Antica Locanda al Gambero
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAntica Locanda al Gambero Venice
This was not a brilliant hotel for us- the staff were a bit off-handed; the air con did not work at all and it was hot and stuffy. The room's screen was broken so there were lots of flies in the room. However, the view was as advertised (lovely) from our top room and the position (near to St. Marks & Rialto Bridge) was highly convenient. This was a couple of years ago, so may have changed?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Antica Locanda al Gambero Venice
A dirt cheap room (pre-renovation)
I stayed here in a single room, with bathroom down the hall, in May 2001. The price was about $45, but I see that prices have skyrocketed after renovation. The room was spartan but furnished with a nice antique wardrobe and desk (but no TV) - in a good way, you felt like you were in monk's room in Italy. The window opened onto a small canal, although I couldn't really see much. The common bathroom was not so pleasant... The renovated rooms look much nicer, although they have been generically sterilized (and bathrooms added) to attract the older American crowd. The breakfast room is nice (try to get a window seat) with strong coffee, although little attention was paid to breakfast food as is the case in all Italian hotels. The staff were pleasant, helpful, and spoke English. The location is ideal, a short walk to Piazza San Marco or the Rialto bridge.
Lovely Hotel In A Great Location
From the moment we were greeted by the impossibly handsome man at the reception until the moment we checked-out, our experience at Hotel Al Gambero was delightful. The decor in our room was charming, and it overlooked the canal, so we could hear men singing and playing the accordion as they passed by in their gondolas. The hotel is conveniently located a couple blocks from San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, so we walked everywhere. They offer you a discount in their restaurant, but we never had the opportunity to try it. I should mention that there is no elevator in the hotel, but an adorable little man hauled our two dreadfully heavy suitcases up 4 flights of stairs to the 3rd floor, and then back down again when we left, smiling and complimenting us all the way. All the staff were just as friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Perfect for Venice
The hotel was very conveniently located in between St Marco square and the rialto bridge. The room was very nice and clean. By Venetian standards the size was ok. Our only complaint was the noise level in the hallways. Because the hallways and rooms are all tiled, one can hear all the going-ons outside the room. The staff were helpful and the free Internet provided was a lovely bonus. We would definately stay there again.
We stayed here for two nights in late April. Great location, attractive and clean room. As with the other reviewers here, our room was also on the 4th floor up from the lobby. Wonder if anyone stays on a lower floor?! There's NO ELEVATOR, but a porter carried our bags up for us. We'd been there only minutes when a gondola came by on the canal with an accordion player & singer. The free Internet in the lounge was a big plus. Staff were very helpful. I think it's a little pricey for what you get compared to some of the other options, but maybe not when you consider the great location. 10% discount at La Bistrot de Venise next door, but we were disappointed in it. Seemed to have pretensions of being a great restaurant, but food just wasn't that good.
Three good nights.
We spent 3 nights here in late May. The previous four reviews are accurate. My impressions are:
Had to climb 4 flights of stairs to reach room.
Breakfast was very good.
Room was small, but adequate. Nicely decorated.
TV with CNN and BBC stations for news.
Baths very good.
Restaurant downstairs was excellent w/outdoor
We live in Florida and are used to A/C. The A/C
here was EXCELLENT. We could close the
windows at night and not be awakened by noise
Free Internet in lounge.
This is a very nice little hotel in a fabulous location between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. The staff is nice and tries to be helpful. Our room was very clean, had a comfortable bed, good bath/shower, was nicely decorated and had a canal view. It was however, tiny and four flights up. Since you spend little in your room this didn't matter much. I would suggest this place for anyone trying to see Venice for around $200 a night. It was a bargain considering the location. The hotel was recently rennovated and it showed. Be careful of the coffee - they make it VERY strong!!
I was having trouble picking a hotel in Venice as they all seem to have mixed reviews. Eventually decided on this one, and was very pleased! It was in a perfect location, the breakfast was great - plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurts, breads etc. It was lovely and clean and the staff were friendly. The room was perfect, well decorated and plenty of space.
You couldn't ask for more!
The Antica Locanda al Gambero is located between the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. In the heart of everything. Short on space, but clean and comfortable. Marble floors and a full bath. Request a room overlooking the canal.
A decent option but there might be better ones
Overall not a bad place and they make an effort, we don't regret staying here but other hotels in Italy while we were on our honeymoon were a better value (more amenities for a slighter lower price) - our only real complaint was the coffee at breakfast which was not fresh and seemed burned; otherwise, adequate room, faced small canal but was a tad noisy in the morning and woke us up; great restaurant downstairs (Le Bistrot de Venise) which gave us 10% discount for being hotel customers (!)
TripAdvisor Reviews Antica Locanda al Gambero Venice
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Overall, I have absolutely loved our time in Venice and have had a great Italian experience so far. I can't wait to experience Florence and Rome, where I will be able to indulge in more awesome pasta, pizza, and wine. Tomorrow, Bob (Corey's dad) and Rosie are supposed to be arriving in the morning, so we will be picking them up and either visiting Venice again or immediately heading to Florence, depending on what they feel up to.
... to get to the village center, walked through the shops and alleys and finally arrived at the hillptop restaurant where a sumptuous lunch of seafood and pasta was waiting to be served. The restaurant was had a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding hillsides. After lunch, led by our guides we continued to hike for 1.5 hours along the ancient path, climbing high up through terraces of olive trees to the beautiful town ...
... a few blocks, and up (very long seeming) flight of stairs to get to our hotel. Phew.
That sucked up quite a bit of our day, but we did manage some sight-seeing. We had the obligatory gondola ride, which was quite expensive, but does give one a very different and interesting perspective. We also saw the the Frari church, which does have an impressive quantity of art (and ...
We ventured out at 5.45pm as we wanted to see our ship go down the Grand Canal on the start of it's next cruise. There were some lovely shops along the alley ways (glass is the thing to buy in Venice) and all the main streets and squares were very busy with tourists. There were north African males outside the Gucci shop selling very nice looking copy hand bags and also others around the place selling cheap tat but as soon as they saw one of the many local ...
... starting to flood - at high tides Venice is rather susceptible to flooding...)
For tomorrow I have a couple of addresses for shops that I can try, but even that might not be much help thanks to the cities odd numbering system. Rather than having a 'proper' street address, most places only have a district name and building number. The numbers increase the further away from the Grand Canal that you get, but considering the Canal is ...