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In the 14th century it was a monastery, but today, Hotel Abbazia welcomes travelers to Italy from around the world. While it has been restored to appeal to 21st century tastes, the developers have been careful to retain the building's classic charm. The bathrooms, satellite television sets, and minibars are modern touches, but the wooden furniture and ornate decor hearken back to a different time.
Hotel Abbazia lies in the Cannaregio district, a quiet part of the city which isn't overrun by tourists. Many say that its friendly restaurants, alfresco cafes, and quirky retail outlets offer the most authentic taste of Venetian life. Not that you need to miss the sights that Venice is famous for. With the Santa Lucia train station conveniently located just 100 meters from the hotel, you're never too far from tourist hot spots. You might assume that a hotel so close to public transport would be noisy, but happy guests report that the engines never get in the way of a good night's sleep.
Tourists love the diversity of the Hotel Abbazia's buffet breakfasts, which are served in the courtyard garden during the summer months, and in the monks' original dining hall during the colder months. The crusty bread and thin beef strips are an acquired taste, but the delicate pastries and cheeses should please even the fussiest eaters.
Hotel Abbazia is one of those places that feels like a home away from home, for families with a limited budget. It doesn't have contemporary additions like swimming pools or fitness centers, but it makes up for this with old-fashioned hospitality. Satisfied guests report pleasant dealings with friendly and courteous staff members, who offer the highest level of customer service. It isn't near Venice's most popular attractions, but with a train station in easy walking distance, these sights are never too far away.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Abbazia Venice
What a fantastic hotel. The location near the train station is perfect for us as we leave by train for Varenna today. The hotel is really close to the bridge over the Grand Canal but is round the corner from the main crowd. Staff were fantastic.
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We were used the Hotel Abbazia (A-bee-sha) as our base camp for our stay in Venice and we were glad we did. The Hotel Abbazia is a renovated 14th century monastery attached to the Scalzi Church.
What a fantastic place to experience Venice. Typically hotels around train stations are noisy at night, but we did not find this to be the true. Getting to the hotel is easy if you know what to look for. Turn left on the Calle Priuli dei Cavalletti (CPD Cavalletti) walkway (alley) and walk about 200 feet to the Abbazia Hotel on the left. The Venetian dialect is different from the typical Italian dialect. The Abbazia hotel is pronounced; "A-bee-sha." This nondescript walkway (alley shown at the right) is exactly opposite from the Scalzi bridge and adjacent to the bank and ATM. A small sign, on the corner of the alley, will list the Abbazia hotel. You will think that you are entering a ghetto area, in which you are actually in the Jewish ghetto portion of Venice.
If you are making reservations over the internet and require a 1st floor room be sure to do it 2-3 months in advance, since the hotel does not have elevators. We had a 3rd floor room (we didn't know about the elevators) but it was great to look out over the alley way in the evening and listen to the sounds of the city. It is an exceptional hotel and we recommend it highly. The desk managers are friendly and courteous and most helpful in anything you require. Do not hesitate to ask them for their assistance for anything. Mathew, at the front desk will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable. Free WIFI and a fantastic breakfast buffet was very convenient during our stay and the central courtyard was amazing to relax in after the hard days of walking through Venice. In fact, the Hotel Abbazia became home for use during our stay in Italy and the garden courtyard is where I spent the majority of time when not walking the streets of Venice. Many people shun hotels near the railway station because of the street noise occurring all night, but we did not fine that true.
To the left of the front desk is a common room that originally was where the monks ate their meals. Look up to the right and you will notice and enclosed lectern platform where the orator stood reading the scriptures during the Monks meal time. Going to the end of the room is another hallway.
Turn to the right and the hallway leads to the breakfast room and the garden courtyard. The breakfast buffet begins at 7:00 AM and you will be amazed by the different kinds of Italian breakfast foods available for you to enjoy.
Just a note on what to select from the breakfast buffet; the beef is delicately cut in thin strips with the perfect amount of lean to fat ratio, however, unless your use to the aged acrid flavor I would recommend avoiding it. The bread is typically Italian...all tasteless crust with very little soft center. Avoid the attractive pyramid shaped rolls unless you like all crust. Things to enjoy are the milk, juice and the incredible Italian coffee straight out of the coffee machine. The cheeses, prosciutto (ham) and salami are amazing. Delicate pastries, cakes and sweet pastries are astounding and all are included in the bill.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Abbazia Venice
I have the hotel from its very plain beginnings to completerenovation.
The staff is very helpful, breakfast with lotsof choices and rooms (especially on the garden side) very good. The hotel above all is very clean. Elviso, one of the managers, is very accomodating. Ps: don't mind the bells,they are part of the charm of venice.
Wonderful base for a beatiful city
My partner and I stayed at the Abbazia in mid-November 2003, and loved it. The location is great -- right next to the train station -- so no dragging luggage around when you're arriving in and leaving the city.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and the hotel itself is amazing. The breakfast staff is remarkably helpful, and the breakfast itself is very good. We'd stay here again in a minute.
Great location, friendly staff..
The Abbazia is in a great location - conveniently close to the main rail and bus stations but set back from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The water bus stop is 100m away - great for exploring the Grand Canal. Our room was a superior one overlooking the gardens and was lovely - spacious, comfortable and quiet (other than the bells each morning!) The staff were extremely friendly and the only thing we could fault about the hotel was the breakfast service - for each of the 4 days we stayed, we came down to breakfast between 8.30 and 9.30 and had to wait for tables to be cleared before we could sit down, then a further wait before coffee was brought. The staff were rushed off their feet and they could just do with an extra person at peak time to improve the service. The food choice was limited but the hot pastries delicious! Overall, highly recommended, would go back.
Location, location, location...
This is the perfect place just steps away from the train station which makes commuting much easier. Very clean, comfortable rooms. Nice ambience and VERY nice and helpful personnel. I would definitely go back. Yocasta
Abbazia is the best
A very short walk from the Venezia train station, this hotel is placed at the center of where you want to be in Venice. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable, and if you can get one facing the courtyard instead of the street, quiet as well. Rates are excellent in the offseason and reasonable (relatively) otherwise. One caution in Venice - most hotels have arrangements with the glass factories in Murano and local restaurants. You may prefer to take the vaporetto on your own and not be bound to a particular business. There is pressure to buy, but it is resistable.
Comfortable, could have been nice, but...
The hotel is situated just a few minutes from the train station (Santa Lucia). This definitely saved us the cost of water taxis, which could be an expensive adventure. However, the walk to San Marco is a trek. We took advantage of the water busses and became pros. We booked a quad room, as we were traveling with our two teenage sons. The room was big enough to sleep four people comfortably but otherwise not big enough to want to stay in for any length of time (not unusual for Italy, though).
The problem was the room stunk like my kids' old socks after a hockey game. We complained at the front desk and were told it would be taken care of. We hit the town and did not come back to the hotel until almost midnight. Upon entering the room, the smell was still there. We slept the night and complained at the front desk again in the morning.
This time the staff (Mirko) went to the room personally, realized there was a problem with the a/c, and immediately moved us to another room that could hold 4 people. This room turned out to be a beautiful and very spacious suite. Our remaining stay was comfortable and uneventful.
The only thing that wasn't appreciated was the clanging of bells from the cathedral next door at 7:15 am and repeated at 8:15 am. Don't bring an alarm clock. You won't need one.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Abbazia Venice
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