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... with its neighbour. The main thoroughfare shops have colourful awnings - even the boats tied up in the canals are sporting a bright coat of paint. The lace products are exquisite and great discipline is required to prevent making a purchase in every store. This, our last day in Venice is celebrated with a lovely lunch in Burano, followed by a concert in the evening - a string ensemble playing Vivaldi's "Four ...
... whose shoes were upwards of $2,000, ever so slightly out of our price range. However worth the mention as she gave us her business card and offered her place to stay in - did she not see the hiking boots we were wearing?
The glass blowing itself was simply amazing. The first man heats up the glass until it's nice and floppy, then dips it into different colours while turning it. Once semi hardened he passes it to the man who blows the glass into different shapes. ...
I moved on to Palazzo Ducale. Somehow I managed to miss it when I was in San Marco's piazza the other day. I don't know how because its right next to the Piazza. The palazzo was home to the Doges of Venice. It was built in the 1400's. In true Italian style it was grandiose. As I walked into the palazzo I entered a huge courtyard with two wells. The guide from the night tour had explained that only the very wealthy could afford enough room to have one well, this place had ...
... was a logistical nightmare due to the water taxi route and the bus route back to the airport being affected by the marathon. We boarded the water bus at 10am headed for the bus station.. the flooding was worse than yesterday. The wind was howling and the rain was icy.
Brett and I had packed thermals luckily after our last experience of sleeping in the desert on safari… we definitely needed them today! 1 degree forecast ...
... am pretty sure they were floor level haha.
Afterwards we set off to find out way back to the boat docks by St Marks Square. It isn't that difficult to navigate because there are signs around ever corner that direct you to San Marco. some are a little misleading, but when we got confused we would just pop into a store and ask someone. It was getting dark and there were not many people hanging out in this particular area, so it was eerie and beautiful. I forgot ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Locanda Ovidius Venice
I recently stayed here in Feb with my Husband and son and was pleased. The location is fantastic, you can walk to anything and there are two water bus lines that stop right by the hotel. The view from the breakfast room is dreamy and a nice way to start the day. The room was nice and quiet, big and clean. We had a fantastic time in Venice and would love to return again someday. If we do make it back again I would defintely stay here again.
Fab location, next to Rialto Bridge!!
Just got back from visiting Venice for our 1st Anniversary, and couldn't have picked a better spot! We have been to Venice before and stayed on the Lido which was also nice, but to be centrally located staying in this hotel was wonderful! The hotel was clean and tidy, and the view from the day room was amazing, you are about 100 metres away from the Rialto bridge!! The only slight gripe I would say, is our room was quite small (Room 109), and over looked a very close kitchen of someones apartment, so you couldn't have the windows open all the time, but this little fact was soon forgotten whenever you looked out the day areas window! Other rooms are bigger however, so it is down to luck which room you get. Staff were very friendly and breakfast was continental - also lovely! Would recommend anyone to stay at this hotel!
My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this small but lovely hotel in the heart of Venice, Italy. Located conviently close to the bustling Rialto Bridge it is easy to find, faces the grande canal and the rooms are quite adequate. They aren't the largest of rooms (Note if you're booking through Octopus, you'll find that you're room is no bigger than a closet, a fact of which the hotel tells them to inform you of, and thankfully we were allowed to upgrade our room for a few euros more) but they are nice and clean. The bathrooms are nice and rather interesting, and there is a television with english-speaking CNN. The best part of our stay was the breakfast (included in the room charge) where we recieved fresh cafe lattes every morning and hot croissants filled with fruit and rolls with jam. (Very good!) Plus the breakfast room has a balconey that overlooks the grande canal.
Best Location in Venice
From the large balcony overlooking the canal, it seems the entire of Venice passes by. Cocktails every afternoon here is THE BEST. We had the front two rooms on either side of this balcony - fabulous. You can wave to people on the Rialto bridge just steps away. The staff is extremely helpful with concert tickets, etc. I will only stay at this hotel.
Fine, but nothing to rave about
We stayed 1 night at the Locanda Ovidius. I agree that the location is terrific, but while the hotel was fine, but I have to admit I wasn't wowed. First the pluses--the woman who checked us in and out was very pleasant and helpful, the room was clean and quiet, and the hotel had everything we needed. On the downside, the breakfast was pretty poor, and while it was clear that they had been and are in the process of doing renovations, the work had obviously been done a bit on the cheap, and there was still work to do. For example, our room's carpet was stained and threadbare. The bathrooms had new fixtures and cabinets, but they looked like something I could pick up and install myself from Home Depot (cheap laminate coated particle board.) They looked fresh and new, but I think they will not wear well over time. Also, a warning to anyone with asthma who is sensitive to dank rooms--as soon as I walked into our room my asthma kicked in. This may just be Venice, and not the hotel, so I don't want to blame the hotel. Fortunately, the problem was resolved by turning on the a/c, but just something to keep in mind. Having said all that, if the hotel fits your budget, you are only staying a night or two, and you just want a decent, well located place to crash, the hotel is fine.
Stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of April. Hotel was clean, quite and rooms where nicely appointed and large for european standards. Did not have a canal view, but looked out over a quite venitian street, which we preferred. Bathroom was large, did not have a shower only a jetted tub with a hand shower spray. Great for a bath. Staff was hospitable but not overly friendly. Hotel offers free taxi service to Murano. Great central location, right on the grand canal with a great view from balconies in common areas, don't bother getting a room with a canal view. Easy access to water bus, take #1 from train station and get off/on at san silvestri since rialto is across the canal and with luggage getting over the very crowded rialto bridge would be very difficult to manuver. Breakfast was okay, had better in other hotels in Italy. They do not accept traveler's checks even in Euro.
Very good hotel
We stayed at the Locanda Ovidius for 3 nights. It has a good central location near the Rialto Bridge and the waterbus stop. The room was small but comfortable nicely decorated with Venetian style furniture.
There was a minibar in the room and hot drinks were avalable at all times by calling reception. The staff were pleasant and the breakfast was good. We would stay here again.
Loved the Locanda
What can I say, fantastic hotel, fantastic price at £60 for a double for a night. Ideally situated right on the Rialto Bridge with great central access to shops and St Marks Square. The room was brand new and really clean and traditional. We wern't looking out onto the canal but this didn't ,atter as we looked out onto a traditional venitian street.
At night we got great views of the canal when sitting on the balcony off the breakfast room. Breakfast was basic but was well presented and had a choice of cereals, toasts, crossaints etc. Reception staff were freindly and helpful. Great hotel, will definately be going back.
Loved the Locanda Ovidius
Liked this hotel alot! Right on the grand canal, near the Rialto Bridge. The 3rd floor has a reception room where we sat on the balcony(alone!) every sunset with our wine! Watched the parade of boats and gondolas! Even better than a canal view room as we were not awakened by canal noise in the am! Good value at 180/euros/night!
Nice room, near Rialto Bridge
Our room ($180 USD) was brand new, smelled and looked clean and nice furnished. Comfortable bed. The room was very small, but this is expected for Venice. The hotel has a nice location VERY near Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal. Excellent views from the breakfast room. We feel it was good value for the money, given the location.These (new) rooms did not have rooms numbers, so remember your door ! The hotel was also undergoing some minor renovations near the bottom entrance, which had a horrible odor, but the rest of the hotel and the room smelled and looked very clean. Another annoyance was the presense of a some mosquitios in the room, which we believe we coming through the new duct work (possibly due to construction) . I would stay here again even with these (temporary) minor inconvienences.