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Art Hotel Commercianti

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Loved everything about hotel. The position is perfect, food is excellent and staff is very helpful. We had suite at the top - beautiful - as if you stepped right into history of Bologna. Will come back definitely!!!

Second visit here this year. Again enjoyed the experience. Could not be more central in Bologna. Stayed in a slightly smaller room this time on the second floor. Previously stayed on the third floor in a room with a balcony which would be my strong recommendation. Sleep quality was good with little noise despite the central location and open air cinema in the piazza a couple hundred metres away. Breakfast is particularly enjoyable with a great selection and (as you would expect) excellent coffee from the barista. Drivers beware! Getting here by car is incredibly difficult, thankfully taxi drivers seem to be able to find their way in without a problem when coming from the airport.

I researched driving into small medieval Italian towns and I understood that there are streets that have restricted access for cars, I bought a few expensive (largely useless) maps before my drive from Venice to Bologna, and I called this hotel directly from the USA 3 weeks and 1 week prior to my visit to Bologna to try to clarify which streets were restricted access so that I could plan my car trip. I was told by he hotel staff to call on my way since there were too many possible approaches to the city center area (where the hotel is located). I called from the Venice car rental agency before departing hoping to get more information from the hotel and was once again told to call back when in the immediate area of the hotel for more directions. I rented a GPS from Hertz and used that along with Google Maps. I arrived near the hotel and I called back, the receptionist seemed unclear about my desire to be guided to the hotel from my location, the drivers on the small roads were impatient, and I gave the phone to my 23 year old son/navigator and he talked to the hotel for about 5-6 minutes telling them the streets that we were moving on and trying to get directions. Only when no directions were received did I take the phone back and asked less nicely that we are lost and do not know how to find the hotel and dont want to violate the local traffic laws and need guidance. The receptionist then directed me to the hotel without much difficulty. When we arrived the three staff people there seemed to be amused with smiles and told us that we were sure to get a ticket or two (about 80-100 euro each) because we apparently went along more than one restricted roadway. "Its ok now you have arrived and you can go to enjoy the town" was the reply when I told them that I asked for directions several times and they provided none until after I violated the laws. They then gave me a very clear map of the area, highlighted the only violation free way to get to the hotel from the highway and on another map with another color highlighter the only violation free way to get back out of the hotel area to the highway. The maps were VERY CLEAR so I suggested that they should consider emailing or texting those maps with highlights to foreign visitors stating that they are arriving by car (maybe they should ask visitors who call if they are driving to help them avoid the violations) and certainly should provide them to those who call asking specifically for directions. This suggestion was received with a dumbfounded look like "thats not our problem" and after I said I am just trying to make a helpful suggestion the receptionist said he would pass the suggestion on. Anyway, after receiving the maps I was able to reliably avoid further problems with the car and my family had a lovely time in town. Bologna is well worth visiting if only for the food (it is close to Modena, where we also did a cheese factory tour and balsamic vinegar tour). The hotel was probably a 4 (maybe a 5 if there was a staff that seemed to care about the patrons) but the driving issue was simply unacceptable- I come from the New York area so I am used to complex road directions. The rooms were very arty and beautiful (I love art). The location cannot be beat (unless you have a car). The breakfast was really very nice. Check out my other reviews and you will see that I usually give very good reviews. Disappointed in the customer service, from New Jersey

My wife and I loved our stay in this elegent yet understated hotel, located so close to everything, yet peaceful and relaxing. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Being in the heart of the city in moments from leaving the hotel was wonderful, we walked everywhere and had a fantastic 1st visit to bologna and can't wait to return Our classic double room was spacious for two, huge bed, small seating area and large bathroom. Thank you to all the staff at the Commercianti

We stayed at this hotel as a part of a cooking tour. The rooms were nice, clean and comfortable and easy to get around the old city from the location. The daily breakfast is nothing special but gets you going

Could not have been closer to everything we wanted to do. Right on the corner of the Piazza Maggioure which, while we were there was the base for a retrospective film festival with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bolognese packing the square every night to watch and socialise. Near to the wonderful Archeological Museum and the amazing Biblioteca with its Teatro Anatomical and the hall in which Einstein lectured in 1921. The historical centre is so atmospheric and the hotel, being in a side street just off the square, is quiet and peaceful. Breakfasts are plentiful and cater for many dietary needs. Service is good but unobtrusive and housekeeping very efficient. The rooms (we just booked the classic double and classic single) were big enough and the beds comfortable. The perfect hotel for our stay.

Check in was lovely. The porter was also very good, however as I had booked a superior apartment which was 1 room in another block I was not happy about the walk and not feeling part of the hotel. The noise at night was loud as there were restaurants down below room 404. Single glazed windows. Fantastic location. Overpriced I feel.

