Gay friendly Hotels Bologna

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Bologna Italy (2024 Updated)

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, gay friendly hotels Bologna, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda

Bologna Pride  is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of August in Bologna, of of the main destination of Italy. There are more than 65 daily flights from various cities of Europe to Bologna  if you want to attend the parade.


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1. Hotel Metropolitan Bologna 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna


Hotel Metropolitan
Hotel Metropolitan

Hotel Metropolitan is set just 5 minutes’ walk from Bologna‘s main square and 50 m from Via Indipendenza, which is the main shopping street in the centre. It brings you modern accommodation with a stylish Oriental twist.

Interiors are contemporary in design, with rooms offering LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi access and a minibar. You can enjoy quiet surroundings here.

Close to exclusive shops and typical restaurants, Hotel Metropolitan provides excellent, multilingual service. A variety of tours and tourist activities are available or you can just stroll around Bologna’s historic centre. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop terrace with views on the hills of Bologna.

Simple, minimalist, inspired to Far East suggestions..Design Hotel in Bologna The Metropolitan Hotel has been completely renovated according to the news hospitality concepts.Modern comforts melt into an exclusive inner design combined to a long tradition of family of Hoteliers.The Metropolitan Hotel is perfectly located in the Medieval city centre of Bologna, in a walking area a few steps from Piazza Maggiore.
Exotic flavours from Far East will seduce guests along the enchanting and relaxing atmosphere of the breakfast room to taste several Eastern teas an herbs infusions together with fragrant brioches and a creative selection of fresh fruits.Our Staff will be glad to suggest you the best Restaurants of the City, the most exclusive Shops and Outlet and to arrange your visit to the legendary cathedrals of motors: homeland to Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati brands.
Great location between the central station of Bologna and the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city.
The hotel is located in a peaceful side street of the Via dell’Indipendenza, the main boulevard for strolling and shopping.
Great location between the central station of Bologna and the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city.
The hotel is located in a peaceful side street of the Via dell’Indipendenza, the main boulevard for strolling and shopping.
Situated right in the center of things (on a side street off the main drag), amidst restaurants and shopping (we were able to walk everywhere), the hotel offered comfortable rooms with good light and quite an expansive buffet breakfast.
This hotel is just off Via dell’Indipendenza, which leads to Piazza Maggiore. It’s a short walk to all the wonderful sights and hidden treasures of central Bologna.
The hotel is very modern, with white styling to the rooms and bathroom. The room was large with a great terrace. Unfortunately the pillows were not great, and left me with a sore neck. The shower in a large spa bath was not great – very poor water pressure and took awhile for the water to heat up. The bar fridge was the tiniest I’ve ever seen, located on the wall, like a bathroom cabinet.
Metropolitan hotel is a good place to stay. We had a hotel apartment located just 150 meters away from the main hotel. Delicate apartment, modern, well equipped and quiet. It makes it a bit difficult to utilise the hotel facilities though. Should have had a drink at the roof terrace, but not located 2 blocks away. Very friendly reception personnel and good cooperation with a Parking garage 5 minutes walk a way, made it easy to come by car.
It was lovely and spacious and in really good condition. Large bathroom. The terrace had an outside shower which was an unexpected touch. We ended up not using the terrace as much as we’d imagined because it was really hot. The room came with two double beds (one of which is actually made from 2 singles – so I assume you could also have the room as a double + 2 singles). There was a separate space with a dining table and sofa and small desk.
Friendly and helpful staff who valet our car even though they normally do not offer that type of service. Love the decors of hotel, very artistic and modern at the same time. Room is clean and nicely appointed, modern bathroom. Breakfast was plentiful with large variety. Friendly and helpful staff who made us feel welcome. Will definitely return when in Bologna.
Gay friendly Hotels Bologna
Gay friendly Hotels Bologna

How much does a room costs at Hotel Metropolitan Bologna?


Prices start 120$/night for Double Room. The Deluxe Room is 200$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Set on the fourth floor, this room offers an LCD TV with Sky channels, a kettle and a minibar. The bathroom has a shower.

Where to book online – Hotel Metropolitan   – LGBT Friendly Hotels Bologna – you can find the best hotels deals in Bologna during Sagre e Feste a Bologna which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bologna on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



2. Hotel Il Guercino 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna

Hotel Il Guercino
Hotel Il Guercino

Just 250 m from Bologna Centrale Train Station,no  located in a peaceful, private courtyard. It offers free WiFi, and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and tea/coffee maker.

The hotel’s Il Bagno di Diana wellness centre, available an extra cost, is complete with Finnish Sauna, steam room and hot tub with chromotherapy. There is also a free gym.

