Accommodations in Bologna…HELP!

Old Aug 6th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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Accommodations in Bologna…HELP!

I need your help finding lodgings in Bologna from 9/30-10/2. Willing to pay $150.00 or less. I will be leaving Nice en-route to Florence with a stop in Bologna for 2 nights. I know that this may not be a good time to find availability in Bologna because of the Trade Shows and I may be out of luck as they’re hosting a Trade Show for “CERSAIE International exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings” from the 9/30th-10/4th. I’ve made inquiries at these hotels from various Fodorites recommendations with no luck. I’m still waiting for a response from Albergo Central (sp?). My search continues.

HOTEL AEMILIA
MERCURE BOLOGNA HOTEL
HOTEL TRE VECCHI
Best Western hotels
Casa Ilaria
STERLINO
Hotel Paradise
Sofitel
Zanhotel Regina
Al Cappello Rosso Hotel
Hotel Porta San Mamolo

Additionally, I will be taking the train from Nice to Bologna. Which is the best way to do this: Nice to Voghera; Voghera to Bologna or Nice to Milan to Bologna? And should I buy my ticket before leaving the US or wait until I arrive in Nice?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions/recommendations.

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Old Aug 6th, 2008, 07:26 AM
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Try the B&B Miramonte.
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Old Aug 6th, 2008, 07:27 AM
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Have you tried using www.venere.com to find a hotel?

What is the difference between your train routes? Don't you just want the faster one?

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Old Aug 6th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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This might help you if Venere's hotels are out of your price range

http://www.bbplanet.it/accommodations/bologna/
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Old Aug 6th, 2008, 08:34 AM
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Thanks Michael, I will look into that.

Thanks Zeppole:

I tried tripadvisor.com, kayak.com, Expedia.com, etc., but not Venere. I will check with them. As to the difference between the train routes, which is more convenient and of course fastest.

tks,

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Old Aug 7th, 2008, 03:53 AM
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It's turning out like I thought, not having any luck with accomodations in Bologna. I'm still waiting for reply from two hotels...keep your fingers and toes curl for me.

Can anyone suggest another city that I can spend 2 nights on my way to Florence outside of Bologna? I was thinking Lucca. Is this a good idea?

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Old Aug 7th, 2008, 04:05 AM
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How about Ferrara?

Are you at all interested in seeing Ravenna?
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I just re-read your itinerary.

You are going from Nice to Firenze -- with a stop in Bologna?

Were you taking the detour to Bologna to enjoy Bolognese food? In that case, go the extra 20 minutes to Ferrara.

Does a stop in Liguria interest you? A detour to Parma or Modena? Torino -- a great town?

I'm not such a fan of Lucca as a two-night destination.



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Old Aug 7th, 2008, 04:15 AM
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As I've never been to either of them, I'm open to anyone if I can find accomodations. Which do you prefer?


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Old Aug 7th, 2008, 04:20 AM
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Zeppole, Yes, Nice to Firenze my final destination (I realize that means bypassing Firenze), but I'm meeting a friend and we decided that since they've never been to Bologna (I have), it would be best to meet there, but seeing that I can't find any accommodations, I'm open to other cities.

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Then I suggeset Ferrara, which means you can both easily get in and out of Bologna -- and you'll have a new town to enjoy.

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But do google up pictures of Ravenna and info, and see if maybe you and your friend would be interested, even as a day trip. It's a fantastic art site, one of the greatest in Italy.
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hello jdc, I have tried to write you many times at your email address after your request for a room in Bologna, but all my emails come back undelivered.
We have space at our apartment in Bologna, pls write us again with another email addfress, if possible.
Thank you very much.
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Thank Raras. I will shortly.
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Zeppole:

Wanted to let you know that my friend and I decided to meet in Milano instead of Bologna which is better for me since I would have to transfer from Nice at Milano on my way to Firenze. So we'll spend a couple days there.

Thank you for your suggestions/recommedations.

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What can I say except:

I hope you already found a hotel room! (not always easy in Milano).

If you find yourselves at a momentarily loss as to what to do, the Pinocoteca Ambrosiana, near the Duomo, is a truly enjoyable museum.

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Yes, luckily we've found a hotel and thank you for your suggestion on what to do. We will definitely find some time to visit the Pinocoteca Ambrosiana museum while there.

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