More about A la Commedia
Here is a traditional Venetian carnival mask, the character of Il Dottore, from la Commedia dell' Arte. In Venice you can expect to pay big bucks for a painted papier-mache mask, or you can content yourself with cheaper imitations, too. I came across a shop one day where I picked up small unpainted paper masks for 18,000 (lira at the time). What a deal!
You can't find a better hotel
The location is perfect; the staff gracious and helpful. You could not find a better hotel in Venice. Book La Commedia with confidence. This hotel was part of our package with Alitalia and we were delighted with our room (bathroom was fabulous); the bed was most comfortable and the breakfasts were ample. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and most helpful. It all added up to a most wonderful stay in Venice. We hope to return to Venice; and when we do, we will stay at La Commedia.
Great Deluxe Hotel
We stayed at the Hotel a La Commedia for 3 nights at the beginning of a two week vacation in Italy. We were absolutely shocked when we walked up to hotel and saw that it was truly a luxury hotel. The hotel is new and immaculate - not a smudge to be found. Our room was very well-appointment (a flat screen TV and CD player, 2 pairs of slippers) with a very nice bathroom. It reminded me of the rooms at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas........ The Vegas hotel designers clearly came to venice and took the best of........There is nightly turn down service with chocolates left on your pillow.
The hotel is located about 200 feet from the Rialto Bridge and about a 5 minute walk from St. Mark's Square - the perfect spot off the square, but close to it.
Hotel breakfast in the mornings was excellent - the best our entire trip. You have the option of eating the free buffet or paying a little extra to order from a menu. The front desk staff spoke good English and were very helpful. We often asked for assistance booking restaurant reservations. They can also arrange for gondola rides (at group rates) and city tours. In addition, this hotel has wireless internet access as well as a public computer with internet.
We highly recommend this hotel and will return for another stay!
We've just returned from four nights at the Commedia Hotel.
Absolute perfection! Venice is all about location, and what a location this is! Five or ten minute walk to everything you want to see and do!
The accommodations are gorgeous......be sure and opt for the junior suite. What a delight to have an additional living area, two TVs, and a spacious bath in a very old city!
The entire staff is outstanding. They can help you in every way conceivable. Extra kudos to Roberto....who obviously loves his job and his city.
The hotel is quite new, yet keeps to the charm and elegance that is Venice. Chic style, great views of the red tile roofs, balconies, and the Campanile. Your first step on the rooftop garden confirms that every bit of planning you put into your trip to Venice was worth it!
Have a cappuccino in the wonderful bar area, and catch up on international news via the supplied papers. Ask recommendations for restaurants, Just stroll and enjoy the life that is Venice.
All of the paintings that you've ever seen of this charming place will take on a new meaning after your stay at the Hotel a la Commedia! New, fresh, spectacular!!!!
Should be five-star, without a doubt!!!!
We stayed here for 2 nights in March (as part of a family golden wedding anniversary celebration) and had a very enjoyable time, further enhanced by the glorious weather that weekend. The hotel itself is fabulous - appears brand new, immaculate and luxurious! The bathroom in particular was great -all shiny marble and gold!
All of the staff were very professional yet friendly, and nothing was too much trouble.
Excellent cold buffet breakfast was included in the price, with 'hot' items available on request (payable). Recommend the crispy bacon on toast!
The location of the hotel is perfect - c 2 minutes walk from the No1 Vaporetto stop at Rialto (no bridges to cross with luggage - big advantage!), and handy for walking to all the major sites eg San Marco, Accademia etc (c10-15 mins). We bought the 72 hr waterbus passes, but to be honest, we didnt make much use of them, given the super location.
All in all, we had no complaints whatsoever with this hotel, particularly given the excellent rate we had obtained on the internet. Highly recommended - would return without hesitation!
The minute you walk into reception at this hotel you know it's going to be good. Check in was very smooth, friendly helpful staff provided us with a map of Venice and gave advice on Gondola's and getting around etc. Our bags were taken to the room for us and wow what a room! This hotel has just been refurbished and evrything is brand new and immaculate. Our room (Delux) was fantastic, I loved the bathroom! Nice details, such as when you returned to your room in the evening they had drawn the curtains, turned back the bed, left a chocolate each and the weather report for the next day. Breakfast was good, choice of fruits, cheeses, yogurts, croissants etc but if you wanted anything hot there was an extra charge. All in all a fantastic hotel and one we'll definately return too.