All rooms at Hotel Il Guercino are elegantly furnished and come in bright colours. The rooms in the annex building come with elegant parquet floors.

Il Guercino is a 4 stars Hotel in Bologna, only 250 mt far from Centrale Train Station (high speed terminal – Carracci exit The hotel is divided into 5 types of rooms: Standard rooms, Superior, Superior Jacuzzi rooms, Junior Suite , Family Room, Flower Room, all carefully equipped with minibar, free WiFi, air conditioning, LCD Satellite TV, telephone, Kettle, Fitness Club and bike’s use are free of charge.

Many of our rooms have private terraces suitable for smokers, or owners of small pets. Its eclectic environment is a perfect combination of old and new and its position allows to reach easily Bologna Fiera, the Historical Centre, the Airport, the Central train Station and the city points of interest. The Hotel offerts a Solarium, an inside private SPA with Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy, a relaxation area with music and herbal teas, and a charming Breakfast room where is possible to taste the morning buffet.

It was a very short walk from the train station which we got to for €6 using the aerobus. I would say it was about a 5-10 minute walk through an area which felt safe during both day and night. The area was quiet with not much noise at night, could only hear people walking past when we were on our balcony so not a problem there at all.

The hotel was quaint and the staff were super friendly. We were given maps of the city at reception and told about the free bike rental service they offered (although we weren’t there long enough to take advantage of this). We were also informed that there is a bar and, upon inspection of bar prices, it wasn’t actually that expensive (€3.50 for a beer).

The room was everything we needed, comfy beds, a TV for some background noise whilst having a drink in the room, a clean and spacious bathroom with a very nice shower and sufficient space for our clothes and baggage.

We didn’t realised the breakfast was free so that was a lovely surprise. The breakfast was delightful as well with a good range of cold meats and cheeses, some sausage, bacon, eggs and a variety of pastries. Also, the option of asking a waitress (who were all lovely) for a specific coffee made it even better (best cappuccino I’ve had!).

Room good and excellent shower. Hairdryer in bathroom and tea/coffee facilities in room. Staff friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent with so much choice croissants, cooked breakfast, cereals etc. Hotel was very warm which was important at this time of year! We were able to leave our luggage the next day which was great especially as we had a late flight home. Would definitely recommend. It’s a 15 minute walk or so from the centre so need to be prepared to do a bit of walking especially if shopping too! All in all a very good hotel which made our break away very enjoyable.

Hotel is located very close to both train and bus station, so it’s very good location to travellers using public transportation. Also city center it’ s not far away so you can go by foot to Piazza Maggiore in about 15-20 minutes. There is a small market almost under hotel windows with not very high prices.

The quickest way to reach hotel from airport is the shuttle bus (6 E) but the cheapest way is to go by foot crossing big parking and next pass under highway to reach the stop of local bus line 81 / 91 (1,3 E ticket – buy it in the airport). Terminal stop of the bus is in a front of a train station so next simply you should go by foot to the hotel (about 5 min.).

Room was not very spacious but OK for couple of nights, with one big bed. Every room is unique so if you have a luck you can hit a unusual room. We have chosen economic price so our wasn’t very artistic but nice. We have also a small balcony, but it was too hot to sit there. The opposite big house is still renewed (or build) so there can be a little noisy during the day, but not in the evening. There is a closet, desk and chairs. Every room is equipped with small fridge – for mini bar, but of course you can also put there your own drinks or fruits – electric kettle and set of teas / coffees. Toilet and shower in quite big bathroom with hairdryer and bidet. TV with some international programs and internet with free password. Good air-condition. Room was cleaned every day, fresh towels and linen every two days.

Gay friendly Hotels Bologna
Gay friendly Hotels Bologna


How much does a room costs at Hotel Il Guercino Bologna?


Prices start 75$/night for Double Room. The Double Room with Spa Access is 164$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Includes a 1-hour session in the spa per night of stay, including the Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hydromassage and relaxation area with herbal teas.

With bathrobe and slippers, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee maker. Please specify bed preference when booking

Where to book online – Hotel Il Guercino   – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna – you can find the best hotels deals in Bologna during Sagre e Feste a Bologna which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bologna on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



3. Aemilia Hotel Bologna 4*  – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna

Aemilia Hotel Bologna
Aemilia Hotel Bologna

Hotel Aemilia is 15 minutes on foot from Bologna‘s city centre and famous towers. It offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and high-definition LCD TV with international channels.

Your day at the Aemilia Hotel Bologna begins with a large buffet breakfast. Gurmé restaurant serves local specialities and Italian favourites, at dinner. The bar serves drinks and light lunches.

