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Zanhotel Il Canale - Bologna

3 star Hotel Bologna

Via Bertiera 2 - Bologna

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The hotel Il Canale is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Bologna, overlooking the natural water stream torrente Aposa, close to Piazza Maggiore and only 200 metres from the central railway station.

Il Canale, an ancient 17th century mansion, is an enchanting and welcoming hotel where an authentic hospitality is accompanied by a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The bedrooms feature all the modern comforts, and a sumptuous breakfast buffet is served every morning in the elegant breakfast room.
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Guest Rating 8.3 Very Good
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Breakfast at Zanhotel Il Canale

A free buffet breakfast is served each morning.

Facilities at Zanhotel Il Canale

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Cafeteria
  • Baby sitter
  • Laundry service
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Pets accepted
  • Laundry room
  • Limousine service
  • Shuttle service from and/or to the airport
  • Private parking
  • Multilingual staff
  • Newspapers
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Concierge
  • City tour
  • Internet/Email services
  • TV Lounge

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  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • One child 12 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Check-in: between 12:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

Check-out: before 12:30 PM.


Check-in for this property is based at a different property for guests arriving after 10 PM, (Zanhotel Tre Vecchi).

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in public areas: EUR 5 per hour (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: EUR 20 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.5 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 14 years of age.
 

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

A tax is imposed by the city and will be collected at the property. The tax ranges from EUR 1 to EUR 4 per person, per night. The amount has been determined by the local administration and depends on the length of stay, property classification, and room price. This tax does not apply from the 6th consecutive night of stay. Guests exempted from this tax include residents of Bologna and children under 14 years of age. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For further details, please contact the property using the information contained in the confirmation received after booking.

Zanhotel Il Canale is also known as

Zanhotel Canale
Il Canale Hotel
Hotel Il Canale
Il Canale Bologna

8.7

Clean

8.1

Location

8.3

Quiet

8.3

Spacious

8.3

Service

Zanhotel Il Canale reviews

7.5 Good
  • August 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Sweden

Very nice personel. Got a very nice big room on Third floor when I was not pleased at first of the room on first floor.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • February 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • Australia

I have stayed in the hotel many times, normally on the ground floor, this tile l was upstairs, and discovered that the wifi only works around reception, and the ground floor rooms. I have friends that would stay with you, but, as there is no wifi in every room, they cannot. Wifi today is essential for working people. During my last visit, the wifi was not even working at reception,,, !!

9.5 Outstanding!
  • January 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • United Kingdom

This was an excellent hotel for a visit to Bologna, great location very close to the centre with lots of good places to eat nearby. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. On the first morning we had to go to the Tre Vecchi hotel for breakfast as there were so few guests at this hotel but as it is very close that was not a problem. Breakfast at both hotels was typically Italian with a good selection and reasonable quality. The room was very large and well equipped. I would look forward to staying there again.

7.9 Good
  • August 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Slovakia

First night they couldnt find empty room.So we had to stay in room right in front of the reception.It was impossible to sleep,we could hear everything from entrance hall and reception.But next day we were moved to regular room which was ok.Despite this inconvenience i recommend this hotel

4.7 Ordinary
  • March 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel is well-located for central Bologna and the staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast is limited and of low quality and the price we paid was not value for money (it was the weekend of a trade fair and prices were extortionate even though we were not part of the trade fair). We would return, but only if prices were lower.

7.5 Good
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Zanhotel Il Canale was in a great location for one that is used to travelling in Europe. If you're a newbie then the dark alley may be a bit unnerving but we picked up on no negative vibes anywhere in the vicinity. Very short walk to the train station and Piazza Maggiore and basically sits on top of the main street (Via Independenza). All staff were great except for one real nasty woman that had no time for us at all. A real miserable character. However the rest of the staff were very friendly and chipper and ready for a chat any time of the day. The rooms with a view of the canal are for 4 people only. Room 31 had a massively stinking bathroom. The canal was drained while we were there. Bologna is an awesome city with lots of options and I'm afraid that I wouldn't advise a stay at Il Canale to my close friends and family.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Spacious room, very central, very good price-quality ratio.

