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The staff at CA Formenta could not have been more helpful and friendly. The location was perfect and the room was very nice.
They provide a wonderful breakfast and the service is excellent. It was definitely a wise choice, which I made based on the reviews from this site.
Piazza San Marco is a wonderful, exciting place to be on New Year's Eve.
We loved this hotel!
My husband and I had originally booked another Venice hotel for our 3-night stay in March, but the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor of this intimate, boutique style hotel in a non-touristy neighborhood caused us to cancel and book at Ca Formenta...and we're so glad we did! We agree with all the positive reports from other guests...quiet, clean, actually almost new (newly renovated) rooms, ample space, helpful staff, excellent breakfast, and charming Garibaldi neighborhood where we strolled with locals each evening, yet quite close to St. Mark's Square. Side trip to Murano was very nice...greeted by Gabrielle, our charming, French guide of the gallery, who never put the "hard-sell" on us (just friendly coaxing,) then recommended an excellent restaurant on Borano, our next stop (Al Pescatori.) Borano was charming, if a bit touristy, but not to be missed. We can't wait to return to Venice, and will definitely go back to Ca Formenta!
Fabulous city, great hotel...
Venice really is the most beautiful city in the world and Ca' Formenta is, in my opinion, one of the best small hotels in Venice! This hotel has everything that you could wish for - fabulous location, stunning views of the lagoon, excellent staff and great coffee. It was so easy to get there from the airport thanks to the Alilaguna boat to Arsenale and only two bridges to drag your cases over! I stayed here for 4 nights during March and enjoyed every minute. I would certainly recommend the hotel and will definitely be staying there again.
Great location, great bargain, superb staff
Trust the reviews on this site and you will have no regrets. I stayed at the Hotel Ca Formenta for 2 nights and loved it! You may be wondering why the hotel is at such a bargain price when it's highly rated by all, it's b/c it's not one of those grandiose hotels where you pay for the ambiance of the lobby and the grandeur of the hotel, this is a small little hotel with less than 20 rooms, you get special impersonal treatment by the hotel manager, which many have complimented on, his name is Marco, he is extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is just off the Arsenale station, a nice 10 minute walk from San Marco Piazza. Although living right next to the piazza would have been much nicer, but for this value and service of the hotel, a 10 minute walk is not much of a big deal at all, besides, walking around can help you get to know Venice at a very personal level. I will definitely stay at Hotel Ca Formenta next time I visit Venice.
One thing I'd like to mention about the free water taxi service to Murano, it's not the hotel that is offering it, it's the glass factory in Murano that is offering through hotels. We took our luggage with us to Murano on the free water taxi, tehy decided to charge us for each luggage, 2 euro a piece. I thought that was quite a ripoff, especially when there were 5 of us. Besides, they're very pushy in getting you to buy a piece at their factory, and to be honest, I found alot of the exact same pieces in Venice for a cheaper price. Don't go unless you don't mind paying extra and telling people you bought it in Murano.
Great location and views
Stayed at this hotel in March 2005. Our room was a newly furnished room with a wonderful view of the Canal (and we did see a cruise ship sail by). The room was excellent with a large comfortable bed and very good bathroom facilities. The staff at the hotel are very friendly and obliging. In particular the lady who looked after breakfast and Arturo who seemed to do many things including making us delicious cappucinos and carrying our bags. He even waited to wave us off as we caught the water taxi to the airport from the hotel's own jetty at the rear of the building. The location is very good being only 10 minutes from San Marco Piazza, close to the Vporetto (water bus) stop and 5 minutes from Giardini gardens which even in early spring were delightful to walk through providing a nice contrast to the water and buildings of Venice.
For those that need supplies there is a small supermarket about 300 metres away on the Via Garibaldi. Our best eating experience was at Giorgolone Trattoria where the owner loves to sing later in the evening.
Highly recommend Ca Formenta.
We stayed at the hotel in early October. The room was clean, cozy and well decorated. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was very good. As noted in other reviews about a 10 minute walk from St. Mark's so it pretty quiet at night. Easy access from the train station on the vaporatto. What we enjoyed most was the neightborhood. The gardens are right down the street, there are food and wine stores and in the evening local Venetians out for a walk with their families. I think you feel more like a local than in a more touristy area.
