Travel Blogs from Venice
... br> Arriving in Venice on the train filled us with anticipation as we crossed the connecting bridge from the mainland to the island. However it wasn’t long before we felt a little overwhelmed as we made our way to the water-bus, trying to work out which route we should be on to get to our hotel.
At this point it seems appropriate to acknowledge that there is, at least for us, an interesting process that we work our way through at every new ...
... and religious spirit.
Other than that we were both getting pretty tired so stopped a couple of times to just have a wine (for me) and spritz or cappuccino for Marge. We stopped once in a small campo and just watched people and then headed back by our hotel crossing the canal one last time on the Traghetto. We did visit a couple of nice parish churches as we walked around. Near the Rialto market we stopped for our last time to sit by the canal have our drinks ...
... at Ristorante Quadri was good. It was well seasoned, creative, flavorful, and very pretty to look at (see the pictures attached). But it wasn't so much so that an appetizer should have cost €55 ($71.50). This is just food after all...something I am just going to turn into, well, you know... That's some expensive ****... ;-) Luckily the portions weren't too ridiculously small, which is often the case in restaurants such as this. But, for that much money, we should have gotten ...
... and drink the coffee.
It was lovely in the afternoon, as the crowds thinned out to stroll around listening to the singing gondoliers in the canals, echoing through the town...also all the ristorantes would bring out their many tables and chairs into St Marks Square for the evenings orchestra entertainment....
We were lucky as we had 2 days in Venice and plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere.
We walked over the Rialto Bridge with its ...
... square which was lovely. We then walked back, heat was unbearable about 38. Had a dilemma with me being 17 at the hostel but that was soon sorted. Went for a Peroni and then for dinner. I ate a chilli pasta which was the hottest thing I ever tasted! Good ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Colombina Venice
Toronto - Canada - loved the Colombina
July 19, 2004. Stayed here for two nights and loved the hotel. We thought the location was great because it was central enough not be on top of all the masses of tourists. Our room was a good size with a lovely bathroom with shower and bath. The staff were fabulous and exeptionaly helpful. Lovley breakfast room with fresh fruit and very nice breakfast.They aranged a water taxi (no charge) for us to visit a Murano glass factory - did not do the tour of the factory and felt a little under pressure to do so by the factory. We are pretty fussy and would stay here again.
We arrived to be shown one nice room and one room in the attic. The ceiling sloped so severely you could not even stand up in parts of the SMALL room. We asked for another room and we were told we could move both couples to a suite. The suite had 1 bath, 1 bedroom and a sofabed and was located in a building next to the hotel. This was not acceptable so we asked if one couple could stay in the suite at the room rate we had already paid until an acceptable room came availabe. They refused. We had to pay an additional $200 over the normal room rate for the suite for 1 night until another room came available even though the suite would have remained empty. The entire staff was beligerent and unhelpful. They overcharged us for a bar bill and mysteriously could not speak english when I requested the details. I would NEVER stay here again and would recommend that you do the same!
stayed here for 2 nights in march 2004. excellent location. short walk to st marks square, but it was in a quiet location and away from the masses of tourist. gorgeous view of the bridge of sighs. small rooms but very nicely appointed. staff was fantastic. friendly, helpful and professional. nice breakfast room and very good breakfast. a real gem. highly recommend the colombina
We stayed at this Hotel in August 2003. When we arrived they upgraded us to the large upstairs suite. Our room had 3 floors!! with a private balcony overlooking Venice. This place is perfect for couples, very romantic. The staff was excellent, one steward even personally escorted us to a near by resturaunt only frequented by locals. We will definalty stay there again!
The rudest staff ever
stayed here 3 nights at the beginning of jan .the room was nice but SMALL.the ceilings were cool.great view of the bridge of sighs and a few other small bridges.but the staff was horrible i asked for a map and he got mad .wouldnt let our friend come up to our room for a few minutes .served us warm becks?beers in the bar warm?turned th lights out on is in the lounge area the only person who was nice was the bellboy mario
WOW! The Columbina is breathtaking!
Our room had a wall of French doors with a breathtaking view of the water. The room was beautiful with a Venician chandelier over the bed.
The bathroom was five star with nice ammenities. The staff was very professional and recommended a wonderful little Italian restaurant for dinner. They suggested we go to the glass blowing factory. It was very interesting, but beware it is very expensive. Upon leaving you have a choice to take the public water taxi which is 3.50 euros or a private water taxi which picks you up at the hotel dock and takes you straight to the train station with no stops. However, it is 60.00 euros, but well worth it on your last day.
Love this Hotel!
We stayed here on our honeymoon in September 2003. We absolutely loved it! The rooms were so beautiful, although small. Our room was right on the canal which could be noisy if you didn't close the window coverings.I would recommend this hotel to everyone!
We stayed for 4 nights. We booked through Hotel Connect £414. We arrived late and the staff were superb. The room overlooked the canal and we could see the Bridge of Sighs. The breakfast was good and was served in the small dining room. The fittings in the room were wonderful. The bathroom was all marble and Murano glass. The bed was comfortable and the room was well sound proofed. We were less than 50 yards from St Marks but the bells did not bother us. Overall we thought this was a great place to stay especially since the restaurants around this area were not expensive and were good value for money. Quiet location and good service.
Rivers of Romance
Venice is a ancient, magical city. The maze of quaint shops and restaurants captures a traveler's imagination! The only problem that we encountered in Venice was the inability to resist going "around the next corner" to find something else new and wonderful! Luckily it is impossible to get really lost in the little corner of Italy. Hotel Columbina was magnificient with an amazing staff. Early mornings were the best time to mingle with the friendly locals and piazza pigeons! Would love to spend MUCH more time in the future.