Hotel Violino d'Oro
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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.
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... had gnocci with red sauce and I had it with pumpkin sauce, and Michael had salted cod and polenta (a local specialty). There was a "Trip Advisor" sticker on the restaurant door, but we were too afraid to check the reviews on it once we had ordered our food. In fact, I plan to check it out now after finishing this entry. We finished the evening with gelato, walking, water taxi and some cards and reading before falling exhausted into ...
... doors, lamps, storefronts to look at as we wandered past.
Got to the Piazza San Marcos around 8 a.m. and the place was pretty much deserted. It is a very impressive square and you can let your imagination loose and think about the different periods of history at this square.
Of course, Venice is filled with churches, museums, and art everywhere. Do not plan to go in many of these but just take in the sights ...
... a glass while watching a jazz ensemble play in one of the busier piazzas. Whoops. Those two glasses of wine cost us what a bottle would have anywhere else! We will not be making that mistake again. We wandered around until we found a very small bar tucked away at the end of a street. We had a bottle of wine and headed back to the hostel. Apparently everything closes at 11pm in Venice. I guess we'll just have to start the party a little earlier tomorrow ...
... so there were some very merry revellers in our bus on the way home. Loud singing of National Anthems were sung lustily. The two Canadians did an admirable job but seeing none of us knew it we couldn't give them a hand. Arrived home tired and ready for bed. No rest for anyone, up and at them again the next morning as we headed off to Vienna via Salzburg. Beautiful scenery again and Salzburg lived up to its promises. Saw many of the places where scenes ...
... so we ventured outside clad in rain coats and holding umbrellas, as ready as we could be to explore Lido.
Though it was not busy, there were still many people and cars outside. Our first stop, of course, was a "gelateria." I bought my first Italian gelato, strawberry! We continued walking through the town, eventually reaching the beach. It was chilly, so we only stopped quickly to take pictures.
On the way back to our hotel we stopped in a few stores. I ...