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Hi we made it to Venice after a long trip. Tim and I hadn't slept in about 25 hours. Our first night here was Tim's birthday and we celebrated by going put for a authentic Italian dinner. It was amazing.
We have enjoyed walking the streets on Venice island and getting to know the area.
we have three tours booked
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Venice is a small island 'nation' that encompasses about 177 islands of which Venice, Lido and Murano are perhaps the most renowned. I learned that this used to be an independent nation and was governed by a series of Doges (pronounced "dod-gees"). Some were very dodgy indeed! I found the buildings here quite astonishingly amazing. The 'streets' are very narrow, they twist ...
We took the number 41 water bus and took a route on the outer parts of the island taking on the waves a little bit. We waited for the basilica but the inside really wasn't that impressive. Anything free to go in means the outside is so much better. The story of the bronze cast horses from Constantinople was really cool as well as the bridge of sighs where the prisoners would sigh as they cast their one last look at Venice before heading to ...
... back we got some gelato, I chose snickers and straicticella. Gelato is a wonderful invention, so much better than ice cream. That night we went on a gondola ride, tried to time it with the sunset but it did not work but it was still a good time and so cool to do. Our guy was nice and showed us important buildings and what not. We took some pictures with the sunset when we were done and went to a different side of the island where there were very few tourists and much much ...
... of the plaza is framed by San Marco Basilica. Pigeons make this square their dinning room, people make it lively and rising tides make it flood on occasion.
Cafe' Florian is the oldest and most legendary cafe' in the plaza. It is here that Casanova, Charles Dickens and Woody Allen have dined - therefore, so must we. The waiters are all men and they dress in short-tailed tuxedos. Presentation ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBonvecchiati Hotel Venice
Beautiful atmosphere and the hotel is situated right on the island.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bonvecchiati Hotel Venice
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Bonvecchiati in May of 2004 and were given a fantastic room -- clean, classically appointed and boasting a splendid a view of the canal. The hotel is conveniently located near St. Marks Square and a live pianist plays on the terrace nightly.
Misled by the 4* rating
I booked this hotel as it had recently been upgraded following refurbishment. The public rooms were ok but our room was tiny with very basic furnishings and a small bathroom in deperate need of an update. When I questioned this with front desk they informed me this was a "standard room". It seems you only get 4* if you pay extra. Never again!
We just returned from five nights at the Bonvecchiati and, while the room was tiny but clean and the bathroom in good order, we encountered some serious problems when we arrived. We had telephoned ahead to request that our room would be on a higher floor with a view of the canal, and were promised that the designation of "superior double" already assured this was the case -- but when we arrived, we were shown to a tiny room on the first floor with a window on an air shaft which was full of construction debris. We refused the room, explained what we had been promised, and were told that "the hotel is very full." They made arrangements to move us to a second floor room in the front, so we did end up with something of a canal view -- but this was not what we had been promised in our communication with the hotel. The photographs of the rooms which are displayed in the hotel's brochures misrepresent most of the available rooms in this hotel. Central location, yes -- but you'll play catch-as-catch-can with your room assignment here, no matter what they tell you on the phone. I'd look elsewhere.
Lovely hotel, very pretty, very clean, friendly, comfortable and in a great location. We had a lovely view and enjoyed people watching from our room when the heat got a bit too strong. Space in Venice is limited so the room was small but had everything you needed, the bathroom was fantastic, and there aren't many hotels abroad that actually have double beds in double rooms anymore, its just something to be expected when travelling.
My parents also stayed here the previous year and loved it too. As a well experienced traveller, especially of Italy I would definitely recommend this hotel to others, nothing to complain about. We ate the breakfast and also had an evening meal in the restaurant, good food and good service. what more can I say?!
Great breakfast buffet
My girlfriend and I stayed here in early January for two nights while visiting Venice. We booked the hotel through an internet service and got a great price. We were very impressed with the buffet breakfast (included in the price). It's great to be able to get up and eat a nice breakfast before heading out into the chill of winter that was Venice at that time. The room was great, with wardrobe, television, heating and the bathroom was small but very good. Although at times there was no hot water at all. Otherwise, a very clean and well managed hotel.
Bad value, bad food
The Bonvechiati is in a lovely postion in Venice, but it's very poor value.
I asked for a tray of tea at 2.30pm one day, only to be told that the kitchens were closed. I ate some of the worst Italian food of my life on the terrace, and I had to ask several times to have my sheets changed.
Terrible, I felt so ripped off.
Recommend the Bonvecchiati
7 December 2003. This hotel has a great location on a canal near St Marks Square. We had a spacious double room overlooking the canal - very comfortable with a sparklingly clean, modern bathroom. Breakfast good and plentiful. Friendly staff. Will definitely return here.
We stayed in an impeccably clean room, with nice decor (modern furnishings). Our room (458) had a nice view of the canal below and of the tower from San Marco Square. The bathroom is a treat, very large, and the shower is equipped with a very large shower head (about the size of a volleyball), so you get soaked in no time. I believe the room is located in a part of the hotel that has been recently refurbished, as all around the smell of new construction pervades and the decor looks much more modern than what is on the website.
I had exactly the same experience with this hotel as your leicester reviewer and I was there over xmas !! the info on the back of the bedroom door said that the tourist board gave it 4 stars but I would only give it 2 - I am writing to the tourist board accordingly - I was so disappointed I left early
Fair enough only 3 star+ but this hotel was all show-minimal facilities. I dont like to be deceived and in the info I read in magazines and on the internet it stated that this hotel had a BAR and also 24 HOUR ROOM SERVICE. It had infact neither. When I asked at reception I was told that they start in 2003. I was deceived. I wouldnt have chosen a hotel without a bar for goodness sake. I wasnt even able to get a cup of tea because there was no facilities even to be brought up to my room. It was quite a dry time at the Bonvecchiati.
I dont want much, the decor doesnt have to be anything special just a clean, friendly hotel with obliging staff. I didnt get any!!!