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Travel Blogs from Venice
Despite some travel glitches, we got to Venice on Thursday! The pass over the Alps from Brig was closed due to snow and we were rerouted back up to Zurich to get on a train going through a different pass. The train was packed, with several people standing during the whole trip (more than three hours) to Milan. Luckily we had asked for a longer …
... Rick in his audio tour. We enjoyed our visit, but were not allowed to take any photos. Once we completed our tour, we walked back to our inn to freshen up and rest before heading back out to San Marco square.
A little later, after some good Brunello wine, cheese and bread we had bought in Florence the day before, we decided to take a gondola ride before dinner. We walked a few blocks to the nearest gondola station and found Luciano, ...
... with the camera. You can see some of these more stylized photos attached to this entry.
As many of you know, Cassie's birthday was on the seventh. We celebrated by having dinner at a quiet canal-side cafe, hitting one of the better gelato stands in Venice, and watching the multiple musical acts in St. Mark's square after dark. Good times.
There are not many more romantic places than Venice. ...
... about the rats. We are REALLY worried now.
A bit cross that shops close in the afternoon - just when we have finished exhausting semi cultural mornings and are ready for some retail therapy the shutters go up and thats that.
Still havent managed to find the church in our very own campo actually open – St John the Beheaded - it MUST open sometime, we will have to take shifts keeping an eye on it and then pounce as soon as the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Galleria Venice
Fantastic place! Best part of Venice
Hotel Galleria was better than we even expected after all the rave reviews. Our room wasn't large, but it was fine and beautifully decorated. The staff was nice and helpful. The location was the best in Venice. We loved staying in this area. It was a peaceful break from the craziness of the rest of the city, but close to St. Mark's, the Accademia and Guggehnheim museums, right in front of the Grand Canal, and down the street from a wonderful moonlit stroll along the Fondamenta. Close to everything, but a warmer, nicer feel than elsewhere in Venice. We would definitely stay there again!
We stayed at the Hotel Galleria for 3 nights during venive carnival.
The room (10 i think) was great and looked over the Grand Canal.
Reception were friendly and helpful. The best bit is they bring your breakfast to the room for you so no sitting with other people in the morning. Silver service too! Definately will be back.
This place cannot be beat on a budget!
This is a lovely hotel right on the canal next to the Accademia Bridge.
The rooms are clean and fresh and the staff is super helpful and friendly. The rooms are small, but who cares? You should be spending your time touring the city anyway. I also highly recommend Taverna di San Trovaso to eat at which is nearby (ask the staff for directions).
For anyone traveling on a budget this place is a must - reserve a room before it's too late!
Wondeful hotel and location!
A wonderful hotel, and the location is excellent - as previous reviewers have mentioned. Very clean room and "continental" (rolls, croissants, juice, coffee, etc) breakfast served promptly each morning, brought right to the room. Very friendly staff! I would recommend this hotel highly.
Location and Molto Charm!!!!
I just got back from Venice for 5 nights and I stayed at the Galleria for my entire stay. Location is absolutely perfect. There are great restaurants nearby, an internet cafe and the water taxi stop is just a few steps from the Hotel's front door. The staff was very, very nice. I stayed in the single (#6) which was about 6 feet by 12 feet - extremely small. And the bathroom was down the hall, shared with a few other rooms. I never had any issue with sharing the bathroom and the hotel was completely sold out. Even though my room was small, it was cozy, clean and the staff kept it clean for me every day. It also had a sink so I was able to shave and brush my teeth right in my room. Also, I literally opened up my windown right onto the canal. I would definitely stay there again. If you're looking for a Ritz Carlton, this isn't for you. If you want charm, a nice local feel and one of the best locations in Venice, this place is great. If you are going to go for a double room, I took a look at most rooms while they were being cleaned and #5 and #10 were clearly the best. #10 is large and beautiful and #5 is a corner room with two wonderful windows. Great place!!!!!!!!
Good Value for the money
Venice is an extremely expensive city and with that said, this hotel is defintely the best value for the money. It is right on the grand canal and a very short walk from the Accademia "ferry stop" The owners and staff really do their best to take care of you. They serve breakfast in your room in the morning, which just made our experience just perfect for us since our room faced the canal and the bridge. The only slight problem I had with the hotel was that they advertise on their website that they take credit cards, but when it was time for us to check out and pay, Stefano (the owner) claimed that this credit card machine was not working and asked us to get money from the ATM (Bancomat) machine right below the hotel. They even put up a sign in each room that says that they "prefer" cash or travellers checks to credit cards. To me, it was a bit deceptive and I really did not appreciate having to run down to the ATM machine.
Lots of Charm
My mother and I stayed here in the Summer of 2000, staff was helpful and friendly. The room was great! Had a nice view of Grand Canal.
Bathroom was very nice and breakfast outstanding. Planning to return next summer!
We stayed at Hotel Galleria in September. The location is fabulous and the hotel is easy to find. The room we had was a little small, but it had a great view of the bridge and was perfect for a short stay.
Sharing the bathroom was not a problem - it was clean and there was rarely a wait. Breakfast is no frills, but it kept us going until mid-afternoon. We also had no problem with noise. I would definitely stay here again!
You pay the price
I read the previous review. Undoubtedly, best deal on the canal--fairly nice reception--never saw owners--was a mess up on my credit card number,my fault, but they didn't notify me until a month later after we had left, so two rooms needed for family of 5 were down to 4 beds. One of us slept on floor rather than look elsewhere. No air--tough in summer with windows open near active area. Great spot for spring and fall for a couple in love. Tough on a family.
Best Value in Venice
I concider this hotel my home away from home in Venice. I have stayed at the Hotel Galleria no less than 14 times in the last 12 years and the wife and I have reservations to return in April. It is a small hotel with only 10 rooms, 5 or 6 with private bathrooms and 5 rooms which have windows facing the grand canal. The hotel is in an excellent location at the foot of the Accadamia Bridge. It is well managed by Liciano & Stefano, two local entrepreneurs who have made many improvments to the hotel in recent years. In my openion its the best value in Venice and certainly the best value on the on the Grand Canal. Rick Larkin