6.6 Fair
  • October 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Australia

We booked a room for 2 adults and 1 child. The room was clean and spacious and the spacious bathroom was suitably fitted for aged or disabled guests. A little side room offered views over the Canale which took you centuries back in time. The bigger bedroom itself had no views. Breakfast was basic but sufficient. The hotel location was conveniently located in the old city center of Bologna. The presence of an erotic shop next door did cause some initial concern but no actual grievance.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Germany

Very nice hotel, good situation in the town, spacy rooms (I can only speak for double rooms) The only inconvenient was that the breakfast room is in the cellar without windows, only electric lights, but the breakfast is sufficient.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Room was very good value as was the breakfast (except for the coffee). The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Very high quality of cleaning as well. Excellent location near many good restaurants.

8.7 Excellent
  • June 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Spain

i can only speak well, about these hotel, the only minus point is to charge 5 euros per hour for internet conection, these is amazing expensive in these times, were most hotels have it for free, or a very small charge per day.

7.9 Good
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

Very nice Hotel in the middle of medioeval area of Bologna

9.8 Outstanding!
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

A friend and I stayed 2 nights at this hotel and it was very lovely. The room and bathroom were spacious, clean and wonderfully decorated. Our room was on the main level facing the street and we were worried their would be noise but the shutters kept out all the sound. The location can seem a bit dodgy at first, it is located down an alley of the main street in Bologna and there is alot of graffiti and a sex shop next door. But in actuality the location turned out to be very safe and just a short walk to the main square and sights of downtown Bologna. The breakfast was very nice and served in the basement in an beautiful room with curved vaulted ceilings. It was an excellent stay for the price. Teh only disappointment was no wireless internet and a charge of 5 euro per hour to use the hotel internet and computer.

8.6 Excellent
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

hotel was not too far from train station and just off laneway from main city street. quality of hotel room was very good and hotel was within walking distance from most things we wanted to see in our 3 day visit to Bologna.

8.4 Very Good
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Hotel is in a great location, really central for access to everything. Good restaurants in the immediate area. Hotel is on a narrow street which is a bit offputting when you first arrive, and then you realise there are lots of narrow streets just like it, in Bologna. Breakfast was good and we were able to have breakfast early on the morning we had to depart (prior to set times). Room was a good size but like a lot of small hotels no real daylight just one small window, but in summer it is unlikely you would have this open anyway due to the heat. Carpets in public area of htoel are a bit tired and could do with being replaced but it was all very clean. Staff friendly and helpful.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

I warmly recommend this hotel. Perfect location. Perfect rate price/quality.

7.6 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

We didn't stay at the Canale but were redirected to the Tre Vechi, without explanation, when we arrived at midnight. So this review refrs to that hotel. It was fine. Good breakfast. Room was small but we didn't want to be in the room. Only one bad bit of advice (about which restaurants were open)and otherwise a good experience and good service

5.7 Ordinary
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Malta

The fact that the airconditioning units provided in the roomds were inadequate,part of the group had to be put into another hotel (not a great differce experienced in this regard) this droped the rating drastically.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • France

On our recent trip to Italy we stayed in five different hotels and this was hands-down the best of the lot. Not much to look at from outside and down a narrow street, this hotel is beautifully appointed and very comfortable within. Very pleased with the staff service and breakfast, and definitely had our best sleep in all of Italy here.

6.4 Fair
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Norway

Good value for money!

9.7 Outstanding!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

Wide renovated room for very reasonable price

5.7 Ordinary
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Portugal

In Italy legislation is forbiden to smoke in the rooms area. There is always very strong tabbaco smell every where and fire alarms in the room was always off. very noise air conditionator.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Friendly staff. Hotel in good position just off main street but nice and quiet.

4.2 Ordinary
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

First of all, the hotel was hard to find, then we needed to find parking. The desk attendant gave us directions to a paid parking garage which was difficult to find with the directions she gave. Took an hour to accomplish this! When we checked out the next morning we were told we never should have parked there, but just outside the hotel were spots for around $10 and we ended up paying $30! Obviously, it was a different person on the desk. The room was bright pink and needs an update (but was nice and big!) The alley where the hotel is located is next to a "sex shop" which we knew, but the entire area was graffiti and dumpsters! Very uninviting. Actually, Bologna was uninviting because of the graffiti and lack of cleanliness - so unlike the rest of Italy that we have seen. We checked out a day early and had no problems from the management, for which we were grateful. I wouldn't return to this hotel or to Bologna.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Staff and facilities of Il Canale were excellent.

