Where do I even begin? I knew my stay at the Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni, member of The Leading Hotels of The World, would be amazing, but I didn’t know it would be this good. The Majestic is located in the very heart of Bologna, being the most prestigious and the only 5-stars Deluxe Hotel in Emilia Romagna Region.
From the charming architecture to the inviting lobby, the Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni had us in vacation mode before we even set foot in our suite.
The building, a former Palazzo designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century was built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. That’s why it’s full of precious draperies, paintings, ceramics and period marble.
In its one hundred years of excellence, the hotel has welcomed as its guests artists, kings, politicians, Nobel Prize winners and movie stars. Just to name a few: Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Elton John, Princess Diana, Prince Albert of Monaco, Dalai Lama, Roger Moore, Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Woody Allen, Gerard Depardieu, Sean Connery, Roman Polanski, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Roberto Benigni, Monica Vitti, Federico Fellini, and Sophia Loren.
Rooms & Suites
The rooms & suites of the hotel have the power to charm & enchant, and no matter what type of room you’ll choose, the Majestic guarantees a truly unique experience. The only hitch at this hotel is the temptation to linger in your room all day long.
Overlooking the main thoroughfare Via Indipendenza, the Giuseppe Verdi Presidential Suite is one of the most exclusive suites of the hotel. It has a double bedroom with a kingsize bed, a cosy waiting room and an elegant sitting room with French antique furniture. There are exquisite fabric wall-coverings and two elegant china cabinets. A walk-in closet adjoins with the bathroom, which is embellished with black marble and equipped with two wash basins, a Jacuzzi bathtub and a shower tray.
We enjoyed a long breakfast in the “1800s & 1900s” halls adorned with bright white parquet floors. The buffet offers organic products and the traditional Emilia-Romagna cakes prepared by Gamberini, the oldest and most famous patisserie of Bologna (1907). The halls adjoin with the Giardino d’Inverno (Winter Garden), which gets its name from its characteristic 1900s trompe-l’oeil frescoes and a sunroof that is opened during spring and summer.
Last but not least, the Carracci Restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in the city. Surrounded by Agostino and Annibale Carracci’s XVI century frescoes, you will enjoy the best dishes of Emilia-Romagna regional cuisine, such as tortellini, tagliatelle and lasagne, with some surprise recipes from national and international cuisines.
If you’re a wine connoisseur and plan to take advantage of Italy’s best wines – which are flavorful and full-bodied – than you’ll love the legendary Enoteca Morandi. It’s dedicated to the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi, one of the leading figures of Italian XX century painting.
Splurge on a good bottle of Barolo Monfortino or Brunello di Montalcino, or you might as well go BIG and have the magic Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto! You’ll probably thank me later.
To Dos While You’re Here
Those looking for cultural enrichment, can receive hands-on instruction from the concierge, who supports guests with itineraries and art tours planning. The hotel is located just a few steps away from the Duomo, San Petronio and the magnificent Towers. But the Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro will knock you off your feet with it’s pure grandeur! Go visit it in the evening, sit down and listen to glorious organ music in a stunning setting.
I said goodbye to the Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni with a big smile and a hint of nostalgia… Thanks to its excellent service and noble ambiance, this luxury hotel is a haven for travelers and pleasure seekers.
Thank you to the Duetorrihotels Group for such a wonderful experience! I felt like an Italian Princess!