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... boy were we lost, and we must've sounded so stupid asking for directions to locals in our broken Italian. At least it makes for a decent story. The better story however, came the next night, but I'll tell you about our day Thursday before I get into that. Thursday we saw the entrance to Ca'Foscari which was designed by Scarpa, and then took a taxi boat (their form of public transportation!) to San Giorgio Maggiore which was designed by Palladio. We had ...
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... the railway station. Our room has a view of the canal if you look sideways out the window. A nice big room for a change, with a huge corner bath/shower, without a place to hang the shower head so used it sitting on the raised seat part. After dinner we went walking round the local streets, very lively, with stalls and music. Our hotel had a singer in the outdoor area of the dining room, just below our room, didn't sing in Italian though, only in ...
... dish that was on special...I wish I would've taken pictures of the food but we already stood out enough in the restaurant. One of the dishes was spaghetti with a black sauce and catfish. Everything was really different...definitely Italian! We also got the house white wine...best white wine I think I've had so far.
After lunch we started scouting out ...
... square, admiring the fresco on the basilica which tells the story of how it became a basilica (apparently Italian towns like to have their own patron saint and Venice had decided on St Mark. For a church to become a basilica it needs to have the relics of a saint, and Venice didn't have any but they knew where there were some, so they sent some people off to obtain them. They hid the relics under pork and pork bones to repel the authorities and brought them to ...
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,