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Right, I'll make this one nice and snappy. I had a free hostel breakie this morning, then jumped on the bus to Venice. Awesome bus ride, Paul (the guide) let me sit up the front as I was mesmerized by the mountains in Austria. Then I found out that he has his paragliding license so I quizzed him for ages on how to obtain that. Tonight ...
... was a nice worthwhile visit. Caught the vaporetto back to San Alvise.
Dianne & I decided to go for a walk together as the kids took a break. We wanted to explore our area a little more so followed a google map of the area and quickly found ourselves in some beautiful but busy areas. Dianne again excelled in shopping with a bag purchase - embarassing me with her haggling over the price. "30 Euros, no 25 - no I only 20 Euros in my ...
... do! We then caught a water bus to Murano Island, which is very quaint and lovely. Here we were bombarded with the extremes of Murano glass art, from the beautiful to the ugly and everything in between. Some gifts were purchased today and we bought a magnificent piece of Murano art, that will be delivered to us by the time we get home. We are both very excited about our purchase. The salesman gave me a necklace as a gift and he opened a a bottle of Prosecca and we drank from ...
... is not great, often hazy, but today it was super clear and perfect for photos. Back to the Ferry and we made our way around the Grand Canal taking in the sights before disembarking a couple of stations after our normal stop to meandered around San Polo. It is very much like most of Venice but with less tourists. We managed to find somewhere for a coffee and a very late breakfast of a traditional toastie, so we were happy. We made our way back to our apartment but not before buying up ...
... had a good time looking around all the amazing paintings.
We then continued to the Cathedral which gave us another nice view on San Marco square. We didn't actually go into the cathedral because we thought it was over priced and we wanted to go into the main cathedral which was on San Marco square, but it wasn't open in the morning. We had to re-plan our day so that we could fit in the basilica cathedral.
After taking some nice photos we took a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Moderno Venice
I am not a review writer, this is actually my first. To begin I will let you know that I recognizing that this is an area first inhabited in 10,000 BC and I understand that space is at a premium.
Lets start with my wife and I walked by the entrance to the hotel three times. I knew roughly where the hotel was located and had a printed map but even after firing up the cell phone GPS and having the hotel location dot and our current location dot covering one another, it was still not evident of the entrance. So next we look for the address (Hotel Moderno 154) and find 152 and 158. Strike Two!
Then, what's that in the alley between the pizza joint and another hotel but a sign (white sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper) in a plastic page protector with the name, Hotel Moderno! We have found it, yes, finally. So I turn sideways and turn my suitcase sideways and head down the alley to an open steel door that has a stairway that looks closer to a stair entrance to a tree fort. At first, I thought it was a circular stairway and was really wondering if I was going to be able to fit my suitcase up the narrow twisted stair. Without the suitcase I travel up the stairs, turn left to go up a few more stairs to a locked glass door with a picture on it showing other buildings and an intercom to the right. Then a voice from the intercom, I must go back down the stairs, out from the alley to the street and then go into a different hotel to check in! Lovely, thinking I was at the wrong location I go to the other hotel, haul the luggage up the stairs to the front desk and check into the building we were at previously, oh my.
So I check in and pay for the two nights (if I want a remote to the TV I must pay a 50.00 Euro deposit, I don't) and head to the previous building, haul the suitcases up the original flight of stairs and then another flight of stairs (there was one more floor, I don't see why the desk attendant didn't give us the penthouse) and enter our room. Ugh. I am ok with small; I am ok with old, dated, or nostalgic. I am not ok with pealing wallpaper and paint, one outlet, unneeded furniture, broken furniture, broken shower doors, a sink that doesn't drain faster than a stream just faster than a drip but does leak, a nail for a door stop, and buckling and broken laminate flooring (we had to wear our shoes while in the room), shower doors that are broken and don't close and grout mold.
Now, at 85.00 American dollars I understand this is a steal in the off season and yes I like to spend less on accommodations and more on food.... But enough sour grapes let's say something nice, I believe it deserves a strong half star any day of the week.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.