Travel Blogs from Venice
Awoke yesterday morning (Monday) to a drizzly overcast day. In order to make sure our suitcases didn't get wet on the walk to Piazza Roma to link up with the people mover train to the cruise terminal, we bought the largest rubbish bags we could find and fitted them over the bags making a slit for the handle. We must have looked a sight traipsing the streets of Venice - four kiwis decked out with umbrellas, rain jackets, back packs, handbags each with a black rubbish bag ...
... figure out which dock to get on I heard a guy giving away complimentary trips to Murano. It was a promo thing but it was a free taxi to the island and a glass blowing display. Its Sunday and the production facility is closed so I guess this is their way of getting in on the weekend tourists. The taxi was cool, much faster then the vaporetto, and I could stand at the back to get some great pics (I hope) of the Venetian coast line.
We get to the glass production facility ...
... much. After walking around for some time and taking photos of every building we see we think it's time to tick off the bucket list. GONDOLA TIME! The 3 of us jump in a gondola and begin our nice private tour of Venice. Amazing. The sun is shining and the views are immense. We go up and down the Grand Canal, to Rialto Bridge, past Vivaldis birth house and Casanovas actual house. Pretty cool. Travelling is always better by water. The guy sang too which was pretty ...
... Doges's armoury was very comprehensive, housing many hundreds various types of swords, knives, pistols, rifles, armour, and bows over the Venetian history 800 years ago.
There is no other city in the world anything like Venice and the only way to discover it is by wandering the streets and getting lost....which we did...and enjoyed.
Every turn of a little lane way,there were new and wonderful places and buildings that came to the fore ...
... get there. Back out onto the streets a cafe is found for pizza in Goldoni Piazza and then for a wander in the new neighbourhood around the hotel. Found a murano glass shop and a mask shop which occupied me happily for a while. Decisions, decisions........
At the hotel we are issued with breakfast for the next day....more on this later! However the internet is free and we alternate rests and showers (thank God for that!) with catching up with the folks back ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews La Locandiera Venice
I stayed at La Locandiera in March 2005 for 5 days, and probably had their biggest ground floor 2 room suite. The room fronted the small canal in the back, however, it was decorated in a very basic fashion (light fixtures a la Home Depot, cheap furniture and orange bedspread-rather off-putting for such an excellent room location). The door was a very cheap and thin wooden door where you could hear every single person talking as they came in the front door, or anything said at the front desk. The room did have a large brand-new bathroom, however there was no holder for the shower spray, and no shower curtain or door, so the spray did get all over the floor. The towels were not changed every day-I had to go and ask for fresh towels.
Convenient location, large rooms
La Locandiera was a great fit for our needs. It was in a quiet square, away from the tourist crowds, yet still only a short walk to St. Mark's Square and the San Zaccharia vaporetto stop (where the waterbus to the airport also departs). It had a small elevator, very handy for moving our luggage up and downstairs. We were upgraded to a triple room, which was very large by European standards. We had one very minor communication problem on which couldn't bridge the language gap. But overall the staff was very helpful. I would gladly return on my next trip!
My wife and I stayed at La Locanderia for 5 nights in early April, 2005. We are accomplished Venice visitors having been there maybe 10 times in the last 15 years. This little hotel is freshly restored, immaculately maintained and the room we occupied (facing the small campo San Giovanni) was large (est. 18' x 20' and well furnished for the nightly cost. Bathroom has modern uptodate plumbing...great shower! The owner/manager, Elizabetta, is a jewel and The Innkeeper of the hotel's title. She is pure Venetian Italian, has some English, and has international personality. Her clerks speak excellent English and all three are knowledgeable and eagerly helpful. This is, however, a small hotel in that it may have only about 10 rooms, has a small desk and breakfast room area, but is magnificiently located only about two blocks from San Marco, Riva degli Schiavoni and the San Zaccharia vaporetto stop. It is only a few steps from the Campo Santa Margarita. Great location and out of the mob scenes at Rialto and San Marco, but near the action without the penalties. It is extremely quiet, difficult to achieve in similar locations. We have no hesitance in recommending this jewel to anyone interested in staying in a small 3-star or less hotel. It's a little hard to find initially but only a few feet--perhaps 100--off well traveled tourists' street, but one gets the quiet in exchange. Suggest get email directions from hotel before leaving home; probably you will arrive at San Zaccharia vaporetto/ferry stop either from airport or train station.
Good location, helpful staff
Very helpful staff, they came to meet us at Rialto as we had got lost finding them (not unusal in Venice). The location is very close to St Mark's Sq, Rialto etc. Rooms were larger then we thought they would be and compared well to other places we stayed on our trip. Recommended.
Highly recommended- charming and pristine
I would advise anyone traveling to venice to stay at this hotel. it is a small-ish quaint spot that just opened so the amenities are all new and clean. the rooms are beautiful and adequately spacious, mine had a door right onto the canal instead of a window. what made it the best was the excellent service. i was traveling with a group of 7 american students and the staff, especially Ivan, was so great to us. completely gracious and sweet, really interested in helping us enjoy venice. we even got a picture with him when we left! the best part though was the price, very good, we paid about 120 euros for a quad, so we each only had to pay 30. it was perfect all around. we literally had a 5 min walk to st marks square and the water bus stop as well. must consider this one.
Great new hotel La Locandiera
NEW small, charming hotel in Castello within 5 minutes of St. Mark's square. and 1-2 minutes to restaurants and shopping. Staffed 24 hours/day. Exquisitely kempt. Some rooms overlook small side canal. Breakfast included. We spent three nights from December 31, 2004 through January 3, 2005. Staff friendlyand helpful with restaurant recommendations, arranging concert tickets, etc. EXCELLENT value for the money. Definitely would stay here again. Vaporetto stop San Zacaria