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6 Nights at the Molino Stucky
We are just back from Venice where we stayed at the Molino Stuckey for 6 nights. We took the water taxi to and from the airport (100 euros each way) - I have to say it was the only way to go. We are Hilton Honors gold members so when we arrived we were escorted to the executive lounge on the 6th floor for check-in. The lounge is very nice. We spent lots of time there during the week as they always had drinks available (we mainly had water/oj/coffee, but there was alcohol) and during parts of the day there were some good snacks. We were originally assigned room 612 which is on the executive floor but not overlooking the canal. The room was nice sized. The bathroom had a shower over the bathtub that wasn't enclosed but instead had a glass partition that was about 3 feet wide. There were no hand or face towels in this room when we arrived. It became a recurring theme that after daily maid service I would have to call the "magic" line on the phone to ask for either towels or washcloths or soap or one day for toilet paper. After each call whatever was missing was delivered right away. After I took a shower (and the water from the shower went everywhere) I asked if there was a room with an enclosed shower. We were moved to room 337(also did not overlook the canal) which is an adjoining room to a suite. The bathroom here had a separate glass enclosed shower from the bathtub. The room was very small and noisy - we could hear everything from the room next door. We sleep with ear plugs when traveling so it didn't really bother us and we figured it was the trade off for the nicer bathroom plus we spent most of our awake time at the hotel in the lounge. We ate breakfast daily in the hotel restaurant - Il Molino. It is a buffet breakfast for 40 euros per person. The food wasn't consistent but there was a huge variety and the service was always good. If I had been paying out of my pocket for it - it wasn't worth 40 euros per person. We ate one dinner at the Aromi restaurant on the main floor. It was too cold/windy to sit outside, but it looked as if the ambience would have been great on the patio. The service here was good too, but the food was overpriced (very small portions) and frankly not very good. The view from the pool/skyline bar was fabulous. Easily the best view of Venice that we saw. The workout facility was very nice - some free weights, a few weight machines, 1 eliptical, 2 or 3 treadmills, and I think a stairmaster. You can use the steamroom in the locker room or the whirlpool in the common area of the spa too. We had passes for the vaperettos, but we did use the Hilton shuttle boat some too as it picked up/dropped off right at the front door of the hotel and the vaperetto stop was a 5-10 minute walk away. The public areas of the hotel are beautiful and the rooms are nice but there is a big variety in size.
The Sestieris of Venice
Since the 12th century, Venice has been divided into 6 sestieri (sixths or neighbourhoods). Sestiere is the singular word. These were each administrated by a procurator and his staff.
Within each sestiere are parishes. Napoleon reduced the number of these from 70 to about 38 during his reign in the city.
A quirk of Venice is its street numbering. Instead of buildings in a street being numbered, the whole sestierie is numbered. So each sestierie has one No 1.
The numbers don't seem to follow a particular pattern. There is a book "Indicatore Anagrafico" that Venetians use to match numbers with street names- but this isn't as easy as it sounds, as many street names have 2 or 3 versions of spellings
In San Marco sestiere, look near the main post office for the sign '5562. The Last Number of the sestiere San Marco (pic 4)
San Marco (including the island San Giorgio Maggiore), Castello and Cannaregio are to the north of the Grand Canal and are known as 'sestieri de citra' which means ' on this side'! San Polo, Santa Croce and Dorsoduro (including the island of Giudecca) to the South are known as 'sestieri de Ultra' -'On that side'
Each of the sestierie has its own character.
SAN MARCO is the most visited by visitors, as most of its main attractions are located in the Piazza and Piazzetta of San Marco.
This has been the heart of Venice since the times of the Republic. It is the centre of Political, Judicial and Religious life of the city.
Some Things to see here - San Marco Piazza- San Marco Basillica/ Doges Palace/ Campanile/ Torre dell' Orologio/ Museo Correr/Museo Archeologico/ Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana/ Museo Diocesano. Florians, Quadri and Lavena coffee houses
La Fenice, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo,
CASTELLO Named after the fortifications that were once here on St Pietro (the small Island at the eastern end of Venice) One of the older and poorer sestieri.
At one time this was a very important district - The Arsenale with its naval boatyard and first production line boosted trade, and the church of San Pietro di Castello was the Cathedral of Venice, until Napolean transferred the honour to San Marco.