Spotted this hotel via Trip Advisor.com.
It is in ideal location between Rialto and San Marco. Five mins with bags from the Grand Canal, worth getting a private water taxi from the airport if you can 90Euros.
Staff are friendly and bags taken to the room, the hotel is well appointed and looked new. Heard bad things about tired state of five start properties such as the Daniele and Gritti Palace, but not hear, definately 4 star hotel. Towels all clean and new and there is a turn down service as well, large screen tv on walls and cd player and alarm clock in room. Staff speak various languages as well. No restaurant but one right outside, lovely setting but not cheap, but has to be said food very good. Breakfast in hotel is good, although coffee lacking in taste for me personally. They can do cooked items should you wish but cost extra. However breakfast buffet is more than adequate. Hotel gave my Mother a small gift of venetian biscuits as it was her birthday whilst we were there and a flower for the saints day too.
Great place to stay in Venice
This was a wonderful choice for a hotel. We are picky travelers and have stayed in 4 star hotels before so we have a good frame of reference. This one is in a great location -- convenient to Rialto and St. Mark's square. They have a very helpful staff, immaculately clean rooms, a comfortable bed, a lovely rooftop terrace, a very nice breakfast included. We wouldn't change a thing and would definitely return.
4 stars hotel, 1 star service
Stayed several night in this hotel, paying up to 600 Euro per night (suite). The hotel has little charme, but it is fresh and new, which is nice. But the service at the front desk is a misery. They will offer you "a free trip" to Murano, which is nothing but puting you under pressure to buy a lamp for 12000 euro or a vase for 6000. If you manage not to, you can be sure that water taxi is not waiting for you anymore.
On the way back home, when we arrived at the airport ( 1 hr boat ride) we noticed that we forgot tickets in the hotel room. We called them and begged them to get this tickets and send them with the shuttle boat. The staff was not willing to walk 5 minutes to Alilaguna shuttle boat !!!Altough they knew how important it was! We had to order water taxi for 100 euro instead. This is not 4* service! It is not even 1*.
Traveling to Venice in Late Nov - Hotel & restaurant recommendations
My partner and I are celebrating 10 years together with a trip to Paris and Venice in late Nov. We have been to Paris many times and thought it would be nice to explore another romantic European city and Venice was first on our list. We found a great deal online at a beautiful boutique hotel near St Marks Square ( Hotel a la commedia ). After reading various postings and tips on VT I realized that the hotel may be located in the low area that has "aqua alta" at this time of year. That being said, I would love to know if this is a good hotel choice and if the "aqua alta" is anything we need to worry about.
We are also looking for great, romantic restaurant recommendations that wont take advantage of two gay tourists from the US or be too $$$. We love seafood and I imagine that would be one of the specialties of most Venice restaurants. However, I keep reading postings on VT talking about how toursists are charged by the weight of their seafood entree and for every piece of bread as well as the condiments on the table, their silverware etc. I want to be well prepared with trustworthy recommendations when we visit so any good "off the tourist path" family owned restaurants would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your ideas and recommendations.
Carl & Santiago
RE: RE: Traveling to Venice in Late Nov - Hotel & restaurant recommendations
Though it's not as touristy that time of year, the area near St Marco Square is slightly crowded and conjested. My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary in Venice this October and had an incredibly romantic experience. We stayed in the Dorsoduro area at a beautiful B&B, Ca'della Corte. We got the Piano suite and were pleasantly surprised by the large size of the room (especially by European standards), three sofas, a grand piano, small dining table, large bed, chandelier, ensuite bathroom,etc.
This is the university area of Venice, so its fairly hip and artsy and more reasonably priced than the tourist areas.
Campo Santa Margherita is a must and it's a 3 min. walk from the B&B. This campo is full of cafes and bars--you have to order a spritz and people watch at Caffe.
La Bitta was a delicious restaurant, off-the-beaten-path and nearby. But roam anywhere in this area and you'll find something to suit your wants.
Have a great time! Paris was our favorite city in the world but then we visited Venice...
RE: Traveling to Venice in Late Nov - Hotel & restaurant recommendations
My husband took me to Venice in 2004...We stayed in a small boutique hotel called Hotel Columbina...It was so perfect and not expensive....They recommened a fabulous restaurant just a few blocks away(Sorry I can't think of the name) their food was amazing...hope this helps I have pictures of the hotel if you want to see them.