The features making our apartment a real winner amongst the top rentals in Bologna are many. First, its quality – Olympia is part of one of the most beautiful and elegant patrician palaces in this Italian capital of gourmet food, night life and fashion and was completely refurbished in 2011 with the exclusive use of top quality materials. Add the absolute quiet of a 1500’s inner courtyard all windows overlook, its design furniture and furnishing chosen with love and zest, its position in the very heart of Bologna’s historical center, the quiet and elegant Via Castiglione bordered with the best quality shops, stores, restaurants etc. and served by a very efficient public transportation system with all stops nearby. As a result, an extremely prestigious and comfortable apartment, by far the right choice for the traveller visiting Bologna for tourism, business, conventions, trade exhibits and more. All for a very competitive price when compared to properties in the same range.
Olympia (about 90 square meters in size, second floor with elevator) is a light and bright, charming, extremely clean and cozy apartment, class and atmosphere the key words. An elegant hallway and a patrician staircase both reminiscent of the great Renaissance Bologna, a gate and a sturdy safety door, a view over the dome of St. Domenico Cathedral and the red roofs of Bologna offer the guest total safety, ambiance and pure enjoyment. One of the oldest and most celebrated osterias in town is right around the corner for your night fun and gourmet pleasure. Parking is available at a nearby public, guarded lot.
As for its layout, Olympia is composed by a large, bright room with dining and living areas, the latter featuring a great Zironi couch and a select design, brand new sofa bed that can easily and comfortably accommodate two. A very large loft with a skylight window and own en-suite bathroom can accommodate two additional persons in a large double bed. Both the sofa bed and the double bed have very firm frames and mattresses. All linen (bathroom, kitchen, bed) are first quality and provided at no additional charge.
A very efficient kitchen with all tools provided separates the abovementioned spaces from a bathroom, which, not differently from the one upstairs, is being kept immaculate and thoroughly sanitized after each stay. The apartment features a washing machine, a dishwasher, a large flat screen tv set, top quality dishes, pottery, glassware and all the accessories one needs for a practical, comfortable stay. Olympia is air conditioned and heated by a very efficient timer-operated heat pump system. An internet wifi connection is provided at no extra charge.
We look forward to having you with us soon.
"A lovely, spacious apartment with every accoutrement a traveler might need. The apartment is located in a stylish part of historic Bologna--easier walking distance to shops, terrific restaurants and sites. Sophisticated travelers will love their stay at the Olympia!" (Kathryn W., USA)
"Paola was a great host from the word go. Giving us assistance by email. This was a good sign. We were not disappointed. The apartment is in an excellent location. In the very best part of town. Upscale shops around the corner, peaceful with professional people living around the neighborhood. A 5 min walk into the center. The apartment is spacious and well equipped. Would strongly recommend for a stay in Bologna." (Mark & Martha, USA)
"The apartment is on via Castiglione, about a 5-10 minute walk from Piazza Maggiore. It's a lovely residential street of historic buildings, close to shops and restaurants. The building is quite old, and has been renovated nicely into condos and a few offices. You enter through an ancient door into a small courtyard, then go through a locked gate, up to the second floor (there is a tiny elevator), then through another locked gate to the hallway where the apartment is. You enter the apartment at the back of the living/dining room. On the other side of the room is the galley kitchen, with a half bath beyond that. There are comfortable stairs up to the loft bedroom and the full bath. All furniture was in excellent shape, and the place was clean and ready for us. The air conditioning struggled a bit downstairs (weather was very hot, upper 90's during our week), but worked well in the bedroom area and kept the apartment comfortable. The photos on the website are accurate and represent the apartment well. I found the bed very comfortable, though my husband thought the mattress was on the hard side. The bedroom, as it is in a loft, is partially open to the living space below. The bathrooms were all pleasant and functioned well. There is no closet space upstairs, but plenty at the back of the living room. We didn't have any problem with this arrangement. Very quiet bedroom, all we heard was the cooing of pigeons in the morning The kitchen worked well for us for preparing breakfasts and simple meals on nights we wanted to eat in. Full-size fridge, gas stove (you need to light it manually, not a problem), plenty of pots and utensils. Paola was great to work with, very responsive to questions. Her keyholder is an american ex-pat who will briefly go through the mechanics of keys and stove with you." (Amy G., USA)
"This lovely, quiet, well-appointed apartment is the perfect place to stay in Bologna for business or pleasure. The owner has taken pains to make it both comfortable and elegant. My stay was lovely; the apartment was quiet and clean and had everything I needed. The owners even graciously helped me one late night when I had locked myself out. I heartily recommend this apartment, especially for couples. I'll be back next year -- unless someone reading this has snatched it up first." (Brenda B., NY, USA)
