Hotel Violino d'Oro
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... as glass so I didn't feel like I was still on a boat five hours after being on shore. We strolled around the alleyways and canals until coming across an elderly woman who invited us into her home for aperitif. I have no idea what to expect to find in a Venetian home, but it is as quaint and historic as I thought it would be. The kitchen table is covered in a delicate lace cloth, and a small vase of flowers adds a splash of color in the middle. ...
... Familia, the Pantheon, St. Peter's, the Blue Mosque, the Duomo in Florence...been there, awed at all of them, that bar was pretty high. At this point, this was just another church. However, after being scooted through with all of our belongings still secured as the doors were locking up for the night, we walked next door to an almost empty Doge's Palace. It was 5:30, and the tourist groups were all following their tour guides' sticks back to their ships. ...
... rain boots in Michigan...
The singular thing that depressed me about Venice--besides the whole not being there with a lover part and having to see all the kissy couples taking pictures on every bridge--was the price of gondola rides. We figured they'd be kind of pricey, but were picturing like 20 euros each or something. Something that pretty much all tourists do can't be that expensive, right? No, wrong. It was 80 euro per ride. I'm sorry, I really wanted to ...
... We took a larger gondola that crosses the grand canal, called a traghetti, that is run by two men. These aren't as romantic and our driver was a jerk, but I was still glad to be out on the water with Venice as a backdrop. We learned much about the power of the city of Venice. They really dominated their era. It amazes me that they could run the country in a sort of democratic ...
... 4 bridges east of the main square. Venice is so beautiful! It is definitely my new favorite city by far, and the few hours we had there was definitely not enough. I NEED to return to this city again in the future! And for a week or something like that.
It was insanely hot there too! My mom found it very difficult to stay semi-conscious during our time there, but there was a lot of shade in the side streets thankfully. There were also gift booths everywhere! ...
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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.
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.