Concierge.com's insider take:
Small but perfectly formed, the Novecento is our current candidate for best-value centro storico accommodation. The building that houses the hotel goes back to the early 1900s (hence the name), and its origins are hinted at in design details inspired by Viennese-style Art Nouveau (dark wood furniture and fittings, chrome bedside lights). But the overriding design idiom of this 2003 newcomer is a comfortable modernism, with stripy silk and organza curtains, colorful cushions and dried flower arrangements lending warmth to the sleek lines and muted cream and white color scheme of the 25 bedrooms. Bathrooms in sand-colored marbles have all the amenities, and the generous breakfast buffet features lots of fresh fruit, homemade jam, hams and cheeses. It's one of four Bologna Art Hotels (along with the Corona d'Oro, the Hotel dei Commercianti, and the Hotel dell'Orologio, whose perks include parking permits for the Old Town, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary use of bicycles.