I couldn't fault the hospitality at Il Canale. I arrived fairly late and Giuseppe got me settled into my room as quickly as possible, deferring the check in until the following morning. He was always polite and helpful, and because I chose to forego breakfast each day so I could get out and take photographs in the morning light reduced my price because he didn't feel good about charging me.
We loved the location walking distance from the downtown Bologna area. We came to visit our daughter who could walk over from her apt. We stayed several days, left to ski in the Dolomites for 3 days, and came back to stay again. We were able to leave two bags in storage there and they were already in our room when we returned. We stayed in two different three person suites and both were great. We got taxis arranged, restaurant recommendations, and felt appreciated.
"Nice location next to one of the best restaurants "
I checked in and was greeted by a lovely clerk who took me to my room in another building. The breakfast was delicious and the location very good. I like walking and I had been to Bologna before and so I knew where I was, more or less. It was easy to get to the museums and to the shopping area and churches. I dined at Sangovesie, the top-rated restaurant which is on the same block as the hotel. It was simple to walk to the Central Station for my aerobus to the airport as well.
My only complaint is that one wall was a little thin and the resident of the room opposite it slammed it every time.
Otherwise, a lovely stay!
When we finally found the hotel, no help from TomTom here as the roads are closed to the private car and the immediate area has been pedestrianised, we were very pleased with the hotel and surprised at its 2* rating as it deserves much better than that.
The staff were extremely helpful, parking the car is more of an issue but directions to an underground Car Park were given which is about 15 minutes walking time.
Famed for its medieval towers, Bologna's well-preserved historic center is where visitors can climb the Asinelli Tower for panoramic views of the city's red-tiled rooftops, including the Basilica of San Petronico on Piazza Maggiore. Extending from the piazza, over 40 km of porticos provide shelter for pedestrians. About a 10-minute stroll east, the venerable University of Bologna dates to 1088.