Hotel Saturnia & International
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We finally left Dubai and flew onto Venice, landing approx 2:20pm their time on 10 July 2014. We had a walk of about 10mins to a dock where we boarded a water bus to make our way into the heart of Venice on a half hour ride, stopping off at various wharfs for others to alight.
We finally arrived at the San Marco wharf (adjacent to St Marks …
Long day of flights (2), but we made it successfully, and the weather is a stunning 82 degrees and slightly humid. After landing, we took a brief van ride to a private boat taxi that takes you to Venice. It was awesome to feel the breeze and bumping along the wakes after being couped up in the planes. After taking the "water freeway" with the …
... was a cute island and had many shops lining the sidewalks along the canals. We had fun checking out all the lace and scarves. We got back to Venice in the early evening and walked around St. Mark's square for awhile. We went back to the B & B to wash up a bit before going to dinner. We ate at Trattoria da Bepi, recommended by Rick Steves. We sat near the front door and as we waited for our food, two other couples came in, ...
... it is bucketing down. We need to cross 2 of the 400 venice bridges to get to our hotel and there are 100's of tourists travelling in the opposite direction and no one has any common sense to make way for the people lugging suitcases...... Grrrrrr!
We finally get to the hotel looking like drowned rats and of course the rooms are not ready but we expected that so we asked to leave our baggage. The concierge had proposed a complimentary trip to Murano ...
... to my Harry Potter audio books the rest of the trip... Nerd much? We also stopped off at Verona for an hour or so, but since Juliet's balcony was only put there for tourists, it wasn't something that was there first then became famous I wasn't all that impressed, they seem very big on selling up the fact that they are Verona to people. We did find another Disney store though, that brings our total to four, but no matching pin sets. Boo! We also had ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saturnia & International Venice
Charming Hotel with Great Location
We had the good fortune to spend one night in this hotel arriving in the midst of high tides and an incredible downpour. We were able to check-in before noon, which was really appreciated as we were soaked to the bone. We arrived by water shuttle drop-off right beside the Piazza San Marco. Luckily there are a couple of ways to get to the hotel from this point so we were able to find a street that was not flooded. The hotel also has canal access so if you're using a water taxi you won't have to haul your luggage through the streets. The hotel enjoys an excellent location close to a multitude of designer shops, yet it was quiet. The old Venetian interiors were charming and added to the overall experience.
A good adress
This hotel has been recommanded by friends and we were very happy of our choice. The room was very clean and very pleasant we appreciated very much fresh flowers the location great merci from paris
We loved it!! October 2003
We loved this hotel! It's clean with lots of charm. The location is very convenient as well. Most of all, the hotel itself and the staff were so warm & welcoming. We recommend it with no regrets and are typically pretty picky on hotels. Stay there - you'll love it!
Superlative service and location
My wife and I just returned from a five night stay at this wonderful hotel. The service from the staff was quite exceptional, especially the concierge. The restaurant, La Caravella, features a fine menu that is made all the more enjoyable by superlative service. Our room was spacious and comfortable. Only suggestion, if you want to avoid street noises, ask for a room not facing the front.
Excellent off season deal!
My husband and I have just returned from a three night stay in Venice at the Saturnia. I have to say that my booking was made on the recommendation of many of the reviews on this site, and I'm happy to say we were not in the least disappointed. We took advantage of the "deal" on the internet and had 3 nights for just under 600 Euros. The rate included flowers on arrival (ok, so what, but a nice touch) a bottle of Prosecco (getting better!) and a three course dinner including wine at La Caravello (wonderful!!!). The room was upgraded to a Superior and had two windows overlooking the canal which as first time tourists here, fulfilled our desire to see water! The room was beautifully decorated in antique venetian style with a larger than kingsize bed, parquet floor etc. Hotel staff were lovely, and really tried to assist in recommending sights, restaurants etc. Our meal was exceptional-on the internet the restaurant had looked rather twee, but actually inside it was cosy and intimate. The food was superb (a fish lover's paradise) and we were shocked to realise that had we been paying, the bill wouldn't have been less that 150 euros probably far more-quite a generous gesture on behalf of Mangement. Anyway, enough!
