Hotel Corona d'Oro 1890, Bologna
Tel: 39 051 745 7611
Concierge.com's insider take:
A small, charming hotel just a few minutes' walk from Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the medieval quarter, the Hotel Corona d' Oro occupies part of a 14th-century house that still retains its original facade, complete with rustic wooden columns. The highlight is a stunning Art Nouveau salon with a retractable glass roof, where breakfast is served. Popular with visiting opera singers, actors, and artists, this is one of the few places in Bologna where you can be fairly sure of avoiding the business crowd. A tasteful 2004 refurbishment has given the whole place the feel of an elegant townhouse, with cream and beige tints predominating in the 40 bedrooms, none of which are alike. Some of the first-floor rooms have ceiling frescoes dating back to the 15th century; others have views of the city's twin leaning towers. A few feature small terraces. Part of the Bologna Art Hotels group (which includes Hotel dei Commercianti, Hotel dell'Orologio, and Hotel Novecento, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi and bicycle use.