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Travel Blogs from Venice
We sadly departed from the ship where we had been living in a dream for the past week or so but excitingly met up with Dad and Shay. We spent the day catching up, walking around venice and the two boys enjoyed stopping for beers in many places along the way. I drank a spritz - a local drink which tasted of a combination of white wine and orange …
Up at 7.30am then breakfast at 8am. We walked across St.Mark's Square to go to the Tourist Information Centre for a map and Vaporetto timetable. Office was closed for renovations so we were directed to another office in the Venice Pavilion. Walked around to Venice Pavilion and waited for the office to open at 10am.
Managed to check out …
Left Salzburg on our way to Rosenheim in Germany where we changed trains to go to Venice. Trains ran on time and we had a compartment to ourselves for the 8 hour trip. Travelled through Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass into Italy which meant lots of tunnels (one we were inside for 10 minutes !) but we didn't see any snow.
Arrived in Venice …
... and I found ourselves singing along to "That's Amore" then receiving the bill that was over 40 euros for 2 cappuccinos, shot of Kahlua and a hidden fee of 6 euros per person for the musical entertainment. Shocked, we paid the bill, and walked away thinking we just experienced a true Venetian landmark with pride. And yes "That's Amore" repeated in our heads every step we took through the maze of streets in front of us.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Orion Venice
Very cheeful atmosphere clean.a good spot next to square
very clean and pleasant hotel
A very good 2*
A surprisingly good hotel - first impressions are deceptive. I had a single room on the top floor - which was actually a very tasteful small double with a view! The bathroom was miniscule.The reception staff were exceedingly helpful but I think my willingness to try to speak Italian helped a little.
Hotel was in a great spot next to St.Mark's Square and a short walk from the vaporetto stop. Rooms were small and basic but comfortable and the staff were helpful. The rooms were very hot as the airconditioning was turned off so you had to open the windows at night to cool the room down but this let in all the noise from the street below which meant you had to decide which was the most annoying. I think this might be a common problem in Venice as the narrow street carry the noise. Overall a good hotel in a great position.