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Novotel Bologna Fiera

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at this hotel with my 8 year old daughter, the Hotel itself was nice and clean but I felt the restaurant was very overpriced and not worth the money, You would be better getting a taxi into Bologna for around 10 to 12 euros. Please be aware the pool does not open till 11am- if you have young children, has we did this could cause a problems as there is nothing else to do Room itself was clean- they shower was broken and the safe would not work we did report this on the first day but nothing was done about it. Bed was very lumpy- both myself and my husband did not sleep well Life guard was not a cheerful sole- not enough sunbeds or chairs at pool and pool was dirty. Showers at pool were faulty and dirty. Breakfast was hit and miss for the days we were there- food was very bais and seemed to be on a first come first served basis. Would I stay here again- probably not.

We stay in Novotels a fair amount as stop-overs when travelling with the children, and this time was no exception - a one night stopover on the way back from Umbria. Though I normally know what I'm getting this time I was somewhat disappointed. Pro's: - Inexpensive for the height of summer, clean room, easy to get to from the motorway, reasonable breakfast. Cons: - Air conditioning didn't work properly, so room unpleasantly hot - Pool made unwelcoming by staff member who insisted on moving the seats around to suit him, my 7 year olds sat on a nearby (empty) lounger after getting out of the pool to be told to move because the staff member was moving the loungers! - Restaurant prices extortionate. I guess this is how they make their money on the cheap rooms, but they were terrible. We were still going to eat there as we were feeling lazy after a long drive, but after being left with no service at all for 15 minutes we walked out and a 5 minute walk took us to a chain steak/burger place which was absolutely fine for a meal out with children (and much more affordable!) - Location. We knew about this before we arrived so no surprise or issue but don't choose here if you're looking to explore central Bologna as it's on the outskirts. Shame really. Even the welcome on arrival wasn't like all the other Novotels where the welcome is normally so friendly. This time the staff member took a phone call whilst checking us in, which though unimportant did set the impression for customer service for our stay.

Stayed here for six nights to use as a base to travel around surrounding area as part of a trip to italy, to take in maranello, imola, Rimini, modena. Booked this as a last minute change of plans purely as the kids wanted a hotel with a pool, which we found out closed at eight (or earlier, depending on when the pool lady decided enough). On arrival our room had to be changed as the air conditioning didn't work and it was nearly 40 degrees outside. The beds were the most uncomfortable, at best and they were effectively glorified camp beds that creaked when we moved, and I actually woke up with angry, red sore spots on my hips because the mattress was so hard. We had a 'discussion' with a man on the desk when we asked for a voucher that is required to get towels for the pool because we had already had more than one as apparently you are only allowed two towels max, per stay and you have to re-use them, even though there were four of us, and the house keeping kept removing them from the room every day! The gym is functional, with two treadmills, a bike and a weights machine but was like a sauna when we were there as the air con didn't seem to work. You can walk in to town from the hotel in about 40 mins, but be aware! We had a difficult conversation with our twelve year old boy when he asked why there were lots of women lifting up their dresses to show drivers their bottoms! The camper cans surrounding the hotel are far from holiday makers just pitching up for the night! Considering the hotel is so far from the city the "city tax", of €3 pppn I think was extortionate, especially when we had "prepaid" with the intention of having no surprises when we arrived. There is a good eatery across the road, the old wild west, which is attached to the cinema has good food, good beer and a good atmosphere.

Had to stay at this hotel as our flight was cancelled due to bad weather. We have not stayed at a Novotel before and if this hotel is indicative of the chain as a whole then we will not be tempted to try any of the others. We understood that this is a budget option and we were only staying one night until we caught our flight home so we did not complain about the broken bedside light, the broken sink or the lumpy beds, but we did expect friendly and courteous service as manners cost nothing. Unfortunately this seemed to be too much trouble. The surly concierge on reception the evening we stayed could not be bothered and seemed irritated at being asked any basic questions at all such as can we order a taxi and what time is breakfast served? In fact he could not even be bothered to look up. A real contrast to our previous experience at hotels we have stayed at in Italy. I have never written a poor review of anything before, but felt I must as I wished to warn others who might be considering staying here. There are much better options.

Fair price of 59 for a double bed with sofa bed booked a few hours before getting to Bologna. Room was clean, there is an outside pool. But the pool closes at 20h00 (seems to be the rule here as our renting villa has the same rule). Not nice as the hotel is close to the airport and highway, so travellers can arrive rather late and it's always nice to get a moment of freshness after the flight or road. Breakfast at 15 euros was an uninteresting buffet. Italian instant coffee..., powder juices, poor quality food.

We checked in for 2 nights after a horrible experience with an AirBnB apartment...greeted so warmly by Fabio who informed us that the 3rd party we reserved with showed a duplicate reservation. We cancelled through them and he also helped out with that! It was such a nice way to wind down our vacation ~ yes you are away from old town but only about (12-15 euros away)...so worth it to get A/C...you will not get the feeling of Italy being in Hotel as the location is in modern section of city. Don't eat at hotel...spend the time to go into town and spend less for a much more authentic dinner...

Very good value for money during holiday season. I guess the prices are higher when there is a fair. Very pleasant staff, good breakfast and clean room. This is a safe choice. Free parking in front of the entrance. Didn't have to pay for the closed parking. You have to come by car as the hotel is not in the city center.

The hotel itself is nice with a nice room and ok breakfast. The pool was cold but we liked it due to the warm weather. The shower in the room did smell but after letting the water run för 10 minutes the smell went away. Unfurtunatly it came back the days after. I was dissapointed at the gym and hoped for more more loose weights to work out with. The only things available was two treadmills, a bike and a multi-workout-machine, which you couldnt adapt to your length. Its also a shame that the hotel is located that far away from the city center. There were busses (that you had to take from two different stations depending on the day), but you had to go through an area with a lot of traffic and no specific sidewalk and during the evenings and nights there were prostitutes and older men honking and whistling at us. The staff were nice and helpful.

The staff was great. We had a family room (queen bed + sofa bed) that was quite good. The a/c in our room was not working. They gave us another room, and that was fine. Small things like buttons and shower soap holders are missing (fell off). Rooms are clean and comfortable. Also very quiet.

The AC in the room didn't work so they gave us a new room on the 7th floor. That was good except for that the AC didn't work in that room either. The fan made some nise but no cold air. We had friends staying in the first floor and the AC worked really well there. Anyway - we who did not have AC did not sleep. We had dinner in the restaurant and I suggest you avoid that. We all agreed it was years since we came across a restaurant that bad. + for the pool

Via Michelino 73 Bologna BO

Hotel highlights

  • Close to BolognaFiere
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

BolognaFiere is within a mile (2 km) of Novotel Bologna Fiera, and other popular sites like National Art Gallery of Bologna are within a couple of miles (3 km). This 207-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's also close to University of Bologna and Tower of the Asinelli.


Dining

In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


Rooms

Novotel Bologna Fiera's 207 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and safes. LCD TVs come with digital channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Other amenities include phones, ironing boards, and desks.


Property features

At Novotel Bologna Fiera, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is available for EUR 15 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include 8 meeting rooms, conference space, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Superior Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1148 reviews