Bologna Hotel Porta San Mamolo
About Hotel Porta San Mamolo
In a quiet corner of Bologna, a mere few minutes walking from the centre, is Hotel Porta San Mamolo. Considering first impressions matter in the hotel business at least, the welcoming nature of this reception room speaks volumes. The particular furniture and quaint wall to wall decorations reflect a glowing feeling about this place, almost like it was home.
It’s not surprising though, since this first opened as Hotel Falcone in 1934, then changed to Hotel San Mamolo before Roberto Condello, it’s present owner took over in 2000 and renamed it Hotel Porta San Mamolo after the nearby ancient ‘gateway’ into Bologna.
Walking through into the narrow courtyard one is again fascinated with the oasis in the middle of this city hotel. Further inspection leads into this dining area which is flooded with bright sunlight. This was in fact the Silverio restaurant many years ago presided over by the renowned local chef of the same name.
This next building was an addition to the original hotel and actually took Roberto five years to fully convert. It also happens to be nearly 600 years old and therefore boasts many characteristic features. The climb up the stairway for example is reminiscent of an old bell tower with beautiful iron railings and candle-like lamps. Low ceiling oak beams and charming fireplaces also add a certain charm to the place.
Of course the rooms are no less spectacular and are probably more in keeping with an old manor in the countryside. Hotel Porta San Mamolo is rated with three stars, however, the style here is rich and easily boasts more comfort than meets the eye . Some rooms even have their own private terrace.
There are 43 rooms in all including eight junior suites. Disabled access is also provided here as well as conference facilities.
For those wishing to discover some tranquility their needs can also be met as the many nukes and crannies in this complex make for an interesting detour back to the room. Artists and literary heroes are known to frequent this hotel simply to work. Inspiration, it seems, appears to ooze from the very fabric of Hotel Porta San Mamolo although, perhaps too, from the vista afforded over the red roofs of Bologna.