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A Style Of It's Own. A Unique & Wonderful Boutique Hotel.
This hotel was our favourite on our recent trip to Italy and frankly our favourite boutique hotel anywhere. We stayed for 3 nights in October.
After reading about how difficult it can be to find where your hotel is in Venice, I was worried that the Map on the hotel's website wouldn't be good
enough but it was easy to find from the Santa Maria del Giglio Vaporetto stop. Santa Maria is one stop after the Accademia Bridge. You just walk
down the alleyway into Piazza Santa Maria and turn left, over 2 small bridges and you're in Piazza San Maurizio. The hotel is on a quiet street on the far left off the piazza. We realised later, that we
were wonderfully located - five minutes from the Accademia bridge., twenty minutes to the Rialto, and ten minutes from Piazza San Marco. I don't
think we could have picked a better location yet the street we were on was so quiet , you'd hardly know that there were tourists in Venice.
As soon as we entered the hotel, my other fear - that a boutique hotel with antiques would mean run down and shabby - was immediately eliminated.
Clearly, this is a thoroughly modern hotel, that has tastefully disguised itself as from another era. The staff were very warm and welcoming and
helped with the luggage to the room - there is no elevator however with only 9 rooms spread over 2 floors, there didn't seem much need. For such a
small hotel, we were pleased that the front desk was manned 24 hours/day - you dropped off your key when you left. Our room was probably the smallest in the hotel (and the most affordable at 230 Euros/night) , facing the street, however, not the smallest we had in italy and the style, the
thoughtful touches and the modern bathroom made the room welcoming and cosy. We had a lot of luggage, and we were fine. There was piped-in music
in the room (and bathroom) that was controlled by a switch at the door.
The soundtrack was truly fantastic - a mix of jazz, showtunes, middle eastern classical and folk music - we felt that we were in a hotel that you'd find in the film Casablanca. The bed was very modern and firm, although cased in an antique frame. There was a huge armoir which included the mini-bar and safe. The bathroom was very modern 4 piece (sink,
shower,toilet, bidet) but in dark woods and tones that complemented the overall style of the hotel with plenty of towels and classy toiletries. The
shower was surrounded by 2 doors that I thought would leak and would be uncomfortable for a tall person like myself (I'm 6'3") but it was actually
quite roomy and with two showerheads - one - a huge waterfall-style which made it difficult to want to leave the shower in the mornings! There
were windows that opened to the street in the bathroom and bedroom, but streetnoise was low. There was no noise that we could detect from
other rooms except that the people in the the room next to us either didn't know how to use the key or just didn't care and slammed their door shut when
coming & going - a bit annoying. Rooms had wireless internet, although we didn't use it so I'm not sure if there was a fee.
Breakfast was either in the small walled garden behind the hotel (with some rooms overlooking the garden) or in the small dining area at the back
of the hotel. It was the traditional Italian continental buffet breakfast with cereals, fresh fruit, breads, a toaster, boiled eggs, meats and
cheeses - all of good quality and constantly being refreshed with yourchoice of coffee, tea, lattes, hot chocolates made for you. You could get
bacon and eggs if you wished - for an additional charge. Service again was very friendly and warm - the best we had in Italy and gratefully
received after cool receptions in some Venice restaurants. Other services included an honour bar in the dining room at other times of the day and
on the 3rd floor (2nd floor Europe) a large lounge area - with magazines, decorated with throw pillows or wonderful overstuffed chairs and turkish
throw rugs and lots of light from the many windows.
The overall experience in this hotel is unique and I would go out of my way to reccomend it. We have stayed in boutiques hotels in New York, Prague,
Budapest and Montreal but the Novecento is, by far, our favourite. At the same time, it is also the most expensive I've stayed in - however comparing
to other prices in Venice (we had originally booked 7 different hotels before whittling down to this one) an excellent value for Venice.
Great location, friendly and very helpful staff
My wife and I have just come back from a long weekend in Venice, for her birthday, and to be frank, she said it was the best birthday she had ever had (doesn't say much for her previous ones then!).
We read reviews on Tripadvisor.com and made the booking. We are glad we did. The value for money fantastic; location perfect (10mins for St Mark's, 5 mins from Ponto Accademia, and 20 mins from Rialto Bridge). There was a daily flea market in the Piazza Maurizio, but the prices are not necessarily bargain ones. Since it was my wife's birthday I wanted everything to be perfect, and asked them to book restaurants for us, with a very special one for her birthday. They booked the Acqua Pazza and the Osteria Campo di S Maria. They were both different but excellent. The latter was particularly exquisite if you like sashimi-italian style.
The rooms were dimly lit for a romantic atmosphere and were quiet with air-con (not so quiet), but we were able to sleep with the windows opened undisturbed, except at 7am when the bells of St Mark's sounded, which was charming.
The breakfast provided by Mei Ling (I think her name was) was fresh and simple and tasty. They were all very accomodating and helpful.
Their emails were fast in reply and always friendly, and were knowledgeable.
We had a few coffees and teas in St Mark's square. Beware the tableclothed tables, there is a E4.80 cover charge for the music and then E9.00 for a cup of tea/coffee. There is a slightly less expensive al fresco cafe, Auria where we eavesdropped on the music and paid E5 for tea.
