Hotel Continental Venice
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Day two in the floating city dawned as bright and clear as we could possibly hope, though Ash and I might have hoped it dawned a little later. We had a surprisingly awesome (albeit quick) breakfast at the hotel before hoping our private boat-bus to San Marco square at 8:20. We passed a laundry boat, a garbage boat, a logging boat and what appeared …
... water, which we quickly learned was the quickest way to get from one place to another. Around 6pm, the skies started to get really black and the wind picked up. We headed for the nearest water bus station, and as soon as we got there it started POURING. We boarded a water bus, and moved to the front since there were so many people on board. BAD BAD BAD idea. Once the bus started going and the rain started coming in sideways, we ...
... rented. I got a bit lost, so the owner was waiting for me when I arrived. After showing me around and giving me the keys, he left and I ran out to get something to drink before going back to the station to meet my friend. We haven't seen each other for a year in person, but chat online all the time. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't recognize him, and had to slyly lower my sunglasses a la 007 and stare at him before I was sure. I was only absolutely sure when ...
... cabin-mates were very envious. They had not arranged lodging for themselves for tonight. They planned for another night train. Poor things! What were they thinking?
Anyway, so we tried to lock up our backpacks at the station, but the luggage service was more than we wanted to spend, so we wore our packs around Venice this morning. We have had a lovely time, despite not having had a chance to shower yet this morning.
... off the boat and into the hotel. This hotel room much bigger than at Stressa but again 2 single beds pushed together to make a double. In the afternoon went for a ride around Venice in a water taxi – plus a bottle of champagne – ending up at St Marks square. Talk about a traffic jam on the road we were in one on the water ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Continental Venice
A great hotel!
Excellent location, perfect service, good breakfast, great room, helpful and friendly staff, great view directly onto the grand Canal...... Need we say more?
The Continetal offered us everything a 3 star hotel should plus an excellent location.
We are looking forward to using it again soon!!
This hotel is very nice. Our room overlooked the Grand Canal and was very comfortable. The staff was friendly and the morning breakfast was edible. This was one of the nicer hotels we visited while in Italy.
Our room overlooked the Grand Canal which was nice, but it looked as though the room hadn't been redecorated in 40 years-right down to the rotary phone. It was clean, but the bed was very uncomfortable. They didn't have a king so they pushed 2 twins together and wrapped a sheet around them. One of the twins was extremely soft and the other was even softer and we kept rolling toward the center. The room was smallish but the bathroom was tiny, but usable. The breakfast was good.
I spent 2 nights in this gem and was very pleased. Breakfast was great and front desk staff pleasant. I found the rooms (while a bit dark & drab) had decent tv and stations, my bathroom had a hairdryer & very nice and bright tiled floors as well as tub and shower. It was quite convenient being right on the canal and just a few minutes walk to the train station. Walking to St Marks was about 30 minutes but there was plenty of shopping to do along the way. I would suggest this hotel anytime for those who are fortunate enough to get a good rate. I just checked on it for Sept 1 and they had a 109.00 USD rate through my travel agent's negotiated rate.
Great Hotel, centrally located, great views
We loved staying at this hotel. It was very clean, including the bathroom. We were right on the Grand Canal and close to the train station, which is not bad as some travel books say. We were about a ten minutes walk from the Rialto and there was shopping all the way there and good restaurants around. Definately recommended, and a good deal!
Fantastic friendly hotel
Stayed at the Hotel Continental in Venice for the last 3 nights. What a gem! We were a little bit worried when we walked up, as at present, a large amount of the hotel is behind scaffolding. The hotel was clean and comfortable, easily living up to its 3 star standard. The reception staff were extremely welcoming and spoke very good english - they were also happy to help us learn snippets of Italian. Our room was a reasonable size, with a beautifully tiled and very clean bathroom. On 2 occassions, we accidentally left some money out in the room (only pocket change) which was still there on our return later in the day when the room had obviously been attended to.
Breakfast was amazing!!! We stayed in Venice last year and found the breakfast supplied by that B+B to be very small and disappointing - not so at the Continental! The breakfast is served buffet style, with plenty of choice - bread, croissants (3 varieties at least!), cereals, eggs and bacon and plenty of coffee and tea or even hot chocolate. The waiting staff were friendly and courteous. We are already planning our return trip here!
One I shall definitely use again.
This is easily the best hotel with regards quality/price and location I have found in over five trips to Venice. The area is fun, the situation, right on the Grand canal is classic and the location handy for all main bus routes including the Murano Direct. Should you arrive by taxi, the hotel has its own private dock. The rooms are fine, the restaurant good and the staff professional, courteous and very helpful.
