Travel Blogs from Venice
... Marco square and go pay our 16euro to go have a look around Doge Palace, which houses the old government offices, court room, armoury and prison. We spend a couple hours here, but could easily have spent a few more. The palace is amazing and their collection of weapons, armour and guns is fascinating. There is an old gattling machine gun there which dans favourite piece. Probably the most famous part of this place is ...
... and ended up eating it all!! I was soon in a food coma and we all spent the afternoon napping on the picnic table cos there were too many green ants on the ground and it was too hot in our tent. Shaun, Jennie and I went to the restaurant later that night for dinner and shared a pizza and a can of coke between us which came to 2€ each. That night I woke up at 4am feeling sick from the heat and when I checked the temperature I realized why, it was 27 degrees with 65% ...
... to Florence. He was then going to catch up to us as at one point we would be back tracking. We split up and Laura and I promptly got lost. However, not totally lost but couldn't quite keep the track that the hotelier had told us. It is so very easy to get lost as there are so many canals and tiny streets and after awhile they all look the same. Every street corner, bridge or canal is ...
Main tasks for the day were: relax & swim at the Lido, do a wash at a Venetian laundramat and go on a walking 'ghost tour'.
All were successful. Weather still very hot & sunny so we set out rIght after our delicious hotel breakfast for the Lido - long sand bar island a half hour from Venice - very crowded & choppy trip but worth the effort. The town is very lovely, many nice hotels, easy walk across island from vaporetto stop to long beach. ...
... You may not have known this, I didn't, but Pisa is not the only town in Italy with a leaning tower. There are at least two of them in Venice that I saw. They don't lean to the degree as Pisa but they are very noticeable. These bell towers are all over the place.
We were blessed to have a place to stay in Venice that was so close to everything because public toilets are not very prevalent, nor are they free of charge when you find them. 1 euro per person. While ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.