Best Western Hotel Olimpia
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The water taxi ride to my hotel was nice and scenic, especially when we entered the city and started to meander through the various canals. I was dropped off near my hotel and went to check in. My hotel was the Best Western Hotel Olimpia. The hotel was located near the end of the Grand Canal at the edge of the city which meant more walking to get …
you probably can't imagine that Venice has more "supermarkets" than all the other Italian cities... Gondole is too expensive and eating dinner beside the river was even more!
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I would recommend this hotels to others for a few reasons. First, the location. Its just one bridge away from Piazza Roma (who really wants to lug there luggage over tons of bridges!). Its not far from the water bus stop so you can easily get to where you want to go. Second is price. It was a little less than $100 a night, which is really good for Venice.
The staff was extremely polite and helpful whenever we had questions. The room was just a basic room, rather small, but I think most rooms in Venice are. The layout of the hotel is a little confusing you have to go through a number and doors and up and down flights of stairs to get to your room. Hard to do with luggage.
The continental breakfast I though was good.
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We stayed at the Olimpia based upon the comments listed on tripadvisor.com. Unfortunately, our experience didn't measure up. When we arrived, the concierge said there was a problem with our room and that we would need to stay in a room next door (NOTE: They did this to another tripadvisor reviewer). The room was a six floor walk up in what appeared to be a residential bldg. The exceptionally small room was connected to another room by a very thin door which resulted in us listening to the neighbors TV all night. Not great for 160 Euros a night. The next day we moved to a different room which was of standard italian 3* quality. The management did not offer to move our luggage to the new room (at least a 15 minute walk with luggage) and reluctantly did so after much pleading. We just got the impression that this hotel didn't care in the least how our stay was. More than likely the building next door is for spill over when they overbook the main hotel, with the excuse given that there is something "wrong" with your room. And don't even think of asking about a discount for the inconvenience.
I highly recommend the Olimpia
I had never been to Venice or Europe for that matter before so as I disembarked from the bus onto the Piazzale Roma imagine my pleasant surprise as I immediately locate the Olimpia Hotel. The staff were particularly pleasant and helpful especially Francessco and Serena. This hotel is very clean and quite adequate for any length of stay. However if you are claustrophobic (I am not) you might not want to ride the elevator.
We highly recommend it.
We were extremely pleased with our stay at the Hotel Olimpia. The staff were courteous, helpful and kind, the location was convenient, and the suite was simply beautiful. Everything was very clean, and the staff at the front desk was happy to offer recommendations, book transportation, even mail our postcards. We just loved our walk-up suite with marble bathroom and views of the garden and street.
Stayed at Olimpia Hotel first week of June 2003. Shared a twin room with my sister. Our last experience in Venice having been at 4- and 5-star hotels, we were a little wary of a 3-star. No problem -- The Olimpia was really charming, very clean, personnel very friendly & helpful. Lovely decorations, Murano glass (naturally) with room furniture, doors, and accents in public areas painted pale green with pink roses. Room had a minibar, safe, enough closet & drawer space; large bathroom with shower, no tub. We were in the back with a view over neighboring gardens. Room was small, as we expect in Europe anyway, but not uncomfortably so. Breakfast buffet included juices, yoghurt, fruit, cereals, jams, croissants, bread, meats, tea bags, & the best thing-strong Italian coffee served in a small indivudual pot with a small individual pot of warm, foamed milk. Our only disappointment was no cheese. Hot "American" breakfast of eggs/bacon/etc., can be purchased. Neighborhood is convenient, close to Piazzale Roma, train station, access to ALL vaporetto lines. A little far from San Marco, but that is ok - maybe 1/2 hour walk at most - and you do want to walk in Venice. Another plus: one of the best gelato shops we found, called SAN POLO, is just around the corner on the street along the canal. There is also a little nearby grocery for water or snacks at non-tourist inflated prices. There are 2 restaurants next to the Olimpia, but we did not try them, so have no comment. However, we do NOT recommend the restaurant on the corner along the canal. We would return to this hotel.
We were very disappointed with this hotel. We booked it based on travel advisor reviews--I couldn't believe how wrong they were. The entire hotel was run down. We requested a canal view room which they confirmed but when we got there, they did not have one so we were in a back room.
Turns out the canal was nothing to look at anyway. We had mosquitoes in the room that kept us up all night and left us with bug bites everywhere. It was so bad we shortened our stay from 4 nights to 2 nights. Staff was curt and unhelpful. Location was facing the train/bus terminal.
Goergous hotel, plesent staff, imaculate rooms, easy acsess to everything...if you will stay there you will not regret
Stayed here in January 2003 as part of a package. Room was a bit tight, but location was great, bathroom clean, and service friendly. I would definitely stay here again!
Great at the Olimpia
Olimpia Hotel....great!! Very convenient for Piazzale le Roma, especially if arriving from treviso with Ryanair. Lovely rooms.....large, clean and well equipped, with good buffet breakfast included. Convenient for all sights with good local bars and restaurants. Great value for money!