Aemilia Hotel fascinates its guests thanks to its marvellous views of the Towers of Bologna and the hills outside the city. It is situated in a silent area 200 metres away from Saint Orsola General Hospital and a few minutes walk to the historical center of Bologna. It offers many services and facilities for your holiday: free of charge fiber-optic WiFi in the rooms and the common areas, roof garden with solarium and Jacuzzi, fitness room, 32 inches satellite LCD TV, minibar and safe deposit box. It is possible to take advantage of a free of charge shuttle bus to Sant Orsola General Hospital. A guarded parking lot is also available.

The hotel is new, extremely clean, with smiling and efficient staff that attend to our requests with a good disposition. The bed was huge and the mattress really comfortable. The room was spot clean and the breakfast was really varied, even though it could have more variety of bread. The roof garden has an excellent view of the city centre. Even though there is no espresso machine, we can ask from the staff and they will provide.

Located about a 15 min walk from city centre, the hotel has beautiful, large clean rooms with a giant bed! Breakfast was lovely with fresh quality goods. The sun terrace is wonderful to chill out on with stunning views of Bologna.

This modern hotel is situated in a quiet residential area about 20 mins flat and easy walk to the historical centre. The staff were unfailing in their friendly, professional service and regularly made eye contact and smiled even when not directly interacting with guests.

Breakfast was good quality and with a wide variety of elements.
The rooftop lounge area was an added bonus with a jacuzzi as well as covered area giving great view across the city.

The Classic room was a reasonable size and the beds were huge. We were fortunate to be allocated the room that Liniers, the cartoonist, added some of his own work to. The hotel was spotlessly clean throughout and the breakfast was excellent. The roof solarium and jacuzzi are a bonus with great views of the city skyline. The hotel is just outside the city centre but an easy 15 min walk. Being just outside it’s nice and quiet at night. I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Gay friendly Hotels Bologna
Gay friendly Hotels Bologna


How much does a room costs at Aemilia Hotel Bologna Bologna?


Prices start 90$/night for Classic Double Room. The Superior Double Room with City View
is 118$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Large, en suite room located on an upper floor, with views of the historic centre of Bologna, a kettle and a Nespresso® coffee machine with a selection of coffee pods. Offers free WiFi, a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The bathroom includes slippers and bathrobes.

Where to book online – Aemilia Hotel Bologna   – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna – you can find the best hotels deals in Bologna during Sagre e Feste a Bologna which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bologna on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



4. Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglion 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna

Grand Hotel Majestic gia' Baglioni
Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni

Located within an 18th-century palace, Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni offers elegant surroundings and antique furnishings in the centre of Bologna. Internet access is free.

The Majestic gia’ Baglioni is located in the heart of Bologna, just 250 m from Piazza Maggiore and the famous Two Towers and next to Palazzo Fava. Bologna Central Train Station is 15 minutes’ walk away.

The spacious rooms at the Grand Hotel Majestic are decorated with unique frescoes and antique furniture. They are air conditioned and offer satellite TV and large bathrooms.

The Grand Hotel Majestic “già Baglioni”, the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Bologna, sits in the heart of the city on Via dell’Indipendenza, within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and the famous Due Torri. This superb five-star deluxe hotel is situated in a Palazzo 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 109 rooms have a mix of antique furniture with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic Italian style, elegance and hospitality. The 4th floor refurbishment has enriched the hotel with a new range of Junior Suites and Deluxe Room. The style in this case is classic eighteen century classical French.

– Excellent location opposite the Cathedral of San Pietro and just moments from Piazza Maggiore.

– Italian glitz and glamour…all ornate mirrors, frescoes, and chandeliers.

– Fabulous service throughout; reception and concierge extremely helpful.

– The bedroom was a little small, but nicely laid out with high ceilings, lots of ornate mirrors and wallpaper. Unfortunately, no view from our particular room.

– Large bathroom filled with Trussardi amenities and the fluffiest of dressing gowns.

– Super comfortable beds with premium linen sheets.

The Grand Hotel Majestic is the most famous property in Bologna, and with good reason. It’s an ornate, well kept hotel filled with antiques and other historic aesthetic details (frescoes, furniture, artwork) but it doesn’t feel stuffy at all. The location is ideal – absolutely centrally located and close to Piazza Maggiore, the main piazza in Bologna. everything we wanted to see was a short walk from the hotel. Apart from location, two other things stand out about the Majestic — the service and the breakfast.

As to the breakfast, while it’s easy to get spoiled in European hotels, this breakfast was really outstanding. One table of the highest quality proteins – eggs, ham, bacon and other meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, cooked vegetables, etc. the other table had an incredible array of baked goods and other delectable sweets. And a nice tea and coffee service with servers who remembered our preferences after the first day. Incredible. The only negatives from our perspective were the linen sheets (lots of clothes in Bologna were also made in linen we noticed) and they definitely wear a bit hot. And in a standard room, the wardrobe is in the bathroom which isn’t ideal.

