We have just had one of our worst hotel experiences at the Belle Epoque Hotel in Venice. This 3 star hotel certainly doesn't deliver 3 star service. The rooms were cold. The water tepid so a hot shower was out of the question. The service at reception was rude and surly. We complained about the temperature in the rooms and also the temperature of the water - nothing was done. We asked to see the manager - he refused to see us. We wanted to leave the hotel a day early giving them 3 days notice. They told us we'd be charged the full amount. The security was dreadful - almost every time we returned to the hotel there was no one on reception so we had to go behind the desk and get our own keys. The hotel was expensive even by Venice standards and absolutely not worth the money.
I booked this through Hostelbookers It was a last minute trip-as Ryanair were offering 50% off their flights, so I flew East Midlands to Treviso, for £38 return, then booked this hostel.....Due to its price and location.
This would be the first time that I'd stayed in a dorm room in Venice. I had spotted cheaper, but this sounded a bit nicer than some of the cheaper places. It didn't have a curfew either.
I arrived here around 20.30 hours, so it was dark, but I followed the directions, which were straight forward, and I found the hostel straight away.
I rang the bell, and the door opened- into a typical Venetian covered 'passage' and courtyard, with stone steps at the side.
There were quite a lot of steps-54!!! Luckily, I just had a small case. I was met by the friendly owner, who spoke very good English. I paid in cash for my room 136 Euros for 4 nights, which included breakfast, and was handed my set of keys, which included one for my locker. The locker room was separate from the dorm, which was good for those leaving early, as they could pack etc without disturbing others. (Perhaps the 2 who left on my 2nd day, could have thought of this instead of performing their early morning ritual of wheeling their cases into the dorm, zipping/unzipping etc)
Room 7 was a 5/6 bedded female dorm, with single beds (not bunks), bedside tables, settees etc. Duvet and sheets provided. The pillow was very soft- I had to ask for a spare (which was provided) A Murano glass chandelier lit the room.
Charmingly, this room was overlooking a canal-where I enjoyed watching the daily goings on, as boats were loaded with produce from the nearby Rialto Market. Not so charming, were the numerous mosquito bites that I went home with!!! As I usually visit Venice at Christmas, there isn't a problem with these biters, and in my rush to pack, hadn't even thought about mossie repellant. The windows were kept shut at night, but as I was nearest the window, I think they feasted on me, as my roomies only had one or two bites.
The bathroom was a bit 'quirky' A shower cubicle, with various spouts and shower heads- no where to put your clothes inside, so either had to undress outside - in view of everyone passing through, or cloth off in the shower cubicle, and fling your clothes over the cubicle.
Wash basins, separate WC with bidet, and Mens shower room, which was more private than the female one.
A ' Help yourself ' bag was hung behind the door, with 'donated' toiletries etc.
Breakfast served from 07.30 - 09.30
Cereals, toast, Nutella, jams etc, and fried eggs cooked by the staff. Juice, tea and coffee.
There is a fridge/freezer for residents. I purchased some yogurts, cheese and cold meats from a supermarket, plus fruit from Rialto Market to supplement my breakfast.
Free internet use - though the one net book was quite temperamental!
Snooker/pool table in the lounge.
No Smoking, though allowed outside on the staircase
The owners were very friendly and helpful, even offering us a glass of wine one evening.
Guide books etc available.
Open all year round.
Cash only, no credit cards.
Ealiest Check in 09.00
Latest Check in 22.00 (unless arranged in advance)
I'd certainly consider staying here again (Remembering to pack my mossie repellent!)
This is part of an old palace (600 years old!) originally owned by the Sansoni family. A plaque in the campiella commemorates this.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Excellent location- 3 minutes walk from Rialto Markets/Vaporetto. Handy for sights etc, but on a quiet Square
Good bars and places to eat nearby-especially Jazz 900 opposite the hostel.
Scenic canal and bridges a few steps away.
A chance to stay in a 600 year old Venetian Palace!
We found this gem on the internet after an extensive research.
The apartment is located in Cannaregio part of Venice away from the tourists on quiet canal.
There is small supermarket, bakery, wine store and coffee shop just around the corner. You can also walk 5 min to large supermarket and about 15 min to Pesceria market.
We (4 adults) were staying here for 3 nights in July'10.
We had plenty of space and privacy.
