Travel Blogs from Venice
... are an opportunity for the audience to see a snippet of the entertainment during the voyage. Tonight, however was opened by the Princess Dancers, ( some looked as if they'd be more comfortable pole dancing!), then the Cruise Director spoke for about 1/2 hour then the Comedian did a 5 minute set. He was quite funny, thank Goodness!! Dinner afterwards, was delicious! We then headed off to our cabin as we had an early start in the morning in ...
... This cut our walk back considerably. Only 2 E per person up from 50 cents/person 2 years ago.
Venice is very expensive.. The taxi from the airport is 110E plus more for more than 4 pieces of luggage. Also Venice now has a city tax of 2E per person per night. Small bottle of diet coke runs anywhere from 2E to 4.60E per bottle. But it is still a lovely city.
RAIN RAIN RAIN!!!! We got to Venice and checked the weather. It was forecasted to be thunderstorms and lightening all day, but I optimistically assumed that it couldn't be as bad as the weather channel said. Surprise, it actually down poured the entire day! So much so that the streets were flooding with some canal water mixed with rain and the drains were so backed up that they were actually spurting water back up into the pond size puddles that formed around them. After about ...
... to dodge the Bulgarian as Tahlia had woken up with him sitting on her bed and stroking her hair telling her she looked so beautiful when she was sleeping. Talk about creepy! We left the pool at lunch time for another picnic out the front of our tent but the supermarket closed just before I got there so I had to spend a minimum of 10€ at the restaurant as I could only pay on card. I bought a ham and cheese sandwich, a tuna and pasta salad plus a pear drink and a ...
... by viewing the Rialto Bridge, then moving to a little square where Marco Polo's house once stood. The area was named Corte Seconda Del Milion and we were told Marco Polo was nicknamed "Mr. Million" for his vast description of the Far East. From there we continued to a larger plaza called Campo San Giovanni e Paolo that housed a large church and hospital, Scuola Grande di San Marco. It was hard to tell which was which. It is one of the larger squares in the city and it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gabrielli Venice
THE WORST HOTEL I EVER STAYED AT IN MY LIFE
I booked the room after reading the other reviews on trip advisor. I stayed at the hotel for two nights in venice 9/3/04-9/5/04. The hotel exterior was nice, but the rest of the hotel is awful. Their breakfast is horrible and I'm assuming the dinner is the same. I hardly saw anyone eating dinner at that place. The rooms are small with very short ceilings and unkept. The room was dirty and you could not even stand up in the shower. The hotel is family owned and they are CHEAP. They are only concerned with making money with the least amount of investment. I was unable to get an iron or get my clothes ironed at 8:00 pm, before going out for the evening. The hotel could not even provide me with a sewing kit. You can't go on the internet in that hotel. I spoke to the owner (boscolov or something) and he is an extremely rude person. He was not at all accomodating, in fact he was yelling on the phone. They came into my room in the evening while I was out, even though I had do not disturb sign on the door. The roof garden closes at 11:00 pm, so you can't even enjoy an evening drink. This hotel ruined my otherwise romantic trip to venice with my wife (on my birthday). email me if you want actual pics of the room/hotel. This is definately not a four star hotel.
If you are going to venice, stay away from this hotel you will be extremely disappointed!!
good luck and arrivederci!!
Fantastic Hotel with Great Views
Excellent location only 3 minutes walk from St
Marks Square with views over the lagoon. Excellent roof garden to rest your weary feet at the end of the day! Will definately return in the future.
Atmospheric palazzo, amazing views. nice staff and charming owners also the dinners extremely good for a Venetian hotel. I have stayed in many hotels in Venice and this is my favourite.
I spent four days at the Gabrielli in Oct. 02 with my very elderly mother. What a location! Although we had rooms at the side they looked on to Santa Maria della Salute and the bells on Sunday were amazing. We dined in the hotel each night and enjoyed the experience very much and the staff were consistently polite and helpful. The roof terrace was an unexpected treat and my mother (a professional artist) painted one of her last watercolours from the terrace which is now a treasured possession. Highly recommended.
