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Beautiful Small Hotel
We stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi for 5 nights during our visit to Venice and Verona in June 2004. Our experience at the Locanda Vivaldi was outstanding. We had a room on the top floor in the back that was completly quiet. You could hear absolutely no noise. The view from the Terrace where they serve breakfast could not be beat. It was so nice to sit there each morning and view the activity in Venice.
The location is great also, convienent to transportation, the historic San Zacaria church, or just as a good starting point to walking around Venice.
nice but expensive
We booked the Locanda Vivaldi based on the reviews on the Trip Advisor website. It's a small, well appointed and quiet hotel with traditional decoration, antiques in each room and high ceilings. The position is great-close to water taxis, and a stone's throw from St Mark's. But you can't have it both ways-in this location, it's noisy outside with hordes of tourists; the upside is its very central location. The staff are relatively formal but helpful; breakfast is above average and sipping cocktails on the terrace in the evening is an unmissable experience. Beware the small rooms on the side of the hotel opposite the police station which are both claustrophobic and noisy-we upgraded for 70 Euros per night to a larger front facing room. Beware also the air-conditioning, which isn't switched on until June! Too bad if it's sweltering in May. All in all, a great stay but like everything else in Venice, well above a true market price (similar room prices in any other comparable European tourist destination would be at least 30% less).
for once I have no complaints!
We chose this hotel mainly for its location and value for money, but got a whole lot more.
I asked citalia, who we booked through, to request a quiet room for us, and to make sure I took the time to e mail the manager at locanda vivaldi to explain why we wanted a quiet room and explaining that the trip was a birthday treat. We had a lovely room in the 'annexe, over the little courtyard, and have to say it was indeed totally quiet! The rooms was very venetian in style, and even I with my love of minimalist neutrals have to say it was quite charming. The bathroom facilities were excellent, roomy, warm, huge jacuzzi bath and power shower.
Breakfast was more than adequate and the only problem wass the coffe which was incredibly strong (and we are stong coffee drinkers so that is saying something!) and even with extra water it was not to our taste - maybe just the different type of blend or maybe just not great coffe - so i switched to hot chocolate plus some extra hot milk for breakfast!
the little bain marie type affair for boiling your morning egg takes a little getting used to - if you like your egg somewhere between soft and hard boiled like m (set white but slightly runny yolk!) you need to give it 10- 12 mins in there! Pop it in as soon as you arrive in the breakfast room and by the time you have had your juice, cereal, or whatever and made your toast it should be ready!
We found the staff helpful and friendly, they gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant way down in san' elena - 2 mins from giardini vaporetta stop- right off the tourist track - 'osteria franz' - where we had not only a romantic valentines day dinner but also one of the best dining experiences of my life. (but all seafood). another great restaurant is al covo near hotel just off the riva schiglioni at the arsenal stio - campietto pesceria. again - book and not cheap but great value!
Loved this hotel
My wife & I stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi for four nights in early August 2005. Overall we enjoyed the hotel and its location.
We were allocated room 107 which is one of the rooms overlooking the side canal. Unlike a previous report, we were not disturbed by noise from the Carabinerie boats although they are located right opposite the hotel, nor were we disturbed by the early morning vaporetti - however, we slept with the windows and shutters closed as the air conditioning was working. That may explain the difference in our experience! There seems to be 22 rooms in the main hotel block, of which 10 overlook the St Marco basin (and so are very close to the northern lagoon boat services landing stage which cause most of the noise as they have to sound three blasts of their horn before departing the landing stage). Six rooms overlook the side canal (as ours did) and six (two of which appear to be two-roomed suites) overlook an internal courtyard. Our room was small, although not uncomfortably so and the "double" bed was actually two singles side by side. There was a safe and mini-bar, and a shower with "jacuzzi" or body-massage option. We agree with previous comments about decor and high standards of presentation.
Breakfast was served in two adjoining rooms on the ground floor, with at least 12 tables available. Perhaps they have opened a second room in response to older criticisms posted here? Also, some older reports said breakfast was served in the roof-top restaurant on the third floor - this was only open for evening meals when we were there. I had the impression they had given up serving breakfast on the roof, but it may just be seasonal variations. We thought the quality and range of food on offer at breakfast was excellent, although it is what the Brits call a "continental" breakfast, the only hot option being scrambled eggs. Cerals, fruit juices, hot drinks, fruit, breads, cakes were all available in limitless supply.
We didn't try the evening meals, partly because they were expensive but mainly because they seem to specialise in fish, which I don't like.
We arrived late one afternoon and checked in very easily. We were offered the "free" trip to Murano but having been warned through this site we turned this down and used the Vaporetto instead - and so avoided the worst of the glass warehouses with the hard sell. Other than that, we didn't really make a lot of use of the concierge service but throughout our stay we did not experience any problems with communicating with the staff in English.
The room rate quoted on the back of the door is 440 Euros - we paid about 200 Euros booking through the UK company Citalia, and got our fourth night free! This is a special rate in August, presumably because temperatures put some people off of going to Italy and some shops and other attractions close down.
