Hotel Violino d'Oro
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Some of us had to be woke up in the morning. Free breakfast at the Violino D'Oro was very good. We all took off to explore Venice. We spent some time Saint Marks Square. Matthew wore himself out chasing pigeons. We think he's going to be in a lot of people's vacation pictures. Walked along the Grand Canal and then ventured through some of the small …
Ciao Roma. Francesco was there to meet us at 8:15 to take us the train station. Getting all our luggage on the train was a hassle. Nice ride to Florence. We checked our bags at the train station and headed off to visit Florence. We passed the magnificent Duomo which dominates the medieval city. Its one of the largest buildings in the christian …
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1. Hiking boots to take you far and wide, as well as to withstand almost any climate.
2. A camera to always remember the beauty you have had the pleasure of experiencing, and the people that have graced your life.
3. A smile, so as to welcome the new sights, sounds, and people, as well as to console the locals and to let them know you aren’t the run-of-the-mill tourist.
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... authentic, Made in China I'm suspecting about a lot of the items in sale, but it's so interesting just looking. Then we get to Saint Marks. As far as the eye can see - PEOPLE. When you make your way through the crowd there are pockets of emptiness where you can take in all the surrounds, Doge's Palace - 'Palazzo Ducale', no way we have time to wait in the line to see inside these places. Saint Mark's Basilica is incredible, the gold mosaics and the artwork on the exterior are ...
... crowds and lines that went on forever. We felt like we had already missed our flight. We made our way past the packed Delta area to US Air where there were only three people in line. The US Air crowd showed up after us. We were checked through, our bags made weight, and then we hit security at this small airport. Dave goes through first because he is our problem child. He sets off security every time, so we hold his belongings to be scanned until we get him ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Violino d'Oro Venice
Nice but noisy
Based on many reviews, we chose this hotel. It was in a great location, and had charm, but the rooms were quite small and we had a lovely view of....a wall! The noise came from the gondoliers who have a staging area just outside the hotel. Would probably choose a quieter location next time.
Great location right of a small canal and very close to the grand canale. Staff was great; however, room, including the bathroom, was very small. Don't ask for a room facing the canal as we did because it gets very noisy at night. And quite frankly, how much time are you going to spend in your room enjoying the canal view...
Great location ....okay property
On the same trip, we stayed in Paris and in Rome. Both of the hotels in Paris and Rome were less expensive and much, much nicer. The reception desk tried to recommend things to us, but were incompetent ... they did not know rates of water taxis or recommend terribly good restaurants.
The hotel could have been nice. It's location was superb. However, the room was very small and in need of repair. The bath door knob kept falling off, there was no bath, only a shower and the room was run down. It was serviceable and clean, but we would not return. The breakfast room was pretty, but the included breakfast among the worst I have ever had.
Lovely hotel and location very convenient. However, the receptionist did her best to get our stay off to the most terrible start by insisting she absolutely could not check us in before 2 p.m. (even though the rooms were obviously ready - it was 1.30). She did not handle the situation well, if she had simply told us it was "hotel policy" then, ok, but she instead started lying, at one stage maintaining we could not have the rooms because the people who had been staying in them were "eating" (despite the fact that check-out time was 11 a.m. and there was clearly nobody in dining room!) Also, being a party of 8 we "had" to all check in together - ridiculous! When it finally came to check in we discovered we had 4 double rooms instead of twin rooms, even though we were a party of same-sex friends and obviously not couples. (Incidentally, I had specifically written to the email address supplied by the webiste through which we had booked the hotel, venere.com, to request twin rooms but this request was not passed on by the website). We had to wait while the rooms were made up again because the room staff left at 3. Why was it then that the following day on returning to our rooms for a nap at 4.30 we discovered that not one of our 4 rooms, on 3 different floors had been cleaned?
A delightful hotel
My family stayed at Violino d'Oro in April 2002 for two nights. My husband and I had a suite overlooking the Canal S. Moises and the Campo. It is a spectacular location for getting around Venice. Very safe area, and so fun to watch the gondoliers as they wait for business. The accomodations were very comfortable and nicely decorated.
The staff was very kind and helpful. San Marco Piazza just minutes away on foot, and much much more. Do stay here - you will like it!
The only totally non-smoking hotel in Venice. Clean hotel in a great location- very short walk to St. Mark's. By US standars a three star hotel. Staff friendly. For non-smoker's it is a nice change. If you are staying in Venice for only a few days this area is where you want to stay.