Travel Blogs from Venice
... to shuffle forward through the crowded streets which was exhausting!
Despite the strict regulations we have to follow including not washing the boat down with soap, there is rubbish everywhere. St Mark must be turning in his tomb because the square which takes his name is littered with plastic bottles, cardboard, paper wrappers, cigarette ends and food cartons. It's disgusting really, such a shame.
Its true what they say about ...
... seafood , which Chistine wasn't that keen on. Next day, we did some more sightseeing in a different part of the city and took in the opera house tour ( really impressive) and also an art gallery tour ( wow culture! - maybe its wed pm art, instead of golf!) After some further wandering, a few beers and dinner - we started contemplating our next leg to get to Verona, which is only about 1.5/2 hours away by train. Really enjoyed Venice this time and really made the most of time here. ...
... and there were people and luggage everywhere. At this point I was especially glad that my hotel was within walking distance of the station.
It was stinking hot as I wheeled my bag along the cobbled laneway and up over a bridge, glancing along the gorgeous canal as people posed for photos and drank in the unique Venice scenery. Surprisingly easy to find, in no time I was at the delightful Antico Portego B & B, my home for the next 3 nights. A family run ...
... once again, we noticed a green barge have to reverse away from a bridge because of the high water. However, another boat wanted to get through, so it was a squeeze between the barge and a stationary gondola. Have decided that we really are Philistines - so many museums we could be viewing, but we aren't!
A lovely snooze. For dinner tonight, we just went around the corner to a little restaurant which was jam packed with tables and patrons. A cheery ...
... I sat with told me they were almost left at Windsor castle on their tour back in London. They even warned kashka that they could be a problem. We have a strict schedule and kashka does a very good job to telling us when and where to meet. Well we met at the boat dock, and guess who's missing? Kasha runs off to find them. I don't know how she even knew where to look, but she found them and they were on the boat fifteen minutes late. So guess who sits behind me on the boat? ...
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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