A brilliant hotel in the heart of the city and within easy walking distance of all of the amenities. All of the staff were very welcoming and in particular the whole concierge team were very helpful. They made our stay totally stress free , booking restaurants and a trip to Modena.

The breakfast team were also very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The breakfast food was excellent with a wide choice. The Hotel restaurant where we had our celebration anniversary meal was par excellence.

Our room was clean and well furnished. A visit to the conference suite and the breakfast room lobby area is recommended because there is a lot of history retained in this hotel.

The City itself was a delight to visit even in the summer heat because you could reach most places of interest under the cover of a portico. A unique experience. This means that a City break in mid summer is a real choice and in Bologna this gives you more space because this is their off peak season which is also reflected in the hotel tariffs.. As a tourist Sept to Mar corresponds with their Conference season so a visit at this time of year gets a high thumbs up from us.

Walking around at the weekend was a unique experience because for this period of time the road outside of the hotel was pedestrianised making it a very restful and atmospheric area to visit.

Gay friendly Hotels Bologna
Gay friendly Hotels Bologna


How much does a room costs at Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni?


Prices start 320$/night for Superior Double Room. The Deluxe Double Room is 600$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

The deluxe is a spacious room with either French or Venetian décor. It includes free Wi-Fi, a safe and flat-screen TV.

Where to book online – Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni   – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna – you can find the best hotels deals in Bologna during Sagre e Feste a Bologna which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bologna on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


5. Hotel Cavour Bologna 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna


Hotel Cavour
Hotel Cavour

Located in the historical centre of Bologna, Hotel Cavour offers a small furnished terrace with views of the towers, and an inner courtyard. All rooms have free WiFi.

The rooms come with classic or elegant furnishings, and tiled floors. They are also fitted with air conditioning, an LCD TV, and a small fridge.

Cavour Hotel serves a big buffet breakfast each morning, it includes hot drinks and pastries. It can be enjoyed in the dining room or in summer on the terrace.

You can visit the well-known towers set just 550 m away. In 5 minutes you can reach Piazza Maggiore, one of the biggest squares in Italy. Bologna Centrale Train Station is 1.2 km from the hotel.

Looking for a place to stay in Bologna? Then look no further than Hotel Cavour, a quiet hotel that brings the best of Bologna to your doorstep.

The rooms offer a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Hotel Cavour features a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and baggage storage. In addition, as a valued Hotel Cavour guest, you can enjoy breakfast buffet that is available on-site.

The location is ideal, we stepped outside and were right in the thick of it with only a couple of minutes to Piazza Maggiore on foot.

It was just a 5 minutes walk to the very center with the narrow alleyways with all restaurant and great atmosphere. Breakfast is regular italian breakfast – meaning sweets and sugar. I’m not a big fan of it but it is very regular to all other hotels in Italy

This hotel is very good located in the downtown of Bologna.
We got free of charge upgrade from standard to Superior room and it was really nice and charming.
Furniture in the room and bathroom as well are outstanding and room itself was very quiet and nice.

The hotel is very elegant, the rooms are comfortable, spacious and very clean; the staff is friendly and always available also to help us with the parking. If you travel by car, communicate the license plate once you arrive so that you avoid to receive any fine. Breakfast has a good variety also of continental food.

This is a fabulous hotel. Housed in an old palace the location is ideal. It is a twenty minute walk from the train station, about fifteen minutes walk to Piazza Maggiore. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and sights to see. Also convenient to public transportation.

The public spaces are fabulous. When I was there they were remodeling the breakfast room and courtyard. From what I saw these spaces are going to be fabulous. The courtyard allows you to feel as though you are outside but don’t have to deal with the noise of the city.

My room was wonderful. The bedroom was large with a tv, a desk and a mini fridge. The bed was so comfortable it was amazing. The bathroom is a good size with plenty of hot water.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. It is the only place I will stay when I visit Bologna. The staff is exceedingly friendly and helpful as well. Don’t miss this wonderful experience.

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How much does a room costs at Hotel Cavour Bologna?


Prices start 95$/night for Double Room. The Deluxe Double Room is 120$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Elegantly furnished, this air-conditioned room features a spacious bathroom with marble and Vietri ceramic fittings. It includes free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with soft bathrobes.

Where to book online – Hotel Cavour Bologna  – Gay Friendly Hotels Bologna – you can find the best hotels deals in Bologna during Sagre e Feste a Bologna which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bologna on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.