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... bus and off to Venice, it is only 37 kilometres away.
We arrived and caught a private water taxi to St Mark's square. There were 2 taxis for the 18 of us, with all our luggage. Some ladies have quite a bit of luggage accumulating, so the boats were rather full. I don't think the Venetian taxi drivers were overly impressed. We had to drag our bags to the hotel, through the square and over a couple of bridges -luckily the hotel was close. The ...
... clearly sinking and had a massive pool of water around it! At high tide Venice often floods as they have holes that allows the sea water up to relieve pressure so they put out like tressel tables for people to walk around on!! Sadly we didn't see this as it doesn't happen in winter often :( We walked around and looked at a lot of beautiful buildings and enjoyed all the marble they'd placed everywhere.. however honestly I was so just walking, waiting for food (after breakfast of ...
We have arrived in Venice.
Our apartment has a little garden and canal views. This was a must for me when booking. More the views than the garden. There are not many apartments with gardens in Venice.
The streets are so narrow. A couple as of them are narrow enough for Raphael to stretch his arms out and he can touch both sides of the street! Amazing. They also look very, very similar. So we have been lost hundreds of times. ...
... motor boats and the famous gondolas. The funny thing is that they drive these things the same way they drive cars in Rome. It looks like complete chaos with uncountable numbers of boats darting up and down, back and forth around in circles and everything in between. Somehow they make it all work, however, and one becomes simply in awe of the level of seamanship on display. I remember thinking that only the Italians could bring this off.
Soon after ...
... one shown was from the famous Hotel Cipriani. A wonderful art installation in one of the churches we visited was called ascension.. a revolving column of smoke like a tornado periodically sucked up into the dome by a huge fan up there.
We celebrated my 65th birthday that day with a nice lunch of scallops on the waterfront, as you can see. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBelludi 37 Padua
From the minute we got buzzed into the cool air conditioned lobby to the Hotel Belludi 37 we knew we were in for a treat. The manager of the hotel assisted us personally with check-in (after he made us drinks of course) and with recommendations for a great restaurant for dinner. His enthusiasm and energy were wonderful. The room was huge by European standards with a smaller but well laid out bathroom with a lovely shower. We had the most amazing breakfasts of the entire trip. We can't wait to go back to Belludi 37!!!! Thank you to everyone at the hotel for making our stay so perfect.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Belludi 37 Padua
We stayed at this hotel in late July and would definitely recommend it. The location is good , everything walkable that needs seeing and close to the good restaurants.
Great location, great service
We had booked the Belludi for one night and ended up staying a second night because we liked the area and the hotel so much. The staff is friendly and extremely helpful. They gave us excellent recommendations on where to eat and what areas to visit.
The rooms are updated and very clean (LCD TV, cordless phone). Our bathroom was small but clean. The breakfast is actually really good and they offer to bring it to your room. All in all, this was a great value. Our room had a great view of Saint Anthony's Basilica.
We stayed in Padova instead of Venice. It is about 1 KM to the train station and another ~20 minutes on the train to get to Venice.
A Gem of a Hotel
I stayed at the Belludi37 for 6 night in June and had an incredible experience. The hotel owners and staff (Oscar, Marco, Leniye) went above and beyond to cater to their guests and provide a wonderful hotel experience. This small boutique hotel has BIG style and charm. The hotel has been renovated in a clean and comtemporary style, it offers an excellent location, the rooms are very spacious and hotel is very clean. This is a hotel with excellent value and is a great base from which to visit Venice and the surrounding areas. I would highly recommend this hotel and hope to return one day. The staff were always pleasant and very helpful in answering all of my inquiries promptly via email as I was making the booking. Great hotel not to be missed.
Contemporary Style, Great Service
My young daughter and I stayed here in June. Our luggage was missing and the staff went above and beyond to help us locate it. They were very kind and efficient. The décor is contemporary. The bathroom was showing signs of age in the grout around the tub and the flooring.
Besides being clean, a good value, and convenient, the personal attention to our needs made this hotel a great place to stay...beyond 2 stars.
