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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Boscolo Hotel Bellini Venice
Great location for an aging hotel. View from our room of the Grand Canal and the Ponti degli Scalzi bridge. A few steps from the railroad terminal and do-able walking distance from the Rialto and St. Marks. Free internet. All together quite satisfactory.
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My husband and I stayed here the first few nights of our honeymoon. It's a great location since it's just outside of the train steps, faces the grand canal and near water taxis. The room is small, as are most typical European hotels, but it was lovely. We would definitely stay again!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Boscolo Hotel Bellini Venice
Worst place to rest your Head
This place was terriable. The staff was the worst. Our bed was made up everyday but that was about it. We had to call down for such items as toliet paper and the room was beyond small. I would only say that it was very close to the train station but then that ment that it was never quiet. We would wake the whole night because of the noise coming from the street. I would never stay there again and am not sure what the other people saw there that would make them.
The only good thing about this hotel was the fact that we only had to be there for 1 night. What a disappointment it was! Our room was not what I would refer to as clean and sanitary, although it wasn't the worst I have seen. Keep it mind, however this is advertised as a 4-star hotel. The most dreadful aspect of the room was the bed. I have slept on many uncomfortable beds in Europe, but this one takes the cake by far. Sharp springs along with an incredible slouching effect that almost brought the bottom of the mattress to hit the floor.
We called the front desk and asked about be transferred to another room with an acceptable bed. They told us all of the rooms, and beds for that matter were the same. As we were not quite convinced, we asked to see another room and to our surprise, it was just as awful.
The next morning we left to check into the Saturnia for the next few days which was a fabulous hotel.
Arrived here with a complimentary drink and snack, after being delayed from the Italian air traffic control strike! Everything was with a smile, and nothing was too much for any of the staff. With some of the reviews on here after we had booked for my husbands birthday, was a little worried, but it was exceptional! The rooms were of a fantastic size, good bathroom, the only disappointment was of the breakfast, but u were never far from any snack shops.....
Out the door to the Vaporetto
Arriving in Venice can be complicated, but staying at the Bellini allows you to take the Vaporetto 1 stop from Piazale Roma to the Train Station and the hotel is right there. The convenient Vaporetto locations allows for easy trips to Murano, Rialto, etc. We also found that the better, less tourist-trap restaurants are in this area of Venice. The hotel is older & has typical Venetian decor. The bathrooms were nicely updated and the rooms were tidy and much larger for venetian standards. We felt that the young people working in the hotel were not very familiar with Venice and unable to give good recommendations. This is a 4*, not a 5* and the service feels that way.
Excellent Four Star Hotel
I was nervous. Having stayed in hotels throughout Europe I know well that hotel's are not always as advertised. The Bellini Hotel was exactly what I hoped for. It is a classic four star Venice hotel. The rooms were tastefully decorated with period furnitue and were kept in great, clean condition. All have well-done new bathrooms, TV with satellite reception, air conditioning, and a mini bar. The staff was friendly and quite helpful. This hotel is part of the Boscolo chain, a very image conscious chain of European Hotels. You will not be disappointed by this hotel. Ignore negative reviews because they are simply inaccurate. Stay here without fear. Feel free to contact me for more info.
Bellini - Bellisima!!!
My girlfriend and I stayed here during the week of the 13th an dfound it to be beautiful and charming. Fabulous location, particularly if you are travelling by train (about 100 yards to the left of the station).
The vaporetti are right there too. The staff is very helpful and gave great recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing. Breakfast was excellent - as close to an American buffet as you'll find. We will definitely stay there again when we return to Venice.
Visited the Bellini 27th - 29th September 2003 with good expectations.
The location is at the NW end of the Grand Canal and as such not really central, (it is however a simple 5 minute walk from the bus station and 1 minute walk from the train station.) Good location for vaperetti, right outside. Inside the initial impressions are good with a quality feel one would expect from a 4* hotel. Once behind the scenes though things for us deteriorated; not badly but little things. Our room, #127, was pokey. No view and barely room to walk around the (admittedly large king size) bed. The fixtures were of quality but no attention to detail, (only half a curtain and empty mini bar). There was a constant hum from some equipment nearby within the hotel which was not disturbing but irritating. Breakfast was OK in quality but poor service, on Sunday morning 80%+ of the tables had dirty plates, etc. on them and people were queuing waiting for a table. In summary I would not stay here again as it just couldn't deliver what it promised. I'd rather pay less for a simpler hotel in a more central location or more for a hotel that can deliver 4*.
Outstanding 4 star value in Venice
The Boscolo Hotel Bellini in Venice is an outstanding find and can be a value. I searched for hotels in May 2003 and found only Lido hotels at 160 euros... or more. 3 and 4 star properties on the main islands cost much more. I selected this hotel through Expedia special rates and paid USD440 for 3 nts total cost. It is right at the Ferrovia stop and thus convenient to all waterbus lines. On top of its location and price, the hotel is absolutely outstanding from its lobby staff to its full breakfast to its rooms. Our room was typically small but furnished and decorated very, very well. The bathroom was great and the windows were double paned and effectively kept the room quiet. The hotel is one stop from Pl Roma and a quick short walk from the train station. The location is superb in Cannaregio. We think we got a very good deal and the outstanding quality of the hotel made our stay absolutely great! As a ref, I did 125 room nights in 2002 and stayed in 2 to 5 star hotels. I'm not impressed easily.
We stayed here for our anniversary trip to Venice and I can't praise it highly enough. Handy for everywhere, the room was superb and staff very friendly. Go!
You cannot beat this hotel for location, standard and service. The rooms are fantastic, you are right on a vaparetto stop (for 5 routes!) and there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend the Bellini for an excellent stay in Venice. Absolutely charming.