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Where to Stay in Bologna City Centre

The question of where to stay in Bologna city centre was on my husband’s mind as we embarked on our honeymoon in Italy. We got married on 12.12.2018 and wanted to keep Bologna as a base to travel in the region. But I had no clue where to stay in Bologna. So while endlessly sifting through Google and looking out of budget places to stay in Bologna’s historic centre, we randomly chanced upon the website of L’8Boutique Apartments.

Where to Stay in Bologna City Centre

I realized I was already following L’8 on Instagram and instantly connected with them for a stay in the city. Owned by two sisters Federica and Francesca, L’8 Boutique Apartments is a palazzo which also happens to be the sisters ancestral home. They have lovingly restored it for the world to enjoy. L’8 is a modern and well furnished space in the heart of Bologna. It is also very chic and cool!

For instance, their system to enter and exit is key-less and comes only with a unique electronic code. It was super easy and hassle free because usually in Italy you are definitely given 2-3 keys in old palazzi. This is something I wouldn’t have expected in Italy!

At L’8, my husband and I had the pleasure to stay in both Apartment 803 and 808 (with terrace). The apartments offer a unique homely space with every possible comfort. Apartment 808 will always be out first choice! Apartment 803 was nice too -an excellent room with a Nespresso machine and Netflix subscription to the comfort 😉

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Apartment 808

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Apartment 803

Why Book L’8??

I highly recommend staying in L’8 as it is only 10 minutes walk from the train station and a stone’s throw away from the city’s biggest landmarks. Furthermore, it is also an affordable choice of stay in Bologna compared to the high end hotels in the city centre! A room for two would cost somewhere between EUR 100-130 and these are one of the low prices of this city. (These rates may vary as per timing and season). Additionally, staying in Bologna never looked so simple so I’d book L’8 for my next visit too!

I’ve had many people book L’8 on my recommendation and message me on Instagram.

….From our wedding!

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55 Comments

  • Sandy
    February 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Oh my gosh your wedding photos are the cutest!!

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    • Italophilia
      February 10, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much Sandy! Great blog xx

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  • Jasmine
    February 6, 2019 at 1:52 am

    AUGURI AUGURI AUGURI! Sorry for my late commenting spree, it’s been a crazy month! I love your wedding pictures, you two look so happy and I wish you a life full of laughter and Italy trips hehe. I’ve also stayed where you did and glad you recommended it, the two sisters that run it are so lovely and deserve to be highlighted, as does the city of Bologna herself. Thanks for posting and joining this month!

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    • Italophilia
      February 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Awwww!! GRAZIE BELLA!! DOn’t worry I understand. hehe, thank you. I enjoyed Bologna and L’8 as much as you did. Waiting to post this month.

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  • Kristie Prada
    February 1, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Congratulations lovely! What a fantastic place to spend your honeymoon! You look wonderful together xx

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    • Italophilia
      July 27, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      I’m only just seeing this comment cara 🙁 Scusa!! Thank you so much for the lovely wishes.

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  • Italian with Irene
    January 30, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve just started following your blog, well done, it’s beautiful! And congratulations for an exciting and amazing life together! I can’t believe I’m italian and have never been to Bologna! Might choose it for my next trip! 🙂 check my blog out if you like: http://www.italianwithirene.com ❤️

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    • Italophilia
      February 2, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Aww thank you Irene! Very kind of you. Which part of Italy are you from?? I hope you can visit Bologna soon x I’ll check your blog.

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  • Carmela
    January 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Congratulations to Ishita and Dude With the Food! Your stay in Bologna looks wonderful. #DolceVitaBloggers

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  • Kathryn Occhipinti
    January 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful life together! Ishita, your dress was simply stunning! I’d love to hear the story behind it. You both look like you were meant for each other! Enjoy 2019 and the years to come.

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you so so much cara mia 🙂 I really appreciate the love. Happy 2019 to you too!

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  • Kamini Kapoor
    January 25, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Congrats on your marriage. You look so happy in your photos. Bologna is the very first place my husband and I visited in Italy. It is fabulous.

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much Kamini. What a wonderful memory for you. A great city to visit too xx

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  • Ritu
    January 25, 2019 at 6:33 am
  • Brad
    January 24, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Ishita, it’s been some time since I checked in with your blog. What a delight to be able to congratulate you on your wedding. And you honeymooned in Italy! How surprising! All the best.

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      So kind of you Brad. Thanks for dropping in again 🙂 It was one of the best trips to Italy. Many thanks again. xx

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  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    January 24, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Congratulations! You both look so incredibly happy – I wish you all the best!
    And thanks for the suggestion for a place to stay in Bologna…it’s great to be so close to the city centre!

