Our Italian expansion continues! In addition to The Student Hotel Florence, opening in 2017, we have now unveiled designs and plans for a second Italian property, located in the Quartiere Navile district of Bologna.
The Quartiere Navile has experienced a steady transformation since its emergence in the 1960s. In the last ten years, the streets have come alive with new bars, events and cultural initiatives, creating a multicultural and sustainable neighborhood populated by students, young professionals, artists and creatives. The Student Hotel has purchased the vacant ex-Telecom office building, with a total area of 11,200 m² and a 2-level underground parking space, and has plans to reopen the property to the public with new meeting places for citizens, students, entrepreneurs and visitors to stay, study, work and relax. The courtyard will become a public space surrounded by a café, a restaurant, co-working spaces and other facilities.
“The ex-Telecom building,” says Matteo Fantoni, the architect of the project, “has a great potential to act as a stimulus to upgrade the Navile neighborhood. We are confident that The Student Hotel has the perfect skills to give a fresh and lively identity to the building: A young, dynamic and creative design which will become a public plaza, a social gathering of the city ruled by innovation, exchange and recreation.”
Opening in summer 2018, The Student Hotel Bologna will be redesigned and fully refurbished, mirroring the successful concept established in the Netherlands. Contemporary architecture will frame the hotel and students’ rooms and studios, with a library, study areas, meeting and conference rooms, an incubator for start-ups, a games room, gym and bicycle fleet.
Bologna has a population of around 380,000 inhabitants from which 77,000 are university students. The origins of the university go far back in history: Bologna is considered to be home to the first university in the Western world. With the arrival of The Student Hotel, the city of Bologna ushers in a modern new era of Italian student life.