The hotel is so recently renovated that many of the taxi drivers do not know where it is and the street signs are wrong: some of them still say "Hotel Buenas Aires". "Hotel Belludi 37" is named after its address on the little street on which it is located--the passage between two of the most historic spots in Northern Italy, the Basilica of St Anthony and the large oval "square" of the Prato del Valle, ringed with statues of local luminaries. It is an appropriate name for a two-star hotel that has the style and fine service of a much more expensive hostelry. The narrow old building has a wide marble staircase climbing up the three floors; a tiny dining area has been cantilevered off of the staircase between the lobby and the first floor. This imaginative design is evident in all aspects of the hotel, which illustrates the uniquely Italian capacity for combining the ancient and the modern. The rooms retain the elaborate molding on the ceilings and the tall French windows with their wooden shutters, but the decor is all clean-lined and very modern, done up in natural linen fabrics and dark grey furniture. It is appealing and comfortable. The front desk is manned by only one person during the day, all of whom tried their best to meet the guests' various demands. (Thanks especially to kind Marco, who saved my conference presentation by finding a place who could make 90 copies in a hurry). The breakfast is the usual European buffet of cheese, meats, cereal, yoghurt, juice, croissants, toast, etc. Good, if nothing exceptional, but you can have it brought to your room by a smiling maid.
My husband and I stayed at the Belludi for a week while exploring the city of Padua and surrounding region. The staff are exceptionally kind and our accommodations were relatively spacious and comfortable. We used their parking space, which is small but well organized by the owners. We were impressed with the service and the cleanliness. The breakfast was complete and even tho it's a small eating space, it's very organized - they make the most of every inch. The location is easily within walking distance of the historic center and the wonderful Prato delle Valle - we only used our car for day trips. The hotel is secure and we highly recommend it. They even provided us with complimentary wine when we checked out! There is a computer in the lobby for your use at no charge.
My husband and I stayed at Belludi 37 from May 4 - May 8. We could not have been more pleased. We were welcomed from a long flight by Marco, who was delightful. Our room was wonderful. We were at the front of the hotel, so our room looked out over the street. There are 2 very large windows that open allowing for nice breeze and wonderful view of street. At the end of Belludi is St. Anthony's basilica, which was so beautiful to see from our room. The room itself was nice size with plenty of storage. The bathroom was larger than I had aniticpated, clean and updated. We had a king sized bed that was very comfortable. Each night we would order breakfast for the next morning and had the choice of eating in our room or in the common area. We ate in our room each morning and enjoyed granola, yogurt, danish, cheese, ham, juice and coffee. It was nice to have a large breakfast that lasted us until late in the afternoon. We were pleased to stay in Padova rather than Venice. The train ride to Venice was only 20 minutes, so not a problem at all. We would stay there again and would recommend Belludi 37 to all of our friends. I wish I were there now!
Una delle migliori esperienze di albergo della mia vita. Le camere sono molto grandi (soffitti alti, molto spazio, accessori molto moderni come il televisore LCD, telefono senza fili ad alta tecnologia), pulito, e a un prezzo ragionevole. Letteralmente a un isolato dalla cattedrale di San Tommaso, e vicino a molti negozi e ristoranti. Ma il colpo di grazia inferto da questo albergo a gestione familiare è stata l'ospitalità del proprietario. Il proprietario è molto probabilmente l'uomo più gentile del mondo, e non sto esagerando. È evidente che l'obiettivo di lui e del suo staff è di far sentire tutti gli ospiti come parte della famiglia. Raccomando altamente questo albergo a chiunque desideri ottimi alloggi, e la sensazione calorosa di essere totalmente benvenuti durante il soggiorno.
Talk about feeling welcome!
One of my best hotel experiences ever. The rooms are very large (hi-ceilings, lots of room, very nice modern amenities i.e. LCD tv, hi tech cordless phone), clean, and reasonably priced. Literally a block away from St. Thomas' Cathedral as well, and nearby many restaurants and shops. However, the coup de grace of the family run hotel was far and away the hospitality shown by the owner. The owner is quite possibly the nicest man on earth, and that's no exaggeration. It is clear that he and his staff's main goal is to make every guest feel like a part of his family.
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes to have great accomodations, and the warm feeling of being fully welcome during your stay.
This family run hotel (father and sons) was a great deal. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The bathroom (included in our room) was quite big! The staff was friendly and helpful. And best of all, you're right on the doorstep of Saint Anthony's Basilica and around the corner from Prato della Valle. I recommend this hotel to anyone that is looking for location and comfort.- Claudette Cambo