We really liked this apartment and if we ever go to Venice again we will make sure to stay at the same place.
Julie, the owner was very nice, prepared for her guests a book with important information about Venice. She also left us some milk and sweets. She encouraged us to contact her if we were missing anything, but we were so busy running around that we didn't wanted to bother her about any minor thinks like lack of dishwasher detergent, we just got our own.
We really liked the price as we paid 120 Euro for a night (4 adults).
There was also and iron, ironing board and rack to dry your clothes.
Bedroom had large bed, night tables, huge closet (with extra blankets, pillows, bed linen, towels and plenty of space to hung your clothes), dresser with large drawers, two windows.
Bathroom was quite large and it contained of small shower (my 6' tall american husband had problem with soaping himself and I had to open the shower door to shave my legs as the shower is really narrow inside), toilet, bidet, sink, laundry machine (which we used, but had to get our own detergent), towel warming rack and plenty of little hooks to hung your towels and clothes.
Living room/kitchen/dining room area with large sleeping sofa (good for 2 adults), small extra foldable bed, AC, living room furniture, umbrellas, dining table with 4 chairs, large refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, tea pot, stove oven, plenty of cooking equipment (pots, pans, etc), plenty of serving plates, silverware, glasses, etc.
We had problem operating the dishwasher (as I always use heavy duty wash on mine) but it worked fine on green energy saving setting. Bring few bricks of your dishwasher detergent, as there was none in the apartment. There was enough salt in the kitchen to last 10 years :-) we also found some oil, garlic, pasta etc. after previous tourists, and left some stuff behind as well.
To be picky...I was missing sharp knife to chop my parsley, and the cutting board was really worn out but I managed :-) If I went there again I would bring small sharp knife just to speed up my cooking.
Street and canal were quiet during the day and at night, but early morning seagulls were giving quite loud concerto :-)
AC was only in living room/kitchen/dining room area and not in the bedroom. When we opened the window in the bedroom, mosquitos didn't let us sleep. We could turn the AC in the living room, close the windows, and keep the door between rooms open but then we would not have privacy and my sister in the living room didn't like to have AC :-( Apartment however was not very hot due to its architecture and being on the ground floor.
Not the easiest place to find on the Internet, La Palazzina Veneziana is one of those little secrets travellers like to keep to themselves. Overlooking Il Ponte delle Guglie in Cannaregio, La Palazzina Veneziana offers select guests the opportunity to enjoy a "real" Venice experience - at an affordable price.
Booking. We corresponded via email with Katia at La Palazzina Veneziana, which was a painless experience. Katia was prompt in her replies and answered all my questions unhesitatingly. The price was all inclusive and Katia only required our credit card details to secure the room - payment was made upon our arrival. She also assured me we could leave our luggage for safekeeping, should we arrive prior to book-in. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrival. Having arrived at Santa Lucia Train Station, we turned left into Rio Tera Lista de Spagna, crossed Guglie Bridge and arrived at the front entrance of the guest house. Even with bags in tow, we covered the 500m in a matter of minutes!
Room. Our luxuriously appointed room was a stunning replica of 18th Century Venetian accommodation. Looking out over the Cannaregio canal, our room had its own terrace from where we could watch the hustle and bustle of water-borne commerce and the romance of gliding gondolas. Relaxing with a glass of white wine, we got many an envious glance from the throngs of day-trippers trudging their way back across the Guglie Bridge to Santa Lucia Train Station.
Breakfast. While not spectacular, the breakfast provided the necessary sustenance for an active day of walking and sightseeing. The buffet style breakfast included all the basics, except for meat such as bacon or ham. However, Alina was always willing to produce a few slices if that is what guests required.
Service. Very friendly, almost homely. Alina speaks English well and was always on hand to answer a question or give advice.
Location. Situated as it is in Cannaregio, the guest house is in close proximity to the vibrant stalls, shops, restaurants and wine shops along Rio Tera San Leonardo. It is also very close to the famous Jewish Ghetto (Campo di Ghetto Nuovo). Vaporetto stops Guglie and San Marcuola is also close nearby, although we preferred to walk to Santo Croce, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Castello and Piazza San Marco.
Canal views in a luxurious room at an affordable price.