Some Things to see here- Arsenale, Chiesa San Zaccaria, La Pieta, Giardinni Publici, Riva degli Schiavoni. San Zanipolo.
CANNAREGIOThe largest sestieri. Its name originates from it having been a reedy cane (canna) swamp.
I think this is my favourite sestieri, as it is easy to get off the beaten track and wander around the narrow streets, and along its pretty canals. Famous ex- residents include Marco Polo and Tintoretto.
Some Things to see here- Santa Maria Miracoli, Campo dei Mori, The Ghetto, Scalzi, The Casino, Gesuiti.
DORSODUROThe land on which this sestieri formed is a tougher clay than other areas, hence its name means 'the hard-back' or 'hard back-bone'
Dorsoduro has a reputation of having some of the wealthiest inhabitants, and an attraction for artists and ex-pats (many who come to 'write their book')
The island of Giudecca has 2 of Venices most exclusive hotels The Cipriani and at the opposite end of the island, the Hilton Molino Stucky.
Some Things to see here- Accademia, Santa Maria della Salute, Angelo Raffaele, Zaterre
SAN POLO and SANTA CROCE
Both named after churches that were sited within their boundaries.
The first inhabitants of Venice settled on a cluster of islets called 'Rivus Altus' (meaning high bank) or Rialto.
By the 11th century, markets were established here and it was the trading hub of the city.
As well as having some of the earliest history, it has one of Venices newest arrivals - Ponte Calatrava -the controversial 4th bridge!
This might be the first sestieri that visitors to Venice see- The bus station and car parks of Pz. Roma are located here.
Some Things to see here -Rialto Bridge, Rialto Markets, San Giacomo di Rialto, The Frari.
A New Star in Venice
Spent four nights at the Hilton Molino Stucky on a short holiday. This is a former flour mill, which has been transformed into a luxury hotel with seemingly no expense spared.
The hotel had been open for three months by the time we arrived and any teething problems had been overcome. The staff were very friendly and efficient and set an impressive tone from the moment of our arrival.
The hotel is vast – one member of staff told us that it is the biggest in Italy – and it still wasn’t full. That will take some time, but I feel sure the Stucky will prove highly popular as a conference destination, as well as catering for holiday trade.
Our room was large and very well furnished, with a flat screen TV, coffee making facilities and a large, well equipped marble bathroom.
The rooftop pool and Skyline bar are a huge attraction, with magnificent views across the Giudecca canal to the city. We didn’t try the restaurant, but enjoyed excellent breakfasts in the coffee shop. The lounges and public areas are beautifully furnished and very comfortable.
The fact that the hotel is situated on the Giudecca means that you do miss out a little on the Venetian action, but, on the other hand, the hotel launch service is swift and efficiently run and the island is quieter than the sometimes frenetic San Marco area.
One slight downside is that the hotel faces north, so it enjoys no sunlight to its front elevation. That was part of the reason we didn’t eat at the Aromi outside restaurant. It does, however, have superb views and the rooftop bar and pool are delightfully sunny.
This is an excellent hotel; I will certainly stay here again and can recommend it very highly indeed.
Are we nearly there yet?
We're just back from this beautiful hotel, and had a wonderful time. The hotel has a lovely atmosphere and looks beautiful, a visionary renovation of a delapidated building. Our room looked over the Giudecca Canal, giving us a window onto the vibrant life of Venice as well as views of sunrise & sunset.
The shuttle between Giudecca and Zattere/San Zaccharia is extremely useful so the location is no problem. We appreciated being able to escape back to the peace of the hotel after the hustle & bustle of Venice.
The Skyline bar and pool give great views and are beautiful in themselves.
'Are we nearly there yet?' refers to the fine detail of staying here. The hotel isn't quite meeting the excellence required of a superior hotel, but it has the makings of a superb 5 star and it's surely only a matter of time. The main problem is that although the staff we met were all bright & enthusiastic, they weren't consistent in the servce provided (probably because all are new to the hotel?) We had fantastic service a lot of the time, but disappointing service at others. Also some services mentioned in the in-room directory weren't actually available yet but finding that out was quite embarrasing.
The bottom line is that we loved our time at the Molino Stucky and would go back without hesitation, and we expect it to be a better experience.
