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It is my second day in Venice. Yesterday we caught 4 trains to get here from Lucerne. It was hard work moving our bags and stuff but we had fun. When we got here we took a walk around town and I met some local kids and we hung out for a few hours. I love the food here because pizza is always on the menu. Today we took the water …
After breakfast this morning we drove to Ljubjana, the capital of Slovenia. We had a tour of the city which included Robba's Fountain, the cathedral and the 3 bridges. Walked through a flower and vegie market and found other stalls where I managed to buy more souvenirs for my grandchildren. My friend and I took the funicula up to the castle where …
Our last day of the tour. We met up with Danilo our guide and had a private water taxi to San Marco where we enjoyed a tour of the Doges Palace. That was out of this world with the paintings, ceilings and the size of the rooms. I didn't go there on my last visit. We walked across the Bridge of Sighs and saw the prison inside the Palace. Into St. …
A nice leisurely breakfast at the hotel, some advice from the concierge on what to see and do and we are on our way. Only one firm activity in mind the gondola ride through the maze of canals. A walk around the outskirts of the island shows the industrial area as well as the hospital - the water ambulance we saw in action a couple of times the previous night. It appears that it's not ...
... jail to house the convicted. All aspects of law were housed in this one building. The architecture and art work is truly incredible. There were rooms that are at least 75 yards long by 35 yards wide to 10 yards high with gilded woodwork and frescos painted on the ceilings. Words cannot describe how ornate and elaborate the rooms were. Unfortunately, we were not ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Amadeus Hotel Venice
Just How I Imagined Italy
This was our first stop in Italy. When we arrived at the hotel they brought us up to our room and opened the window. The picture is the view from that window. It was just how I imagined Italy. The hotel was very charming, the staff was very attentive and this hotel was by far the best we had in Italy.
A Fine Hotel
Our travel agent found the Amadeus hotel for our pre-cruise stay through a wholesaler, with a rate of 170Euros/night, including breakfast and dinner.
It was easy enough to find, just a short, lively walk from the train station (we took a bus from the airport) and since it's right on a major street, we went straight to it.
When we checked in, the clerk, who actually wasn't very friendly, told us that breakfast was included. Had I not looked over my documents thoroughly, I would have missed that dinner was also included. When I produced the voucher, he admitted that I was right.
The sushi restaurant at the hotel didn't grab us, but we were also able to have our dinner at the Hotel Principe, a sister hotel, just across the street. Their dinners were delicious, and two courses were included. We paid for water, wine, and dessert - maybe about 20Euros - and that was it. The second night we wanted to branch out and try something else, but it was pouring rain, so we decided to take the freebie and stay dry. The 2nd meal was better than the first. Breakfast was also very acceptable, though the dining room is a little dark.
Our room was perfectly comfortable, not too small, and we were very pleased with our stay. There was a fancy gilt headboard, and a huge painting of cherubs above the bed. We slept like we were on a cloud!
I'm happy to provide this positive review, since I was a bit worried about our reservation when I read the site before our trip. Fear not, it's a fine hotel.
Avid Amadeus Fan
I had a really enjoyable stay, I don't recognise the hotel from previous reviews.
The staff were very accomadating and friendly, happy to deal promptly with anything we requested. There was a huge breakfast selection, all of it high quality and very tasty. Presentation was obviously taken into account, with large display cabinets in the main hallways showcasing Venitian costume and Murano glass. The rooms themselves were lovely (we had two rooms across the family) and very comfortable.
The hotel has the street on one side, but backs out onto a leafy park on the other side. The street is busy, but no more busy than anywhere else in Venice. It is a 2 minute walk away from the station and 5 minutes from the bus station and car park, which makes carrying suitcases and kids a doddle. Everywhere else is very easily reached by foot or, if you really can't manage a 20 minute walk through beautiful architecture, the vaperetto. We had an excellent long weekend, would go back to stay there without hesitation.
Amadeus, Not a disaster, but a bit dissapointing
We stayed at the Amadeus Hotel, Venice, on the 16th and 17th january 2005. It was our first trip to Venice and so choosing a decent hotel was important to us. The Amadeus is depicted as a 4 star hotel and it seemed to be just what we were looking for.
Unfortunatly we had already booked the hotel before i decided to read its reviews - Big mistake......
We booked the Half board option to include evening meal, however as we were checking in we were told by the manager that the restaurant was closed for 1 month, so they would not be able to give us our evening meal. I asked the manager for a refund of the meal price but he refused and told us to take it up with our agent on return to the UK. This would mean that we would have had to pay again for our meals in another restaurant even having paid Amadeus (via our agent) for them already.