We would go back there again.
good location but still disappointed
We have just returned from a week at this hotel. Its location makes it very good to go around Venice either on foot or via ferry boats docked just opposite the hotel. However we were very disappointed that our room was situated at an annexe at the back of the hotel. We had tried to ask about its position and we had been told that although our room did not get the St.Mark's Basin view, we would still be able to enjoy this view every morning at breakfast. This turned out to be untrue on arrival. Breakfast has been served in a ground floor dining room for the past year we were informed by reception. They said they they were having problems to serve breakfast up on the lovely terrace portrayed on their website. However they seem to have no problems serving coffee and drinks on the terrace for an extra price. The rooms are rather small but well kept but staff at reception could do with being a bit more friendly and understanding. Our advice is to ask for every detail that concerns you and good luck trying to get it in writing from them!!!
Charming small hotel in a great location.
This is a charming small hotel in an excellent location in Venice. It is right in front of a Vapereto Stop and close to Piazza San Marco. We stayed here because it was more affordable than nearby hotels such as the Danieli and we were glad we did. It was immaculate and the staff was friendly and helpful with dinner reservations and directions. Breakfast was good in a beautiful breakfast room- this is the only meal service they have. The only downside was that the beds were not too comfortable but we were only there 3 nights so it was okay. We enjoyed staying in this hotel very much.
REALLY VERY GOOD
Hotel is located perfect and the rooms are really in Italian style. We liked it very much. They upgraded our room to a junior suite and we were very happy with this upgrade. My brother in law got a normal room
This was of course smaller but also very nice. The bathrooms are perfect. I found the staff also very good. Italians are formal people this is very much so in four or five stars hotels but that means if you treat them with respect you will get the world back from them. Italians I found are very proud of their job. We did not have a great view from our rooms.
But when you are in Venice who cares. Some people said something about the noise we did not hear much noise from outside. Breakfast was really nice and again good service. Bottom line I can recommend this hotel to everybody who will stay in Venice
Locandi Vivaldi great position
The Locandi Vivaldi was in a great position, near St Marks square. Venice was beautiful but could not believe how expensive eating out was eg 2 course in restaurant for 2 people 75 euros. Chicken & chips and steak & chips with bottle of 'nice' wine was 65 euros. Maybe it was because it was Carnival Week?
Anniversary in "Venezia"
"Romance or rip off???"
My wife and I made a trip to Venice for our first anniversay celebration. I had never been to Venice before although my wife had spent a day there a few years ago on a family trip.
First impressions:- Wow just like the pictures you see, all old building rising out of the water and lovely back canals with impressive architecture everywhere. No cars!
Expensive food and drinks and shops everywhere!
Guess I would have to say for our annivesary trip it was wonderful as the cost was irrelevant, but if not a special trip I would say the cost of everything would perhaps put a downer on your travels!
We stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi, a small 4* hotel based on the lagoon front about 5 minutes stroll from St Marks Square.This is actually Vivaldi's old house and the church where he used to teach was next door as you can see from the pictures.
All rooms very nice if a little small as most city centre hotels are in Europe. Elegant typical Venetian decoration everywhere in the room and all furniture and towels etc were of high quality.
Breakfast was served outside under a marquee on the roof terrace with amazing views across the lagoon and round to Doges Palace. Wow!
"Things to do`"
Stroll, stroll, stroll!!!
Venice is a great place to wander the back streets and get yourself "lost". The reality is you won't really get lost as at some point you will see signs for Rialto or San Marco painted on the walls of buildings and you somehow always end up there.
there are so many little bars and cafes and shops to wander in and out you will never get bored!
If not the Grand, which one?
I've read the opinions of some that it is not a good idea to stay on the Grand Canal with price, smell and noise given as reasons. So, which accommodation offers the best canal views? If not the Grand Canal, which canal?
Any inputs much appreciated.
Re: If not the Grand, which one?
You also get great views from the Hilton Molina Stucky, both from up the tower and from in front of the building.
Re: If not the Grand, which one?
For me, the views from the Bauer Palazzo Hotel are unbeatable.
Brakfast is taken on the rooftop with views down the Grand Canal and across the lagoon.
There is also a great cocktail terrace right on the canal.
ps: The Grand Canal is tidal and does not smell these days.
Re: If not the Grand, which one?
Good hotel suggestions. I do favor though the Hotel Cipriani. It is one of those "special' hotels to experience around the world. For the views the Bauer Palazzo is great, but.......the Cipriani is unbeatable. I am a little biased though.
Re: If not the Grand, which one?
We stayed in the Locanda Vivaldi Hotel a few years ago and had a front room facing out over the lagoon. We too had heard that the Grand Canal can be pricey and noisy. View out over the lagoon was superb, plenty of activity and interest. The hotel is only a couple of blocks away from St Marks Square so very convenient. Family run, very friendly and helpful staff and very clean and confortable. Can highly recommend. Enjoy your stay wherever you opt for.