Would we go back? Well her indoors says "definitely", so it must have been good, and good value. Thank you Novecento for a great weekend.
Quaint, but small...
The Novecento - We stayed there for 3 days in March.
Overall the hotel is just ok - It's clean and the staff is very friendly; However, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a bit of luxury or something above-average.
The rooms are small, very small in fact. We had 2 rooms. My room had a metal-frame bed with a 10cm foam mattress on it. It was very hot in the room - There is air-con in the room , but they override it at reception if you try to turn the temperature below 23 C. When I phoned to ask why it's not working, I was told to open a window.
There is little space in the room to put down suitcases and other bags.
There is a very small portable tv in the room and only piped music from reception is available. No alarm clocks.
The bathrooms were tiny , with only a shower - The shower was so small that I couldn't move my arms to wash with the glass door closed.
Overall, they try too hard - Lots of beautiful furniture and wall-hangings (don't look behind them, they all hide something!!) but that's about it - No substance.
The rooms are impractical and very uncomfortable. If you have a room facing the street where the main entrance is, then be prepared for lots of noise from passing pedestrians (especially with the windows open to cool the place down).
Overall rating : Overpriced and something to avoid.
Wow! Full of Eastern promise.
WOW is the 1st word that comes to mind, for the fabulous Novecento. We read up on a lot of hotels in tripadvisor, before settling on this one. Not really being chintzy people the eastern feel of the hotel really appealed to us. We were most definitely not disappointed.
Our room was on the 1st floor, with a big double bed (individual duvets) and lovely armoir (containing a safe) and a great little bathroom. Very powerful if slightly snug shower, lovely fittings and “girls” a really good hairdryer (don’t bother bringing your own).
Breakfast was “out of this world”. These really are the best cappuccinos, with fresh fruit, croissants, pastries, cereal, yogurts and lovely freshly squeezed orange juice. The breakfast room is really nice, or if the weather is good you can eat in the little courtyard. We were lucky to get 3 fabulous days (19th – 22nd April), which followed 2 weeks of almost solid rain.
The staff were very friendly and the position is second to none. We had intended to get the boat to Giglio as recommended, but when we reached San Marco, we had just missed one, so decided to walk. It only took 10 mins! We walked to all the sights only taking the Vaporreto to travel the full length of the Canal to Piazzale Roma and back, to take some video shots and photos.
Hotel is close to shopping, Academia bridge, 10 mins to St Marks Square and about 20 to Rialto.
One thing worth noting! If you want to visit the sights (St. Marks Basilica, Doges Palace, Campanile), get there early. The queues are horrendous later in the morning and afternoon.
I would not hesitate in recommending this lovely little hotel! Although, we have used this site to help us choose hotels over the last few years, this is the 1st time that we have felt compelled to write a review. What more proof do you need!
Style and Class in Venice
We have just returned from our first trip to Venice and we stayed at the Hotel Novecento. We have had the time of our lives! From the moment we walked into the Novecento Sylvia made us feel like long lost friends returning home. She honestly couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. We listened to her tips and suggestions for restaurants etc. and they were all spot on. In fact of all of the staff were extremely friendly. Great breakfast each morning served by the ever smiling Myleen (thanks for the Nutella!!)
The rooms are not large but they are beautifully and stylishly decorated. The bathrooms are great-nice powerful shower, tolieteries etc. And the public rooms, again, are decorated in an eastern influenced style, making them seem very exotic and comfortable.
Our other great find was the 'Musica a Palazzo Barbarigo'. Three wonderful singers performed La Traviata in a series of different rooms. The venue can only accomodate a small audience (probably no more than 50 people) and so it is a very intimate setting.The Barbarigo is only around the corner from the Novecento, so it was ideal. Thanks to all the staff at Novecento, we will certainly be making a return visit.
A great place to stay!
We stayed in Venice for 2 nights in May of 2006 for our anniversary at the Novecento by recommendations from Trip Advisor. We are so thrilled we did... Great place and what a wonderful breakfast each morning that is included in the stay! The rooms are very simple yet felt very Venice like! The hotel staff was kind and attentive! The location is perfect because it is only a few blocks from everything and quiet enough for getting a good night sleep! We would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends and family!
Nice little hotel with good service, until you check out.
Overall the hotel is very nice. The furnishings are very tasteful and the staff is helpful. The rooms are a little small, but that is to be expected in Venice. They certainly make the most of their space. My only complaint against the hotel is their response after I checked out and realized that I had left my iPod in the room. I e-mailed them within hours to tell them exactly where they could find it and asked if they could ship it to me at my expense. Surprisingly, it was no where to be found. Now I realize that this was my mistake by leaving it in the first place, but I know exactly where it was and I know for a fact it was there. So I have to wonder what happened to it within two hours. Unfortunately this soured our stay after the fact.
Great Location, Okay Rooms
We stayed at the Novecento May 12th-May 17th. The hotel is in a great location in the center of the action yet still in a very quiet location. The check-in and breakfast area are appointed nicely and are very inviting and cozy. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the included breakfast was wonderful and offered a lot of variety. The room was a good size but felt a little run down. Understanding that this is a very old building and I guess to be expected but it just felt as though some things could be restored a bit more. Overall though we really enjoyed our stay and wouldn't discourage anyone from staying just know that it is not ideal in all aspects.