Great spot, great service, Lovely rooms..RECOMMENDED
My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in Oct 2004. I can truely say this was one of the most memorable hotel experiences I have ever had. The staff could not have been more helpful, the rooms were lovely newly decorated, clean and of a high standard. We had the standard room and as far as european standards go was quite roomy. The only thing I would say is that the rooms with a seaview could be more noisy due to being near some restaurants. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel it is near where the locals live so doesn't feel so touristy. If you like little boutique hotels instead of impersonal large hotels, choose this one you will not be disappointed!
Everything that's been written about this hotel is absolutely true! I stayed here on January 12 2005 for 3 nights with my sister-in-law and it was wonderful! The staff are very helpful and can't do enough for you. The hotel is in a quiet location away from all the tourists and if you're lucky enough to get a bedroom in the front of the hotel you might even see a cruise ship floating by! We came down late for breakfast on the second morning thinking it was only 9.15am (breakfast finishes at 10.00am) because I had'nt put the time forward on my mobile. When they realised our mistake, they just laughed and sat us down and promptly brought us out something to eat!
The neighbourhood is lovely and the locals are very friendly - check out a little restaurant up the road (www.garanghelo.com) - it was wonderful and very reasonable, they even gave us some free drinks on our last night!
The best way to reach the hotel is by waterbus - you can get the free shuttle to the waterbus pier (5mins away) and then get aboard the Venice Airport Boat (Alilaguna) - just ask for the 'Arsenale' stop, (buy tickets in the airport or on the boat for 11 euros) the trip takes about an hour but the scenery is wonderful!! Once you arrive, turn right and walk over two bridges and there on the left you will see the hotel! (takes all of 5 mins!)
You are literally 10 mins away from Piazza San Marco. Recommend you get a 24hr ticket for the waterbus along the Grand Canal - you can get on and off as many times as you like and it's a great way to see the sights! Walking's also good and gets you off the beaten track, you'll be amazed at what you can find!
three days of magic in Venice
This was my first trip to Venice and really wanted to stay on the island so I could soak in the atmosphere. At first I was put off by the cost of island hotels, however I came across this one on expedia. The staff were very helpful and courteous. The room was furnished to a high standard and was clean and excellently presented (surprised to find a TFT flat screen tv) with excellent views (a room with a lagoon view was selected). The location was ideal, less than 5 mins walk from Arsenale vaporetto stop. Only small minor negatives were the drip fed supply of bread rolls on the continental breakfast buffet (the rest of the buffet was excellent including the coffee) and eurosport was the only english language channel on the tv (apart from MTV), but who wants to watch tv when there is Venice to explore.
Best small hotel we have ever stayed at
Lovely hotel, cannot praise it highly enough. We had a lagoon view room which must have the best view in Venice. Everything brand new - loved the shower with side massage jets! Very quiet, no noise at all at night, lovely breakfast, very friendly staff, short walk to all the main sites - couldn't be better.
hi again ive got it narrowed down to three hotels in venice hotel antiche figure, foscari palace, or hotel ca formenta. i was wondering if any one knows which one would be the best area? thanks for all your help. and im looking forward to posting pictures and reviews of my first trip out of the us. thanks holly
The only one that I can comment on is the Foscari Palace. I must say that it was one of the best places I have ever been to for the price (200 E). We had a room with a fireplace that looked onto the G.Canal & across was the fish mkt. You can get to the fish & veggie mkt. by taking a treghetto right beside the hotel.
Also, there is a wonderful balcony on the top of the hotel. You can have a glass of wine, some snacks, view the Canal traffic & watch the sunset..It doesn't get any better than that!
The staff is super & the breakfast will keep you full for the rest of the day. Around the corner from the F.Palace is the street called the Strata Neouva which is the main "drag" for that area. Plenty of good restaurants, gelatto shops, as well as a chance to see locals in their natural habitat! Forget the rest, Foscari is the best! Bob Watkins