room is very nice to look at but so noisy that I had to switch it off during the night.
One thing I didn't like is that when I arrived, though the room had already been paid for by my company, the receptionist asked me my credit card as a "guarantee" for the minibar drinks and snacks. Well, what I think is that a 4-stars luxury hotel should not only avoid such suspicious attitude, but also offer at least water free of charge to its customers, and take the risk that somebody who can afford to stay in a ***L hotel might steal something from the minibar a coke or a beer or a chocolate from the minibar instead of displaying such unpleasant distrustfulness.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Figueira da Foz, Portugal
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We all know that first impressions are very important and this time, Silvia from the reception made all the difference. Thank you Silvia for the great room you gave me, on the 3rd floor with a beautiful balcony to the gardens and via Indipendenza. The room was spacious, bright, with a beautiful ceiling, very clean, comfortable bed and decent bathroom. Free wi-fi with very good speed anywhere in the hotel was a plus.
I had 4 dinners at "La Terrazza" Bistro and the quality was very good for a fair price - the “spuma di mascarpone” for desert was delicious.
Breakfast was very decent, with fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit and yoghurts. I would suggest some variety of bread as we only have white bread available. The breakfast room was amazing, the old theatre beautifully restored (as the rest of the hotel) with the stage and a piano.
Location is great, just 10 minutes walk to the city centre, lots of shops in via Indipendenza.
I stayed 6 nights for business purposes and I will definitely be back.

Room Tip: If you have trouble sleeping, ask for a room facing the garden. Via Indipendenza can be a bit noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Surrey, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2011

Mixed feelings about this one.
Likes
Location good (but essentially hotel central)
Clean and interesting refurb of an old building
Quality breakfast (restaurant meant to be excellent but shut on the night I was there)
Free wi-fi (worth the extra dot)
Pretty decorated ceilings
Dislikes
As others said, noisy if people walk around above
Sparse, minimalist rooms ill-suited to the overall building (e.g. hanging rack instead of a wardrobe)
At times looks like a spooky building out of a Stephen King novel
Very slow check-out process

OK is rate is good....amazed it's part of SLH though.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2011

will you be able to sleep in peace. The rooms have no carpets and if you are unlucky to have someone above you with high heels say goodbye to your chance of sleeping. Also, make sure your room faces the garden, not the main street.

Apart from that, breakfast is good and the location is convenient.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

I've stayed in this hotel for one night. It was a business travel. The location is absolutely perfect. The ambiance of the hotel was impressing. Staff was not polite. Breakfast was OK. Computer in business center is free. However the rooms are very small! Rooms have no carpet! Small TV had 5 channels. The refrigerator was working like a tractor. Doesn't let you sleep so I pulled out the plug. The room was cold in the autumn. The Hotel doesn't let you to control the air conditioner. Close to the airport; 15 minutes. There were a lot of hotels on the same street. I'm sure there are better ones.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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iportici, Sales Department at I Portici Hotel, responded to this review, 30 November 2011
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Gentile Ospite,

mi spiace se il suo soggiorno non ha corrisposto pienamente alle sue aspettative.

Al fine di non trasmettere un messaggio fuorviante alla community di Tripadvisor è' mia personale premura precisare quanto segue:

Le dimensioni ed il design delle nostre camere è evidente sul nostro sito e sui principali canali on e off-lin: camere singole con letto francese (120 cm) 12-18mq - camere doppie 22-35mq;

I minibar delle nostre camere, per quanto non siano eccessivamente rumorosi, saranno presto sostituiti con un modello nuovo;

I nostri TV hanno un portafoglio di più di 20 canali, metà dei quali sono internazionali;

Per ragionevoli questioni di igiene abbiamo preferito non avere la moquette. Il pavimento delle nostre camere è in parquet oppure in pregiato marmo palladiana.

Un'ulteriore perplessità riguarda il suo giudizio sul nostro staff, il quale - come segnalato dagli innumerevoli recensori della community di Tripadvisor - si è sempre mostrato cortese e professionale. Ovviamente, sono a sua completa disposizione, qualora ritenesse opportuno comunicarmi maggiori informazioni a riguardo.

Spero di averla nuovamente come nostro ospite; sono certo che saremo in grado di superare le sue perplessità.

Cordiali saluti,

Pasquale Noli
Sales Department
I Portici Hotel Bologna
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Additional Information about I Portici Hotel

Property: I Portici Hotel
Address: Via Dell'Indipendenza 69, 40121 Bologna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Bologna
#13 Luxury Hotel in Bologna
#15 Business Hotel in Bologna
#18 Romantic Hotel in Bologna
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,495 - ₹ 52,747
Hotel Class:4.5 star — I Portici Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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