Antica Locanda al Gambero
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... on the whole trip. If that was all then we were doing pretty good I thought.
We jumped on a ferry and rode out to the beautiful islands of Murano, where high quality glass products are made and Burano where canals are lined with colourful bright houses. We both had a great time watching a glass maker at work and visiting the many jewellery stores. In Burano I managed to buy a couple (yes 2) of authentic venetian masks which ...
Off out again along the banks of the grand canal, watching the water taxis and locals glide across the beautiful water, and taking some photographs.
We caught the train from Venice to Rome, which takes just under four hours and cuts through some magnificent countryside, especially through Tuscany. This was postcard Italy, with olive groves, tall skinny olive trees and rolling hills ...
... br> Our next stop was the Jewish Ghetto and Museum which was a good experience yet also sad as it brings to mind all the harm Europeans have done to the Jews in the course of history. The Venetians besides restricting them to an old factory (ghetti) island where they had to return to each evening were fairly easy on the Jews. They were business men and the money lending of the Jews were a part of their business needs. Yet the Jews were crowded ...
... then went on to a lace-making demonstration which was followed by the inevitable sales pitch. This village was definitely the highlight of the tour.
Our final stop before heading back to the main island was Torcello, which is famous for the Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta which was founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna in 639 and is one of the oldest churches in the whole of Italy. Although Torcello is now ...
... went exploring the city - getting lost and then un-lost as one does in Venice. You just have to look for the signs on the building that point you towards the Rialto Bridge or San Marco Square to get back to where you came from.
For dinner, we wandered the streets until we found a family run cafe called Restorante Sempione. We talked to the older gentleman who waited on us - he said he loves Canada as he worked in Ottawa in '79-'80 as a chef. He admitted his love of ...
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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
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.
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 (!)