Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
Old Palace, Near the Two Towers
Part of the Art Hotel chain in Bologna, Corona d'Oro is a luxury boutique hotel and one of their top ones in Bologna. It is housed in a couple of adjacent palaces in the heart of the old city, near le Due Torri. The location is fantastic, and the hotel is very comfortable and lovely. Service is also friendly and helpful.
A Gold Star for Corona d’Oro
“Bologna, being very full of tourists, detained there by an inundation which rendered the road to Florence impassable, I was quartered up at the top of an hotel, in an out-of-the-way room which I never could find: containing a bed, big enough for a boarding school, which I couldn’t fall asleep in.”
— from “Pictures from Italy” 1868 by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Room with a view Our room, No. 214, was a pleasure to come home to each evening after exhilarating days of playing tourist. The room’s small size did not effect our enjoyment; that is because it gave out onto a balcony with a screen of flowering jasmine and a view of one of Bologna’s symbolic landmarks, Torre degli Asinelli (see photo #4). We never tired of this precious outdoor space.
The immaculately clean room was decorated in a warm color scheme; the walls were covered in a textured, terra-cotta colored cloth (see photo #3). Like Mr. Dickens our bed was big; but unlike him, sleeping was a snap on the comfortable mattress. We kept the balcony doors open at night, allowing the flowering jasmine to fill our heads with its intoxicating fragrance.
We too stayed in Bologna a few days, five to be exact. We could not have asked for a better place to stop than albergo Corona d’Oro.
Perfectly situated in the centro storico, this hotel, housed in a 15th century palazzo, is part of a collection of five in Bologna’s Art Hotel chain. The staff was friendly, helpful and professional. The lovely, classically appointed lobby (see photo #2) and cocktail lounge rarely hosted any guests during our visit. Yet, each evening a bartender was at his post ready to serve a refreshing drink: a glass of Emilia-Romagna’s native wine, Lambrusco, perhaps?
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