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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Ca' Formenta Venice
Good breakfast, nice staff for an affordable price.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ca' Formenta Venice
A hotel that opened their arms and heart!
Fantastic, Warm, Welcoming, staff, setting and hotel. Not too far and not too close which gave permission for a traveler to enjoy and reflect, how very perfect! The staff was so helpful that we considered them almost like family! Infact, after leaving we stayed a week with my family in Sicily and as a gift to thank my family, we arranged for them to stay at Hotel Ca Formenta. My family in Sicily is so very special and the gift of Hotel Ca Formenta was special ~ a perfect match! Thank you to all staff and especially Marco and the wonderful person that set Breakfast up every morning!
We recently stayed at Hotel Ca Formenta and I am pleased to agree with the other reviewers. We had a lovely clean well furnished room. The breakfast was a good start to the day and the staff were very friendly. The other reviews will tell you that it is in a convenient location which is very true. One thing we did make use of and that was a free water taxi from the hotel to the island of Murano. It takes you directly to the famous glass works where you can see stage by stage the way they make the chandeliers etc and the showrooms are amazing. Obviously for providing the taxi they would like you to buy something and they do tend to follow you around. We had a look round Murano and I did return to buy a little something before we were provided with a water taxi back to the hotel. A very good four night break in Venice.
Good location - nice hotel
We booked this hotel through Expedia based on their review and those from this site. We arrived on the Friday evening and left early afternoon on the Monday. The location was excellent, as we could get the Alilaguna (water bus) from the airport to the Arsenale stop which was only 2 mins from the hotel. We could also get the No 1 water bus from the same stop which took us all the way down the Grand Canal or to Lido Island. San Marco was indeed only a 10 minute stroll (but a good 40 minute queue to get into the Basilica!) A slight down-side to our stay was that we had a ground floor room (301), which because of all the marble floors etc, meant that we did hear some noise when the staff were setting up breakfast early in the morning. Having said that, it did stop us sleeping in too late and missing valuable time seeing the wonderful sights of Venice. The room was very clean and well furnished, with an excellent maid service. If I was being picky, I could say that the room was a little bit tight for space, but as we wern't planning on spending too much time in the room, it didn't really matter. I would certainly recommend this hotel - the staff were all very nice and it is a very good base to explore from.
Very pleasant stay
We booked a room at this hotel, site unseen, based on other Trip Advisor reviews. It turned out to be a good choice. The hotel was situated right on the grand canal and convenient to most places. Best of all (and unlike other hotels we stayed at in Italy) the room was dark and quiet, with comfortable beds. I would definitely stay there again.
2 vaporetto stations from San Marco
A fine hotel. Rooms with view on the lagon. We slept in room 106, first floor with 2 windows. No bath but private shower. Very quiet. About 15 minutes walking to San Marco or 5 minutes by vaporetto (2 stations).
You should buy a ticket for 3 days vaporetto (Alilaguna not included) : 22 euros.
When you arrive at Venezia Airport, you need to take a shuttle (3 minutes), then a vaporetto named "Alilaguna" that drives you to Arsenal station (1 hour, 10 euros=about 12$). The hotel is about 2 minutes walking from that station Arsenal. If you want to take a water-taxi, that's MUCH more expensive. In that case, find friends (max 8 or 16) in rthe airport and share the taxi all together.
No restaurant in the hotel. The breakfast is fine (ham, cheese). There are 2 typic restaurants via Garibaldi near the hotel (5 minutes walking) where we had great supper : Giorgone and Osteria all'ombra.
You need to reserve 1 or 2 days before.
The staff is very helpful. If you arrive late in the evening or by night, someone will welcome you.
The hotel is a little expensive but fine.
Nice hotel, away from the crowds
Nice hotel. Near a vaporetti stop. Quiet. Good breakfast. Clean room.
No problems, just an easy, pleasant stay.
A Venetian Jewel
A great little hotel (only 14 rooms and 2 storeys)with a warm welcoming and very friendly staff. Although officially a 3 star but definitely more like a four star. Rooms very clean, nicely decorated and with good facilities (especially the walk in shower) A great position - away from the hustle bustle but a relaxing 10 minute walk from St.Mark's Square.
