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The Grand Hotel Majestic – set within gorgeous gardens on the lovely Lake Maggiore - is among the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Bologna. The Palazzo it sits in was designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century and built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. The palazzo is in fact built on top of an ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen within the hotel.
The 106 rooms - all with sublime city views - are decorated in a classic Italian style offset with spacious contemporary bathrooms and modern amenities. Featuring delicate antiques, Venetian decor and exquisite chandeliers, the interiors are in keeping with the aristocratic theme that the hotel emanates. Thanks to a fourth-floor refurbishment, the hotel now also boasts a new range of Junior Suites and Deluxe Rooms complete with a classic 18th century French decor.
The hotel is famous for its I Carracci restaurant. Here, you can tuck into traditional, regional recipes while seated under a ceiling of fabulous frescoes. The Morandi Wine cellar, meanwhile, provides a wide range of fine Italian and foreign wines. With over 300 to choose from you'll be sure to find one that delights.
With both Piazza Maggiore and the famous Due Torri within walking distance of the hotel, begin your days with a tasty meal in the breakfast room before setting off to explore the city on foot.
The frescoes adorning the ceiling of the I Carracci restaurant are a delight, as are the tasty regional recipes on offer here.
Tom, Original Traveller