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... might be the lucky country, great place to live but we have nothing on history like Europe. Grant has his heart set on swimming at the famous Venice beach. So after some twists & turns through the maze that is Venice, some tiramisu & gelato we get back to the hotel. Grabbing our bathers & towels we find the ferry from Sant Angelo to Lido. Realise we are on a slow one so switch to an express service at Academia. About a 45 minute trip & 10 minute walk ...
... So when each of you reading this is washing your hair tomorrow with your elbows out, appreciate that room. Though even though it made my shower time longer, who cares, I'm in ITALY, right?!
So back to the food...the woman from the hotel recommended a hotel that was down the street (and I say 'street' lightly, it's more like, crowded ally cobblestone path) for dinner and since we had only eaten the banana-lemon hybrid bread all day, we ...
We have arrived in Venice.
Our apartment has a little garden and canal views. This was a must for me when booking. More the views than the garden. There are not many apartments with gardens in Venice.
The streets are so narrow. A couple as of them are narrow enough for Raphael to stretch his arms out and he can touch both sides of the street! Amazing. They also look very, very similar. So we have been lost hundreds of times. ...
... but across the lagoon on Lido. She told us that most elderly people move out of the city because, to preserve the antiquity of the buildings, elevators cannot be installed. Stair climbing drives the seniors away.
At the end of her tour she recommended that we return to the market where, for €8, we could get a plate full of fried seafood and a glass of wine for lunch. She said it was a very Venetian thing to do, so how could we refuse?
... would be a mediocre coffee so we found an Eatery that offered much better value. Unfortunately it's a take away so we had to sit Mum on the fold up seat we have brought with us for just such occasions. It has proved to be a boon for her. She hasn't used it much, to date, but we expect that it will be utilised more, especially in Rome where we anticipate we'll have to queue for some of the venues.
We first of all visited St Mark's. At the time we entered, the only way in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Guardi Venice
Convenient and lovely
Excellent hotel and wonderful location, a few blocks from the Accademia bridge (one of only 3 that cross the Grand Canal, which means that you can walk to many attractions). It is about a 15 minute walk to San Marco square, so it is close enough to that must-see but far enough that you are away from the tourist-trap restaurants. (An excellent restaurant very close to the hotel is Ristorante Taverna San Traveso. Great food and good prices.) The hotel was very clean, roomy, new furnishings and recently renovated. There are actually 2 buildings: we were in the newer, more modern one that is able to accommodate a family of four. (We did not see the rooms in the other building but were told they were for doubles and decorated in the more traditional Venetian style). So although the front desk is at the "main" building, it has a direct telephone connection and is only 2-minutes away. There is often cleaning and/or breakfast staff on hand as well, and all the staff was very friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast was great and served in a beautiful room.
I would not recommend
I was very disappointed in this hotel. It has just been renovated, and the rooms are very nice and clean. The staff is friendly. The breakfast room is lovely and the breakfast is generous. As long as there are no problems on your visit, you'll have a good time. But our bathroom emitted a very noxious smell, and nothing was done to change that, even after we complained. When we tried to get the fan to work in our room--and it did not--the desk staff were sympathetic, but claimed we'd have to wait; they could not do anything without checking with the owners, who seemed always off the premises.
The hotel is advertised as being on a canal, but it is really on an alleyway off a side canal that is being dredged. So the area smells somewhat, and there are no views that I can discern. It's also difficult to find, though once you find it, you'll see that it is fairly conveniently located (off the Accademia vaporetto stop--a one minute walk.)
Essentially, it's a price hotel that, while friendly, had very mediocre service. I won't stay there again.
NIGHTMARE to find, took us at least an hour. However, the hotel itself is very clean and new. Great location, just 10 mins walk to St Mark's Square, don't expect any views from your hotel window though! The rooms are lovely, a lot of care and attention has gone into the decor. Breakfast was decent and varied.Staff were polite but not that friendly, and when questioned were more interested in getting rid of you than anything else!The noise at night was the biggest disaster. Because all the rooms border onto reception, there is noise from the staff, telephones ringing, radio's blaring etc. This goes on all night, and then you have to deal with the noise from the breakfast area at 8.00 the next morning! If you're looking for a lie in, this is definitely not the place to stay! However, if it wasn't for the disturbance, this is a fairly priced hotel in a great location. I have written to the hotle since advising them of my feedback but they have neglected to reply!
Small but friendly
My wife and I just had a short stay at the Palazzo Guardi and are glad to send you our report since it is positive on the whole. We had a little problem in finding the hotel which is located in a small street called Calle Pistor meaning Baker Street, but quite different from Sherlock Holmes abode since this street is no more than four feet wide.
If you come with the boat 61 or 51 and land at the stop called Zattere (cheapest and fastest way) you just follow the Fondamenta (quay) Nani.
It is the third street on your right. The name of the street is not indicated, but it is just after a pharmacy (farmacia). If you come with the boat n° 1 or 82 along the Grand Canal (longer, more expensive but of course more scenic) you get on land at the Accademia. You go to your right alongside the Gallerie of the not-to-be-missed museum till you reach a small square. On your right you will see a narrow street and if you look well enough you can still see "...le ...tor", all that's left of "Calle Pistor". Look well at your left side: there's a large door near the end of the street and O ! Surprise ! You have to ring to get in since the hotel is... on the third floor ! There is however a small (and slow) elevator that will bring you to the hotel reception (if your luggage is somewhat bulky you best get in it one at the time). Read carefully the instructions for the use of the lift before starting to ascend. Sounds tricky to get there ? Maybe less when you've been told what you have to expect. Anyhow, don't despair: you're going to have your reward, now that you've reached the hotel reception. No problem anymore to find a friendly welcome (most people seem to be friendly in Venice), a beautiful room (they're all different, furnished in Venetian style, as in most hotels there), with a small but very clean and recent bathroom. The rooms are alongside a hall where the reception is situated and where the continental buffet breakfast will be ready for you in the morning. This situation may be a little noisy in the evening and in the morning but the nights are mostly peaceful and since there is so much to see in Venice you will be so tired that you will sleep tight anyhow. Some rooms are in another small palazzo on the other side of the nearby canal; we haven't seen them but in the hotel brochure they also look good. If a little difficult to find, the hotel is very well situated in the quiet district of Dorsoduro, near the Accademia bridge which will lead you to San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale. Just around the corner, alongside the San Trovaso canal, there is a restaurant with a tourist menu which may be recommended: the Taverna San Trovaso. You will find as many Venetians as tourists there, which is always a good sign. If we go back to Venice, we certainly will return to both the hotel and the restaurant.
Misrepresented themselves Big Time!!
My sisters and I stayed at the Palazzo Guardi April 2-4, 2004. We read the reviews of the hotel, and it said it was a 15th century palace.
What a surprise when we could not find the hotel, none of the water taxi driver's knew of the hotel, and there was no phone number listed.
To our surprise a "local" from Venice found the hotel for us after 1 1/2 hours of searching for it. The hotel is not a 15th century palace, but down an alley about 3 feet wide, with no lights outside the door, and small plague with the name on it. We had to ring a bell to be let in, and then to find out the hotel is on the 3rd floor of this building. There is a very small lift that fits one person and 1 suitcase if you are lucky. The hotel itself is one long hallway in this building with a few rooms in it. While the rooms are neat and clean, it is hardly as it was advertised. I would call it switch and bait. I would not stay there again.