My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Il Guercino for 3 nights during a visit to Bologna in June 2010.
We paid £52 per night for a double room with breakfast and made our reservation via www.travelrepublic.co.uk.
Hotel Il Guercino is hidden away in a courtyard off the quiet side street of Via Luigi Serra.
A couple of minutes walk from the hotel brings you to the main road of Via Giacomo Matteotti, from where it is only a few hundred metres to Bologna's central train station.
It was the proximity to the train station that appealed to us when booking this hotel, as we intended to make use of it for day trips to Ferrara and Rimini.
Upon arrival, we simply caught the Aerobus (6 Euros) from Bologna airport to the train station and walked the 5 minutes to the hotel.
Past the train station, the main road becomes Via dell'Indipendenza which leads straight down to Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the old part of the city. The walk from the hotel to Piazza Maggiore took 20-30 minutes, but was relatively easy as it was practically a straight line along one main road.
There are restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries and shops within a couple of minutes walk of the hotel.
Our room had the feeling of a loft conversion with bare wooden ceiling boards and beams.
There were various pieces of rustic wooden furniture including bedside tables, chairs, a large wall unit (which housed a TV, a safe, a mini fridge and coffee and tea making facilities) and a large wooden trunk at the foot of the bed.
The wardrobe, however, wasn't wooden. It wasn't even a wardrobe. Instead, there was a metal clothes rail with numerous clothes hangers attached to it. That isn't a complaint; it served our needs perfectly well.
The bed was a proper double bed rather than the two single beds pushed together that we frequently encounter in hotels these days.
There was a pleasant balcony with a table, two chairs and a selection of colourful flowers in plant pots. There wasn't much of a view though, with the surroundings being largely residential.
The en-suite shower room was compact, but also clean and modern. There was no bathtub, but the glass shower cubicle was more spacious than many I have encountered. Fresh towels and complimentary toiletries were provided and there was also a hairdryer provided.
The buffet breakfast included in the room rate was superb and was even more enjoyable as it was served on a picturesque outdoor sun terrace.
It included fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, huge flaky croissants, sweet pastries, cakes and biscuits, breadsticks and various bread rolls, cold cuts of meat and cheese, scrambled eggs and sausages. There was an assortment of jams in small pots on each table. There was a choice of fruit juices, a selection of teas and coffee.
A good value hotel with a location that is very convenient for the railway station. Clean and comfortable rooms, an exceptional al fesco breakfast buffet and a quiet courtyard setting. Highly recommended!
As you approach the hotel from the rail station a few street signs mark the hotels location.
The Hotel Il Guercino can be entered walking thorugh a small archway from Via Luigi Serra and is well signposted. All the staff I met spoke English well and were quite helpfull with everything we asked them. Entrance to the room is by a single chipped card and this is placed inside a wall unit inside to turn the power on. The room we had was a little small and as with normal for Europe a double consisted of two singles pushed together. The bathroom was clean and large enough to swing a cat easily. The window was a large glass door that opened out to a balcony overlooking a couple of what appeared to be derelict appartment buildings, but thats not unusual as if you use a big hotel site you always get the worse views lol.
There are lots of local shops in the surrounding streets selling all sorts of things, also a few local restaurants within 50m. The nearest bus stop is about 50m away and its about 600m to the main railway station. If you want to walk to Piazza Maggiore in the city centre its about 1500m and will take about 30 minutes and is one long road called Via Independenza.
Unique Quality: Bar, breakfast room, lounge area also some seating outside in the courtyard. Great for the train and bus stations both being only a ten minute walk away.
Directions: 500m north of the railway station as the crow flies.
I stayed there with 2 friends over new year just gone, and we really enjoyed our stay. The hotel was clean, relatively spacious, well-located and the staff were very friendly. Above all, the rooms are amazing for what they cost.
Breakfast was also good.
Apart from being sad to leave Bologna, we were also sad to leave the hotel!!
Unique Quality: Nice quiet atmosphere. Felt as if it was modern, yet retained a classic feel.
Was nice to see "Welcome Mr ......" on the TV screen when we checked into the room!
Directions: Out of the train station, turn left, left again and walk over the bridge - only 5 minutes away - use map for mokre precise directions.
Il Guercino is a pleasant hotel just outside of the city center. It was a safe, five-minute walk from the train station. The staff spoke English well, and the room was very nice. It featured a small side room and a glass door that opened up to a sizeable deck with a table and chairs. Bologna's city center is not very big, probably about a 20 minute walk from top to bottom, and all is within easy reach from Il Guercino. Although the Italians are not known for "doing" breakfast, you wouldn't know it by the spread that this hotel puts on--pastries, cheeses, meats, different pates (try the prosciutto!), blood orange juice on tap, etc., etc.! All for only 68 euros!
Unique Quality: It was fun standing on the deck, looking at all the laundry hanging from clotheslines and listenening to the locals having spirited conversations in their homes! Very Italian...
Directions: Walk over the bridge just north of the train station and veer left after about two blocks.
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Address: Via Luigi Serra 7, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, 40129, Italy