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... so that made all the difference. Rhys you would go mad here buying shoes. We were just glad ours were water proof. Well nothing else has added to our luggage except some cd,s. taking bags onto trains, buses, over bridges, up 3 flights of stairs makes us think for once. So 15kgs is enough. We are still to work out where to head tomorrow weather just showed max 12 in Venice but rain clearing. We might head to Milan . Oh tough ...
... br> We arrived at St Mark’s Square just before 9 am hoping it was going to be open, but there was already a queue of about 30 people for an opening time of 9.45 am. Not having time to queue for an hour, we decided to ascend the Basilica Bell Tower instead. We think this is the highest point in Venice and even if it isn’t, the views were fabulous over the city and beyond.
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... was murky and green but I
enjoyed it and I say lots of taps with water running out of the mountains, Archie calls it communist water because
it is free for everyone to drink.
We visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It was amazing.
I loved the gondolas they are typical Venetian boats which gondoliers row with
a long pole/oar. The strangely shaped comb at the front is for stability. The
island of Myrano is well known for glass blowing on our third day ...
... so after exploring the Pantheon Kinsey and I decided that we should go and have some great gelato. There really is nothing better on hot days than some really good gelato, and having it in Rome made it just that much better. After the gelato we headed to the Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps are located in one of the wealthier areas of Rome and the shopping there is pretty much the best you can get. Another interesting fact is that one of the nicest McDonald's in ...
... Columbus 2, Amadea and our very own MSC Magnifica. Things down there could get manic. We checked out of our hotel and by 11am we were sat on the number 5 bus heading to Piazzale Roma. Surprisingly the bus was not full and plenty of seats were still available. We must have caught it just right…between flights!
The queue for the People Mover was as expected…long! However, as we neared the entrance we saw that these people were actually queuing for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Locanda Vivaldi Venice
Delightful and charming boutique hotel
This small hotel is in a wonderful location, facing the lagoon and a 5 min walk to St Mark's Square. The rooms were charmingly decorated in a tasteful baroque style and the bathrroms were newly renovated in white marble and immaculately clean. The receptionists were very helpful in helping book train travel. The bellhops were very friendly and worked hard. Breakfast was mediocre but adequate. I would definitely stay there again!
Silver Wedding Anniversay Treat
We had a wonderful suite on the 3rd floor, room 302, overlooking the lagoon, with an amazing 20 foot balcony. We travelled with Kirker who had arranged beautiful flowers and sparkling Prosecco in the room on our arrival. There was no noise from outside the room (as has been mentioned by a previous viewer). Just 2 slight disappointments. Firstly the attitude of one of the receptionists - he could be classified as "rude" in an "arrogant" way, and on our arrival the only acknowledgement we received was an abrupt "I need your booking form" without a hint of a good morning or any sort of welcome. The 2nd disappointment was the small breakfast room - I had been informed (not by Kirker) that there was a view over the lagoon but the curtains are completely drawn (so obviously no view) it's on the ground floor and the room is tiny - in fact it's somewhat of a squash to fit into your seat if all the tables are taken. Apparently on summer mornings breakfast is taken in the bar area on the 3rd floor - where of course the view is marvellous. However, our suite balcony had virtually the same view as the bar area - and we had it to ourselves!
Pleasant hotel with much to offer
This hotel is a delightful little place on the front, facing the Lagoon. We were allocated a double rather than the booked twin room when we arrived, an error they corrected quickly and efficiently the next day, admitting their fault and moving everything for us. The first room was on the small canal and it was as quiet as we demand (medical reasons require unbroken sleep patterns) and could not have been bettered. It was a light room, high ceilinged. The twin room was darker and not on the canal, but it was spacious, as well-decorated as the other, and also exceptionally quiet. We had no disturbance at any time during the week we stayed - which was over a very crowded Easter in Venice. The breakfast room is very pleasant, a good continental breakfast with meat, eggs, pate, etc., as well as a variety of breads and cakes. Good selection of fruit juices. Expresso also can be obtained here, for fellow coffee lovers! Nice service. Desk staff quite helpful - one didn't have the command of English as the others, but very pleasant attitude. Good restaurant recommendations. Both rooms were priced at 440 Euros on the door, but expect you can get them cheaper on the www. We came in on the Orient-Express so it was all part of the Citalia package. Lovely roof terrace - retreated there in the afternoon after a hard morning's sight-seeing and enjoyed the sun. A real benefit to the hotel. Vivaldi's church, next door, is currently being restored. The bathrroms have either have jacuzzi baths or jacuzzi showers and are quite roomy. The bedrooms have a small speaker system if you wish to use it, for piped classical or easy listening music. At night there is not only the candy/ sweet left on the pillow but also a small weather forecast. I would repeat the experience but my favourite still remains the San Cassiano.
