More about Villa Igea Venice
Go by these recommendations!
I have just returned from 3 nights at the Villa Igea (pronounced Eejere). I chose the hotel purely from all the good comments it had received from past customers on tripadvisor.com and it was indeed a brilliant choice. Thank you to everyone!
The location couldn't have been better and the rooms were clean and well-decorated. I was fortunate enough to have a room facing the San Zaccaria square although the church itself was covered in scaffolding and under renovation.
Excellent Hotel in the heart of Venice
I have just come back from a 3 night stay at the Villa Igea in Venice. The hotel was lovely and so convenient to all the main attractions. It couldnt be easier to find from the San Zaccaria water boat stop and it was great not to have to trawl all over venice and its bridges trying to find it! (like so many other tourists we saw!). The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly and made our stay very special.
The breakfast in the sister hotel was very good with a good range of food of savoury and sweet foods - although chocolate cake with cream is not something I could eat first thing in the morning!
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Venice and would definitely go back to this hotel if I ever go again.
Don’t look any further, this is the hotel to stay at!
Booked through Hotel Connect to stay at Villa Igea for the last Bank Holiday week end in May. Six people travelling, booked a single, a twin and a triple room. Twin room £60 per person per night, for bed and breakfast, an absolute bargain for Venice.
All rooms were located on the same floor, near each other with one facing the lovely San Zaccaria Square and the church, which unfortunately was covered due to renovations. However, the Square itself is lovely and peaceful and a world apart from the throbbing Riva degli Schiavoni, just around the corner.
The rooms were immaculate, decorated in typical Venetian style, with quality. All rooms had complimentary toiletries, a minibar, free safe and air conditioning. Rooms were not overly large on floor space or storage but this wasn’t a problem.
There is a terrace, overlooking the Square which we were fortunate enough to have the exclusive use of during our stay. Perhaps the other guests were not aware of its existence but it was quiet, covered in lovely flowering pots, with plenty of tables and chairs and caught the sun until early afternoon. A great place to sit and relax after a busy day sightseeing.
Breakfast was taken at the sister hotel Savoia & Jolanda and the self service buffet was all you could wish for. Plenty of juice, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals, bacon, scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, toast and cakes. Enough to fill you for the day and great to sit on the canal front relaxing, as the thousands of tourists rush past on their way to St Mark’s.
We had dinner one night at the Savoia & Jolanda after the staff at Villa Igea made a reservation to ensure we had a table as it was always busy, and got a canal front position. Chose the special of the day, 3 courses for €22, minus a 25% discount for hotel guests, plus the standard 12% service charge which came to €18.50 before any drinks. Definitely the cheapest meal in Venice and without a doubt, definitely the best we had during our visit.
The staff at Villa Igea were friendly and helpful at all times, appreciated all the more when you realise that the guide books are correct and Venetians just don’t do “Customer Service.” Water taxis were organised for us by the hotel from Marco Polo airport and the porter met us on arrival at S. Zaccaria boat stop with a trolley for all our luggage and escorted us back, again carrying all luggage on the day we left. It was 2 minutes walk from the water taxi stop to the hotel and at €100 between 6 for each taxi ride, well worth it.
From the hotel you’re a 5 – 10 minute stroll from St Mark’s, or if you turn left leaving the hotel then first right you’re 2 minutes from some amazing, quiet little streets and footbridges with wonderful little shops. If you are going to Venice, don’t look any further, this is the hotel to stay at. The location is fabulous.
Fine for what we needed
If this hotel had been anywhere else I may have described it as over priced BUT hotels in Venice are very very expensive so keeping that in mind this is a bit of a gem.
In terms of decor and the bathroom the room was of a good standard, it was just really small as in so small it was difficult for 2 people to get changed at the same time without doing the Waltz!
The shower in the bathroom was lovely - good size, powerfall and hot. For some reason they put in a sink that was twice the size needed and a bidet, both of which took up valuable space.
It did get quite hot though which made it a bit uncomfortable to sleep. We could see an aircon vent but it must be centrally controlled and only turned on in summer. Keeping the window open wasn't an option due to the bells, birds and mosquitos.
The location is great, 100m from a water bus stop and walknig distance to everything required and tucked away which kept it quiet.
Breakfast was fine - a bit annoying that you have to walk to the sister 4 star hotel (100m away) but it's an adequate standard. We ate dinner at this hotel. We went for the menu of the day for 22 Euros each - it wasn't great and there is little atmosphere (they start setting up for breakfast at 9.30 which is a little off putting).
The staff at the Villa Igea are very nice and helpful.
