Hotel Violino d'Oro
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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 …
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 …
... don't ask me where it was, I have no idea which part of the canals we were in :)
Over lunch, we met an Australian couple staying in a hotel on Venice proper. They agreed with our assessment of the crowds, but were having a romantic getaway, so loving every moment :)
True to my belief, our ...
We were in Venice and no internet point that we could find so we are now catching up.
First class on the fast train to Venice - wow!!
It went 200km an hour and we arrived in Venice at noon.
Climbed onto the ferry, standing room only and got off at the Rialto stop.
Our landlady Serena met us at the stop and led us through narrow crowded streets to our wonderful apartment, posh in fact, close to everything. ...
... mover has a ten minute holding period on each end at that time of night. We would have made it at the last possible minute, if it weren't for this little wrench in our plan. Instead, we missed our shuttle. Luckily, there was an Australian girl there named Elise who also missed fh shuttle and had taken a bus into the city earlier in the day. We took the last available people mover back across and crossed our fingers that the bus we needed was still running. If it wasn't, we ...
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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.
A lovely hotel let down by its reception staff
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?
Putting the "Do not disturb" sign up we settled down for a nap only to be woken up 45 minutes later by the same squawking receptionist who decided she would disturb us to find out whether we wished to be disturbed by the maid!! It was a shame that the experience was marred by the incompetence of the reception staff as otherwise the hotel was really very good.
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.