Avail yourself of the appetizing breakfast before setting off on the day's explorations. Try and visit during Carnivale as some of the sights and costumes are amazing and St Mark's Square bustles with concerts and entertainers. If Venice Revisited then I would stay at the CA'Formenta again.
Lagoon View, Few Tourists, Local Eateries, 8-Minute Stroll To San Marco
We stayed six nights in a Lagoon View room at this friendly, fourteen bedroom hotel in mid October 2003 and three star it definitely was not - much more like a four star establishment !!! In fact, while talking to Marco (the Manager) we learned that the Formentas sister hotel (Panorama which overlooks an Esso filling station and waterbus stop (very romantic) and is rated as a four star Hotel on the luxurious, celebrity infested Lido) is not of such a high specification as the Formenta. The blurb on Formentas website says that it has just been refurbished - this is not strictly true - the ancient building which the hotel uses, has been refurbished and this is because the hotel is actually almost brand new and has only been open for about a year. Just because the hotel is new - dont get the idea that everything is stainless steel and plastic - because it is not. The hotel has been furnished with a great and traditional Venetian flair - with sympathetic furnishings and famous Murano glass covered lighting. The hotel has all the mod cons hidden away most effectively - even a well stocked mini-bar in the room at non rip-off prices (i.e. bottle of beer at 2 Euros) - Full air-conditioning throughout the hotel - Satellite TV in the room (great for BBC World and CNN in English for our morning news, as all Newspapers are a day in arrears). Because the Formenta does not have its own Ristorante (and therefore only gets its three stars) we were more than happy to explore the surrounding eateries which are all frequented by local Venetians and highly recommended by Formentas caring and attentive small group of friendly staff. However, the Formentas breakfast gives a really broad choice from a choice of breads and pastries, cold meats and cheeses, pÔtÚs, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit (but avoid the Italian fruit juices). The location of this hotel gave us the best of both worlds - far enough away from the madding crowds, which plague every square foot of San Marco - but near enough to stroll the eight minutes (over seven bridges) down the famous Riva degli Schiavoni which is the main, wide, popular tourist drag, which runs along the front of the Castello, overlooking the Lagoon. There are plenty of local sites in the Castello well worth visiting, from the impressive architecture surrounding the Arsenale (naval dockyard), the Public Gardens, including the San Pietro Basilica (Venices Cathedral prior to San Marco) with its leaning Campanile, and the various Emergency Services (Hospitals, Fire Brigade, Police, Army and Navy) who rush around in high powered speed boats leaving Gondoliers weeping in their fast wakes.In conclusion, the Formenta is only two bridges away from the main all routes (including the Airport Alilaguna) waterbus stop at Arsenale, or a brief stroll from the Giardini waterbus stop. The relatively inexpensive, local eateries are full of Venetians. There are Supermarkets, Delicatessens, Greengrocers and Bakeries all nearby for supplies (and unique souvenirs). A short stroll away from San Marco to experience the glitz and 9 euro cups of coffee during the day and live evening classical performances around the thankfully pigeon-free square (as they go to roost at night).
Great place...friendly staff
The Hotel Ca Formenta is listed at a 3 star hotel, but felt more like a 4 star hotel with 5 star service. The rooms were remodeled, so our room felt new and luxurous. Our room had access to a balcony where you can enjoy sitting outside eating breakfast while absorbing the beauty city of Venice. The staff is first rate. Everyone we encountered was extremely nice and friendly. It's always nice to walk into your hotel greeted with a friendly smile. The hotel is located one stop past San Marco Square on the water bus. The location is very good. It's a good 10 minute walk to San Marco Square, but far enough so it's quiet and peaceful throughout the day. Don't take a water taxi (as recommended on their website). Catch the water bus. It'll save you over 35 Euros (depending on how many are in your party). What's the rush anyway...you're in Venice.
Great hotel, kind people
This 3 star hotel is new and its location just one stop off san marco square is ideal. The views from infront of the hotel,on the main water way, look toward all the beautiful domes and towers that you just can't see if you are staying right around san marco. Breakfasts were very good and the people could not have been kinder. For three men on a vacation from work it could not have been better. Special thanks to Marco and Roberta.