7.8 Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Excellent location, however is advertised as 250 metres from railstation - grossly underestimated distance, more like over 1 kilometre!

6.5 Fair
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Spain

I stayed in a single room. It was a business trip. There is not avaliability of internet connection in the hotel. No wireless and the internet point did not work. The room was quiet and enough. Without luxury but clean and nice.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Germany

A wonderful old house, nice tasteful rooms to a recent price. I would always recommend that house and come back.

8.2 Very Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The front door of the hotel is right next to an adult store which was a little disconcerting, but the interior of the hotel was very nice. There are rafting rides right behind the hotel which become a little noisy in the early evening. Too bad our room was right by the front door and we could hear people talking whenever someone came into the hotel. The hotel is located on a side street and was a little difficult to find at first. However, our room was elegant and even included a chandelier. The shower is part of the bathroom so the toilet gets wet whenever you shower. There is no stall, just a drain in the corner which tends to allow water to flow easily out of the bathroom and into the bedroom. Be careful! The breakfast was excellent and the staff very courteous.

7.8 Good
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Russia

Staff was very friendly (especially night portier),good location, rooms without day light :(

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • France

Très bel hôtel, plein centre ville, rapport qualité prix vraiment très bon au mois d'août

7.5 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Lithuania

Great location. Very central - close to both Piazza Maggiore and railway station. Friendly, competent staff. Small rooms but very clean especially the brand new bathrooms. A very pleasant stay and good value for the price I payed. Thank you.

8.9 Excellent
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel was just fine; big room, big bathroom, quiet. don't be put off by the street. Narrow, dirty, and a few X-rated store windows in the neighborhood. but there are terrific restaurants nearby; ask the desk help.

2.8
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • United Kingdom

Because the central heating was still on (even though the outside temperature was 27 degrees) it was necessary to have the windows wide open. This was impossible in a tiny ground floor bedroom. Promises of public area outside window being "locked at night" were untrue so one felt insecure. Air conditioner did not work - was told "Bologna municipal authorities had not decreed that heating could be turned off" - patently absurd claim and no excuse for gross discomfort. Someone noisily being sick outside late at night didn't add to pleasure. Booked online 10 weeks earlier but rooms allocated on first night were noisy (right by reception) and very small "due to arrival of group" before us. A price reduction was requested but refused. Altogether an unhappy experience for 83 euros/night rooms.

7.3 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

good hotel , not expansive

5.5 Ordinary
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

The location was very good as it was within a short walking distance of the train station.It was noisy as the garbage trucks picked up the bins early in the morning. The staff were very helpful. Lot's of good restaurants very close to the hotel. I found it fairly expensive for the value.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Excellent value for money. Location a bit peculiar (sex shop nearby) but quiet, central. Room neat, a bit dark and cramped but adequately funrnished, excellent bathroom. Adequate breakfast. Polite staff. I would gladly return if necessary.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Service was excellent. venere internet reservation was not there but hotel was more than accommodating to meet our needs. Lola, Lica and Sergio were the best in making us feel like part of the family. Judy and Kathy from California

8.9 Excellent
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • Norway

The breakfast is very good with excellent coffee!

8.6 Excellent
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Italy

The hotel is excellent with great staff and an excellent variety of foods for breakfast. The room was a good size with a very large shower room unusual in small italian hotels. It is a perfect location for the short term business traveller or people visiting bologna and then travelling to other parts of Italy. It is within short walking distance of the station but not located too near for noise and the bad area associated with railway stations.It is withing 5 minutes of the main square and cathedral and good restaurants and shops

8.2 Very Good
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Lebanon

There is a bus stop right in front of the hotel which was not indicated by Venere. The hotel is well situated with respect to the center and central station but its direct surroundings are a bit gloomy. It is understaffed and the staff at the reception would benefit from being more communicative with vistors.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Bermuda

Lovely decor-spacious room overlooking quaint canal. very romantic (despite sex shop next door!) My 2nd visit to this charming hotel- will definitely return.