Disappointed on my anniversary
I booked this hotel as a special treat for our 30th anniversary. We have stayed before at a great Venice hotel (Flora), but we really wanted the lagoon view, so we opted to spend the extra money. Our room was 280 Euro a night, with the lousy exchange it worked out to about $340. US. First let me say the room was lovely, with 14 foot ceilings and fabric covered walls. This hotel is located on the Grand Canal on one side and a smaller canal on the other. As a result, it is VERY, VERY noisy. The lagoon barges start blowing their foghorns at about 5am. The boats backing out of the narrow canal go on all night. The wide walkway under the windows is filled with people at all hours.
The staff doesn't speak English fluently which led to some problems I will discuss later. The breakfast was mediocore, the worst of the 3 hotels we stayed at in Italy. The breakfast room was not large enough to accomodate everyone at the same time, so before entering, you needed to stop at the desk and ask if there is a table open. If not, you have to wait.
In the other hotels we stayed at, they loaned umbrellas for the rain, just asking you to put them back in the stand. The Vivaldi documents your room number and explains you will be charged if it is not returned. How warm and fuzzy of them!
I explained to the front desk that I had to catch a flight on Sunday morning, and asked what my transportation options were and what time they would suggest leaving. I was given the requested info, but they neglected to mention that the clocks were "springing ahead" that night and be sure to make allowances (Italy's daylight savings time is a week before ours). The clock in the room attached to the cable TV didn't "spring ahead" either. Since we don't speak Italian very well, we never received the info from the news or the desk, even after we went down for breakfast.
In my opinion, a good hotel would have put a little note about the time change on the breakfast room door and made sure the TV clocks were changed. Needless to say, I missed my flight, had to spend 2 more nights in Venice alone (as my husband had to catch a flight that night to Hong Kong). The extra out of pocket was $200 to change the flight and another 80 Euro per night to stay in a little hotel in Mestre, near the airport. Incidentally, at this little hotel they spoke much better English and were much more helpful the the Vivaldi. I don't expect all of Italy to speak English and I try my best to speak as much Italian as I can when I'm there, but I was sorely disappointed with the level of service at the Vivaldi, and would not recommend it when there are so many better options available.
A little gem in the heart of venice
perfect hotel and location, friendly and helpful staffrequest a lagoon view room its worth the extra cost. The hotel is very easily found when entering san marco from the waterbus turn right and its roughly 3 bridges down following along the waterfront.the hotel has two bars, bar gritti which is open during the winter months a cozy little haven in a busy city and the terrace bar with fantastic views over the lagoon available from easter.nice buffet breakfast something there for all palletsenjoy the hotel it really is a little gem.
Romantic and great location!
A beautiful, historic top class Italian hotel ideal for a romatic weekend away for a special occassion perhaps! Expensive rates are the norm in Venice and Locanda Vivaldi is no exception to this, however you can be assured thta the hotel fittings, service and location are all of the league expected when paying at the upper end of the price range.
Higlights:- 1. Location - only 5 minute stroll from St Marks and right outside San Zaccaria station (airport shuttle bus stops here) 2. Views - views from lagoon front rooms are great but the view from the roof top terrace is outstanding. Breakfast was a joy with views across the lagoon 3. Service - hotel is very service orientated with a small but attentive staff.
4. History - as if Venice wasn't full enough of history, you are also staying in the former home of one of its greatest sons! Church next door has concerts of his music on Thursdays (don't pay for one of the overpriced and very poor quality "authentic" organised concerts at one of the many churches) Great place will return
Lovely Hotel, Noisy Location
This is a lovely hotel that suffers from being in the wrong location.
First, the good points: spacious, beautiful room, nice bathroom, clean.
The staff are exceptionally helpful. The Filipino gentleman who seems to do everything (carries bags, delivers breakfast, etc) is very service oriented. Kudos to him. The problem with this hotel is that it sits facing a very very busy ferry stop...and the tramp of feet and loud voices coming and going outside your window is incessant, made more so because of it's proximity to San Marco. If you are a light sleeper, find a quieter location.
Loved Locanda Vivaldi Hotel
Stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi hotel in Venice for three nights in July and what can I say but absolutely lovely. Had a junior suite on the top third floor of the hotel overlooking the lagoon. Excellent position with only a few minutes walk to St Mark's Square. Absolutely spotless room, wonderful bathroom with jacuzzi, staff very very friendly and went out of their way to answer your questions and help with travel arrangements. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending it.
We visited Venice in April 2003 for a romantic break- the Locanda Vivaldi lived up to all expectations. My 13th visit to Italy, 3rd time in Venice, this little gem of a hotel is perfect! Attentive but discreet service, stunning views, elegant rooms, the rooftop terrace is a wonderful place to sit and relax in the sun after a busy day in around the city. And remember who lived here - you get a real feeling of the 'Red Priest' in this historic building. The hotel has its own landing stage which makes it easy for arriving/departing by water taxi.
I would recommend this hotel, maybe not families but couples who appreciate history and a touch of luxury will love it.
We stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi in March 2002 for our anniversary, we stayed in room 106 which is a corner room, which I can certainly recommend. The views were superb, the room extremely tasteful and large with a very stylish bathroom complete with hydra shower. The location was excellent and the staff helpful. Would not hesitate to go back to this hotel. Lots of nice touches,