Suffice to say it was wonderful. Another recommendation; possibly a bit cliched, but if you can manage to see the Interpreti Veneziani ensemble who play Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the San Vidal church, it is well worth the effort. To experience the wonderful music within the most incredible acoustics of the church is simply breathtaking!
I would agree with the other reviews regarding the amazing staff. Very friendly and helpful. My very clean room was small and the décor was plain. I recommend asking for a room away from the street because its pretty noisy at night. Although the room was not super luxurious, it was a good value for the money.
Great location and great service!
We stayed at the Saturnia for 2-nites (Oct 31-Nov 1, 03). The location was great - very close to San Marco Square. The front desk desk service was superior. The concierge especially made our visit there very pleasant. The room was bigger than expected for Venice and the bathroom modern and clean. The breakfast was the best of 3 hotels that we stayed while in Italy. The restaurant, La Caravelle, while noted in many travel books, was really expensive and the food just ok. The hotel offers what seems to be an attractive, free trip to Murano. You are taken to a specific glass factory that gives you the hard sell to buy their very expensive, although beautiful, products. So, unless you want people speaking about you in Italian right in front of you, for not buying anything, skip it the trip. Otherwise, it's a great hotel and I would stay there again.
4 Star Hotel, Deserves 4+
As a woman traveling alone, I appreciated everything about the Saturnia International Hotel. The minute I walked in, the concierge greeted me with a map and excellent directions to all the sights of the city. I was in town for the film festival, which meant arriving back at the hotel at some late hours, but the security was great and I always felt safe. The hotel is in a prime location, just a VERY short walk from St.
Mark's. In fact, you can reach all sorts of Venetian highlights with a few minutes walk in any direction (the Accademia, Rialto Bridge, fabulous shops, campos, piazzas and churches, cafes, restaurants and pasticcerias). My room (a double) was perhaps a bit small by American standards, but lovely - pale gold fabric walls, 20-foot beamed ceiling, large armoire, desk and dresser, chandelier, tall wood framed windows that opened out onto a tiny balcony overlooking the street, a TV, a bathroom complete with tub AND shower, as well as a rather unique hair dryer. I had a feeling of cozy privacy - although the hotel has many rooms, they are so nicely arranged that I never ran into another guest, and felt as if I had the entire place to myself. Breakfast buffet was substantial - eggs, bacon, prosciutto, all sorts of breads, jams, cakes, pies, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. Perhaps the best part was the housekeeping - every time I returned to my room, day or night, the bed was remade, room was spotless, and the shutters on the windows were opened (morning) or closed (night). I felt quite spoiled, especially considering that I got the room for $210/night through Expedia. I was there during a VERY peak period, so I imagine rooms may be had for even less during other times of the year. My only minor disappointment was dinner at the hotel restaurant, which came highly recommended and was very expensive. The food was good, but I had a much better dinner for half the price a few winding blocks away at the Trattoria di Fiori.
Still, if you are looking for elegant charm without the overwhelming glitz of some of the Grand Canal hotels, stay at this hotel. **It has a private dock in a canal along the back for private water taxis - a nice luxury when I had to get to the airport at 5:00 am during a thunderstorm!
Hotel Saturnia, August 2003
Stayed 4 nights, August 2003.Excellent & comfo0rtable room with adjustable air con, overlooking street at front of the hotel.All staff very friendly. Staff on the front desk were also very helpful and knowledgeable.Hotel located about 5 minutes walk from St Marks Square.
Also within easy walking distance of Accadamia Bridge, Rialto Bridge & waterfront to catch Airport water bus.Breakfast taken in open courtyard. Good selection of continenatal food + bacon and scrambled eggs. However, the food had to be covered by cloths to protect from sparrows!before going, received response to an email requesting directions to the hotel within 2 hours!Recommended - would stay there again