Santa Marina Hotel
Travel Blogs from Venice
I've begun to really enjoy this city (although my room is another story) and am surprised by how much I've learnt. The intricate maze of alleys, bridges and canals has started to make a little sense ... Once your footsteps make their way a few times it's almost like they remember (not my original idea). I sought out the main Post Office this …
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Well today was fantastic, Venice is still one of my favourite places in Europe. It's a photo shoot just waiting to happen. Such a scenic and beautiful place, the people could use a bit of a personality adjustment, not the most friendly people and they pretend they can’t speak English if you show any sign of being lost ect. Speaking of getting …
Today being our last full day in Venice we decided to go out with a bang. We are going to the Lido. Lido is situated between Venice proper and the Adriatic Sea. It is the Venetian idea of beach. Not as bad a Bibione but what you notice first is the colour of the sand its brown and as all beaches in Europe you have to rent your seating, for today we …
Same breakfast as yesterday and of we pop into the shuttle taking us to Murano. For the ignorant, Murano is the island in Venice where they do the glass and crystal. If you go there avoid being sucked in like we did and walk around the place as there are more than one glass on the island. Any as we talked to our guide, we did manage to find out …
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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.
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 (Â£50), but you are travelling in luxury, it takes twenty minutes and drops you right at the hotel doors.Highly recommended.
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.
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.
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.
It was a lovely hotel with friendly staff, in a great location. Definately be returning!!
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.