8.3 Very Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

Excellent location for the Old Town, also close to main railway station. Hotel was very clean and staff were very helpful. Only stayed for 1 night on business but would not hesitate to return either for business or pleasure

9.3 Wonderful!
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Spain

The rooms were very very spacious!! The breakfast was very good. But the Internet point was not free for customers and it was really expensive, and we think that that kind of hotel should offer free internet.

8.2 Very Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Ottima posizione (centrale), molto pulito e con stanze sobrie. Giudizio generale: molto buono. Alcune stanze sono però davanti al bancone della reception, quindi non c'è molta quiete.

8.0 Very Good
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

Very central and well located for the train station and all the sights in the central area.

8.9 Excellent
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Mid-30's husband and wife. Overall, a very good stay. Keep in mind that not all the rooms are spacious as said in previous reviews; ours had about 2 feet around the bed in the main room. Rooms were extremely clean and quiet, bathrooms were very nice and had all the amenities, breakfast was cozy in the morning. Lighting is such that everything is a quite dark, so if you are a business traveler, you may need to think about that. Employees were always ready to help. Location is very convenient and a short walk to almost anywhere you would like to go. We had a wonderful time.

6.6 Fair
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Netherlands

I booked Zanhotel Il Canale but they put me in Tre Vecchi. I preferred Il Canale.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

great location on the main street and a short walk from the train station and the piazza maggiore. decent room and very good sized bathroom. excellent value.

7.7 Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Norway

Good location, quiet and clean. Good impression all over, but small and dark room and very simple breakfast room. OK for the price I guess.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Quiet and spacious rooms. Nice location between Central Station and historical center. Lot of restaurants around

9.9 Outstanding!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Switzerland

room 22 - well situated in the heart of Bologna. good restaurants: Franco Rossi (not far away), Cesari

7.2 Good
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Slovakia

Hotel is in the centre of Bologna, everything is very close, I stayed there 3 nights.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

Hôtel central (juste à côté de la piazza magiore), les chambres sont spacieuses et chaleureuses et l'accueil très sympathique (sauf le dernier jour de notre séjour). Le petit déjeuner est copieux mais la salle du petit déjeuner un peu triste. Un seul désagrément réel: il n'y aucune chambre pourvue d'une baignoire, il n'y a que des cabines de douche. Mis à part ça, vraiment très bon hôtel et à un prix raisonnable pour l'Italie.

7.7 Good
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Excellent location. Close to centre of town and railway station. Do not forget to eat at Diana, close by.

7.4 Good
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Sweden

We arrived in easterholiday and the hotel failed with having the room ready. We had to wait for nearly three hours when we arrived before getting our room. No compensation made for this error, which was rude, as far as I´m concerned.

8.0 Very Good
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

Nice staying, but be careful: the “garage” mentioned on the facilities list does not mean a reserved parking, but a private parking area 300mt far away, 22€ per day! The receptionist smoked in the hall during night time, and the hall is not huge... But these have been the only two problems in an overall nice, central and quite accommodation.

8.9 Excellent
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

Just exellens hotel with high service employees, I will come back

8.3 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Convenient position. Quiet except for when the neighbouring business decided to cut a hole in the wall,on their side,using a jack hammer about six inches away from my head at 8 o` clock in the morning whilst we were still asleep! Warm and comfortable. Bathroom a good size and well lit. Excellent breakfast for Italy. Don`t read anything into the name Il Canale it`s nothing to do with what you see in Venice! All round not at all bad.

8.2 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Don't be put off by the immediate vicinity of 20 metres around the hotel - it is in a great location and good facilities

6.5 Fair
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

This was a difficult hotel to rate. We were in Bologna in early October 06. The good ratings come from the actual hotel we stayed at. The poor ratings come from the reality that the location of the Il Canale was not what we were told to expect. When we arrived, there was no room for us and it was only that the Zan hotels have other properties that we were given a nicer room in a nicer hotel in a better location. The Il Canale was located in a much less desirable part of Bologna and, on arriving, our greeting by the hotel staff was less than courteous and uncaring. Made us wonder if staff do not like working there.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

A little gem of an old world hotel. Comfortable accomadations and excellent value.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Can't answer some of the questions because upon our arrival at Il Canale, we were informed that our room had malfunctioning plumbing. Hotel had taken it upon themselves to transfer us to another hotel, the Tre Vecchi. From a *** to a ****. We never saw our Canale room. The Tri Vecchie was very nice. Answers are based on the exceptional service we received at both hotels.