A wonderfull location and a lovely lobby. We had rooms facing town.
Aged elegence. Breakfast in the partially open courtyard was special, especially with the small birds looking to steal a meal. Service was polite except for the owner who was rude complaining that our party (12 in 6 rooms) was not eating dinner in her dining room. The prices for the rooms were higher than necessary but, location, location, location.
The rooftop view of the lagoon was spectacular. The rooms were clean and nicely furnished. The refrigerators in the rooms were barely cool.
The air conditioning was not adequate, but the weather was hotter than ordinary for June.
Magnificent view fron sundeck
It is an absolutely ideal location with a vaporetto stop just in front of the hotel for easy access to all point of interest. It is within a short walking distance to the Piazza di San Marco. The food was excellent, especially the local lasanga made with fresh, locally caught crayfish. The dining room has a floor-to-ceiling plate glass wall which looks out into a Moorish/Mediterranean style courtyard complete with charming staircase, potted plants, central tree surrounded with brightly colored flowers. The view from the hotel rootop sundeck is magnificent! One can see the ocean liners and vaporetti gliding up and down the Grand Canal with the isle of San Giorgio in the distance. The city of Venice is called La Serenissima and this view makes one realize it deserves its title. The Giudecca island and the Salute church are also clearly visible. It is a breathtaking sight. Venice is a fantasy island......a Disneyesque enchanting world for lovers! I will return someday and again stay at the Gabrielli.
Loved this hotel
My two granddaughters and I stayed in the Gabrielli Sandwirth Hotel in August and we LOVED it! We selected it from the internet and found it to exceed our expectations in every way when we arrived.
It is very close to the Arsenal stop of the Alilaguna, has only the cement walkway between it and the Grand Canal and is just a few minutes walk to St. Mark's Square.
There are so many picturesque garden pockets located here and there throughout the hotel--even a lovely rooftop garden area.
We asked for a room with a view and got a gorgeous one! It was huge! We had a double bed and a single bed, a huge wardrobe closet, table chairs, dressers, etc.--beautiful furniture. The girls were quite taken by the beautiful chandelier in our room.
We were there during the horrible heat wave and although the room didn't get COLD, it was cool.
The staff were all exceptionally pleasant and accommodating.
I do have one comment I would like to make concerning the internet pictures. It appears from the internet that guests must arrive via boat as the front door is located right at the water's edge. Upon arrival, we were surprised to see that the entrance has a large cement walkway between it and Grand Canal. However, this was explained away when I discovered they have ANOTHER door that does open right onto a canal--it's just that this is not the entrance commonly used. So, this is not to be construed as a negative comment in any way--it is only being added so that if you decide to stay at this wonderful hotel you won't be confused when you arrive as we were.
So, on a scale of 1 to 10, we'd rate this as a 20!
Enjoyed the gabrielli
Unfortunately there in a heat wave in August, 2 years ago. This hotel is incredibly well located, accommodating with nice rooms. A/C is not adequate for very hot summer days, but many in Europe are not. The restaurant in a courtyard is excellent. Would definitely recommend it. For the price, it is a very good value, clearly a 1st class hotel
I lived in this hotel for a month in June while on an extended business trip. Had several dinners in the Hotel and partied in the bar and also up on the roof garden. Terrific, friendly staff. Money exchange on premises. Great location on the Grand Canal but not in the center of the tourist areas. I rode the Vaporetto everyday towards the Gritti Palace area for business and it was easy. You can walk to the major tourist attractions. Good food, especially breakfasts, in the hotel. Comfortable, small rooms (by US standards). A superb value for tourist that wants to save a few dollars, be close the the center of Venice, and is fit enough to do a little walking. (a mile or two a day) to enjoy all of Venice.
An enjoyable experience in Venice.
Gabrielli Sandwirth Hotel is located very close to St. Marks, has a great view, and is conviently located to all sights. I have stayed there 3 times and I am trying to book it again for Christmas.