Travel Blogs from Venice
... at a restaurant by shaded Campo (small square) and were re-energized to tackle the rest of the afternoon's activities.
We toured a unusual used bookshop where books were piled up in an old gondola and bathtubs positioned in the store; very disorganized but the owner appeared to have a mental inventory of where his books were located. The boys enjoyed flipping through old comics in Italian! The cats lazing about the shop were quite rotund, and looked like ...
... strikes and today violent riots which have forced a city lockdown and museum closures. Fortunately we saw the Colosseum, Trivi Fountain and the Spanish Steps yesterday as it's closed today. We headed to the Vatican for a guided tour of the world's smallest country. The country of Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem. I'm glad we did a Vatican tour because we ...
... priced restaurant (not many in this location) All over Italy I have seen these African dudes on the street selling their wares, bags, watches, etc Cheap knock off's no doubt. One had set up shop just outside the restaurant I was in. Just after eight he packed up shop then I saw about a dozen of them walking along the shore. I figured they were packing up for the evening. Two minutes later five more came walking back with more wares and set up shop again. They must be the night ...
... the font desk of our hotel. We had eight minutes to get to the train, which was right behind the hotel, but we didn't know how to get to it. We found the tunnel, ran to the tracks, and quickly squeezed on to an overpacked train where an Italian behind us saw our tickets in our hands and told us we hadn't validated our tickets. It seems that in Italy it is not enough to buy a train ticket. One must make the ticket feel worthy through validation. One must stick it in a machine to have the ...
... surgery and they a taking the opportunity to have a week in Italy. They have just come from Milan and didn't like it at all. Since this is the second report we've heard about Milan being missable, we're glad we made that call. We get chatting to them and they're both very interesting people. There are thousands and thousands of people in Venice, although if you are up early enough, not so many crowds. The only problem with the early start though is that none of the shops open ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Hotel Venice
The Perfect Spot
The Metropole boasts a spectacular location combined with exceptional service. Every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations. The staff are warm and welcoming. Of all the rooms we enjoyed in Europe, this was the largest. We had a great walk-in closest, sitting area, raised sleeping area and fabulous bathroom completely tiled in mosaic. We also enjoyed the air conditioning - a rare find in parts of Europe! We can't imagine staying in any other hotel in Venice - The Metropole is PERFECT and truly made our visit to Venice unforgettable.
Located along the Riva degli Schiavoni, the hotel had superb views of the lagoon! It was also very convenient because the Piazza San Marco and the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop were just a few minutes walk away. The service was one of the best we've experienced on our trip and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We expected the breakfasts in Venice hotels to be generally mediocre but we were delighted at the Metropole's breakfast spread. It was one of the best hotels of our Italy trip and I highly recommend it.
My wife and I spent the first leg of our Honeymoon in Venice and were quite pleased with the Metropole. From the moment our water taxi pulled up to the water door, till the moment we left for Florence we were treated like gold. The Lobby and hallways can provide hours of sightseeings itself. It's an antique museum in it's own right! The room was absolutely georgeous, from the canopy bed to the beautiful red cloth wall covering, to the stunning marble bathroom. (The closet in the room also deserves and honorable mention as it was a walk-in. We were dead set on having some nice dinners while in town and had quite a spread of dress clothes that needed hanging up immediately) There was a separate sitting room with a couch and a tv that made the room feel more like home. Overall, the Metropole was a home run and as romantic as I could ever imagine for a honeymoon. We were quite sad to leave and are looking forward to returning.
Venice is incredible. It is unllike any city anywhere. Everything at the Metropole was wonderful with one exception. Our travel package included breakfast, but we found out too late that they billed us for our breakfasts. So be sure to check your bill before you leave. Otherwise, the staff, service, and accomodations, were all top notch. A Super hotel!The walking tour of St. Marks and the Dulce's palace are a must! Also, the free boat ride and tour of the Murano glass factory were great. Some people complain about being pressured to buy, but we already had our hearts set on some gunuine Murano glass, and were very satisfied. As a bonus, Mr. and Mrs. Murano (21st generation to own the factory) rode back to venice with us. What an experience!The canals and small "streets/alleys" are mesmerizing. A gondoliere told us that there are 425 bridges over Venice's canals. It was fun getting lost on those back alleys and stumbling upon incredible stores. restaurants. cafes,churches and other 600 year old architecture. We are definately going back in the very near future.
Indeed, very nice, Venice & the Metropole. Kind staff, good service, a romantic atmosphere, great location. Even the food was excellent. And so was the Bar. We will definitely return. I have been to Venice before, at the Londra Palace and the Giorgione, but the Metropole is now my favourite hotel in Venice.
Lived like a king...
Stayed at the Metropole in February 2003. Booked a junior suite and was very impressed. The hotel is very atmospheric, the staff are very helpful and the restaurant was excellent. The breakfast buffet was fresh and substantial. A very memorable stay in a very memorable city. We will be booking a break in Venice again and the Metropole will be one of the highlights of our stay!
Sunshine in Venice
Hotel stay was a delight from start to finish, room was excelent, food very good and staff helpful and friendly at all times Would recommed to anyone
We just returned from Italy, and the highlight of our trip was staying at the Metropole in Venice. In addition to Venice being a wonderful and enchanting city, the Metropole was just over the top. Pulling up to their lobby in a water taxi made you feel like you were royality. The rooms were decorated with care and the service was excellent. We can't wait to go back!
I was there May 1-3 2002. Excellent location close to Plaza San Marco, very clean, elegant operation. The whole hotel is an antique showplace, the lobby, the dining room, and the hallways. Staff treats you as you would be expect to be treated. Enjoyed the everything about the visit except the breakfast. It is adequate for the items you pick up at the buffet and the coffee service is alright, but don't expect to get the advertised orange juice. They just never bring it to you. One other item disturbed me, the breakfast waitress took pains to publicly correct a female member of our party on the proper use of the formal and familar forms of vorrei. I wanted to say something about her rudeness but I was asked not to as it was our last morning there.
Memories are Made of This
Two years ago my boyfriend-to-be seduced me by taking me to Venice to stay at the Metropole. And I've never looked back.
The staff were fantastic and attended to our every whim, the hotel was beautiful and the rooms made me feel like a queen. The entire trip was magical from start to finish, and the setting certainly helped. I will never forget those few days, and want to thank the staff (if they're reading) for all they did to help (especially the bell-boy who gave me his last cigarette!). I will certainly be back, and this time I might even treat my man!