A wonderful stay at Al Cappello Rosso in Bologna

Al Cappello Rosso is located just steps from the historic Piazza Maggiore. It is an ideal location for exploring the museums, monuments, and medieval streets of Bologna. There is also award-winning shopping and dining mere minutes from the front door. Walking is an excellent way to explore the winding streets of the city, however Al Cappello Rosso has free bikes for guests to use on their exploration of the city and its surroundings.

The hotel itself is a place where history, art, and culture collide. All of the rooms at Al Cappello Rosso have different themes, each one meticulously designed by renowned artists and stage designers.

On my recent trip to Italy, I stayed four nights at the Al Cappello Rosso hotel in Bologna. This stylish hotel in the heart of the old city centre has been around for nearly 600 years. Their passion for hospitality comes through in the careful attention to detail, the immaculate rooms, and the friendly, warm service.

Rooms at Al Cappello Rosso

There are 33 rooms at Al Cappello Rosso, but they also have ten apartments in two other nearby buildings. These apartments are just as detailed as the rooms, and offer guests a private residence within the historic Bologna city centre. Five are studio apartments, which sleep two guests in an open-plan layout, while the other five are one and two-bedroom apartments which sleep anywhere from two to six people.

Rooms at Al Cappello Rosso are all different, which is delightful for return guests, who can either request their favourite room or be surprised with a new, unique design. My room was the American Icon Superior room, which I absolutely loved. It’s bright decor was designed by Mauro Tinti, an Italian set designer, as a collaboration between Al Cappello Rosso and the Biografilm Festival. This international event, held annually in Bologna, highlights and celebrates the lives of famous (and maybe not so famous) people each year through a series of documentaries, biopics, and short films.

The American Icon room pays homage to US President John F. Kennedy through a deconstructed American flag and elements of his private life. With an emphasis on sailing, a passion of the president, and a faithful reproduction of his favourite rocking chair – found at both the White House (JFK had one made especially for him), and Hyannisport, the Kennedy compound – the room brings this true American icon to life.

Amenities at Al Cappello Rosso

Al Cappello Rosso offers its guests a wide array of wonderful amenities, both in the room and out. Every room and apartment has a pillow menu (so guests can choose the perfect pillow for them), silk kimonos, bathrobes, and sleepers. Technology abounds here; each room has complimentary wifi, a 26” LCD television, telephone, and an in-room safe so large it fit five times my laptop!

The bathroom includes all the amenities guests could possibly want, from a shaving kit to a makeup mirror, hairdryer, scale, and more. Evening turndown service included chocolates, an informative paper with events, and a card that listed the following day’s weather. Touches like this make everyone who stays at Al Cappello Rosso feel extraordinarily special.

For guests pleasure outside of the hotel, Al Cappello Rosso offers bicycles and golf equipment. The bicycles are a great way to explore the sprawling city, which includes astounding architecture, a leaning tower, Gothic and Renaissance churches, and the world’s oldest university. There are several golf courses nearby for guests to make use of the golf clubs.

Dining at Al Cappello Rosso

Meals at Al Cappello Rosso are served in their Osteria, a traditional Italian restaurant. Breakfast, is simple yet filling. They offer the standard Italian breakfast, with croissants, cakes, fruit, cold meats and cheese, and of course espresso. Gluten-free and organic dishes are available as well. Pastry and bakery items are made fresh each day by the talented staff.

Midday and evening menus at the Osteria offer a wide selection of traditional Bolognese dishes alongside an array of Italian meats, cheese, wines, and more. I opted for their grilled beef steak, served with baked potatoes and a fresh side salad. From their extensive Italian wine list, I selected the Signore Ravenna Famoso, a white blend from the Emilia-Romagna region where Bologna is located.

In addition to the dining options at Al Cappello Rosso’s Osteria, they also sell packaged gifts, olive oils, wines, pasta, and more. For over 200 years, the Osteria has been a place for both locals and visitors to relax.

My stay at Al Cappello Rosso in the heart of Bologna was wonderful. From the moment I stepped into the lobby, the atmosphere and attitude of the staff was friendly and inviting. No request was too small and they truly made me feel at home. I recommend this historic hotel for the next time you are in Bologna, Italy.

For more information:

Al Cappello Rosso

Via de’ Fusari, 9 I- 40123 Bologna

Tel: +39 051 261891


I stayed at Al Cappello Rosso as a guest of Bologna Welcome but as always opinions are my own.

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