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Today was our last day in Italy! So sad. I know that we have been here for two weeks, but it feels as though there was so much that we didn't have time to do. I guess that means we'll just have to come back again, eh?
We spent most of the day on Murano, which is an island off the main grouping of islands that is full of glass factories. …
Yesterday we arrived in Venice. For the most part the day was uneventful. We got lost trying to get to our hotel, eventually found the vaporetto (water bus) and arrived safe and sound. The hotel is very nice, and suits our standard for "better than the one in Florence." It seems to be sinking a little faster on one side, which is rather par for the …
... at St Mark's square. After some photos we window shopped along our way to the Rialto bridge, where we had dinner overlooking the Grand Canal and Rialto bridge. The views were awesome but the dinner fairly ordinary, although Chris' gnocchi was quite nice and fresh, my spaghetti bolognese was a major disappointment and I didn't have too much of it. After dinner I got some gelato, which never disappoints! After seeing and tasting the massive ...
... We quickly moved away from the typical tourist areas; or course we did those. A look around St Marks, photos of the Doge's Palace and the Bridge fo Sighs (the last was, I thought, a bit like the "is that it" view I had at Juliet's balcony).
But the real fun of Venice is to just walk You feel ...
... nearest Vaporetto stop and were quickly able to purchase a 24 hour ticket (~$20 euros per person) on an animated machine (all languages available) that gave us unlimited access to the public transit boat lines. It was easy enough to figure out and we were on our way back to the Rialto Bridge. We hopped off the boat and with Rick leading the way we headed north of the bridge for the old markets. Saturday was the last day that they would be open since some of the markets ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Priuli Venice
We were at Palazzo Priuli the first week of August. When we arrived we were disappointed as our room wasn't at the main building but at the annexe (two minutes walking distance). Also we had booked one of the special rooms and we were expecting to be at one of the Palazzo's high ceilings rooms. The room was at the first floor of the annexe with its own balcony overlooking the small entrance patio. It was pretty new and reasonably well decorated. although they forgot the curtains. Bathroom, air conditioning and the rest of the services worked well. The breakfast served at the main building was also OK and more than you can expect for a continental breakfast. The best of the Priuli is its location: less than 10 minutes walking distance from the S.Zaccaria vaporetto stop and San Marcos piazza, but like kilometers away of the crowed streets. The hotel is at an extremely quiet area, surrounded by two Canals and it has a couple of Mascaras workshops in front that is worthy visiting. I'll come back to Priuli again.
We have just returned from Venice (15 August 2004). Our intention was to stay here for the first three nights and then move down to Lake Garda. We arrived at the hotel at about 11.30 am and were told by the manager to go for a walk and come back at 2 pm when our room would be available. We came back about 3 pm to be told by the manager that there was a problem with our side of the hotel in that they had no hot water and no airconditioning (we asked another guest about this and he said that so far as he was aware there were no problems). The manager said he was going to move us to another hotel. My husband complained about being moved and the manager was less than courteous (think Basil Fawlty style less than courteous!!). However they moved us to the lissiardi palace ( which was absolutely wonderful).
We stayed here for three nights during the high tourist season, and overall we really liked the hotel. Our rooms were in the secondary building, one block away from the main palazzo. While this building was not as visually stunning as the main hotel, it was quieter and had access to a rooftop patio. It also has a tiny, three person elevator which feels like the slowest lift on the planet. Our rooms were all clean and comfortable, with a large tub, but cheap, tiny toiletries. The decor included beatiful Murano glass chandeliers. The breakfast, which is served in the main hotel in a posh setting, was tasty but not exceptional, and there were often bottlenecks where the number of guests was greater than the available tables, so lingering over breakfast is not an option. Some of the staff were very nice and helpful, others less so. The best thing is that it is located in a spot that is really close to all of the overtrafficked tourist stuff, but it is also possible to avoid the crowds if you want to.
Venice was GREAT, but Priuli....
