Santa Marina Hotel

Address: Castello 6068, Venice, Veneto, 30122, Italy | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Castello area of Venice, is near Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Rialto Market, I tre Mercanti, and Campo Santa Maria Formosa.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Marina Hotel Venice

    Dissappointed but nicely decorated.


    I was expected a charming hotel as it was nicely located and furnised well. But after being in the room for a while I noticed a damp smell constantly. The beds were soft and foamy and I could hear the foot steps of upstairs. The floor must have been really thin. Also the reception told me they switched of the heating for the spring but we were unlucky enought to have a cold couple of days in Venice. For the price I expected better. I had a couple stay in a 3 star closeby and had a better hotel.

    Excellent all round!!!


    The Santa Marina is an excellent base for seeing venice.!!Ok finding it originally was a litlle difficult, but when you have done it once, you could do it again blindfolded. Very close to Rialto and only a few minutes from St Marcs, a perfect base, just off the beaten track, nice abd quiet.The hotel itself is in superb condition, a real venetian feel. The room we were given was outside from the main entrance, The outside looked shabby,but as soon as the front door was opened, we were greeted by dark mahogany panels, marble mirrors, the works superb, it also overlooked a small canal, from the bedroom window. You could not be any closer to the real venice. (There is a small builders yard next door, has to be by a canal, no cars remember, but it doesnt cause a problem, trust me.)A very safe area to be in.Best way to get there, fly to marco polo (easyjet), Treviso is a long way away. Then either get on a water bus Alilaguna and get off at StMarcs (1hr, 10 euro each)Or the best way is to get a water taxi, venices answer to a limo, this will cost 80 Euro (£50), but you are travelling in luxury, it takes twenty minutes and drops you right at the hotel doors.Highly recommended.

    Venice - February 2004


    We arrived at the hotel late at night due to Venice Airport being fog-bound. Check in with the night staff took no time at all. The hotel is impressive inside and any photos probably don't do it justice.

    The hotel consists of the main block of reception, sitting room, dining room, bar etc. It also has rooms in buildings on either side of it. We were in a room to the left of the main entrance in the piazza and it overlooked a small canal. The setting was idyllic.

    Our room was furnished to a high standard and had every facility you required including all your toiletries, hair drier telephone, plenty of power points and safe. Exposed beams, tasteful furniture and beautiful fabric wallpaper added to the ambiance. There was a marble bathroom and probably, most importantly, daily cleaning to a very high standard indeed. We were very impressed.

    Looking directly onto a small canal, the motorboats passing could sometimes disturb your sleep but it was all part of the adventure and it was infrequent.

    Breakfast consisted of any of the following fabulous coffee (or a variety of teas), juice, cornflakes, museli, cheese slices, cold meats, croissants, yoghurts, fruit, butter or spread and a selection of jams and chocolate spread but no marmalade.

    The day reception staff are good if you want information about your travel arrangements including bus details etc. Their English was very good.

    We will definitely stay here again.

    Beautiful and Romantic


    I loved this charming hotel. Upon entering you are affected by its beauty. The heavy dark wook bannisters lead you up beautiful stairs to rooms that are magnificently decorated. I felt as if I was transported somewhere. It was wonderful. The rooms, while a bit small, were very comfortable and the woman who straightened our room was so friendly despite our language differences and took time to tell us the best places to go. Breakfast was eaten on a terrace - everyday I watched a dalmation from the top window of the building across from the hotel.

    The location was perfect - yet so quiet and tucked away. I felt that it was well priced and perfect for romance.

    OK but Pricey


    Travelling in a family group of 5 adults it was difficult to find a room to contain us all. Hotel Santa Marina owns several buildings in the vicinity and offered a quadruple room with an extra bed in a building across the alley, making it possible. The location of the hotel is central enough (10 minutes walking distance to San Marco) yet off the main main streets, allowing us to sample a more relaxed and less touristy atmosphere of Venice.

    The first room we stayed in had several minor problems: 1. the drainage in the shower cubicle was not very efficient.. Each one of us were forced to take quick showers to avoid flooding of the bathroom, not to mention the time given for the water to go away between two showers.

    2. the toilet seat was not securely fixed and fell off when lifted up.

    3. there happened to be major scaffolding/consutrction work of the building we stayed in right outside of our room at the time. It was noisy and we felt unsafe.

    4. the room was very dark (and decorating the room with dark blue didn't help), and there was only one tiny window with limited view in the room. Some of us were beginning to feel claustropobic.

    Upon complaint to the hotel, we moved to a different room in another building for the second night which had several big windows and was much better, brighter and airier.

    We liked the breakfast (judged by the Italian standard), the service and the location of the hotel. But probably as with most other hotels in Venice, the rooms were small, old, without lifts and expensive.

    Great hotel


    It was a lovely hotel with friendly staff, in a great location. Definately be returning!!

    Great location


    I took my mother to Venice for a long weekend (6-9th March), I got return flights from Bristol(UK) to Marco Polo for 60 each, and booked accomodation with ... for 30p.p.p.n Thursday and 40 p.p.p.n Friday and Saturday. Although the hotel was quite hard to find from the Riato bridge, it was in a very quiet area very close to all the main sights. Some good restaurants are very close, and these are inexpensive compared to ones on the main tourist track. We were in the annex to the hotel, which wasn't a problem. Rooms were small, but nice. Breakfast was limited, but had great coffee! I'd stay in this hotel again (for this price) and recommend it to friends. the only problem was finding it! Make sure to get a free map from Tourist Information at the airport. Get to Rialto by vaporetto (Venice boat-bus) - Make sure you get on a boat going to right way! When you get to the Rialto bridge follow the map carefully to Santa Marina Square, its marked on the map. If you get lost, ask - Venitians are very friendly, although not all can speak English. Very safe part of town - my mother is planning to return to this hotel on her own!

    Pricy, beautifully kept but not exciting


    Pretty close to the action in Venice. Nice location, though passers-by at night and the coffee shop opening are noisier than you might think. The rooms are SMALL considering the price, and our bath was the weeniest I've ever seen, though perfectly formed. Spotless, and nicely decorated. The restaurant opposite, the Osteria Santa Marina, was reviewed recently by Gourmet magazine, who liked it. We ate there twice, and were delighted. Murmurs from other tables of 'easily the best we've eaten in Venice'. About 100 for two. But, as I read in another review on the internet, 'not a hotel you'd want to hang around'.

    I'd personally either go somewhere cheaper, or somewhere even more expensive, but more special. This is safe, but not wonderful.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Santa Marina Hotel Venice

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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