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So after cruising the seas we depart the Splendour on our return to Venice. We saw a number of our table mates over breakfast and then went our merry ways, ours was back to the Arlecchino and a day to break records.
We dropped off our bags (the blonde and the brunette were not happy) and departed for another wander around the streets of …
What a start to the day - it's four in the morning and time to get up get out that lazy bed so we can swim to the airport. It is still persistently raining and the Ark has just gone past on its way to the Forth.
Park and ride was more like park and swim but one has to say our Scottish neighbours seem to use airports in a fairly civilised …
... was on there main trade route with the east. Venetians travelled widely and used to trade goods nearly exclusively with the Byzantines, who lived in Constantinople, until the Byzantine era ended in the 16th century. At some point there was a war (usually over trading) between these two cultures and during this time these artifacts were brought back to Venice. We then took and elevator ride to the top of the cathedral bell tower (we actually asked where are the steps but ...
... we looked up and saw Karen across the street, holding Mom's bag and wearing a big grin. She had taken the security guard's picture and we are posting it here - our hero from the Austrian railroad system. We thank God for protecting us on this journey. If there had been one more open seat on that first bus to Venice, we would have lost that bag. And he provided Karen with the gift of being able to persuade a non-English-speaking security guard to help ...
... to drop our bags and come back in an hour because we were early for check in – inconsiderate travellers that we were! We navigated back out of the alley and into a wee square and had some lunch. Then, after a freshen up at the hotel we set out for St Marks Square down a series of alleys, under arches, across little bridges and over canals thick with gondolas. So beautiful. On the way back we shout ourselves ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arlecchino Hotel Venice
Stay away from this hotel, we arrived late (23.15) but i did not see this as a problem as i had paid for the hotel in full, unfortunately this was a problem as they were fully booked, they sent us to a hotel the other side of the city with no directions, when i questioned the receptionist for further info he told me it wasn't his problem. It was a bad start to a lovely weekend as Venice is an amazing city. I would not advise any one to stay at this hotel though as it's location is poor right opposite the main transport hub, not romantic.
No real complaints about this one
I took myself off to Venice for a birthday treat and stayed at this hotel. First up, location was great. I took a taxi from Marco Polo Airport and was dropped off at the far end of Piazalle Roma, almost right outside the hotel (apart from crossing a canal!) no onward journey by water taxi for me at 22.00, I was pleased to discover. It's not too near any of the main sights, but Venice is so small, it was exciting discovering the city en route to places like the Rialto and Piazza San Marco. I URGE you to get off the main tourist route and find your own way around the place.
So ok, Piazalle Roma isn't the most attractive part of Venice, but the hotel only looks out onto the bus station on one side. Mostly it is surrounded by the quaint canals and cobbled streets we know and love about Venice.
The hotel staff were welcoming and efficient (and very helpful throughout my stay) and the concierge was friendly (although he seemed to get lost at one point en route to my room!).
My room was small, but it did have a balcony which was very pleasant. The central light did not work when I arrived but the concierge changed it immediately.
Breakfast in the morning room was lovely, overlooking the canals. The breads were very fresh and it was always a civilised beginning to the day. However, I did ask for breakfast in my room on the final morning, and it turned up around 1hr late. I expressed my displeasure to the waiter and refused to tip him so I think the message got through.
I left my luggage in the hotel after checking out on the final day. Don't leave anything valuable there as there is no secure room - the luggage is simply piled up in the reception area. I was a little nervous and hoped my belongings would still be there in the evening, which they were, thankfully.
In general, almost everything was in order and my hotel experience was perfectly satisfactory. I would stay here should I ever be lucky enough to return to Venice. If you're planning a trip and staying at this hotel, you can look forward to your stay without worrying.
Tiny run-down rooms
I stayed in this hotel a few days before Christmas, and despite the friendly staff, was generally disappointed. My room was extremely small. There was a full sized bed (not even queen sized) and floor space about 10 inches wide around it. I wasn't even able to place my bag on the floor. Probably as a consequence, the lower portions of the walls were quite scuffed up and dirty from what I'm guessing was people's shoes trying to move about it the cramped space. Also, I was placed on the top floor, which has a low slanting roof. It was impossible to stand in the bathtub or take a shower. I can't figure out why they even bothered installing the handheld showerhead. I'm still not sure what the musty smell was either and I kept worrying about hitting my head on the lightbulb while brushing my teeth. And to complain just a bit more, the bed was extremely soft. Some people may like this, but I prefer a bed that is firm enough to keep my back from arching. Finally, the TV only worked when it felt like it, but that wasn't a big deal, since the view from the small terrace was quite nice even late at night.
Warm, friendly hotel with great access to the waterbus
Myself and my boyfriend had our first overseas trip together on 10th December for a long weekend in Venice, it was fantastic!
The Arlecchino is situated on a series of side canals right next to the Piazzale Roma within easy walking distance to the waterbus running all the way along the Grand Canal to St Marks Square.