"I stayed a month is this lovely apartment. It's central, silent and cozy. The owners are super helpful and everything you need is there for you. It's on a lovely, historic street a hop and a skip to the main piazza (Maggiore) of the city. I highly recommend this apartment." (Anna S., UK)
"This beautiful apartment is perfectly located in the very heart of Bologna, still it''s very calm. It is very clean, with all the amenities you need for a self catering rental, additionally it''s arranged in a way that makes you feel totally at home. It''s a perfect place to stay both during holiday and business trips. The Owner is very supportive. To be honest, I loved the place." (Beti B., Poland)
"We recently stayed at this truly comfortable and well appointed apartment. It was clean and a very safe place to spend 2 weeks. Not only was it spacious but the location was pertect for us.Near buslines, grocery shopping and restaurants,museums, etc. A compact kitchen overlooked the courtyard.It was just big enough for two to prepare meals when you got tired of eating out. Ajoining the kitchen was a small laundry room, washer only, and a 1/2 bath. There was also a spacious dining room and living room with working fireplace, and comfortable sofas for sitting and relaxing added nicely to the stay. The loft area bedroom was spacious and sunny. The bed itself was a queen size. There was ample room to sit and plenty of space to move around. The master bath was adequate with shower/tub, bidet, vanity with full wall mirror and a towel warmer The owner supplied linens, and there was some beautiful antiques pieces of furniture. An armoire in the bedroom added to the ambiance. The dining area was a bright and cheerful place to eat. There was also another armoire well stocked with table and kitchen linens along with dinnerware in the dining area. The kitchen was also well stocked with the usual cooking utensils. We appreciated the Nespresso coffee maker in the morning for the great espresso it made. The building is is gated and a small lift runs quietly between floors. I look forward to returning to this quiet and homelike apartment." (Carolyn C., USA)
"We spent 11 nights in the Olympia apartment over the Christmas holidays and would give this location a top rating. The place was cozy, comfortable, well equipped, secure, and especially convenient for walking to the historic center of Bologna. Located on the top floor of a marvelous updated palazzo, the studio apartment is constructed with an open loft with full bath, while the "downstairs" features a sitting area, eating area, kitchen with dishwasher, and half-bath. A bonus was the presence of a small washing machine off the kitchen. We did not use the foldout couch, but the extra bath was very nice to have. The bed in the loft was very comfortable, and the linens were plentiful and of very nice quality. Obviously the owner cares to make renters comfortable and happy. Renters may want to know that there are a lot of stairs up to the apartment, but there is a small elevator for hauling suitcases and groceries. Apart from the excellent location, we liked best the sense of space and comfort, along with quiet so near the city center. A possible improvement would be the installation of an armoire in the loft--closets were all downstairs, and there wasn't really any place to put clothes in the loft area. This was on balance a rather small inconvenience. I would not really suggest this apartment for more than 2 adults for any length of time, as there is not much privacy between loft and downstairs--everything is open. However, the downstairs bathroom does offer real convenience if more than 2 people stay here. It would probably work well for a family of 3 or 4, if kids could share the couch." (Charlotte E., USA)
"We stayed at Olympia in December 2012 and thoroughly loved it. The apartment far exceeded our expectations. It is very clean, elegant, quiet, well equipped and extremely comfortable. Very convenient to the main attractions of Bologna too. You can walk to the Piazza leisurely in 10 minutes. Downstairs there are quite a few grocery stores and a small supermarket, but we only had breakfast in the apartment because it was so easy to be carried away by the numerous wine bars and restaurants close by. Great atmosphere around the old, patrician Via Castiglione and a nice view over the Cathedral dome. The host, Paola, is just wonderful. Absolutely recommended." (Robert N., USA)
"The apartment is perfectly situated very close to the historic centre. it is very quiet and it is lovely to sit by the window and listen to the church bells and look out at the tree in the courtyard and the jumble of interesting buildings and rooflines. We stayed for a week. The apartment is beautifully presented and has everything you could need - the kitchen is very small but adequate for purpose ( there is even an electric kettle!) and the bathroom is quite homely but the shower works well and the linens are good. I found the bed extremely hard, but the sofa bed has a proper mattress and is very comfortable. As someone else mentioned - it would be good to have some storage upstairs - there is a locked wardrobe on the mezzanine- perhaps the contents of this could be moved to one of the cupboards downstairs so that there was somewhere to put your clothes upstairs? The living area is spacious and comfortable. We liked being able to come back when everything closed at lunchtime and enjoy some peace and quiet before going out again." (Sarah F., UK)
