Starhotels Excelsior

  • City Breaks, Italy, Bologna

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The contemporary and chic Starhotels Excelsior offers guests a stylish space to relax and unwind. Situated just across the road from Bologna station and a short walk from the historical heart of the city, it is the perfect base for exploring the ancient University city and the surrounding areas. The famous Piazza Maggiore is about a fifteen-minute’ walk from the hotel, but if you don’t fancy walking you can hop on the bus just outside of the hotel. The city is made up of miles of beautiful porticos, providing cool shaded walkways as you explore during the day, but at night the city comes alive as the porticoes and old town are illuminated with an orange gold glow.

The hotel blends classic style with contemporary taste, which can be seen in its comfortable guest rooms that are adorned with elegant furnishings. The rooms look out across the city's famous red rooftops and medieval towers. After a day of sightseeing come back to the calm comfortable retreat of the hotel. Relax in the lounge chairs whilst enjoying a drink from the Fondente bar or if you still have energy, guests have access to the state-of-the-art fitness room. In the evening enjoy traditional local Bolognese dishes in the hotels Avario Restaurant by Eataly whilst tasting the local Lambrusco wine.

Transfer time: approx. 20 mins by private car 

  • No. of rooms: 193
  • Official rating: 4


Superior rooms have a contemporary chic style with wood parquet flooring, warm mahogany furniture and elegant fabrics. They are around 23m² and have a cosy traditional Italian feel. Rooms sleep to two adults in a twin or double bed and have modern amenities including free wifi, air conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities, satellite TV, safety deposit box, bathtub or shower, minibar, desk, hairdryer and a pillow menu.

Slightly larger deluxe rooms are also available at a supplement.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Bologna is a city of three nicknames. La Grassa – the Fat One – for its position in the heart of the northern foodie region Emilia Romagna. La Rossa – the Red One – after its skyline of red rooftops and towers. And La Dotta – the Learned One – because it’s home to the oldest university in the world.

To get the best view of that red skyline, head for one of the 12th-century Two Towers. Bologna has a great collection of churches, too. The San Petronio Basilica lays out 22 chapels filled with saint’s relics and frescoes. For a baroque spin, try the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca


Restaurants & Bars

Avorio Restaurant by Eataly serves authentic Bolognese dishes, such as home-made tagliatelle with meat ragu, using the finest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant offers a wide selection of wines including the local Lambrusco wine. The restaurant benefits from an exclusive partnership with Eataly, which has created for Starhotels a selection of the finest ingredients and artisanal products, with an emphasis on local suppliers and Slow Food ideals.

The restaurant serves breakfast (7:00am - 10:00am on weekdays and 7:00am - 10:30am on weekends) lunch (12:30pm - 2:30pm) and dinner (7:00pm - 10:30pm). 

Fondente Bar by Eataly has an elegant and homey ambiance. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a light lunch or an aperitif from its vast drinks menu (open from 9:30am to 12:00am).

General Facilities

• Fitness room
• Lounge


A continental breakfast buffet is served daily offering of teas and coffees, fruits, cereals, pastries, fresh bread, cured meats, cheeses, as well as some hot options such as omelettes and pancakes.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 11.3403563
  • Latitude: 44.504983

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