Our stay was pleasant enough and what we more or less expected. It is unpretentious as it is just really great accommodation if you like good location- close to all amenities plus all the shops you can ever think of- food, dining, fresh markets, supermarkets, bus stops, train, plus loads of cultural and artistic pursuits just around it!
It did not disppoint when it comes to location but for a family of four like us- the room was a bit small- the phone was on the floor asa table lamp can't fit in afterour three beds are all lined up side by side almost touching each other! The other bed for my eldestis separated but it is also in a cramp0ed corner!
No amenities like coffe or tea making and just basic supplies provided but as a whole it was okay!
Brekky is not so bad - the prosciutto was great & the breads are always fresh so not much to complain about except this hotel is always busy so just no frills, as staff is just so businesslike, being so busy all the time!
location ,location ,location
It is surrounded by parks, banks, shopping, transport, dining options ,etc..swo count yourself lucky you are not in the chaos of the main tourist island. It is easily reached anyway by train or bus.
A 4 star hotel with 5 star service. The charming receptionists and all hotel staff are multilingual. Beautiful rooms, tastefully furnished with an venetian byzantine theme, opulent buffet breakfast. Internet Point and WiFi. The barman and the receptionist are a goldmine of information about anything in Venice, they will book concert or opera tickets.
Beside a canal. Arrive by water taxi directly at the front of the hotel. Two Suites have canal view.
Cozy bar with venetian byzantine theme, which serves a great selection of wines and cocktail and light meals.
We used this website
to search for our accommodation.
Since there were 4 of us, and we wanted to cook some seafood from Venice fish marked (if we failed to find reasonable seafood trattoria) we decided to rent an apartment for 3 nights.
I researched many possible websites to find a nice place to stay for reasonable price.
The cheapest room in decent B&B in Venice was E150/4 people therefore E150 was my cut off price.
I found several available apartments. Some were nicer than others (looking at the pictures). Some had better location than others (based on what we were planning to do during our stay). But generally this website has nice choice of places for every pocket and family size.
We made our booking and are crossing our fingers for GOOD TIME IN VENICE!!!!!
We booked this apartment in February for July 6th to 9th 2010. Unfortunately few days after we made our booking the owner informed us that by mistake he overbooked and we were left scrambling for a new place.
Too bad, because we loved the location (smack in the middle of Venice). The apartment was huge, and beautifully decorated. It had plenty of good reviews from other travelers.
It was located close to the fish marked (as we intended to cook at least twice some good seafood).
We were supposed to pay E150 for a night (4 people)
I am little upset, because it is really beautiful apartment and it supposed to be a special trip for my sister who is getting married, but on the other hand, the owner informed us very fast about the mistake and we were able to find another accommodation.
See the photos on their website why I really wanted to stay there, and why I am crying so much about it .... it is very "venetian" apartment :-) It would have been 100% "venetian" experience :-)
as I was looking at both websites I noticed strange discrepancy between both.
They all look the same, and the owner is the same, but one appear to be 1 bedroom apartment where the other one is 2 bedroom apartment.
Hmmm... maybe those are two different apartments or maybe they are "just too good to be true"
This bed and breakfast is run by a very friendly family and it is located at the island Giudecca. By boat just a few minutes from San Marco.
It has only 2 suites and a big and beautiful garden. one suite has room for max 3 persons and the other max 5 (this one has an extra separate bedroom). The lady of the house will serve you breakfast every morning and there is a kitchen(with pots and pans etc) in the suite so you can make your own meal an eat in the lovely garden in the gazebo.
According to the quality and location of this B&B the price is absolutely ok. We paid about E.100 per day for 2 persons.
You can go out and in whenever you like because you will get your own key of your appartement.
I had a little hesitation to mention this B&B because I think it is the best secret spot in Venice where you can stay.
It is located next to hotel Cipriani. Take the boat from San Marco to Giudecca and go off at at the first stop on Giudecca, go left and look for the iron gate. There it is. You will come into a courtyard (In this courtyard also the house of a famous english popstar; for privacy reasons I will not mention his name) and at the end of it is the B&B. The garden is at the back of the house. From this garden you walk directly into your apartment
Excellent spot in the centre of Venice. Beautiful garden. Good apartment with kitchen and bathroom. Absolute privacy.
We've been more than once in Venice for the Biennale, but for the first time we had this idea to rent an apartment instead of a standard hotel.
