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Arrived in Venice at 3ish and then caught a boat to the hotel (yep a boat!). The hotel Lisbona (must have thought they were in Portugal!) is next to a canal about 6 feet wide. 200 stairs to carry our bags up to the smallest room in existence. Then went on a boat trip around the canals from one 'beautiful church' to another 'beautiful church'. Had …
Day 3 (Arrive Venice) Pete unsure about getting vaporetto from station - seem VERY overcrowded. Al convinces Pete that it'll be fine and ours - the number 4 - had plenty of room and was easy. Got covered in spray taking photos. Very excited going down the Grand Canal. An RCL ship was sailing as the train arrived and an ex Royal Viking liner (can't …
... and sigh. We went through the Palace Ducale, within which we saw more art on roofs and walls as well as some other interesting things. There was an armery and weaponary section which was filled with thousands of old swords and various other weapons designed to mess someone up badly. I have posted a pic of a chastedy belt, look out boys! Walking through the prison was really interesting as well, it had an eery feel to it. J particularly liked the wooden doors ...
... into a taxi. It was so damn hot and I just wanted to dump my bag and have a shower ASAP. I sat in the back of the taxi watching the fare tick over. It started on 3.50€ with an additional 6€ supplement when I got in which was a complete rip job but I was happy to pay the fare and get straight to the campsite rather than have to walk a kilometer from the bus stop in the dark. We pulled up at Camping Jolly at 11pm and the place was pumping! There was a pool party in ...
... 8211; waiting for the blasts on the siren and then taking our life jackets from the top of the wardrobe and walking down the stairs 3 flights to our muster station. All the announcements on the ship are in 5 languages, fortunately English is first so it is easy to listen and then tune out.
After that it was life jackets away and up to one of the top decks and ordering cocktails (Mojito’s for the boys ...
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Smallest room ever but close to everything.
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I researched a lot of hotels trying to find the 'right' hotel in Venice (i.e. right price, right place and right room). I was running out of options and took a chance with the Lisbona - an absolute result.The hotel itself is not the largest but is beautifully situated right in the middle of San Marco (about 5 mins from the square). I heard some complaints from the other guests about the size of their rooms but given it was 130 Euros per night we were spoilt with luxury - compact I agree, but very well appointed with a lovely bathroom and a small balcony with a canal view - and this from the 'standard' double room!
I searched high and low for just the right room. I wanted a balcony on a side canal. I got that at Hotel Lisbona for $250 Euro a night for just me. The room was beyond tiny, with almost embarrasing amenities (half used jars of shampoo)and the so-called balcony was a joke. My mini bar never worked, yet they continued to nickel and dime me on charges, even though I had to trek downstairs myself everytime I wanted something to drink. I couldn't believe I was paying $250 Euro a night.
Awesome Hotel for the Price
I shopped around forever, to find a reasonably priced hotel in Venice on a canal. Decided on the Lisbona and were very satisfied with our Sept 2003 stay. The rooms were nicely decorated and clean. The hotel is along a side canal, facing the 5-star Hotel Baur. Had a slight problem with the water pressure in the shower some mornings, but it only lasted a minute or two. You are just a few steps away from San Marco square and there are gondola rides just steps away from the hotels front door.
The hotel staff even arranged for a complimentary boat ride to Murano for us. Looking forward to staying there again. A great value for the price!
I was travelling with my eight-year old son on a bit of a hooley from Dublin - Brussels - Venice - Stuttgart in August 2003, and after what was a very crummy hotel in Brussels (room stank of ammonia, old fashioned grill-fronted lift of the sort when put together with curious 8 yr old fingers = a trip to casualty, unsettlingly close to the red-light area, bar/lounge the size of a postage stamp, etc) I was looking forward to our next internet booked hotel with considerable trepidation.
Nice and inexpensive in venice
This was a terrific hotel for a reasonable price, just a few steps from san marcos. It is an old charming hotel. The rooms are small but comfortable. The service was friendly and helpful. I would happily stay there again.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced 3 star hotel in the San Marco area - look no further than the Hotel Lisbona. Located 3 mins walk from the Piazza San Marco and directly opposite the luxurious Hotel Bauer is this charming boutique hotel. The decor is typical Venetian style (not just another anonymous hotel room) and most rooms have a view over a canal which is frequented by serenading gondoliers. Although the rooms are not large, they are definitely not the smallest hotel rooms in Venice! Our room was located on the first floor and had a full bathroom with a bath which you could sit in and open the bathroom window and listen to the singing gondoliers - very romantic! The breakfast was served downstairs and was very good in comparison to most other Italian hotels. There was also a small lounge area downstairs where you could have a drink in the evening and share your travel stories. The only down side is that the hotel is not easy to find the first time you look for it - when you cross the bridge behind the Hotel Bauer, it is on your left (towards the Grand Canal), past the gondola station (you can't miss that - all the gondoliers with their striped shirts are lounging around waiting for customers!) and at the end of the covered walkway. I hope you enjoy your stay there as much as we did.