Grand Hotel Magestic Gia Baglioni Bologna

It’s not often a great deal opens up on a five star hotel. I’ve eyed this hotel several times and never found the price under $300.

I managed to find a last minute deal to this hotel for $207 a night so I grabbed it!

The hotel itself is off the main shopping street that’s almost a direct straight line from the train station. A twenty minute walk. Also roughly twenty minutes from the airport.

The hotel is perfectly located down the street from the main plaza. Within two minutes you are looking up at the Neptune statue in the grand plaza. From there all the cities main sites are within a few minutes walk.

As far as the hotel goes, it has the usual old world charm of a vintage hotel. Marble floors, a grand staircase that’s expertly paired with antique furniture.

The staff is superb. Friendly and willing to go the extra mile. I was quickly checked in and escorted to my room. (And I did get an complimentary upgrade to king suite).

The room was nice. Not too big. Enough room for a desk and king size bed. The bathroom was quite large. The bed was made with linens instead of cotton sheets. Seemed weird and a little scratchy but it felt fine once I got in the sheets.

Negatives were the super tiny television and the fact that you can hear people in high heels and roller boards whizzing by. But it’s a historic hotel so you have to expect some thin floors.

Situated in the center of the old town across from a historic church and just steps away from the Piazza Maggiore.

I have to say this biggest disappointment was the food. The breakfast came with the hotel and was your standard continental fare with a small hot foods area with eggs and sausage. Everything else was extra. Fruit was nothing special. Disappointing for a high end five star hotel.

In addition, the food in the bar area was also lacking and severely overpriced! A bowl of vegetable soup was 22 euro. It was yummy though. The pasta was ok.

Overall, you can’t beat the location of this hotel. I also would probably skip this at full price though!

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