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Finally...my part of the trip! (no more depressing historical sites...Anne Frank house, the Berlin Wall, Communist Prague, Nazi Concentration Camps, Hitlers Germany, etc...) Nothing but food, wine, art, and fun in the sun! Looong (delayed!) train ride through the Alps to Venezia!. Sat in a couchette with a Canadian politician, John, and his wife …
... meal, which was very scrummy! Walking around Venice in the dark was beautiful - wherever there is water the lights sparkle off the surface so it is just gorgeous even if it's just a small canal!
On Saturday we got up and left quite early, as we wanted to see as much of the city as we could! We walked towards St Mark's Square, which was really impressive with the huge tower, St Mark's Basilica and the massive, columned buildings around ...
... and took us to rinella which was on the other side of the island. We got some lunch and went next door to play pool once we got back. Milan hit the wining ball in and the mum and I had a game it took forever because the table was magnetic. We finally got back Milan and I had another swim and we went to the same spot for dinner I had roast chicken it was a bit ...
... we made it finally, to find there was only 15 mins per day internet access and the rest had to be purchased!
The room is small (but yay, two single beds!) and a nice bathroom with bidet and doors out to a small, private courtyard about 2m x 1.5m. We later found out this was ideal as the windows in the bedroom opened to the laneway below and lots of noisy walkers-by. Shame about the mozzies though!
After unpacking we went for a long deserved cup of ...
The drive from Bologna to Venice was supposed to be a reasonably simple 1.5hrs, but this quickly developed into 3.5 hours. The problem was the exit we needed to take to get to the site was closed and we kept taking the wrong turn which meant you ended up on the bridge to Venice itself and with it a 6 km round trip to get back to your starting point. It was nice to see the outskirts of Venice, but by the 3rd or 4th time it was getting a little dull.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Igea Venice
My wife and I stayed in the Villa Igea for three nights in August. The hotel is very easy to find in the Campo Zaccaria and about 100 yds from the St Zaccaria vaporretti stop. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were great. On our first night we stayed in a very pleasant room, in traditional venetian style, but not looking onto the square. As a consequence it was a little dark. We asked if it was possible to move to a lighter room overlooking the square and athough this wasn't possible on our first night, we were given the choice of two alternative rooms overlooking the square for our second and third nights. The staff could not have been more helpful in arranging this, in particular Mr thomas on the front desk. Breakfast is taken in the main hotel, the Savoia & Jolanda, just 50 yds away. An extensive hot and cold buffet is available which is excellent. The Villa Igea is described as an annex of the Savoia & Joland. The term annex usually puts me off such places, however not in this case. Apart from taking breakfast, in the main hotel, the Villa Igea is essentially its own self contained hotel. I would readily recomend it.
Convenient hotel location
great small hotel with everything you need. Close to San Marco (2 bridges away) and away from the noise. Plenty of restaurants and shops around. The front desk personel was helpfull in many ways and sugested how and what to see in my very short stay. Be aware that venice is a network of people that work with each other. When someone says that something is included or complementary, rest assured that they will sell you something later. gondolas are about 80 dollars for 45 minutes, however, if you really want to see venice take it in the afternoon and pay the extra 30 dollars (1 hour plus) for a ride in the grand canal. its worth it.
venice is special and unique at night, sit in piazza san marco and enjoy the music with a drink and your love one.
My daughter and I stayed at this hotel June 12-13th and it was a wonderful highlight of our Venice trip. The room was beautiful with fabric brocade wallpaper and even though we booked a double room, we were given a room with one double bed and a separate small room off to the side like a suite with a twin bed. The bathroom was large, modern and very clean. The staff was remarkable in suggesting places to visit and the breakfast was more than adequate with a fascinating view of the water and people walking by. I would stay here again in a hearbeat. I stayed in another hotel later in my stay because I could not get three nights in a row and the second hotel nearer to the Accademia was not nearly as nice or clean or spacious. I found the location to be lovely, easy to find and most easy to catch a vaporetto to anywhere. Yes, San Marco is touristy but Venice is very walkable and not as large as you expect. I found the area near the Rialto Bridge to be more aggressive in trying to get tourists to their restaurants. Best tip: Book this hotel by calling directly and you can get better prices. Also, ask for a room on an upper floor if you want more quiet from the street.
Great place to stay!
My boyfriend and I went for a long weekend to Venice at the begining of June. For the price paid we could not fault Villa Igea. The rooms were clean, comfortable, bathroom was great with power shower! Location was central and staff were friendly and very helpfull............I would hightly recomend this hotel to anyone visiting venice!
Great value in Venice
Last month my fiance and I went to Venice for the first time. We were skeptical about our hotel choice, but we were both pleasantly surprised. The hotel was easy to find and the hotel staff was always cheerful and more than helpful. Our room was more than adequately furnished. The bathroom was large and very clean! I must say the bed was quite comfortable too. We had a double room and we received a true full size bed... not two twins pushed together. We plan to return to Venice next year and will reurn to Hotel Igea.
We paid £50 a night for the room through an internet site which is a real bargain even in February. The room was small but spotless, traditionally decorated and a great bathroom with amazing shower. The breakfast was good and the staff were friendly. I would disagree and say that this isn't a great location though. Yes it's right next to St Mark's square which is good the one time you want to go there, but it's so touristy that at night we were having to get the vaporetto over to dosoduro to find somewhere to eat because the restaurants nearby were overpriced and very touristy. I would stay there again in summer but in winter I'd rather be based in dosudoro or cannaregio to be close to better restaurants and bars. As I'd rather be walking or getting the vaparetto in the day than at night when it was freezing!
Could not recommend this hotel more highly!
The location could not be better,small but very comfortable and stylish room,complete with balcony and a C21st bathroom to die for - the best shower I've ever seen. Excellent service in the main hotel and a very good buffet breakfast. Absolutely no complaints and very highly recommended as extremely good value for the centre of Venice, particularly at £65 per double room,including breakfast,in low season. Will certainly use again.
Fantastic, pretty rooms,helpful staff with excellent location
Fantastic hotel, excellent location, very helpful staff with prices that do not burn a hole in your pocket.
It's where you want to be!
For the price/location, the Villa Igea, is excellent value. It's only one minutes walk away from St Mark's square WHICH IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. It is an annex of the 4* Savoia and Jolanda Hotel, a few steps away. This is where you check in, take breakfast, etc. It's very clean, nicey decorated and at £60 pppn we couldn't fault it. Compare that price to other prices so near to St Marks square. Lastly, if you get a chance visit Venice. It's absolutely wonderful.