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Art Hotel Commercianti

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed only a few nights but they were all excellent. Locate right off the square Piazza Maggiore and in the shadow, literally 30 feet across the alley, of Basilica di San Petronio. While breakfast buffets are a staple of travel, this one warrants special attention. A large offering of cheeses, pastries, cooked to order offerings will have you leaving very well taken care of. Rooms were well equipped and maintained. A large window was available in our room to open towards the narrow street, alley? Getting some fresh air is a nice option from the normally sealed and climate controlled rooms of other establishments. Almost attraction is in a walkable distance. Many streets are rendered pedestrian for the weekend and Piazza Maggiore is alive with musicians, families and tourists. Restaurants literally 100 yards or less from the front door.

This is a wonderful hotel with an outstanding staff who are all very helpful. We had a room with a balcony overlooking San Petronio that was charming. Lovely traditional type decorations making you feel the charm that is Bologna. The room was very comfortable with excellent AC/Heating system. The bathroom and shower were perfect. Breakfast is a very nice selection of cheeses, meats, fruits, pastries, yogurt and cereals. All served in a lovely setting with again, the very attentive staff. The good people at the Reception Desk are all warm, friendly and very helpful. This is a very excellent Hotel run by a very professional, yet friendly staff. Highly recommended and I, myself, will definitely being staying here again in the future.

We spent a week at the Hotel. We were with “Culture Discovery Vacations” and this was our base. It was an excellent choice. Breakfast was great; enough variety for anyone. There is a lift, small but will hold you and you luggage. Rooms are adequate we had a 3rd floor room with a Lanai. Maid service daily and very clean. It’s about 10 minutes from Bologna Centrale Train Station and cost about 8 euros by Taxi. It’s central location makes for easy access to Bologna’s sites. Found a small artist shop about 10 minutes away “La Tarlatana” (see review) and purchased etchings of Bologna. Bar Romano is just down the street if you get the munchies.

We stayed one night at the Art Hotel Commercianti and it was very nice. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style. The amenities of the hotel are great and we loved the slippers! Breakfast was very very good, and one of the best buffets we saw in Italy. We also loved the location. The hotel is right in the city center and an easy 20 minute walk to the train station.

We loved our visit to Bologna - the Hotel couldn't be more central, a perfect base for walking to all the major attractions. We were in the Torre Suite. It was spacious and quirky, with the original frescos on the walls, antique furniture and vaulted beamed ceilings. The room contained a book detailing the history of the hotel and frescos. A huge comfortable bed, living area and bathroom with a deep cast iron bath. Breakfast had just about everything you could want to eat including the excellent local cold meats. A perfect base for our trip.

Stayed here as a couple in September for 3 nights. The hotel is superb and our room with a terrace was so quirky. Everything we needed with great bathroom facilities and lots of nice toiletries. The staff were superb, nothing was too much trouble and the selection at breakfast was amazing. We asked if we could have fresh eggs and these were made for us, promptly starting a stampede with the other guests who did not realise they could have eggs any way up! Location just off Piazza Maggiore could not be beaten in my opinion

Booked this hotel because of its location to many of the Bologna old town attractions, and it is a perfect place to base yourself. Hotel is very old, with history including the property being used as places to study, before the university acquired its own premises. We had a suite which was spacious (you are not going to get spectacular views from the rooms) and well maintained, even though the rooms were a little tired, some might say adding to the charm. Housekeeping was good, breakfast first class with a huge choice of quality foods, and the staff very friendly, we will definitely come back here next time.

This hotel is in a side street adjacent to the Duomo, so it is just a few steps to the Piazza Maggiore. Our room on the first floor was quite gloomy, looking out on the building at the back. The room was small and stuffy, even with the air con on, but with the window open there was a lot of street noise. The street by the Duomo seemed to be a gathering point for local kids to sit and drink, and there was a lot of noise at night. There is a bar offering a wine tasting with canapes every evening and the breakfast room in the basement had a good selection for a continental breakfast. The staff were pleasant and friendly and spoke good English. Any quibbles about the hotel are more than made up for by its ideal location

Our trip to Italy was spectacular and a hidden gem that is worthy of mention is the Art Commercianti Hotel in the heart of Bologna, Italy. These hotels are a family run and we were delighted to meet one of the Orsi family owners, Ilaria Orsi, in our historical boutique hotel. This hotel is a 12th century building brimming with charm and history. We loved everything about Bologna, especially the hotel and staff that constantly strove to deliver Remarkable Service. A notable example that validates the importance of the doing the “little things” in any hotel, was the morning breakfast and amazing cappuccino to kick-start our day. On two of the three mornings that we were there, Ilaria Orsi, an owner of the hotel, personally made and served our cappuccino with a smile. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I have never had the hotel owner make or serve me coffee. This amazing hotel is a must when when visiting Bologna. The service was so awesome, I asked Ilaria if I could include this story into my new book, REMARKABLE SERVICE - How to Keep your Doors Open. They are most worthy of the recognition!! Mike Mack and Bonita Lehmann (Alberta Canada)

We really loved this charming family-run hotel right in the centre of Bologna. Our room had a balcony from which you could all-but touch the side wall of the Duomo! Staff are relaxed but always professional, too, and the breakfast is a sumptuous feast served by cheerful and helpful people. From the door of the hotel, almost all the main sites, churches, museums and galleries of the city are easily walkable. Maybe the loveliest aspect of staying at the Art Hotel is that the really beautiful Piazza Maggiore is just a minute's walk away. We rounded off every evening sitting there, having a final drink and watching the world go by. Then retired very happily to our comfortable, quiet room where we slept well, and dreaming of next morning's breakfast!

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 546 reviews