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Happy 2019 to you bella. Thank you for the lovely wishes. We are truly blessed <3 I think you should consider L'8 for your next visit 😉

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  • Lucy and Kelly
    January 23, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Congratulations to you both! This apartment looks so cosy and cute. What a lovely thing to do, we love that the sisters did that with their grandmothers apartment. <3 It looks like a wonderful place.

    Lucy and Kelly xxx
    theblossomtwins.com

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Happy 2019 to you ladies 🙂 Thank you so much. It was a wonderful place. I hope your writing is going great. xx

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  • Paula Barbarito-Levitt
    January 22, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Tanti Auguri Ishita, so happy for you… Your enthusiasm and delightful way comes through in your blogging, and following you is an absolute pleasure. Much happiness today and as you move forward together.

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Happy 2019 to you too bella. Thanks for a wonderful message, it made my day! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog. Virtual hugs.

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  • coral waight
    January 22, 2019 at 11:38 am

    How lovely to marry your best friend. Congratulations, Ishita.

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    • Italophilia
      January 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Many thanks Coral. Happy 2019 to you 🙂

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  • Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels
    January 21, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    congratulations! beautiful wedding photos! xoxo

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  • Francis Pettitt
    January 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Lovely wedding pictures and Bologna is a great place for a honeymoon!

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    • Italophilia
      January 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Thank you Francis; we had a wonderful time xx

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  • Linda Ann Viandier
    January 21, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful joyous photos. Congratulations X. Bologna has long been on my list. I am hopefully going to Lake Garda at the end of May.
    Best wishes to you both for your future life together.

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    • Italophilia
      January 22, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Grazie Linda! Very kind of you..I have had such a great attachment from Parma in this trip but I equally loved Bologna too. Never been to Garda either. Good luck for your travels!

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  • fkasara
    January 21, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    You two are such a beautiful couple 😭❤ Thanks for sharing your wedding pictures (you know how much I love your traditional dresses) and I love seeing you so happy, you deserve it ❤❤ I’m grateful this year I got to know you better and I wish you all the best for the future ❤❤😘
    Sara

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    • Italophilia
      January 22, 2019 at 7:56 am

      OMG thank you Sara 🤗🤗 thank you for the dress compliment too. I’m so so happy we connected on Twitter and got through to what we are today. I’m very lucky to have such an intelligent friend in Italy. Hope to see you soon!

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  • KareninCalabria
    January 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    What a beautiful wedding, indeed! Wonderful to see your gorgeous dress! Tantissimi auguri per l’inizio di un felice e lungo futuro insieme!

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    • Italophilia
      January 22, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Karen 💋😍 big hugs. Veramente sei gentilissima

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  • Barbara
    January 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations. You both look amazing and how fantastic to share your love of Italy for your honeymoon! Bx

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    • Italophilia
      January 22, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Aww thank you Barbara! 💜💜 Indeed! Hope Puglia planning is going great xx

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  • Ingrid Levin
    January 21, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Congratulations! So beautiful, thanks for sharing. xx

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    • Italophilia
      January 21, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Thank you Ingrid.🤗🤗Hope you enjoyed Bologna too

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  • Kelly
    January 21, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Your wedding pictures are stunning! The way you two look at each other! 😍 I’m so glad you and Gautam got to finally experience Italy together!

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    • Italophilia
      January 21, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much bella 😍 🇮🇹 we are so pysched about It too

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  • Eva Green
    January 21, 2019 at 3:13 am

    marriage congratulations!! love that he is your best friend :)))

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  • Cristina
    January 21, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Tanti auguri, che belli sposini🎉🎉🎉🎉. The dress, the turban…what an explosion of colour. So nice you got to introduce ‘the dude’ to Italia on your Luna di miele 🥰. Tante belle cose, Cristina

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    • Italophilia
      January 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Grazie cara Christina 😘😘 we are grateful for all the love! X

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  • Manja Mexi Movie
    January 21, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Oooo, my, that’s some news! 😉 I haven’t heard of it yet. Warmest congratulations, Ishita! I wish you both much love and luck on your travels through life as a couple. What joy you two express! Wonderful to see. But of course you’ll go to Italy for your honeymoon. 🙂 Are you still here? To many happy returns. (I think you’ve noticed that my ex blog is closed and that now I have a new one. Always welcome here as well.)

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  • Sheryl McDougald
    January 20, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    You Both look so beautiful…. a heartfelt Congrats to you!!!

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  • Sheree
    January 20, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Congratulations! Wishing you every happiness together.

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  • Darlene Foster
    January 20, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations on your marriage. Sounds like a perfect place for your honeymoon.

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    • Italophilia
      January 20, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      Thank you Darlene 🙂 It was surreal. Hope you are well. xx

      Reply

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