3.1
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

E' insopportabile spendere più di 200 euro per una notte ed essere collocati all'ingresso dell'Hotel evidentemente in una stanza di servizio, affacciata sulla strada. Inoltre, poiché sono partito prima delle 7 l'albergo non era dotato nemmeno di una colazione self service. Una rapina!

9.5 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Sweden

The general manager of the hotel is very serviceminded and speaks excellent eng. The rooms etc look much better in real life then in the pictures. A more permanent solution for storing luggage a few hours after check - out would be appreciated. We will definitly come back.

8.2 Very Good
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The hotel was very nice, and we had a good view of the canal from our window. I was prepared for the neighborhood by reading other reviews, so the shops nearby didn't surprise me (although they're not too pleasant). I would suggest shampooing the carpets -- they were a bit spotted, and made the place look a little shabby (the walls were also a startling color - very, very dark pink). But it was a fine place to stay.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

I would like to advise that due to an error from my side the rooms booked were 2 singles and we were family of 4. The Hotel was fully booked, the lady at the reception desk handled the issue quite professionally and helped to solve the problem and managed to transfer us to another adjacent "Zanhotel" called "Tri Vecchi" which was an excellent choice to which I have marked my comments. I and my family really enjoyed the stay in the Tri Vecchi Hotel for the great hospitality that we were treated with and excellent location in Bologna. My great appreciation to the lady at the reception of "Zanhotel Il Canale" hotel and the staff of the Tri Vecchi Hotel . Also to Venere web site for the accurate, precise information and excellent service offered, I have recommended the site to other friends. Best Regards, SA - Nice shopping area close to the Old city. - First time in the beautiful city of Bologna.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Ours was a short stay of four nights. The hotel is in a great central location and the pictures of the hotel were exactly what we got. The staff were friendly and helpful. Best bits were the shower, the comfy headboards and the ideal location.

8.2 Very Good
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Finland

You should know that - there is no CNN in TV - there are no drawers or shelves where to put your t-shirts or underwear - boiled eggs where always cold and not boiled in the same morning But we enjoyed our stay anyway. . .

9.8 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Lovely hotel with a very helpful staff! Difficult to find location. Manager recommended several restaurants and made dinner reservations for us. Great walking location to tour Bologna. Breakfast was light and simple - perfect to start the day.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

Convenient location. Quiet despite being right off the main street. Staff gave excellent recommendation on restaurant. Would love to stay there again for the price and location.

8.9 Excellent
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

molto carino e in ottima posizione

7.6 Good
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

The location of the hotel was good. However, finding the hotel by car was a bit difficult. The rooms and bathroom were very large and clean. The breakfast was excellent.

7.5 Good
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

We only stayed one night at this hotel. We almost did not check in once we saw the place. Right next door is a shop that sells sex merchandise and we were afraid that the neighborhood was poor. After a closer look we decided that this was the only such shop and that the neighborhood was actually ok. The shop was upscale and there was no illicit activities in the area. The hotel was nice inside and was located right off a main street. The room was nice and the bath was ample. It is an easy walk from the train station. We would consider staying there again. The staff was helpful and even attempted to help us with restuarant reservations.

6.0 Fair
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • Japan

I cancelled my reservation the day before my reservation so do not know the details but I called the hotel and the person who responded could not speak english.

5.7 Ordinary
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

Sono arrivato a Bologna e la mia prenotazione, confermata via web, non era stat registrata all'Hotel Il Canale, costringendomi a dover cambiare hotel e tipo di camera ogni notte. I disagi sono stati notevoli.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

The location of Il Canale is great, on a quiet backstreet, less than 5 mins walk from the main Piazza Maggiore. The fact that there is no restaurant is in no way detrimental, as there are excellent cheap places to eat in the immediate vicinity. We had a few problems with our flights, and the lack of English spoken by the hotel staff was a little bit of a problem, but generally they were really welcoming and accomodating. Just take a dictionary! For the price, the rooms were clean and quiet - the bathroom had an excellent shower. I would thoroughly reommend this hotel to anyone visiting Bologna. Excellent location for access to the city, and a quiet, welcoming place that is very reasonably priced.

