Hospitality / 2020
Hospitality / 2020


Place  Bologna
Year  2019
Status  Completed


I Portici Hotel represents an important benchmark in the landscape of the City of Bologna hospitality and welcome. Located in the old town, not far from the railway station and the most important monuments, the hotel appears as a jewel of style and elegance, which takes up the five floors of Palazzo Maccaferri, a XIXth Century building erected between Via Indipendenza, the Scalinata del Pincio and the Montagnola gardens.

Open in 2007, I Portici hotel offers to the customer a compelling experience through the harmony of the environments, the charm of the 1500 square meters of frescoes in Liberty style, scents, design, art, food and cloths, creating a new idea of hotel hospitality open to Italian and international tourists.

The building, provided with 90 rooms, in September 2019 presented to the city the enlargement and the restyling of its own accommodation facilities: 10 more rooms (designed by Rizoma Architetture) with wide square footage, obtained from the building next to the historic location of Palazzo Maccaferri, connected by an evocative green area, with a view on the XVIIth Century church of San Benedetto.

The revamping work of 25 standard rooms came up beside this intervention of enlargement, together with the renovation of furniture and facilities, by following the stylistic line of minimal and contemporary comfort that has always characterised I Portici Hotel.

For the project of the revamping rooms, Rizoma Architetture has used contemporary materials for the main furniture: bed headboard, open wardrobe with integrated desk and pouf.

The refined design and the warm colours, mixed with precious illumination elements, mirror the style of the entire hotel, respecting and highlighting the pre-existence. The works of art, already present in the rooms, have been relocated and integrated with more contemporary style elements.

The project of 10 new rooms has been thought in continuity, in terms of design and materials, with the revamping project of the 25 existing rooms. The project is based on large windows, which make the rooms extremely bright, some of them overlooking directly the monumental Via Indipendenza, others more internal overlooking terraces. The latter, like secret gardens, give the guest an unexpected vision in a metropolitan hotel. The 10 new rooms, 6 superior double rooms, 3 family rooms and 1 suite, different from one another in floor area and occupancy, are connected by a unique and highly recognisable style.

The wider rooms, equipped with a sofa bed for up to 4 people, are designed to have a rather defined sleeping area and living area, the latter characterised by a eco-leather sofa, a metal coffe table and a comfortable armchair, is perfect also for business clients.

The presence of large TV screens, embedded in custom panels, allows the organisation of conference call. The technical and decorative illumination melt to create a warm and cosy atmosphere, giving preference to diffuse light rather than direct, with warm tones rather than cold.

The chosen luminaire complete the styling choices that give a contemporary and fashion mood also to a historical context as Palazzo Maccaferri. Rooms appear cosy and functional, expressing an excellent classic but trendy mix, aligned to the most contemporary trends of the hotel industry.

The care of detail, a minimal and elegant design, the functionality are the core principles of this important project.

Ph. © Fabio Bascetta