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... 26th November This morning we sampled the hotel's breakfast, which was great, followed by a trip back across the Rialto to Piazza San Marco, where we stopped into St Mark's cathedral, nearly 1000 years old, and took a good look inside. The domed interior was stunning, especially the detailed roof. We also had a look inside the cathedral museum which is displayed Byzantine artifacts brought back from Constantinople. In a short summary, why these items ended up in Venice is ...
... to us. The next stop for our bag's train was a little town called Spittal (how'd you like to be from there?). The conductor said he could drop the bag there with someone at the station, who would give it to the conductor of the next train that was stopping at Villach. So Mom's bag went to Spittal, got off there, got on a south-bound train, and arrived in Villach just as Mom and I were getting in line for our bus to Venice. As we were handing in ...
... on the grande canal in VENICE! Bit of a squish on board but the views make up for it. We leap off at the Rialto stop which is right beside the bridge of the same name!!! and then start trying to decipher the maps – somehow we stumble on the right narrow little alley to follow and we are at the door of Residenza Goldoni . This is a quaint little hotel with a grumpy man at reception – most unwelcoming he was. ...
... garnished with lettuce and mint, the spicy sausage pizza was excellent. We even had leftovers which became our dinner. We had plenty of time to get to our meeting place for the gondola ride. Our group had 3 boats, one boat had an accordion player and a singer, who managed to stand rock steady in the moving boat and flawlessly deliver his songs. I imagine that singing on the water in Venice would deliver the same acoustics as singing in the shower, but I wasn't tempted to ...
... did laundry and tried not to buy too much, Cath Kidston and Bennetton were a little too hard to resist. After being crammed on the very busy and uncomfortable milk run train, from Verona to Venice that had NO luggage storage, I finally reached the Santa Lucia train station armed with the walking directions to my hostel. It was close, so this shouldn't be too ********ce I could catch my breath after the vision of the most beautiful place I'd ever seen ...
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A Venetian gem in a great area...if you can find it.
We stayed at Ca Arco Antico in San Polo in mid October. Our room (Canaletto Room) was the largest we had on our trip to Italy. A small terrace overlooking a narrow alleyway offers the slimmest of glimpses of the Grand Canal. It's close to the S.Silvestri vaparetto (but very difficult to find the first time). If not for our Italian "angel", a slightly odd, older Italian man who grabbed us and implored us to follow him...we might still be looking for it. Once we collected our bearings, it was fairly easy to navigate the area. And much more fun without luggage.
Each room comes with about 700 tv stations...about 699 in German. "Nie!" After much searching, BBCWorld can be found. All Italian breakfasts are about the same to us...but we were a bit disappointed that we only had grapefruit, or pink grapefruit juice to choose from. Where's the pseudo-orange juice?
A few minutes walk to the Rialto. A bit more to San Marco. Venice is so small that you can cover a lot of ground very quickly. And the beauty of Venice is in those walks. The area has many shops, quaint alleys/streets and several worthwhile restaurants/trattorias/osterias. Check out Osteria Vivaldi on the corner from the hotel.
Overall, a very nice place. Large room. Great location. Great value. We recommend it.
This is the best of all the hotels we stayed in Italy. Though it is a little difficult to find initially, the hotel is very very nice. The rooms are exceptionally clean and tidy. Hotel staff is very very helpful and understands and speaks english. The breakfast was good.
The location of hotel is ideal for Rialto bridge and St. Mark's square. They both are 10 mins walk from hotel. The grand canal is just 10 meters away.
If I go to Venice again, I will not stay at any other hotel.
Simply the Best
A little tough to find, but well worth the effort. Least expensive place we stayed in Italy, but also the best. Excellent location. Room was immaculate. Very quiet area. Breakfast was generous and delicious. Staff was very helpful. If we return to Venice, we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. A great value!
My husband and I and our 10 year old son have just spent the most brilliant 5 nights in this superb hotel. Excellent value for money and after we had looked at some of the other,larger, more expensive hotels in Venice we were so pleased we had picked this one. What friendly,lovely owners-very helpfull too! The rooms are lovely,really nicely done out and kept and the location is superb. A quiet area yet literally just metres from the Grand Canal where we spent many a happy time just sitting on the jetty with a beer and a coca cola watching the boats go by and hearing the gondoliers sing. We would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Venice-brilliant!!
We recently spent 3 nights at the Hotel Arco Antico and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was the most reasonable 3 star hotel we could find in Venice, but once we arrived we found that it was nicer than other 4 star hotels we had stayed in.
The rooms are beautiful and immaculate and the staff was very considerate and friendly.
We would highly recommend this hotel!
Really enjoyed our stay here!
My family and I really enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is immaculate (and the serve a nice breakfast!) and the 2 couples that own the hotel go out of their way to serve you. It was really wonderful to find such a nice place for the price. Yes, you have to walk or take a boat to get to San Marco area, but this is Venice! The walking and exploring is the best part! Besides, the hotel location allowed it to be very quiet and yet we were only a 1 minute walk from a great shopping area. We were also only a 10 minute walk to lots of restaurants.
A very pleasant stay!
The Locanda Arco Antico is situated right in the centre of Venice - ideal for exploring the city. We were primarily attracted by the price, comparable to other hotels which were either in Mestre or the Lido. We were pleasantly surprised by our room, Casanova, which suited our purposes as we were only staying for two nights. The bathroom was very clean and modern, we apparently also had the only jacuzzi bath in the hotel! Breakfast (included) was served promptly and we had a good choice of food. All in all, a very pleasant stay!
Very impressed for the price. This was the least expensive of our accomodations for our trip to Italy. We had a family room that accomodated 5. It had a larger room with a smaller room that held 2 single beds. The room and bathroom was immaculate. The breakfast was good with ham, rolls, pastries, yogurt, juice, and hot drinks. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. A bit difficult to find though.
Convenient to where we wanted to go. Would highly recommend this place.
We only paid 125 euros for all of us.
Cute & Comfortable
Very cute & comfortable, quite location but yet close to shops, restaurants, etc.. It's located about 2-3 minute walk to St Silvestro boat stop, which takes you anywhere in Venice. Marco, Lorenza, Gianfranco & Antonella, all were so accommodating and helpful. I would definately stay there again!