Terrific and friendly Hotel Mercurio in Venice
We stayed at the lovely Hotel Mercurio in May of 2005. It is charming and very clean with terrazzo floors in our room. It is quiet and centrally located and we loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful.
I left my diamond wedding ring and a necklace on the bed table and left for the airport for our flight home!! Needless to say, I did not have time to return and was very upset. I called from the water bus and Vittorio found them for me and put them in the safe where they were kept safely for two months until a friend going to Venice picked them up for me. I was so thankful for their honesty and care.
Even without this incident, I would whole heartedly recommend the hotel. The breakfast was a notch above the usual continental fare too.
Not bad, but air-con hopeless
The Hotel Mercurio wasn't a bad little place. After some initial problems at check in we were taken to a large room with bathroom. Some problems were: the shower didn't drain properly & the air-con was noisy & ineffective. The breakfast was fine. The service was also fine - very friendly for the most part. It's in a great area near San Marco Square with lots of little shops & side streets to get lost in. Not bad for Venice which is of course outrageously expensive.
Enjoyed the Mercurio
Stayed at the Hotel Mercurio in November 2005 for 3 nights. We made our reservation through Venere for a very resonable price. Originally had made the reservation for 3 people but the third person decided to change their mind at the last minute. When we checked in, the female receptionist wasn't so pleasant when we told her it was going to be only 2 people. She went on to explain the problem it was going to cause the hotel and Venere, because of some commission. Also, she had reserved a very nice room for us because there were 3 people. We didn't understand the big deal and were willing to pay for the third person. The whole checkin process made us weary for the rest of our stay.
Be cautious of the high steps at the entrance of the hotel. If you have heavy luggage or have trouble walking up more than 15 steps. There's no one to help you with your luggage. Breakfast is decent with assorted fruit, cereals, juices and toasts. There's an attendant to serve you coffee, tea or espresso. We had an early checkout and they let us take some breakfast items for the road.
The receptionist later was helpful during our stay when we would make conversation and ask for suggestions. We took the boat trip to Murano Island that the hotel advertises. I would highly recommend it! They provide a free water taxi ride to the Murano Glass Factory. The only catch is that you have to buy something in the store, which we only spent about $30 but alot of inexpensive glass figurines. She also gave us a map on what water bus to take back and what to see at the other islands around Murano.
The hotel room was pretty decent due to age and size. The bed linen was not changed everyday. Pillows were to soft and flat. Bathroom was pretty clean and up to date. TV reception was bad and fuzzy, only 5 working channels. But our room had a great view of the canal and it was the traffic flow for all the gondolas. Prime time was between 1pm-8pm, non-stop. It was nice to hear some of them singing.
Overall, the location was great, right in Piazza San Marco. Everything is in walking distance. Hardly got lost or felt unsafe. Would recommend this place again to friends or next time we are in Venice.
Nice clean place
Staff was very friendly. The rooms were good size and clean good hot water. Close to San Marco. Definitley recommended for people who are looking for a nice clean place to live. Not recommended for people looking for a luxurious vacation place.
across from mozarts home. the canal view which we had was great! gondolas and singing... what fun. motorized boats do go by and it is a bit of noise at night. but hey its venice. the people were so nice. a bit beat up but very comfortable. great location
Mercurio – a 2* Gem (minutes from San Marco)
I’m surprised that this little hotel is not mentioned on more sites and I’m so glad I found it. It’s literally 5-7 minutes walk from San Marco, 2 minutes from the Fenice opera house and tucked away along a narrow street. And it’s not expensive for Venice as anyone who’s been will know. As a senior single lady traveller arriving in Venice at 1 a.m. I was a bit apprehensive but had no problem finding the hotel as the website map is pretty accurate.
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The receptionist, Monica (who speaks fluent English and French), had given me detailed information by phone and via several e-mails. She is so cheerful and happy and helpful and is always smiling and ready to give assistance with anything.
The room I got on the top floor (the hotel’s only on 2 floors) was very nice with a double bed and much more space than a number of more expensive Venice hotel rooms I’ve been in. The shower could have been better but Monica did say they were considering renovations around Christmas - so hopefully this may improve. They even have a couple of double rooms overlooking one of the small canals where you can hear gondoliers go by singing!
The buffet breakfast was perfectly adequate with fresh fruit, juice, cereals, bread rolls, cheese, yoghurts, coffee, tea etc. but an added bonus of fresh hot cappuccino made by the waitress on the spot.
I definitely think this hotel should be on Tripadvisor’s list so that budget travellers can get something central with a pleasant atmosphere and a visit to Venice that’s gets that little extra touch by such a helpful young lady as Monica.
PS: they also have internet facilities for the use of guests in the hotel.
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Our stay at Mercurio was the high light of our trip. Our room was right on a canal (ask for #25) and we delighted in watching and listening as the gondolas went by right under our window. Also enjoyed watching the boats delivering vegetables and construction supplies and other items. And we were only a 5 minute walk from San Marco and the water taxi stop. The decor of the hotel is nothing special but the room was clean and the staff very friendly and accommodating.
Venice on Valentines
Venice was, for us, all that we imagined! We, me and my girlfreind arranged a trip to venice to get engaged under the Bridge of Sighs on Valetines day. Arriving at treviso airport at 11.00 at night we had some concerns about getting to our Hotel at such a late hour, however ,we were pleasantly suprised to find how easy the connections were. Bus for around an hour, then a ten minute wait for a Vaporetto and on to the water of the Grand Canal, it was now midnight and though it was cold is was very mystical and romantic. At st Marks we got off and had a very direct and easy three minute walk to our Hotel. The Hotel was tthe Hotel Mercurio where we had a double room booked with a balcony, imagine our suprise and glee when we were told that they had decided to give us a seperate appartment. Great, it had its own door to the street, a reception area with table and chairs, fridge, stocked bookshelf (both English and Italian titles) and a window looking over the Canal. Seperate Bathroom, and a large Bedroom with a further two windows looking over the Canal.
Our first day, Sunday, was a day of adventure, roaming the streets and seeing what we could find. We found a Versace shop that had a 40% sale on, but it was closed (though the sign said it should be open), and a Self service restaraunt that my girlfreind (Lorraina) absolutely loved. On the Monday we went back to the Versace shop and found it open, we entered and were met by a very nice, helpful male assistant. We asked if the 40% sale was still on he told us that he believes that it could be 70% starting today, he made a phone call and confirmed that it was! I treated myself to a lovely woolen jumper and a baseball cap and Lorraina got a full sports suit, really snazzy and very chic.
The rest of our three days were spent exploring the usual tourist sites such as the Doge, Academia and Rialto bridge and eating the different Seafood dishes etc. The best possible eatery we found (perfect for the short stay traveller) was the Picolo Martini, fantastic food at great prices, Oriental waitresses who all seemed to speak several languages. One evening we ate there, we had a Four Cheesses Pizza as a starter, a pasta each, a desert each, a bottle of wine with the meal, coffees afterwards and a botttle of wine to take home. All for 42 Euros!!!!!!!
Venice for us was a place with a good Spirit, the people were nice and helpful, Environment was romantic and mystical, the food was good and the bargains better. We shall visit Venice again