Having a regular traveling experience, we were pleased to have our independent home comfort, of wide spaces and so close to the direct airport boat stop.
We had a loft apartment, furnished in a stylish manner, all white and contemporary architectural look, but not too minimal though. With all open spaces inside of partitioned areas, with all new furniture.
Probably we were one of the first clients ever, all was brand new. Not any other accomodation in Venice that I could remember.
On the map it looked far from the saint Mark's Square, but we found the right way to arrive there in 20-25 minutes of walk. On the other hand, we discovered beautiful hidden allies.
We definitely recommand this apartment.
The place is practically situated in a very calm and residential neighbourhood of Venice, 5 minutes of walk to the Jewish quartier. The owners who manage the place have only three apartment houses in the same location, and all of them are of douplex in a private and extraordinary garden with the church's bell tower from the rear. It's so lovely to have some abundance of outdoor space, since Venice sometimes disappoint you with wall views out of your hotel window!
Too bad we had a bad weather, otherwise it could have been a very nice experience of having an outdoor coffee and breakfast.
We were in the mid of November and the owners had already made Christmas decorations.
For our trip to Venice we didn't actually stay in Venice. We stayed on the mainland and saved about $300 per night. We stayed in a hotel that was a three minute walk to the train station. The train into Venice cost about 1Euro and we were there in about 10 minutes.
I wish I could remember the name of the Hotel...
A small room but with a great view on the Grand Canal.
great view and right next to the Academia Bridge.
a true story:
our first hotel choice was booked ( Corte Campagne- in Rick Steves book), so he referred us to Casa Lagana ( NOT in RS book, but figured a referral was good). Alberto Lagana should be avoided at all costs! He pulled a "bait and switch" and had his rep " Mr Enrico" take us to a shabby building ( not even a hotel), shabby rooms and bathroom in the middle of one room..dark stairs; we did not even know where we were, as it was different neighbor than his "hotel" brochure listed and neither Mr Enrico nor Alberto Lagano spoke any English. We were very upset and needed someplace for 4 of us to stay for 4 nights; so, we called Riccardo of Hotel Corte Campagne- who spoke English- and he called a friend for us. "Sylvia" came to get us and led us to a lovely apartment in a quiet neighborhood. It all worked out, but not without tense moments. So: avoid Casa Lagana, but give Corte Campagne a try.
no unique qualities - Alberto Lagana had us taken to another site..not even sure if his hotel exists, BUT I sure wouldn't take a chance- no matter how cheap it was!!!!!
I chose this hotel after having reviewed a ton of hotels in all price ranges in Venice itself. Since we travelled in August, it was essential for us to have a hotel with absolutely guaranteed, no excuses, working air conditioning. When doing my homework, I was really freaked out by the number of Venice hotels that had only sporadic (for an hour or two a day) air conditioning or none at all during the hottest summer periods. I quickly noticed that poor air conditioning was travelers' complain # 1 in July and August. Since I stayed in Novotels before, I was relieved to find one, not in Venice, but very close to it, in Mestre. I was spot on! After Venetian temperatures reaching 35-38 degrees Celsius we were so happy to step inside the hotel after a long day in the hot city. We would quickly change into swimsuits and jumb into the hotel's cold water swimming pool. What a treat!
The hotel itself was sparkling clean, with nice big rooms (for a change!), and a very decent restaurant for both breakfasts and our first night's dinner.
The service was excellent. The hotel has its own shuttle bus that guests can book ahead of time to go to Venice in the morning and for a return trip in the evening. We also booked the shuttle bus for early departure for our day trip and when leaving early by train for Florence.
All in all, great hotel. Will definitely stay there again. I didn't mind having to use public transportation to reach Venice. I thought it was very efficient, and the bus stop was a very quick walk from the hotel.
Great outdoor pool and bar. Very reasonable prices (89 Euros) that included breakfast was available from the hotel's website: www.novotel.com. We booked early and got an early booking great discount.
An apartment is a nice choice to enjoy Venice life-style, and for five people is cheaper then a hotel. In Venice there are many nice holiday apartments.
Have a look to this http://www.viewsonvenice.com/ca_san_sebastiano.html
or this (if you prefer to stay more close to Saint Mark):
I know the girls in the booking office, they are very nice and speak fluent English.
Nice apartments for 5 people with very good locations
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