Great value for money
Our room was spotlessly clean and kept this way for the whole week we were there. Both the bathroom and the triple room that we had were quite spacious, especially by Italian standards, and the rich Venetian furnishings gave the room a truly classy touch! The reception staff were friendly, courteous, helpful and efficient.
The hotel located just a five minute walk from St. Mark's Square, overlooking the quaint Campo San Zaccharia, is centrally located, which made it very easy for us to get around.
Since the hotel doesn't have its own dining room, breakfast was at the Igea's sister hotel the 4 star Savoia & Jolanda just round the corner. Here again the staff were always helpful and friendly and the breakfast buffet fresh, varied and plentiful.
The Igea's hotel reception isn't manned after 2030 but any enquiries or requests are ably handled by the staff at the Savoia & Jolanda.
If I'm ever in Venice again I'd gladly stay at the Villa Igea and have already recommended it to family and friends.
Louise Falzon, Malta
Yep. It's a Great Little Hotel!
I can echo everything that everyone has said about the Hotel Villa Igea. It was the most expensive place we stayed anywhere in Italy, but believe it or not, it was a moderately priced hotel for Venice. As they say in real estate, location, location, location. And this place has location in spades. You are about a 2- 3 minute walk to the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop which means you can get anywhere in Venice or the lagoon easily and cheaply. It's about 5 minutes to St. Mark's Square. And because it's the 3 star annex to the 4 star Jolanda and Savoia, we got a 4 star breakfast and service at 3 star prices.
Breakfast ouside by the canal was delightful, and it was by far the best breakfast we had anywhere in Italy - eggs, ham cheese, Musli (great for what ails you, if you know what I mean), fruit, rolls, and even desserts.
Leonardo, the hotel manager, is extremely helpful and provides 5 star service to all his guests.
My only complaint is that the room was small - I think the smallest we had during our entire trip. Definitely the smallest bathroom. But, they had wall units to hang and store clothing, so we made do just fine. There was a small terrace just outside our room and we made good use of it, playing cards and drinking Spumante till nightfall. It was all in all a delightful experience. We would definitely recommend the hotel and would stay there again, though I would ask about a bigger room.
my sister and i stayed at hotel igea for 4 nights in december last year. our room was absolutely gorgeous, decorated in sumptuous venetian style and beautiful furniture. the staff were polite and helpful and the rooms/bathrooms extremely clean.
the location of igea was fantastic, about 5mins walk from st. mark's square, 10mins from rialto bridge. when we stayed (off season) many places were closed but it meant the area around igea was peaceful at all times and the added security of a police station a few doors down was reassuring.
the buffet style breakfast at igea's sister hotel was great too, with plenty of hot, cold, sweet and savoury foods on offer. dinner was not available at the hotel while we stayed but with many great restaurants near by it was not an issue. roberto's around the corner from igea was particularly good.
all in all, a great little boutique style hotel, i would not hesitate to stay here again if i return to venice.
This annexe to the Savoia Jolanda Hotel is just as good as it's big sister where I have also stayed. The only downside when we were there was that there is some renovation work going on on the outside so our window shutters were shut! But we were not in the room apart from sleeping so not a problem.
Our twin room turned out to have a spare 3rd bed in a separate room that was great as we had a separate area to dress in. Room was spotless and beds comfortable and nice helpful staff. Breakfast at the Savoia next door was excellent (the tea still isn't hot enough for me but it's Italy not the UK!). Our room didn't face the Campo San Zaccaria but that must be lovely if you do get one of those rooms. We visited for the Carnival and as usual Venice did not let us down and we had a great time.
Thanks to a book called "Chow! Venice", we found some great places to eat (finally!) and I would recommend getting this book (Amazon). We travelled using Ryanair to Treviso and we used the public bus and train to get to Venice as we wanted to experience the train ride across the lagoon. The hotel is then a 30 minute vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal from Santa Lucia Station. Treviso is not the palatial airport that Marco Polo is but there is a new terminal, in identical style to Marco Polo, that looks like it is nearly finished so when that is up and running Treviso should be up there with Marco Polo. Would definitely return to the Igea.
A Jewel of a hotel
This hotel was in a perfect location, steps from the Grand Canal and San Marco Square. Comfortable, very clean, air conditioned room with a big bathroom and a quiet location. Excellent breakfast (at their outdoor cafe or indoors) at their sister hotel next door, the more expensive Savoia and Jolanda. We had an excellent dinner there also and they gave us a 25% discount on the total dinner bill (a big help since Venice is outrageously expensive). Very convenient to all forms of transportation (by water of course). We will definitely stay there again.