We arrived to the Hotel Priuli and were immediately welcomed with: "We won't have your room until tomorrow; we have arranged accomodations for you in our neighboring hotel". We did have long-standing reservations at the Priuli, and they simply overbooked with no apologies. We told them that this was unacceptable, and they agreed to discount our room charge and we accepted out of exhaustion. The hotel was 'okay', not great; the other hotels in Italy that we had experienced were much more accomodating and friendly. When checking out of the hotel, they had somehow forgotten about the promised discount for making us change hotels (twice). Our recommendation is to stay somewhere else; no need to ruin your trip due to uncaring management.
Avoid this hotel
Avoid this hotel. Grossly overpriced, for a building in which work was still being done. It is unbelievable that this is a 4* hotel, even in Venice. Service was incompetent, breakfast no more than adequate, rooms tiny (even for Venice) - I couldn't even stand up in my daughters'. The hotel managed to "lose" my daughter's pyjamas as they serviced the room - God knows how. Every one of many times I asked about progress on finding them, nobody had heard of the complaint before. No compensation was given. I have written to complain but have received no reply.
Stayed in December 2004. A fantastic hotel. We got a great deal from Expedia. It has gone up in price tremendously from when we booked in Feb 2003. Great rooms - stylish, lovely bathroom; super buffet breakfast. Lesley Traves
Stayed here in late October '03. Despite having reserved several weeks in advance, we had to stay at another hotel for the first of our four nights in Venice. We were told by the management of the Priuli that the hot water wasn't working "on that side of the hotel". Mysteriously, when we arrived in the morning to drop off our luggage, knowing we could not yet check in, no one advised us of this problem. Instead they waited until we returned several hours later, after lunch. What choice did we have, at that point, but to follow meekly along as our luggage was carried to another, much less desirable hotel in the same neighborhood? Once we were able to return to the Priuli, we discovered that it had many things going for it: an excellent location, clean, though compact rooms, decorated with great style, and a willing, though somewhat overtaxed staff. Some basic practicalities have been overlooked, however. For instance, although there is a large armoire in each room, there is virtually no shelf space. So, unless everything you wear can be hung up, you're out of luck. The small but immaculate bathroom was also lacking in detail: the shower drain backed up, and you were only provided with one of those itsy-bitsy bars of soap that seem more like a slice of expensive cheese than a tool for cleaning the adult human body. Whoever decorated this hotel deserves plaudits, as does the person who chose the site. Now if they could just get into the nitty-gritty of what even the most sophisticated travellers are looking for on a practical level, they'd have a true winner on their hands!
Good hotel, but..
We stayed there Dec'03. A great location, very friendly staff and good service, great buffet breakfast - nice atmosphere and just the type of location and building you would like to stay in when in Venice.
However...make sure you check whether or not you are in the main building. There is an annex - which is about 30metres away and the rooms are on the top floor (5th floor). The lift was not working when we were there and you need to go outside to the other building for breakfast, etc... While our rooms in the annex were good, you are definitely not in the 'palazzo' and feel a bit second rate. However, some people may prefer this feeling of independence. The annex building is also a traditional building, but a rather ordinary one..
We stayed here for three nights in August 2003. It is a well located hotel, very handy for St Mark's Square. Our room was large and comfortable, and we had a separate child's room adjacent to it. The view of the canal from the bathroom was just what you would expect of Venice. Breakfast was nothing special, but adequate. There is no bar or dinner restaurant in this hotel but we didn't notice the lack of it, as there are many restaurants nearby. Palazzo Priuli is a very historic building and overall it was a great place to stay.The only downside is that we had a small sum of money stolen from the child's room. (10 Euro). While this wasn't a great deal to lose, it made us uncomfortable - be sure to put everything in the safe.
Magical Palazzo Priuli
We had the pleasure of spending a few nights in Palazzo Priuli. It was a truly excellent little hotel. Our room was magnificent, with palatial proportions, and a beautiful bathroom ( ours had canal views, so you could be serenaded by the gondoliers as they went by!) The staff were very professional, and helpful, and went beyond the call of duty to be of service. We really recommend this conveniently located hotel.