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Travel Blogs from Venice
Today we took the train from Milan to Venice. Venice is the city you often see in the movies, with waterways and gondolas. The train took about 2.5 hours to reach Venice and was a smooth ride, but I was surprised to find out there was no Wifi. I used the "hot spot" feature on my phone to catch up on work emails while Erin slept.
Venice is a gorgeous island city. Once home to a couple hundred ...
... Staying at the top end of Venice means you get to walk the length of the island to get to St Marc's square and basilica at the bottom. Tamara and I were both enjoying the spectacle of the city with the hustling tourists and abundance of amateur photographers snapping away at various vantage points. We decided the best vantage point though would be with some height so we got ourselves up the bell tower of St Marks. What a view! After coming back down to Earth, ...
... do it as we serendipitously ended up at the wharf. Nice out at Murano; not so busy as Venice. Checked out the glass shops and Yvonne bought a few gifts. Very friendly staff; not too pushy. Had a drink at Acqua Tanca. Great nibbles (beautiful olives) and no dramas to bring us extra; all for a very reasonably priced Spritz and a wine.
Back on Venice island we did find the Jewish ghetto and walked ...
... to sit and watch the people tanking photos of our view, and to enjoy this magical place. Pizza for dinner at the pizzeria downstairs (and for Tom, "pasta bianca comme la Nonna" - something that the waiters certainly understand here!) then back to the apartment to pack...boy, we now have those bags packed tight as drums!!! Then, with the bags at the door and the children in bed, a Bellini for mummy and a Peroni for daddy to farewell this magical ...
... point people to this one. It is so good and very practical. Then we hunted for and eventually tracked down San Marco Square. It wasn't that hard to find really. You just had to keep going left! Amazing place. The Doges Palace, St Mark's Basilica, a stack of cafes, including some visited by Lord Byron and other famous people and a heap of historic buildings too numerous to name. Napoleon built the one at the other end of the square to the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Lux Venice
We came here not expecting too much as we had read a couple of bad reviews on trip advisor - we really looked for best priced availability close to the action... We arrived and the staff were really helpful getting our bags up some flights of stairs to the rooms. They even offered to get up at at 3.30am for our flight out to get us breakfast of which we politely declined eventually agreeing to have them pack us a brekky for the kids. Overall a cute hotel close to the action. We liked it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Lux Venice
Thumbs up Hotel Lux
We stayed in this Hotel in May 2004 and found it very good. As the reviews on tripadvisor were good we decided to opt with it - this was our second trip to Venice so we wanted to be near St Mark's Square. Hotel Lux is just 2 streets away (in Venice this is nothing) and you can get all of the main waterbuses at the nearest stop (San Zaccaria) which is maybe 100-200 metres away. We were lucky to stay in room 403 - worth the climb up the stairs as the room had a small roof terrace adjoining(with view of St Marks). The room was nicely decorated, very clean, had excellent airconditioning, with a TV and minibar. Breakfast is basic continental but very nice. Staff were very friendly and spoke very good English. Only downside was that there wasn't any elevator.
Excellent location, Good Service
This place is wonderfully located. How you get off the Taxi 51 at San Zacaria and it is about 100 steps ahead. That is a great convenience (if you have luggage) as there are no taxis in Venice.
The hotel is very close to the heart of venice San Marco. So you can stroll over to San Marco and walk a few blocks to Rialto Bridge anytime.
Negatives: 1. No elevator so you may be climbing upto the 4th floor depending on your location.
2. Some of the staff folks are clueless. Finding the phone # to the airport was an unsurmountable task for them. But there seems to be no phone book in venice. Don't trust their advise on getting to the airport 30 minutes prior get there 2 hours before flight time. Arrange private water taxi if you need to.
Overall, great place. Expensive compared to rome and florence hotels but so is everthing in venice.
We found Lux Hotel simply great. It's a small but charm hotel located just two blocks away from St. Marks's Square. Even when it has no lift the hotel is so nice, clean and the staff is so kind. They assigned us to room N? 501, it was located at the attic of the main building of the hotel (there is also Casa Lux, an annex of the hotel, located ten meters away). Our room was tiny with our own escalator and the decoration makes the room look like a boat with carpeted floors, white-clean linen and computer controlled heat (from the reception). Nice bathroom with shower and tile floor. We did not have a great sight of the city from the room, but the bells from the St. Mark's Tower nicely wake us up every morning. We recommend this hotel and will surely go back when we get the chance to go to Venice again.
The hotel has a great location - only a couple of minutes from St Mark's Square.
The room was large and comfortable with a view onto a small courtyard.
The only complaint we have is regarding the breakfast. This was actually in another building (not Hotel Lux) and was very cramped and always busy. The breakfast itself was very basic consisiting of just bread rolls and croissants.
We would still recommend this hotel for the price and location, just don't expect a hearty breakfast !!
Couldnt have asked for a nicer place to stay
We stayed here in July 03, we could not get over how centrally located it was for the price we paid, its the perfect location and a lovely hotel with st. mark's square almost at its door step! Couldnt have asked for a nicer place to stay! Its stunning!
When the hotel told me that they were close to St.Mark's Square, I was sceptical as the price seemed pretty reasonable. In actual fact, the location couldn't have been better. The room I was given was also very pleasantly decorated. Not much to view out the window though, but no complaints there as time spent in Venice would mostly be outdoors, and not in the hotel room. The staff are truly pleasant, from the front desk lady, Margharita, to the night shift desk guy, Houssain. All in all it was a good stay, although you should be prepared to walk as there are no lifts in the hotel. Still, I say 2 thumbs up for this place!
I booked the Lux online and was really nervous about it. The location was absolutely fantastic, right by the Ducal palace and the bridge of sighs. There were recent renovations, and the room was beautiful if a bit small. The airconditioning was first rate. There was no elevator so this may be an issue if you have any difficulty with stairs. The staff is happy to help with luggage. Such a pleasant suprise at a reasonable price.