Exceptional Property, Serivce and Location
Truly an exceptional property in the heart of Venice. Our family of four (two adults/two teens) stayed at the Residence Corte Grimani for three nights at the end of June. This was the first stop on our two week Italy vacation and will remain the nicest accomidation of our visit. The Grimani had it all; Clean and tasteful, two room suites, large roomy bathrooms (including a wash machine), small refrigerator and kitchen for those who want to cook, I could go on. We agree with all the other positive reviews. For famlies you can not beat this hotel and the location is great!
Most of our contact was with Donatella, she simply was a delight and went out out of her way to help. This hotel/apartment was a great value and would recommend to anyone!
The corte grimani is very cool ! We tought that it ws impossible to book a room in venice in july and we found this residence thru tripadvisor listed 1st amont other lodging. It was awesome. Room were very large and the location was perfect
The good : Location; The staff; The size of the room (three rooms and a kitchen); free internet access; The wine they served was good and not expensive; Laundry machine in the room (very interesting when you travel long period); Flat screen tv ; Proximity of St-Marc Place
The Bad : The breakfast were so so.
A lovely, relaxing option for families
Our family of five stayed three nights at the Corte Grimani. Earlier in our Italian adventure, we had stayed in apartments, so it was nice to have maid service and helpful front desk folks here!
It was a bit tricky finding the place from the Rialto Bridge. We followed the directions and didn't get lost, but we stopped every block to make sure we were still on course. Once you arrive, it is a straight walk of only a few blocks to St. Marks. Since the hotel is on a canal, we had a water taxi pick us up when we left for the airport.
We stayed on the 5th floor - I think the room is described as "classic with view." We were not on the same side of the hotel as the entrance. If your room's windows are on the same side as the entrance, I believe that all such rooms have a view of sorts. On the side we were on, only the 5th floor has a view of anything at all, as the lower floors' windows look out at a wall (also at the construction going on in the adjacent buidling).
The suite was tastefully decorated; lovely furniture, heavenly linens on the bed. In addition to the living area, bedroom and bath, our suite had a tiny extra room (the same size as the bathroom), which held a narrow bed, small night table and lamp. Even though very small, the room had two windows and was thoughtfully outfitted with a shelf for personal items and some robe hooks. My 15 year old son claimed this room and loved it.
There was plenty of drawer space and there were plenty of hangers.
The only problem we encountered was with the hot water. It seemed as if it was timed to go on and off. In the shower (TERRIFIC water pressure, by the way), we'd get about a minute of hot, followed by about 20 seconds of cold, followed by about a minute of hot, then cold, etc. If it is an intentional system to get folks to take shorter showers, it certainly works!
Here is how the kitchen situation works: There is a microwave and small fridge that are free to use. There is also an unlocked cabinet that holds glasses and cups. If you want to cook, they charge a 30 euro cleaning fee and unlock a cabinet that holds dishes and pots and pans. We didn't pay to use that, as we were just having cereal, milk and yogurt for breakfast.
I was impressed that the room was truly "ready" for us when we arrived. There were 5 pairs of slippers for us in the bathroom and plenty of towels.
I would definitely recommend the Corte Grimani.
Excellent Find in Perfect Location
My wife and I stayed in the Corte Grimani for 4 nights in mid-July.
Getting There: We asked a water taxi at the train station to take us there, but they claimed not to know where the hotel was. Upon check-in, I was informed that some taxis don't wish to go there, because they have to maneuver through back canals filled with gondolas, and it's more profitable just to wait on the next passenger with an easier destination. So we took a vaporetto to the Rialto bridge and walked with our luggage to the hotel. The directions were good, but the streets/alleys were a little confusing. Important note: look for street names about 10 feet up on the side or front of a building.
Check-in/Staff: A little wiser and a lot hotter, we did eventually arrive at the Corte Grimani. Fortunately, it was a breath of fresh air (conditioning). The staff was welcoming and quickly checked us in, and got us to our room. Over the course of our 4 nights, we found the staff to be consistently genial and helpful, speaking in good English, and assisting with dinner reservations and theater/concert recommendations. While I don't think there was wireless internet in the rooms, there was a computer provided for guests in the main lobby with internet access (and a printer behind the front desk). Very convenient, but occasionally other teenage guests would camp out there for a little while.
Room: Despite getting only a standard room (forget what they called it, but it was the least expensive room), it was better than I expected, with a living/breakfast room and kitchen, a nice bathroom (shower and bath) including a wonderful little washer/dryer, and a fairly spacious bedroom with wardrobe and chest of drawers. Best of all, it was spotlessly clean and well air-conditioned (a must in the July heat and humidity). One thing worth noting: the front desk will sell you the soap for the washer/dryer, so no need to go out and get it (I think it was a very cheap $1 euro per tab, or something similar). The bed was comfortable, though a little firmer than I'm used to, and the sheets were decent quality, so no complaints there. The rooms were tastefully decorated, with comfortable furniture, and a bright, airy feeling. One slight negative is that the drapes didn't really completely close, so expect some light in the mornings, but this didn't bother us too much. I agree with an earlier reviewer that there isn't much of a view unless you get a room that specifies such, but we weren't expecting one, and still got to see some interesting buildings and a glimpse of a canal and walkway.