Stuckey great and Shtunky
A new hotel on the giudecca canal in venice.,Well worth the extra
bucks for a great hilton stay.On the canal, which is larger than the grand canal of venice, you get a great view,all sorts of boats and ships passing by. A short boat ride to St. Marks Square, provided gratis by the hotel. Luxurious surroundings and great attention. Make sure you ask for a room facing the canal.Excellent portage available for a price in and out on boat.
lovely walks along the island, finding alleys, which look they are out of a movie,but safe to go down.Even a supermarket on the island.Food can be a bit pricey at the hotel, but lots of eateries on the mainland, so to speak. We still have fond dreams of sitting on the dock and watching the waves and picture book look of Venice facing.If I close my eyes, I can transport myself back to the island and our great stay at the Stuckey
It really is amazing to think this used to be a flour mill!
We visited this new hotel in July just a month after it opened, and it's location (on the island of Guidecca) is perfect as we were able to sit on the terrace and watch all the hundreds of tourists troop past on the other side of the water! However, better than it's location is it's rooftop pool, which is simply spectacular, and the view...!!! Other than that, well yes it is expensive (an orange juice is 8 euros), but the service is faultless, our bedroom (although smallish) had a really five-star bathroom and the best thing is that everything (the beds, the furniture, the bathrobes etc) is brand new. The hotel also has a free shuttle boat which takes guests across to Piazza San Marco - a real bonus. The only downside is that it lacks a little on Venetian atmosphere.
We stayed at the Hilton Stucky for 3 nights in August 2007. The hotel is an old flour mill and is huge. The staff is amazing and our room overlooking the Guidecca Canal. It is not on the immediate isle of Venice, but the hotel has a courtesy water shuttle taking you to two stops on Venice which leaves often. It's free. We ate at the restaurant, Il Molino, onsite which is more upscale. The food was ok, but not superb. Skytop pool is great and so is the skyline bar, but be prepared to spend upwards of 15 euros on a cocktail there. Cheaper stuff in the lobby bar area.
Overall amazing experience, we'd totally recommend. We also stayed in Florence, Milan and Rome, check out my reviews of them as well.
Molino Stucky - Hotel with a pool!
hilton molino stucky
has anyone stayed here? Is it's location inconvenientH Is an executive room with lounge access worth the extra money over an executive room? How are the rooms decorated and what size are they?
Re: hilton molino stucky
I can only speak about the location.
The hotel has a complimentary shuttle to the main island. It is your decision as to whether that is convenient or not. Personally, I'd find it frustrating to be tied to shuttle times and locations...listed here:
You can, of course, always take a private water-taxi over to Giudecca. They are expensive.
You will find info and photos of rooms here:
'Guest' rooms are 30m2...one can assume mre expensive rooms are larger. European hotel rooms are not generally large, and this hotel is in a converted older building.
Venice itself is small and very walkable: you can cross the whole city on foot in an hour or so.
Re: hilton molino stucky
The location is on the island of Giudecca (hope I have the spelling correct). To reach the main part of Venice i.e. St Mark's Square et al, you would need to take the water bus across the canal and then either walk or take another water bus to where you want to go. However, the Hilton operates a free boat shuttle to the St Mark's Square area. I personally would find it a bit of a drag having to take the boat each time. Have a look at a map of Venice to see what I mean. As to the questions on the rooms, I am afraid I have no idea as I have only been to the hotel for a drink and the wonderful view from the tower.
Re: hilton molino stucky
I can reply based on firsthand information. We stayed there for 4 nights exactly a year ago. I have Hilton elite status so breakfast and lounge access was free. I don't know how much extra you would have to pay but what they charge for breakfast, although extensive, is exorbitant, something like $40, if I remember right. Lately the "lounge" is really a section of the bar near the reception desk on the first floor, which is partitioned off. It is very nice to have access to drinks and snacks during the day.
As for being inconvenient, for us the shuttle to cross the canal was no big deal. We used it once in the morning and then off we went. Of course there are two vaopretti stops close by so if you have an unlimited pass it's not much of an issue either.
The conversion of the old building into a hotel itself was very nicely done. Read my Venice page for some pics and further info.
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But it really doesn't feel like some out of the way mill turned into a hotel! In a way, I would rather stay on Guidecca and "commute" - there you are out of the hustle and bustle and general congestion of Venice and that part is really very interesting and quite peaceful and you do see something of a life that is not that of a tourist.....