Does SCBWI have a conference hotel for Bologna?
No, SCBWI does not have a conference hotel in Bologna. Please check the Bologna Children's Book Fair website for information as well.
Do you have any tips for finding lodging in Bologna?
Bologna is a convention city and has a variety of rooms to rent, from pensions with bathrooms down the hall to 4 star hotels. Be sure to understand the location of the hotel and the room's price and features before you book.
Remember the rates for the hotels really jump during fair time. So your first and last night may be a lot less expensive. If you notice the same price for all nights you may want to let them know the fair dates. The hotels are allowed to increase prices during fair weeks. Even if you made your reservation they will change the rates with little notice by simply informing you "there is a fair." The change in rates can be as little as a 50% increase or as much as 300%. So be sure they know you are reserving during the fair week.
It is a good idea to map your hotel to make sure it is close enough to the fair (some hotels that are far from the fair may be less expensive but not have adequate taxi service to the fair or may have the additional cost of using a hired driver – yes, really!). For more information see the Bologna Book Fair webpage.
Amenities & Confirmation
Read reviews of your hotel / apartment before confirming. Trip Advisor is a good source for hotel reviews. Write to the hotel with any questions and keep copies of the email to take with you!
There are two hotels that are just outside the fair in the back of the fair grounds:
Both hotels are walking distance to the fair grounds. There is no bus service to this side of the fair grounds. You will have a long walk around the Fairgrounds to your hotel after fair hours, as taxis are often in great demand. In addition, when you want to go into town to eat, you will need to call and wait for a taxi to arrive. Thus, these two hotels are expensive and convenient to the Fairgrounds (during opening hours) but they are not so convenient after hours.