Breakfast/Maid Service: Breakfast was fine--a filled croissant, pastries or bread, jams, yogurts, and a choice of cereal, cold cuts, tea or coffee, along with juice and water. (Note: remember to inform them the day before that you'll be having breakfast with them, so they'll make sure to accomodate you--we saw one couple who didn't do so, and they still got the benefit of everything else, but there weren't any croissants left.) Maid service was also excellent--they did not bother us until we left mid-morning, and they always did a good job of replenishing towels, making the bed, etc. without disturbing the stuff we left out.
Location/Restaurants: Despite our initial adventure in getting to the Corte Grimani, we quicky learned our way around the hotel's surrounding streets and found it to be extremely convenient to St. Mark's Square (maybe a 2 or 3 minute walk), and to the Rialto (probably a 5 minute walk). With its location just outside of the bustle, it was fairly quiet at night while still being ultra-convenient. Some nearby restaurants to try: Osteria Enoteca San Marco (casual neighborhood bistro, with excellent wines, best cheese plate we had in our entire time in Italy, good meals and friendly staff) on the way to St. Mark's Square; Fiaschetteria Toscana (a litte nicer neighborhood bistro, very good wines, appetizers, and main courses, desserts to remember) just a little northeast of the Rialto bridge; and L'Osteria di Santa Marina (the most formal of the 3, on a quiet piazza with lovely outdoor seating - but warm in July - excellent, creative gourmet-level cuisine with tasting menu options that's not ultra-expensive) a little further north and east from Fiaschatteria Toscana. Be sure and make reservations for the latter two, especially L'Osteria di Santa Marina. Other restaurants were also very good, but we thought these 3 represented the best combination of value, service, and excellence within a reasonable walk from the hotel.
Leaving: Check-out was easy with no hidden surprises, though I had forgotten that they didn't take American Express--just Visa and MasterCard. After check-out, we let them arrange a water taxi to pick us up, rather than repeat the trek with luggage, and while the $65 euro fare was high, it was quick and easy. The train station was very crowded, with long lines for the ticket windows and even at many of the machines, so it may be a good idea to go ahead and buy your train tickets when you arrive, or online at trenitalia(--).
Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Corte Grimani, and were impressed with the cleanliness, the space, the air-conditioning, the laundry machine, and the friendliness of the staff. I know it's not the absolute cheapest place to stay in Venice, but we felt it was a very good value, especially compared to places like the Danieli where you are paying a lot more for atmosphere and history without as much space. Be sure to tour St. Mark's Basilica (the headphones in the museum upstairs are worth it), and the Doge's Palace (again, the headphones are a must). For something different if you need a break from the Renaissance, try the Peggy Guggenheim museum - an extremely impressive smallish collection of post-impressionist and modern art that you can easily view in 2-3 hours (again, spring for the headsets, you'll be glad you did!). All of the other myriad sights were lovely/awe-inspiring/unique, but these 3 were the most memorable sights we enjoyed. Above all, take the time to walk around and get lost for a little while amidst the winding alleyways, canals, and decadent old buildings to experience the city, because Venice itself is the true highlight.
I would definitely return to this hotel. It's more like an apartment. It has a large bedroom with a big, comfortable bed. The bathroom is spacious. It has a small livingroom, diningroom and kitchen all together. It's very modern. The staff is fantastic. It's right on a canal. We weren't able to get a room with a view, but it was high enough that the view was still ok. The location is great - It's very close to San Marcos Piazza. We really loved it here, and we have high standards since we usually stay in nice, large suites in the U.S. Be sure to have dinner on the Rialto. We found it by mistake on our last night there and it was very romantic. Also, visit Lido. Everyone goes to Murano for the glass blowing, but we loved Lido. It's a small beach community with great little restaurants and a beach where you can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas for the day.
We have just returned from a visit to Residence Corte and can only endorse what has already been said about the apartments which we found spotless, comfortable and of good size. The Staff were all friendly and very helpful and Donatella was a gem. This together with an excellent location makes it an ideal place to stay. We had one of the top apartments and the photo is the view from our window.
perfect location, clean,affordable, big rooms/apts. i will tell anyone i know to stay here while in venice. i have stayed at locanda orseolo too which is highly rated and this is equally as good and right across the canal. i could not give it high enough remarks. it is right at st marks suare and a very short walk to rialto. you could not be in a better place.
