Bergamo is one of Italy’s most beautiful and underrated cities. There are so many reasons to visit Bergamo and this guide will tell you just where to stay when you do. This is a Bergamo accommodation guide – including where to stay in Bergamo, Italy for all budgets and types of travelers.
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Best Bergamo Accommodation: Where to Stay in Bergamo, Italy
The Northern Italian city of Bergamo has experienced, in recent years, a bit of a boom in tourism. Home to the third busiest international airport in the whole of Italy, the small city was overlooked as people headed straight to the well-trodden cities of Milan and Venice or up to the picturesque Garda and Como lakes.
In 2017, Bergamo’s beautiful Venetian rules were given UNESCO World Heritage status, and people suddenly took note of this pretty city with its old town perched above the lower and more modern city.
Luckily, the city is prepared for the influx of tourism and there are plenty of great hotels to stay in for all ranges of budgets. This guide will take you through the best Bergamo accommodation options in the city for any kind of budget.
Bergamo is known for its beautiful old town, known as Citta Alta, that sits above the more modern 20th century part of the city. Overlooked by tourists for years, the city flourished and many of the establishments have kept their local rustic feel and charm.
However, since gaining UNESCO World Heritage status, the town has become a must on all decent Northern Italy itineraries. Thankfully, the city knew they would get their time in the spotlight and there are plenty of places to stay in Bergamo throughout both Citta Alta and the modern city.
Luxury Hotels in Bergamo
Relais San Lorenzo
Located towards the back of Citta Alta, Relais San Lorenzo is the perfect place to escape the hoards of tourists coursing through the streets of the old town. You can escape them while still being close enough to visit all the main attractions of Citta Alta within a few minutes walk.
The modern hotel focuses on helping guests wind down with plenty of spa treatments available including a Finnish style sauna, Turkish baths, and salt wall relaxation areas. After enjoying the spa, you can head to the on-site gourmet Italian restaurant for impeccable food and great drinks. Alternatively, you can sit on the peaceful terrace and enjoy a drink or two in the warm Italian evening sun.
Reaching the hotel is easy with direct bus links to the station and airport departing directly outside of the hotel. The hotel has Wi-Fi throughout and a 24-hour reception, in addition to pretty much every amenity you could want including all rooms being fully air-conditioned.
Hotel Excelsior San Marco
Located in the modern town at the foot of the hill where the Citta Alta is situated, the Hotel Excelsior San Marco is a great option for those wishing to explore both the old and new parts of Bergamo. The hotel offers spacious rooms, each with its own private bathroom and high-speed Wi-Fi as well as satellite TV.
There is an on-site gym available so that guests can keep up their fitness regimes. For a scenic dining experience, check out the rooftop restaurant where you can look up to Citta Alta and out over the more modern city.
The hotel is close to the main sites, with the funicular railway station up to Citta Alta just a 2-minute walk away. You can also quickly reach the great Porta Nuova area in the modern town and try out some of the great restaurants available there or check out the Tower of the Fallen Museum, which is one of the best things to do in Bergamo. The hotel offers a 24-hour reception, with parking available on-site too. An Italian style breakfast is included in the rate of the room.
Located in the heart of Citta Alta, the GombitHotel is right next to one of the most popular sites the Gombito Tower. The exterior of the hotel is a stunning old building with a beautiful ornate facade dating back to the 13th century.
Once you walk inside, you will enter a cutting edge design hotel with a distinctly modern feel. Each room has been designed differently, although each aims to provide a cozy, homely feel to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your stay.
The GombitHotel is located literally a stone’s throw away from many of the most notable buildings in Citta Alta, including the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica and the Civic Clock Tower. You can enjoy an amazing breakfast in the hotel included in the price of your room.
The hotel has a 24-hour reception and a bar on-site for an evening nightcap. For food, you will need to venture into the Citta Alta where you can find many great places to eat.
Mid-Range Accommodation in Bergamo
If you are wanting to stay a little closer to the airport, Foresteria Giulia is a great little option. Located in suburban Bergamo, you will find the area to be oozing local charm, with little restaurants and bars dotted around.
The rooms themselves are lovely, with private bathrooms available, although one of the rooms has the bathroom just outside of the room itself. The beds are extremely comfortable and roomy and are the perfect size for two people. Free coffee is available in the entrance.
Location wise, you are a little out of the city, but there are great public transport links or its a 30-minute walk into the main part of Bergamo. It’s incredibly close to the airport and a taxi from the airport will set you back around 20€ if you flag one down from the taxi stand. Click here to read more about getting from Bergamo Airport to Bergamo.
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Guesthouse Alba Città Alta
Located in the heart of Citta Alta, this quaint little guest house called Alba Citta Alta is a great place to stay for those looking to explore the old city. The rooms all come with a private bathroom and Wi-Fi. The guesthouse aims to provide a charming and friendly atmosphere where guests will feel instantly at home. The decor supports this atmosphere with wonderful traditional antique furnishings. They offer a traditional breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit for an additional charge.
The location of the guest house couldn’t be better- with all the main tourist sites located just around the corner. Although breakfast is available, all other meals will need to be eaten out in the city. Luckily, there are plenty of places in the area to eat amongst the medieval buildings.
B&B Colleoni is a great option if you are wanting more of a private accommodation option. A self-contained apartment which comfortably fits two people, the lovely flat has a great little kitchenette where you can cook local produce bought in local stores. This will cut down the dining out bill on your trip as Italy prices can hurt after a while. A delightful Italian breakfast is included in the price of the apartment.
Location wise, B&B Colleoni couldn’t be better as it sits directly in the heart of Citta Alta. You will be able to roll out of the apartment into the bustling streets where you can explore all the medieval and beautiful buildings. As the apartment is individually owned, the check-in times are strict and can alter the price slightly.
Budget Hotels and Hostels in Bergamo
Located close to Porta Nuova, Donizetti Rooms is a great little hotel with spacious rooms and comfortable furnishings. The hotel consists of four bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, and a large living room area with a lovely balcony where you can enjoy a coffee in the morning sunshine.
Situated in the heart of the modern town, you can quickly reach the main sites of the newer part of Bergamo, as well as the funicular to take you up to the old town and all its hidden treasures. There are also plenty of fantastic restaurants in the area where you can taste the local cuisine.
Ostello di Bergamo
Located on the outskirts of the city. Ostello di Bergamo is a great place to stay if you are looking for a social atmosphere where you can meet other travelers. The spacious hostel is spread out over three floors, with a range of different rooms available from dorms to private rooms. On the roof, you will find a lovely terrace where you can chill out and relax after a day of seeing the best bits of Bergamo.
Location wise it is a little out of the city, but only a kilometer away from the Gewiss Stadium. The funicular to the old town is around a 45 minute or you can take public transport which is prevalent throughout the city. Included in the price of a bed is a basic breakfast which can be enjoyed in the large communal area.
There are many hotels in Bergamo and other options to stay at when you’re passing through the amazing city. These are just a few places I stayed at and some other highly recommended Bergamo accommodations that I think you will enjoy.
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