Bologna and Ravenna hotels

Rick doesn't cover these areas of Italy. Does anyone have a recommendation of a moderate hotel, B&B that they have used in these places. Plan 4 days in Bologna and maybe 2 in Ravenna. Using trains. We're leaving in 3 weeks so it should be low season. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Linda
Bromley, Kent,, UK
1759 posts

Be aware that, because it is a Trade Fair centre, hotels prices in Bologna can double, treble or even more on the days when events are on. Accom can also be in short supply. The link is to the official calendar of events. If you can be flexible with your dates you may be lucky. Try the Paradise hotel, it is small, incredibly friendly and halfway between the railway station and Piazza Maggiore. They also have serviced studio rooms/small apartments co-located, you take breakfast in the hotel.

Posted by LaVee
Edenton, NC, usa
74 posts

I stayed at Hotel Drapperie in Bologna and was very pleased. It is in the historic center with lovely shops/markets around, and an elevator. Evening desk attendant when I went in 2010 was hit/miss with advice (depending on whether you wanted sushi in Bologna) (think he was a student). Day manager was great. Room was clean & larger than many similar hotels in Italy, beds were good, bath was great. Reviews at Trip Advisor: Here are several links and articles about Bologna and excursions (would love feedback if you do any of them I am heading there in April):
. Can't wait to hear how your trip was!!

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
5664 posts

Great hotel in Ravenna is the Hotel Centrale Byron, in the middle of town. Excellent staff, good breakfast, about 60 or 70 euro single. The Hotel Bizanzio is under same ownership, slightly more expensive. In Bologna I like the Metropolitan.

Posted by Janet
Colorado, USA
606 posts

The 2011 Italy book included Ravenna - can't speak to the new edition. We used Rick's suggestion of Casa Masoli B&B and really enjoyed staying there.

Posted by Rosalyn
1416 posts

We stayed at the b&b Galla Placidia in Ravenna, It's a very short walk from the complex of sights which includes the church of S. Vitale. The owner is very friendly and serves a nice breakfast. We stayed there about 5 years ago, so I don't remember the price, but I know it was quite reasonable.

Posted by Carol
Martinez, CA, USA
765 posts

Second for Casa Masoli. We really enjoyed our stay in this converted mansion. It is family run and each of the rooms are beautifully decorated. It was a short walk to San Vitale Basilica and Mausaleum of Galla Placidia as well as many other sights. You can check out their website as well as their reviews on

Posted by bronwen
maplewood, new jersey, usa
775 posts

We stayed at Hotel Genius in Bologna - convenient and near a bus stop to train station. Very nice - we upgraded our triple reservation to a beautiful big suite. NOT very expensive and we loved the little wine bar at corner Vino Veritas.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
4732 posts

I'm not sure what your idea of "moderate" hotel is. In Bologna, I stayed at the Hotel dei Commercianti. It was more expensive than my usual price point, but I felt it was a very good value for money. It included one of the most lavish breakfast spreads I've seen anywhere.

Posted by Judy
Alexandria, MN, USA
131 posts

Thanks to all of you that responded on hotels in Bologna and Ravenna. Didn't ever hear from Casa Masoli in Ravenna, but have booked the Hotel Central Byron for 4 night. That one looks great too. Booked the Hotel Paradise in Bologna for 4 nights. Both are good value with good reviews. Planning day trips to Parma and Ferrara. I'm excited about this Emilia-Romagna area. Any other ideas would also be welcome.