The hotel was decorated with a brightly lit xmas tree and easily visible once we were out of the taxi in P. Roma. We were greeted by friendly reception staff who gave us our room key straight away and told us to leave all the paperwork until we'd had a rest.
Our room on the 3rd floor overlooked a side canal and was tastefully decorated with fabric wallpaper, Murano glass lighting, a great marble bathroom and a huge 3 seater sofa.
There are only 10 tables in the breakfast room but as it runs from 0730 until 1000, there were never more that 4 tables full. Our waiter served us cappuccino each morning and a fresh, warm basket of croissants and rolls, we could help ourselves to fresh fruit juice, meats, cheese and jams on the buffet table. It was plentiful and a great start to the walking we enjoyed each day.
A great base and a warm, friendly hotel for a weekend away from it all, we'll definitely return.
Was there in November 2004. The hotel is located right on the edge of the city within eyesight of the bus terminal and within a walking distance of the train terminal. Its right on the corner of the Piazzle Roma. This made for extreme ease of finding it and physically getting to it.
Positives: It does offer a decent view of the canals. They offer a complimentary Italian breakfast of cheeses, meats and breads. The staff was very attentive and answered all of our questions politely. Location is great. There was a small refrigerator in the room.
Negatives: Although recently updated, the decor (especially the light fixtures) is slightly garish. The rooms are VERY small. There is noticeable noise from the bus terminal.
After you tire of getting lost, I suggest using the ACTV public transportation system to get around. If you get a map and plan your day, a daily pass can be a very worthwhile purchase.
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Extremely Convenient Location
My experience did not match the negative review at all...
First of all, the location is great, because if you have an early morning flight, as I did - Piazale Roma, from which the 5am bus (3 euros only) departs to the airport is only a 2 minute walk. In fact, the bus station is visible from the hotel lobby... The desk staff told me (in English) exactly which bus to take, and gave me a schedule.
The rooms have an almost lavish appearance for a budget hotel, the breakfast is decent (no worse than in other places of a similar caliber), and the noise level is fairly low.
The snack bar / restaurant directly across from the lobby is not bad, but the restaurants in the same block of buildings as the hotel are awful and cater exlusively to naive tourists. Avoid these traps if you can!
A great Hotel
We have just arrived home after 5 weeks in Europe and stayed at the Hotel Arlecchino for 3 nights. I have just read the previous review and do not agree. We booked and paid at least 3 months beforehand and had no problem with our reservation.
The Hotel is very comfortable, the room was great and the bathroom was more than adequate. The only comment is the lack of a shower curtain, but that is the normal situation in European Hotels.
I cannot understand the previous review, Marco does speak English and the staff there are more than helpful, they even helped me with the map of Venice when I needed to locate a particular shop. Maybe it is how the "tourist" communicates with any Hotel staff?
The breakfast room was wonderful, a great breakfast and the coffee was better than some restaurants.
The area where the Hotel is was close to the station, easy to catch the water bus back to the Station instead of wheeling luggage up and down bridges. There was a laundry/dry cleaner just down from the Hotel and the owner of this establishment and his staff were also wonderful and helpful, and not expensive to have laundry done. There was a great restaurant just outside the Hotel (on the side canal), do not go to the Restaurant just in front of the Hotel !
If I were ever to go back to Venice I would have no hesitation in staying at this Hotel.
Do not stay at this hotel ...warning!
Made res. two mounths ahead of time. arrived two hours ahead of time. payed ahead of time. This was to be the trip of a life time. Oh NO we get there and they said they were full and had to move us down the street to a hole in the wall broom closet with no AC and the view of a wall out the window. asked them why? no speak english now.... prago.. we pray you go americono. we got screwed. $400.00... it was so hot we left the next day. the food for breakfast was the worst food we had the hole time in Italy. the service was hored. the people were hored. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS Hotel. Hotell Arlecchino and Hotel Olimpia Are the same........if your American you will be screwed.............. STAY AWAY.............
Warm refuge in Venice
After a 20 hour plane ride from Alaska, we finally made it to Hotel Arlecchino. At first, there was a mixup of the room and there was not a twin room available. I was traveling with my very tall 21 yr old son and we needed our space. But the hotel gave us a delightful room with a double bed and a real twin! The decor in the room was faux old-venetian and very tasteful. The heater was great and I loved the heated towel rack too. But the best was yet to come.
My first morning in Italy, and Sabrina the breakfast cook made me a fabulous italian coffee. I had to have 2 every morning. The bread and croissants were the freshest I have ever had. Marco was the desk clerk and spoke fluent english and was friendly and helpful. He and I got into some interesting discussions; political, religious, etc. The food in Venice is known to be so-so and pricey. But the places near this hotel were great. We ended up eating panini in the touristy area by day and always ate near our hotel at night. I had Ragula salad at the Burchielle restaurant daily. During my 5 week trip, I always look back fondly at my comfy and cozy room at Hotel Arlecchino.