With its white marble, frescoed ceilings, chandeliers and a grand stairway, the lobby alone feels more palace than hotel.
Opulent is the word that best describes the Grand Hotel, situated in the heart of Bologna. With its white marble, frescoed ceilings, chandeliers and a grand stairway, the lobby alone feels more palace than hotel. Certainly the hallways are palatial, the walls boast Renaissance art, and the public spaces are decked out with antique furniture. The I Carracci restaurant specializes in Bolognese cuisine, including handmade pasta and authentic Bolognaise sauce, and the space itself is decorated works of art from the Carracci school. With 124 rooms boasting 17th-century antiques, rich fabrics and large pink marble bathrooms, the modern touches are here too: WiFi in rooms, flatscreen TVs. There’s plenty to do here as well---play a round of golf, a game of tennis, head for the swimming pool or check out the new health center, complete with a sauna and a solarium.