Last minute find. Very convenient location right in the city centre. Comfortable bed in decent size room and large bathroom. Very clean room and quiet despite being just off piazza maggiore. Breakfast was a treat. Would definitely stay again when in Bologna. Staff were very helpful sorting out parking which was reasonable in nearby Piazza Roosevelt

I’ve given the hotel a positive rating of four stars as it is in a really good location right in the centre of Bologna and just off the amazing Piazza Maggiore. It’s very elegant, the rooms are beautifully decorated and the breakfast is fantastic and beautifully presented. I found the breakfast staff helpful; the reception staff answered my questions and booked me a taxi efficiently but weren’t super friendly. Perhaps it depends who’s on. However, I didn’t sleep well. The mattress was too firm for me (a problem I’ve had throughout Italy) and the sound proofing isn’t great. There was a lot of noise from above and to the sides. La Dotta I’s a pleasant and interesting walk, mainly through marble floored and shady colonnades that abut the many designer shops. Apparently there are 53km of these in the city and they’re a jolly good idea. I only came to Bologna because the airline routing to Sicily worked best for me this way. Wow- it’s amazing and so easily explored from this base. A glorious cornucopia of wonderful architecture. Why isn’t it on more bucket lists? Bologna is the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy and the oldest university town in the world. My hotel is just off the mammoth and wonderful Piazza Maggiore lined with the usual arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures - the City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio with the fascinating contrast in its unfinished brick and marble facade. The Palazzo Communale (much more evocative than City Hall) yet has those incredible swallowtail crenellations. I think it’s called Ghibelline style. Just round the corner are the two towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda, most famous of the city’s many medieval edifices, with another dome and clock tower peeping between them. There are clouds of swallows themselves weaving around them. It’s a panoply of utterly tasteful terracotta, cream, burnt umber and yellow ochre with arches and cobbles diving off in every direction. Farrow and Ball would be proud. And everywhere you turn your gaze there’s another church tower, a dome, or a palazzo or a magnificent portico. The guide books say that the university side of the city has more edge. It’s definitely scruffier, with street food, cheaper cafes and graffiti. La Grassa I’ve walked ten miles today in searing heat and had to have four showers. Time for dinner. Italian food hasn’t hit the mark yet (though the ice cream has). Dinner is disappointing and bland, even though it’s a local (and not cheap) restaurant that has good reviews. It doesn’t help that I don’t eat pasta. I’m observing the locals to see if they cope with eating spaghetti bolognese any better than the English. I don’t think it’s any less messy, though they do rotate their forks very rapidly when they are hoovering it up. La Rossa It's Sunday in Bologna and most of the city is slumbering. It's still sweltering but now it's thunderstorms and driving rain. These colonnades come in really useful. Except when they run out. I'm sheltering in a doorway hoping it will ease up soon. One of the flat owners has already stuck his head out to see what I'm doing. I think I might have leaned on a doorbell. Up in time to be a proper tourist and take a toy train to the San Luca sanctuary on top of a hill outside town. It is touted as being a 4km climb up the hill (under colonnades of course) after traversing the five kilometres that take you outside the city proper, past the football stadium. The reward is to be stupendous views. I wasn't looking forward to the climb up but decide it will be a healthy option. I can't help but be relieved when the train turns up the hill and deposits us right at the top. I decide I will compensate by walking the whole way back into the centre. The church itself is pretty enough and the views are good, but interrupted by vegetation. There isn't a whole cityscape or view of the Apennines spread before us. So while Bologna gives even Firenze a run for its money inside the city, the much lauded views across the Arno take the prize. Through the gaps in the trees Bologna is a sea of red roofs. This explains why it's called La Rossa- it's much browner from inside up. I'm drenched again when I get back to my hotel but for different reasons today.

I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a convenient location in Central Bologna, we drove our rental car through the small streets and main Square to get to the Hotel down a quiet street. The Hotel is quaint, the staff very helpful. The rooms are modest and comfortable. If your parking your car in their Garage they charge Euros 28.

Via De'Pignattari, 11 Bologna BO

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Basilica of San Petronio and Archaeological Museum
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Bologna City Centre, Art Hotel Commercianti is next to popular attractions like Basilica of San Petronio and Archaeological Museum. This 35-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. It's in central Bologna and also a short walk from Communal Collection of Fine Arts and Museum of Giorgio Morandi.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Art Hotel Commercianti's 35 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, safes, and desks. TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Art Hotel Commercianti enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and free newspapers. If you drive, self parking is EUR 28 per night, and there's also a train station shuttle. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3


Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Room Single Use

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 499 reviews