8.6 Excellent
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • Australia

Location was splendid. The room was really small but so tastefully furnished and decorated that it became a home away from home. The bathroom in contrast was large and the shower was the best I have ever come across. Plenty of good restaurants nearby.

7.9 Good
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Australia

A little gem of a hotel, a very well furnished room and a very good breakfast selection and service. The location is a little off putting being located in a narrow street just off the main avenue and near a sex shop. The area however proved to be quite safe, within close proximity to excellent shopping and restaurants.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

The general location is excellent, roughly midway between the railroad station and central square of Bologna and on a quiet side street just off the main connecting thoroughfare. The only drawback is a sex shop next door, but that does not produce any distasteful events (for adults). The rooms were comfortable with very good bathrooms and showers. The only negative is that the carpets could stand cleaning and someone had been smoking in one of the rooms (a non-smoking room). Fortunately, the room aired out within a matter of hours. The breakfast was very good, and the staff, especially in the breakfast room, were friendly and helpful.

7.5 Good
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Canada

We were most dissappointed upon arrival, to be told the hotel had no rooms and we would not be staying there. The reason was due to "water damage" In reading previous reviews bu Venere users, this had happened to others, so I was skeptical. We were booked in at the 'Tre Vecchia" hotel, 50 meters away, and run by the same chain. It was a decent enough hotel, except for the VERY uncomfotable bed! It was however, clean, and in a good location for exploring Bologna. We were still dissappointed not to have stayed at the hotel of our choice.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

The bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and clean, the breakfasts are good and there is no street noise. The location is very good (except for sex shop next door, but this is not a problem). I would recomment this hotel.

8.6 Excellent
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Ireland

The hotel was fully booked when we got there and we were upgraded to apartments. They were very clean and spacious and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had very little interaction with the staff as a result but any that we did have was very good.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Germany

Da das Hotel "Wasserprobleme" hatte, wurden wir problemlos in ein anderes - höherwertiges - Hotel in der Nähe einquartiert (zum gleichen Preis natürlich). Dieses liegt leider an der Hauptstrasse und ist deshalb nachts nicht allzu ruhig. Ansonsten alles bestens.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • France

très très bon hotel, de belles chambres, propres et très agréables. La prochaine fois que je vais à Bologne, j'y retourne !! Very good, this hotel is quiet, next to the center and the rooms are very pretty. Choose this !! la camera e bella e buon mercato. la prima colazione e veramente deliziosa. E molto piacevole.

7.6 Good
  • July 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Sweden

unfortunately the booked hotel had no rooms when we arrived. We used another hotel of the same group called Europa. But although this hotel "Europa" had 4 stars, the localization was not in central Bologna as we wanted.

6.8 Fair
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The Hotel Il Canale is a simple hotel on a quiet, out of the way street in Bologna. The street itself appears a little seedy with the Paradise and Holiday hotels just up the block and a "Sex It Up" store immediately next door but we had no problems. The room we had was reasonably large but actually had no window. The room was completely decorated in an bright orange color! There was a window in a little hallway leading to the bath, however. Interestingly the window overlooked a quickly moving river (canal?) and the window in the bath looked the opposite direction over the river. The bath self was unusual. It was relatively large but obviously designed for handicap use. The shower was basically a wall mounted handle in one of the room's corners and had no curtain of any type. Since the entire floor and all walls were covered in tile it was water tight but when taking a shower most of the room got wet. We had a difficult time finding the hotel but once there the staff helped us find an on-street parking space for which they sold us a 4 euro/day permit. Without it the public parking is 2 blocks away and 36 euros/day.

7.4 Good
  • May 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Good hotel, a bit corporate perhaps. Try to avoid getting a room towards the street, as the hotel is placed on a very busy road in Bologna. The room we stayed in had double glazing, but because the air conditioning was not good at all we had to keep opening the window at night. Fab breakfast, brilliant staff and on a very central location in the town.

6.4 Fair
  • April 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Netherlands

We were not very much amused when the receptionist told us that we would NOT stay in 'Il Canale' but in 'Tre Vecchi' because of reasons that are still unclear to us. 'Tre Vecchi' however is a beautiful 4 star hotel in a noisy part of the city. Unfortunately we had not asked for a non smoker's room. The smell of cigarettes when we entered our room was hardly to bare!! Really terrible! We should have asked for another room immediately, of course, but the room itself was nice, so we thought we could solve the problem by opening a window. However, the smell wouldn't go away, so in the middle of the night we asked for another room, and we were given another one immediately. This room was much smaller, though. Room service was poor - for a 4 star hotel. Breakfast was really great!

