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Art Hotel Orologio

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Centrally located this is a charming hotel. We were upgraded to a spacious suite overlooking the piazza which was very pleasant. The staff are all well trained, charming and knowledgable. During our stay the hotel closed for renovations and we were moved to the sister hotel Novecento, close by. A smaller hotel, with a more elegant and arty feel. The friendly staff made it all happen so smoothly and again we had an upgrade, to a room with a large balcony overlooking the square. Rather than inconvenient we were happy to experience both hotels and can happily recommend both.

The hotel is charming and full of character. Location can not be better if you want to stay in the Bologna historical part- it is in the middle of everything, but off the busy street at the same time. Classic decor, marble bathroom. The "superior" double room was a bit on a small size, but very charming. The only drawback was the bed- it was advertised as one "king size", but actually was made of 2 single divans

Back in April 2017 my wife booked a great online deal for this hotel, and we were really looking forward to staying there in July. This was based on the photos of the rooms and the reviews that described it as "charming," "quirky," "great location," "a small gem," etc. Unfortunately, we were never able to find out how great it was because, upon arrival, we were notified that they would instead be moving us to another of their hotels nearby, The Novecento. They apologized and told us it was an 'upgrade' to a 4 star hotel. Although it was definitely modern, it did not have any of the charm that we had seen in pictures of the Hotel Orologio and the location was definitely inferior. In the evening the Novecento courtyard tended to attract kids who sat around talking, drinking, and on one occasion listening to a boombox. Harmless, but not what you want to come home to, or expect in front of a '4 star' hotel. Management explained that it was a public space and there wasn't much they could to. True enough, but this was far different from the visual appeal of the landscaped courtyard of the Orologio which is right next to the Piazza Maggiore and which we often walked past on the way to the Novecento. Positives, the staff was cordial and helpful and they did have a very nice breakfast. I have seen in reviews that we aren't the only Orologio 'guests' that have had this happen. My hunch is that they overbook the charming Orologio with these special offers and then use these reservations to fill their nearby properties- a classic bait and switch. Anyway, just be aware that booking a room at the Art Hotel Orologio may not mean that you will be staying there.

The location is perfect for exploring the centre of Bologna. The hotel itself is a gem of a place, comfortable, quirky and with attention to detail. We were upgraded to a suite on the 5th floor so the views were fantastic and we had a bird's eye view of the goings on down in the street. We really loved hearing the buzz of people going about their everyday lives. The breakfast was one of the best we have had in Italy (and we've had many!) and the staff were friendly and accommodating. We would definitely go back here.

Check in was swift and assistance to our queries was always positive and helpful. Our room was comfortable and well equipped. Although very central no disturbances were heard from our room Would definitely stay at this hotel again.

A few metres from Piazza Maggiore, this was a friendly and comfortable place without any real noise pollution from the square. The room and bathroom were comfortable and worked well. The Jeffry breakfast was a little limited but perfectly adequate. Would stay again

The hotel Orologio is located just off Piazza Maggiore in the heart of Bologna.An ancient building that has a lot of atmosphere and is astonishing quiet. Breakfast is for Italian standards very good. Everything in the center of Bologna can be easily reached on foot from the hotel.A lot of nice restaurants are just around the corner.

Art Hotel Orlogio is a very well located hotel with well-designed interior, delightful room and ditto bathroom. The breakfast is superb and so is the helpful staff. I would rate the hotel better than the 3 stars in the guide and would identify it as a charming hotel rather than an art hotel.

The Art Hotel Orologio is in one of the main squares of Bologna. It is within easy walking distance to the stations, shops, parks and bars. The hotel is charming with a wonderful collection of old clocks on every floor, lovely old furnishings throughout with comfortable bedrooms. The breakfast, served in a communal dining/sitting area, is very good and the coffee excellent. It is not just the hotel that impressed me but the attitude of the staff, they were exceptionally helpful with advice on places of interest in the Bologna area, trips, public transport timetables and currency exchange agencies. I would recommend this as a delightful place to stay if you enjoy older hotels full of charm.

The hotel is yards from the Piazza Maggiore on a pedestrian square in the heart of the city. It is furnished in an opulent traditional style. The lift only starts from the first floor, so access could be difficult for some. Our room overlooked the clock tower and had all the usual facilities and a/c, the marble bathroom had a full range of high end toiletries. The buffet breakfast had a wide range of local produce as well as the more usual fare. The pastries and cakes were freshly baked and the coffee was made to order. The staff were friendly and helpful and the front desk sorted out reservations and travel with efficiency.

Room options

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Classic Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1


Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Studio, Annex Building

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 483 reviews