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Best Western Hotel San Donato

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is located very closely to the main towers, with almost any shop service in the nearby. The hotel furniture is very old-fashioned, with unpleasant smell in the corridors probably due to the moquette. Our economy room was of adequate size, with a window in bedroom and another one in the bathroom (very large compared to other hotels of similar category). Hand towels were too thin, and shower head was not detachable, that makes it quite uncomfortable. AC sockets are not well distributed inside the room. Breakfast food is ok, but coffee quality should definitely be improved. Housekeepers are very polite, while courtesy of receptionists is in the average.

Situated in the middle of the action, metres away from the towers, this is a decent place to stay. Rooms are basic and in need of updating but very clean. The walls are paper-thin so it can be quite noisy and housekeeping need reminding if this. No restaurant as such but breakfast is available. Complimentary teas and coffees can be made in the lounge/bar area on the 2nd floor. Showers really do need anti slip mats 😬 Lots of busy bars close at hand - this is student territory so it can be hard to find somewhere for a quiet drink. Small supermarket just across from the hotel so really no need to use the overpriced (as ever!) minibars. Ask for a room with a balcony.

This hotel is located right behind the square with the two main towers, so from here it's easy to access all the centre of the city. The hotel is very basic and the rooms are big some things could be renovated or improved, like the heating that is too high in the corridor and sometimes also in the rooms. The bed size and comfort were good, the bathroom were big and renovated, the view over the city is wonderful (mainly from the top roof terrace), the place is rather quiet so you can sleep well. The personnel of the reception is very nice and attentive to your needs, while the cleaning women are pretty noisy and a bit fast. The price was not that high for a Best Western hotel.

Even though there are some really tiny rooms, this is a great place to stay. A short walk from the central square and right in the middle of the action. The reception staff are exceptionally helpful and go out of their way to help. When they book you a taxi, it always arrives on time.

We picked this hotel based on its central location. It is a nice hotel, and there are pleasant walks in the neighborhood, but be aware that the street system in this part of Bologna is somewhat chaotic, so it's hard to self-navigate. Be prepared to use taxis to get around. The hotel has nice amenities and décor. There are many restaurants nearby, but while we were there, many were overrun by students, and were very noisy.

Great location, we took the Aerobus from the airport. When you come out the door look right, you will see a ticket machine at the bus stop, €6 per adult, take it 3 stops, we read the hotel was a 10 min walk from the stop, well it's a 20 min walk. The hotel it's self is really nice. The staff are very helpfully.You leave your room key at reception, but on return they give you your key without asking for I'D. Nice breakfast, & a nice outdoor terrice. SHOWER is a bit small. Rooms are spotless, well done housekeeping. Will stay here again.

This hotel is located in the heart of the city and vibrates with the bustle of Bologna. Earplugs are supplied with the toiletries and are needed for rooms facing the square outside. However, the service and facilities are excellent. There is a superb breakfast buffet and the staff were very helpful. Definitely will return.

We started out very frustrated trying to find this place by auto. We had GPS that directed us to the general vicinity in Bologna, but after that we were going around in circles: getting to streets that were blocked, or going the wrong way (many one way streets) or even onto a street that became pedestrian only (without signage to that effect) and then egress blocked by cement poles-all this required a very delicate backing out to avoid obstacles and uncooperative, unsympathetic, and much amused locals. Finally we managed to illegally park in a lot which turned out to be only a 5 minute walk from the hotel, once I realized where we were. Upon entering the hotel we were told to drive right over because they had a lot (24 Euros a day). The clerk (and all the staff were courteous and helpful) told me that GPS doesn't give reliable directions in the area of the old center city. She took out a map and showed me the best way to exit this old center city by car, and where then to start using the GPS, and upon our return, what destination to enter in the GPS and then upon reaching that place, she drew a reliable route to reach the hotel. It would have been helpful had the hotel sent a standard email to every person who made a reservation spelling all this out. Once they drafted the whole instruction it wouldn't have taken a lot of effort to send it electronically to every potential guest. A lot of wasted time and aggravation would have been avoided! And the inner city streets have no vehicular traffic on Saturdays-we happened to be on a Saturday tour and our driver was able to pick us up early in the morning, but had to drop us off blocks from the hotel in the afternoon. This could be a real problem for someone checking in on a Saturday! The hotel was in an old building right within the bustling area of the old center of the city. Staff was nice. Rooms were kind of motel-adequate. Shower was OK. We had a balcony with a view. There was an extra charge for breakfast. We did not utilize the breakfast for scheduling reasons. Room cost was reasonable.

We chose the Best Western Hotel San Donato because of it's central location, which was brilliant for our overnight stay in Bologna. We chose location over "character." The room was large and clean, and the bed was very comfortable. Our room overlooked the secured parking area, so was lovely and quiet. The roof terrace is a great place to have a drink and unwind, taking in the sights and sounds of this special city. If you are looking for a centrally located hotel that is reasonably priced, this is the hotel for you.

Housed within a traditional city-centre building, this hotel really scores on location, as it is easy to reach many of the city's principal attractions, as well as restaurants and shopping areas. The surrounding streets can be busy and noisy, but the atmosphere really adds to the experience of staying here. The hotel serves an excellent buffet breakfast (which can be enjoyed on the terrace in fine weather); the staff were consistently friendly and helpful; and the hotel's roof terrace offers outstanding views of Bologna. A good choice - one we would definitely recommend.

Via Zamboni 16 Bologna BO

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Tower of the Asinelli and Tower of the Garisenda
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace

Located in Bologna City Centre, Best Western Hotel San Donato is next to popular attractions like Tower of the Asinelli and Tower of the Garisenda. This 59-room, 4-star hotel has a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Bologna and also a short walk from University of Bologna and Basilica Santo Stefano.


Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the hotel and get a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


Best Western Hotel San Donato's 59 rooms are air-conditioned and provide minibars, ceiling fans, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also available.

Property features

Best Western Hotel San Donato features a rooftop terrace, conference space, and a computer station. Self parking is offered for EUR 26 per night. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. This family-friendly hotel also has express check-out.

Room options

Economy Room, 1 Single Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Classic Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Triple Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 804 reviews