Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli

Santa Croce, San Stae, 2070, Venice, 30135, Italy
#71 of 843 hotels in Venice
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There is a Water Door

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 20, 2011

We came in from the sea....by water taxi and that is a first in my life. Wow...how good is that. Our cruise ship docked and then we were "boated"all the way through the canals. This was a very interesting experience. We saw "men at work " boats, an ambulance boat, and the police as well.

We have three windows looking out on the Grand Canal and boats go by all day long...all sorts of boats...fascinating to watch.

On a more mundane level our room is large and airy...there is a safe...a bath...(I think it is a spa bath actually). Our bed is comfortable. Wifi is available for a nominal cost but for some reason it is not connecting on our floor. This may now be OK. Before leaving I "peeked" in a few rooms and not all were as spacious as ours. Some only had one window and not all would have a canal view. I had emailed we needed a bit of space with our 'long haul' luggage.

A little extra is your bath towel...it is especially designed linen embossed with the name of the hotel...but it is not fluff. But they do the drying job. You can buy one to take home if you like.

There is a porter and a lift . But the lift does not go to all levels so check if you have mobility problems.

There is a bar and a breakfast room....no shop. who needs a hotel shop in Venice?

There are many pathways as you leave to walk into "town" so do take a note of the landnmarks and numbers. And take a map...and the name of your hotel.

There is a very nice little eating place just around the corner. which corner was that?

Something quiet striking is the reception desk. Four of the staff sit in a row...bit like kids in school...at change over a fifth person hovers. Probably designed to suit the layout of the hotel... but there they are heads down typing....planning...on the phone. So much so they took no notice of us when we arrived at the water door. You would have to describe them as "business like".

Unique Quality: This hotel has its own water door which means we were able to alight and walk right in to the foyer. But it seems you need to be agile to use a water door.
Maybe a water door is not unique in Venice! But if you did not know then this will be of interest to you.

And you can be picked up at the water door. Taxi or Gondola. A less expensive option is the water bus(vaporetti)....and there is a water bus stop virtually outside our door. Possibly easier access to hop on the boat than at the water door of the hotel if you are a bit stiff or unsteady on your feet but you have a bit further to go with your luggage .We can see the water bus stop from our window.

As for cost...are you on the internet?? Is it high season? This is a 4 star hotel...so check it out at the time.

Well I am now unhappy to discover the advice given to us about the Casino (just across the canal) was misleading.

As well as that the hotel staff let us set sail for Murano where the factory tour is meant to entice you to buy expensive glass when I thought we were going to Burano...somewhere I had visited a long time ago....

Directions: Come by water taxi. And I am amazed to learn there is a "water road" close to the airport. This would apply to train station it seems as well. Or use the water bus.

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