I explained to the manager that this was unfair and to his credit he arranged for us to have our meals in another hotel nearby. This would have been acceptable except when we arrived at the hotel as arranged we found this hotel`s restaurant was also closed - nightmare.
In the end we had to use another restaurant and pay for our meals ourselves and we have been left trying to claim back the money we paid for half board.At the time of this writing we are still waiting for the refund although i am hopeful.
All this aside, we had a reasonable stay at the hotel although in my opinion it is not a 4 star hotel........ 3 stars at best. I found the staff friendly, the breakfast was reasonable and the hotel was warm and inviting.
As for our room, we were on the third floor, the standards of cleanliness was exceptional and the bathroom looked new and was a decent size. The sleeping area was not big and the double room we requested comprised of two single beds pushed together (not good for honeymooners) this was disappointing as we estimated that only 6 rooms were being used out of over 60.
It is worth noting that the hotel restaurant is a Japanese Suchi restaurant and not to everybody`s taste.
Lastly, the location of the hotel is not very central, although this is not a problem as it is 2mins walk from the water bus terminal- which runs every 10 mins.
Would i stay here again ?
Why I would stay here again
I almost didn't stay here because of the reviews I read before my trip.
This hotel is exactly as depicted.i.e. four star. The hotel is clean,neat,our room was well tended and clean. Yes the furniture was a little ripe,but the service,and the breakfast ,which was included,was right on the money...and the price was right. The hotel is situated on a busy but charming street...a previous review would lead you to believe that is was a negative,actually it was charming,local shops a few good restaurants(avoid the Gobbi) including a fast food place called Brek. It's a replete with everything you'de need to give you a feeling of community. The hotel is located 5 minutes walk from the one of the main Vaporetto(waterbus) terminals in Venice,and the railway station. This is a wonderful advantage as every Vaporetto stops within walking distance of your hotel. So if it's a daytrip over to Murano, or a Rome you're a the transportation hub. If you have never been to Europe,you'll find the rooms are substantially smaller than our rooms stateside so be prepared for that. While you are there don't miss the opportunity to see and hear the music of Vivaldi,Mozart,and Bach. The concerts are frequent and inexpensive. If you have more questions on some fun things to do,and how to get around comfortably in Venice I've provided my email. I would enjoy hearing from other travelers about their experiences in Venice.
Okay, but not great
The Amadeus Hotel was okay, but not great. The room was very small and old but clean. The bathroom was a decent size and looked as though it had been recently redone. Our room was facing the courtyard and was reasonably quiet. The hotel was a good value, possibly because it isn't near any of the things you want to see in Venice. It is next to the train station and a 10-15 minute walk from the parking garages. You can take a 45 minute walk to Piazza San Marco or hop a vaporetto (the station is very near the hotel). The morning breakfast, which is included, was okay, but not great. We weren't impressed with the hotel, and we will most likely stay somewhere else next time.
Do Not Syat Here
Stayed at the hotel June 09 and 10, 2003. I am a avid traveller and no where in the world (but a third world country) is this a 4 star hotel. Hotel has NO non-smoking rooms. Furniture and bed were old. Breakfast poor. Had to climb over the toilet and bidet to get to the balcony. Terrible location. Lista di Spagna is an unattractive busy street. Hotel is a long walk to the tourist area's- way too far. Hotel front desk manager arrogant. DO NOT STAY HERE. THERE ARE MANY FAR SUPERIOR HOTELS IN NICER LOCATIONS! Do not believe the ad. Other than the train station this hotel is not close to anything you want to visit in Venice.
Good Hotel in Venice
We were there in November 1998 and 1999. Hotel is about 400 meters east of S. Lucia train station, Vaparetto stop, water taxi stations, and one of the three bridges that cross the Grand Canal.The hotel lobby remained dry during the high tide floods which happened both times we were there due to the high spot on the street where it is located.We had the same room each time, facing the street Lista di Spagna. I requested this. This can be noisy until very, very late but I always sleep with earplugs anyway. The quiet rooms face the inner courtyard. The room was large but a little threadbare and the electric light bulbs were a bit weak. It had a modern large bathroom and cable/satellite TV. The hotel had a nice breakfast room an served a good "Italian" cold breakfast.The hotel was part of the Best Western reservation system then and we got a better rate than that quoted by the hotel directly.It was an excellent value in a city with very high room rates.