Yes, this hotel is a very good option
Basically agree with the other reviews. A great option, nice decor, clean, good value, right in the heart of Venice. A water taxi to the door on arrival at the airport is a must (cost 2 of us 90 Euro total).
Perfect Hotel and Location
We were two families of four people each with 2 young children each. We had a LOT of luggages with us. We hired a water taxi from the airport to the hotel (120 euros) and pulled right up to the hotel. Let me tell you, between jet lag and heat, we were extremely grateful not to have to drag our luggages and our children trying to find the hotel. It was literally about a few feet from the taxi stop. The owner (Donatella?) came right out to help us with the luggages. They were all the nicest and warmest people we've met (especially after dealing with the horrible Alitalia people!!!) The hotel is immaculately cleaned and well-kept. The rooms are spacious with lots of windows. We had the classic apartment with view (we paid about 190 euros a night). They already had the sofabed opened and set up in the living room. The bathroom was spacious as well, with luxurious towels. The bedroom was tastefully decorated and again, spacious with views. There's a washer/dryer (one machine) in the bathroom. There's a small fridge and microwave in the kitchenette. A large flat screen tv for my kids. It was literally about 5 minutes to St. Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge. It was close to all the shopping areas. In fact, we could hop in and out of the hotel because it was so close to all the major attractions we were visiting. We really couldn't have asked for a more perfect hotel!!! We would recommend this hotel to everyone without hesitation!!! It really helped make our trip extra special! Thank you so much!!!
Perfect for families & perfect location!!
I booked this hotel based on rave reviews on Tripadvisor and my expectations were exceeded! This is the PERFECT place to stay for families. We are 2 parents and 3 teenaged kids. The apt. is large, spotlessly clean, nicely furnished in a comfortable but slightly formal style with good beds and modern bathrooms. Rooms are nicer than photos on web site indicate. The A/C works great! We got too cold in the room and had to turn it down (actually each room has separate A/C controls so you can adjust to your preference). We brought a week's worth of dirty laundry to do and the combo washer/dryer was nice but small (and a little hard to figure out to operate). We ended up doing a bunch of loads in the room but sending some out since we didn't want to spend all day doing laundry. The BEST part of the hotel is Donatella and her amazing staff. Every one of them was SO NICE and helpful with everything from where to eat, where to go, where not to go, how to get everywhere, etc. They were the best hosts of our 2 week trip! You can't beat the location between St. Mark's and Rialto. The computer in the lobby let my 3 kids check their e-mail and connect a little with home. All in all the PERFECT place to stay for a family in Venice!!
San Giorgio Maggiore at sunset
Piazza San Marco summer 2010
Porta della Carta by night - Apr 09
Venice Bus Station to Ljubljana/ Bled?
Hi, anyone know of a way I can get from Treviso (or surrounding towns/cities) to Ljubljana/Bled during day time on 23 Jan 2009?
I tried train website on air italia website and Bahn.de websites and find trains only operate from Venezie to Ljubljana during night time.
I therefore am thinking of a bus. But I can't really find a site that tells me where or if a bus is available.
Re: Venice Bus Station to Ljubljana/ Bled?
Bus connection between Italy and Slovenia is quite bad... There is no even regular everyday bus from Venice to Ljubljana, but my advice is to use trains...
1) Expensive way is to go via Villach in Austria. So Mestre(or Treviso) to Villach + Villach-Jesenice. From Jesenice it is quite close to Bled. For timetable check http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:&
2) Cheap and probably the fastest way to go via Gorizia. Take regional train from Treviso to Gorizia (it is border town - one part of it is Italian, the other Slovenian). So you can just walk from one part to the other or take local bus - the distance between two railways app. 3km (check googlemaps). From Slovenian part of the town - it is called Nova Gorica there are number of trains to Bled - the route is very picturesque.
Re: Venice Bus Station to Ljubljana/ Bled?
I am actually a little apprehensive about which route is the most reliable. I found 4 routes on the internet, ranging from most expensive to cheapest.
1) Train from Treviso to Meistre. Bus(11am) to Ljubljana. Bus to Bled
2) Train from Treviso to Trieste. Bus(2pm) to Ljubljana. Bus to Bled
3) Train from Treviso to Gorizia. Bus to Nova Gorica. Train(15:24) to Bled Jezero. Bus to Bled town.
4) Train from Treviso to Gorizia. Bus to Nova Gorica. Train(13:00) to Ljubljana. Bus to Bled.
I hope to arrive in Bled before sunset.
Re: Venice Bus Station to Ljubljana/ Bled?
I think more reliable (and actually cheaper) is the train route(s) via Gorizia, since from there you can use multiple transports to Ljubljana (buses) or even better Bled jezero (train)
Plus in case something goes wrong - you can always catch next bus or train, in cases with Triest or Mestre it would be a little bit more complicated...
Re: Venice Bus Station to Ljubljana/ Bled?
Thank you Kopvas. That really gave me a lot more assurance :).