"The Olympia proved to be an excellent choice for our one-week stay in Bologna. The location is perfect, right in the center of the city, a few minutes from Piazza Maggiore and walking distance to all the major sites. The apartment, recently renovated, lived up to the description. Everything worked perfectly and the bed was better than most I've found in Italy. Paola greeted us at the apartment and answered all our questions clearly and patiently. Having spent two years in Bologna as a student many years ago, I'm familiar with the city and I can't imagine a better choice, for location and amenities. It was a pleasure to stay at the Olympia and I highly recommend it. " (Larry B., USA)
"Bellissimo appartamento, molto pulito e centrale (praticamente in Piazza Maggiore!), silenzioso e di molto fascino. Siamo stati nel dicembre 2011 ed ha rappresentato uno dei migliori affari mai fatti in termini di affittanza breve. Estremamente consigliato." [Franco G., Italy]
"Great apartment, great location, great owner. Everything at a stone's throw, with a delicious ice cream parlor almost next door. A first class rental." (Jim D., USA)
"L'appartamento è molto confortevole,è situato in posizione ottimale per visitare il centro storico di Bologna. La proprietaria e' molto disponibile e cortese. Consigliamo questa sistemazione a chiunque voglia trascorrere un lieto soggiorno in questa deliziosa città." (Francesco P., Italy)
"Good size apartment, light and bright, perfect for 3-4, extra clean and elegant, comfortable, quiet and perfectly located in the center of Bologna - no need for a car. Excellent quality beds with firm mattresses and frames, fully stocked kitchen. Definitely the perfect accommodation, highly recommended." (Lars E., Norway)
"This apartment is gorgeous. Very nicely remodeled in an ancient patrician building, it is safe, quiet and really convenient. It made our 7 days in Bologna perfect. Two couples can be very comfortable here. Paola is the perfect host and we all enjoyed visiting with her. The apartment is centrally located to all of the main attractions in Bologna. The washing machine was perfect for four people staying 7 days. The wifi worked very well. The four of us highly recommend this apartment. We had an awesome time there!" (Mary D., Italy)
"We spent 7 days in Bologna and found that the apartment was within walking distance of all our needs. The train station was slightly far - we took trains to Parma & Ravenna, and left by train - but it was good for working off some of the over-eating. We arrived late due to the Luftansa strike and Paola accommodated this even though my SMS messages didn't get to her, but to her office." (Ron C., Canada)
"We have just returned from the vibrant city of Bologna and found this beautiful apartment to be just perfect, the position was very quiet but,so close to the busy centre of a very cosmopolitan city, we arrived at the airport, got straight into a cab who knew exactly where to go. we were met by Paola at the apartment... She was charming and explained everything perfectly...this apartment is so close to some of the most beautiful shops in the world...just a few steps away were Hermes,Gucci and Louie Vuitton to name just a few.
The apartment is very well furnished and comfortable and would easily cater for 4 people.
Many thanks for a fantastic stay and would thoroughly recommend this apartment to anyone who wants to stay in the heart of a very historic city." (Stuart M., USA)
"We are an older couple. We had a most enjoyable stay in mid July 2012. Bologna is a real Italian town (not swamped with tourists), with charming porticos, and a revelation around every bend. It's also an excellent rail hub for other destinations and day trips. Olymia is well positioned for one to experience Bologna, especially the charming Stephan Piazza, which quickly became the heart of our Bologna life The apartemnt itself is excellent, stylish presentation and more than adquate to support home cooking and dining after shopping at the markets close by. The added bonus for us was sharing some time with the delightful owners." (Julie & Simon R., Australia)
"We couldn't have asked for a better location! The Olympia is perfectly located (even near the city's best gelateria, which is critical for two children!). We were able to walk most everywhere - and yet had easy access to the buses to the train station. We loved the city, it had tons of charm and wonderful hidden gems - and we know part of what made the stay so great was having the Olympia to return to every day. The apartment worked wonderfully for our family of 4. Our boys loved their "space" downstairs, and we loved retiring to the loft. The apartment is beautifully appointed, little details are noted and cared for. We had a wonderful welcome pastry which the boys loved, and we very much enjoyed meeting Paola and getting to know the city. We highly recommend the Olympia to anyone!" (Christopher B., USA)
"Stayed here for one week. Bologna is a beautiful city and it was our second visit. The appartment was very comfortable to return to after a day out sightseeing. Everything we needed was nearby, bars, restaurants, markets and food shops. About 30 minutes walk to railway station, with trains to interesting places including Modena, Padua, Ravenna." (Catherine H., UK)
"Quiet, comfortable well equipped apartment in a great location ...easy walking to the heart of Bologna ...great value..." (Ron LR, Canada)