8.8 Excellent
  • March 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • United Kingdom

Excellent value in a central location.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • February 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

The amazing thing about Il Canale is how quiet it is, despite its very central location - only about 50m walk to the Aerobus bus-stop half-way along the Via Independenzia between the central squares and the station. The rooms are very clean and comfortable with huge beds and the breakfasts are excellent. We enjoyed out stay there very much.

8.4 Very Good
  • February 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

A very central, clean and well run hotel. Ideal location for exploring Bologna on foot as situated just off the main road through the town. Good sized bedroom. Large bathroom with shower. Recommended.

8.1 Very Good
  • February 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • Switzerland

Very friendly and welcoming staff, good breakfast, good location close to shops, restaurants and major sights. Poor lightening in the room, no lamp at the desk, not comfortable for working.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Spain

Excelente ubicación, a 20 m. de la parada del Aerobus en via Independenzia. Personal amable. Desayuno abundante y buen café. La habitación doble, amplia, limpia y tranquila. El baño amplio y con buena ducha. Todo ello, insospechable, por su aspecto desde la calle. Es un lugar al que volveríamos. Buena relación calidad/precio.

8.5 Excellent
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

Ottimo albergo ben posizionato eccelente qualità delle camere cordialità nel servizio.

8.3 Very Good
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

Nice hotel, good location. Staff were very helpful. Triple room was nice and big. Breakfast was the nicest on our trip. Only problem was parking. We couldnt find anywhere around the hotel which with a badge from the hotel was €5. We ended up parking in an overnight car park which added €18 on to the cost of the stay.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • Italy

Exactly as described on the internet comments. Nice place, clean, close to the center with a good relationship between price and quality. Unique defect: the staff I met don't speak english at all.

8.3 Very Good
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

A terrific hotel exactly in the right place but slightly off the main drag to keep the noise down. Would definitely recommend this hotel and definitely stay there again.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • December 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • Italy

I found this hotel to be excellent value for money and well-located for all the attractions of Bologna and not too far to walk from the station. I was given a lovely room which was both spacious and quiet. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. If I return to Bologna I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

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Room Details

Book your pet-friendly accommodation at Zanhotel Il Canale, offering 17 guest rooms with Frette Italian sheets and climate control. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy 25-inch TVs with satellite channels. Business travelers visiting the Historic Center area will have access to dial-up internet as well as desks and safes. A good night's sleep in supportive Select Comfort mattresses with premium bedding will have visitors waking up refreshed and well-rested throughout their holiday or business trip.

Private bathrooms are outfitted with showers, bidets and complimentary toiletries. Minibars and hair dryers are supplied in each room to facilitate basic travel needs. Additional guest comforts include air conditioning, pay movies and blackout drapes/curtains.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Pay-Per-View
  • Mini bar
  • Extra beds
  • Baby cots/cribs available
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Dial-up Internet access

How to reach Zanhotel Il Canale

By car
From the Tangenziale ring road, take exit n. 7 Fiera-Via Stalingrado-Centro and follow the indications to the railway station.

By train
The central railway station is 250 metres away.
By airplane
The Bologna-Guglielmo Marconi airport is around 7 km away from the hotel. Take the Aerobus shuttle to the central station.

Distances from Zanhotel Il Canale

Teatro Arena del Sole - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza VIII Agosto - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Palazzo Aldrovandi - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Civic Museum of the Middle Ages - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Montagnola Park - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Jewish Museum - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Fountain of Neptune - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Palazzo Re Enzo - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Re Enzo Palace - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Modern Art Gallery - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Tower of the Asinelli - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Tower of the Garisenda - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Museum of Giorgio Morandi - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Palazzo Comunale - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Piazza Maggiore - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
The preferred airport for Zanhotel Il Canale is Bologna (BLQ-Guglielmo Marconi) - 5.3 km / 3.3 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

Transportation services Zanhotel Il Canale

  • Limousine service
  • Shuttle service from and/or to the airport
  • Private parking