This is one Ishall definitely use again. William, Custom Tours Europe UK.
Decent hotel; decent location
I usually don't like staying near the train station in any city, but we had a lot of luggage so it made sense in Venice. The hotel is easy to find, and it's a decent place for the price. Our room was really large (especially for Italy), clean, safe, etc... It may not be the most memorable place, but I doubt you'd have bad memories, either.
A room with a view
We stayed at the Hotel Continental for 4 nights during our trip to Venice in June 2003. Hotel Continental is a 3 star hotel located near the train station in Venice. We stayed at room 114. Location We arrived by train in Venice and when we got out of the train station I found Venice just the way that I Had imagined it to be: sunny, Canal Grande, lots of boats and lots of tourist. Fortunately the hotel is not very far from the train station so after a 5 minute walk we were there. The hotel didnt look very impressive on the outside. It looked grayish and some of the building was covered due to construction work. But the hotel is located by the shore of Canal Grande and it is close to the vaporetto stop (vaporetto is the boat bus that goes up and down Canal Grande) and close to Scalzi bridge (bridge crossing Canal Grande from Cannaregio to Santa Croce/San Polo)In the hotel area you will find lots of shops, restaurants, internet cafes, a laundry place, ice cream shops, markets, mask shop and so on. Reservation According to the guide book you have to book a hotel pretty early when going to Italy. We didnt plan it very well so we didnt book a hotel until 1 week before we left for Italy. When booking this late you either get something that is really bad or something that is a bit expensive. I guess you can say that we got a hotel room that was pretty expensive because we paid 150 per night including breakfast. We booked the hotel room using holidaycity. The lobby at the hotel was small but with air condition so it was really nice to get inside. We had 35 degrees Celsius on some days and I guess that explains why I appreciated the air-con J The people working at the front desk where polite and spoke several languages (Italian, English, Spanish). In the lobby we also found different newspapers (USA Today). The hotel has 107 rooms by the way. The room When we got to the hotel the porter carried our luggage to our room and we were excited when he headed for the room located on the canal side. And we did get a room with a view to Canal Grande at it was very nice. We had two large windows facing the canal and 1 window in the bathroom which didnt have much of a view. The room was not tiny as I had expected it to be. Instead we got a room that was above average in size. The room had a carpet, a king size bed (which was a bit too hard for me), a sofa, two chairs and a small table, a wardrobe with a few hangers, a small color TV (with quite a few German, Italian and English channelsbut with a remote that wasnt really working that well) and a small safe. With the air condition in the room we could control the temperature. The only thing that would have been nice to have was a small minibar. The bathroom we got had tiles and included toilet, bide and a bathtub. The only problem with the bathtub was that there was no shower curtain and we ended up splashing water all over the floor when taking a shower. Apart from this there was a hair dryer mounted on the wall and little bars of soaps and shampoo in small bags. The breakfast Breakfast was included and we enjoyed this every day. When it comes to warm stuff the hotel offered scrambled eggs, boiled eggs and bacon. And they had a toast machine and a selection of both white and dark bread. And with toast you get a selection of jam, honey, cheese and ham of course. They also had quite a selection of sweet stuff. Apart from this there was a couple of choices when it comes to cereal and they also had canned fruit mix which I enjoyed. They had a few choices of juice but it wasnt great. And we got tea or coffee served at the table. When we were there they were doing some sort of construction work on the outside of the hotel and it got pretty noisy in the breakfast room area. Conclusion We were pretty thrilled to get a room with a view to the Canal Grande thats for sure. The room was larger than expected, the location was pretty good (after all it is a small town and you can more or less walk everywhere) but it was a bit expensive. But Venice is so popular that the hotels are expensive here.
OK but only if you get a good price
Five minutes walk from the train station and overlooking the Grand Canal so really a brilliant location. We went out of season when the rooms were offered at a really reduced cost. But room was small, humid and above an electricity sub-station that hummed all night and kept us awake. Decoration in the room was ok but very drab. The bath was rusty on the bottom and toiletries were not replaced everyday. There was a safe in the room which didn't work. We reported it and were told it would be fixed but it wasn't. Breakfast was good but I was alarmed that there were sparrows flying around in the breakfast room and no one took any notice. Surely a health and safety hazard. Good value for the price we paid but if I had gone in peak season and had paid full price I would have been very disappointed.