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... guitar. After that we had the rest of the afternoon to explore...I mean shop! After 6 hours on our feet with only a quick focaccia stop we were ready to come back. We met our group near the clock and boarded the ferry...the bus...to get to our hotel in which diner was included. A buffet of pasta, roast pork, veggies etc were delicious followed by a few drinks outside with our new ...
Today is going to be a short blog. We are tired and a little home sick, so we'll make it brief as it was a predominately a travel day anyway. We woke up in Rome and had to say goodbye to some great friends that we had made over the course of the tour. Even though our tour had only been 8 days, it felt like much more. It put a lump in the throat to say goodbye. We headed to Verona ...
... a cafe for a couple of hours for my tour, which was good because that gave me time to rest my feet. As luck would have it while I was waiting for the tour an Aussie couple sat next to me. On seeing I had wifi the gent asked me if I had a footy score, wouldn't you know it, Freo supporters!
The walking tour was great. I am glad the guide knew where she was, as we walked down so many little streets and alleys I had no idea where we were. We stopped by a little church ...
... to grab a bite to eat and keep moving, you can grab a sandwich or pizza slice to go for a few euros. If you are tired from walking for hours and want to sit and eat, the closer you are to water the more expensive it's going to get. Looking for lunch today we found a place serving pizza next to the Rialto bridge. We were crammed into a tiny nook and handed menus with prices that made the eyebrows meet the hairline, AND there was no pizza. Pizza was being eaten at tables around us. We ...
... a boat to the Island of Burano which is about 40 minutes away from Venice. Burano is where Venetian lace comes from, beautifully ornate lace creations everywhere. Here the streets were much quieter and wider and the houses were all different colours, bright and attractive to look at. We went straight to a seafood restaurant for lunch. At the restaurant there was all sorts of drinks on the tables and a set seafood menu, the entree of which I changed as seafood lasagne ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalace Bonvecchiati Venice
The best so far! Mum would love the bathroom
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palace Bonvecchiati Venice
I was amazed to read the most recent review of this hotel - we have just retured from a weekend there (19th Dec) and found it to be most enjoyable.
The hotel was gorgeous - we were upgraded to a junior suite - all cream leather and chocolate wood. The room was ultra modern, clean and a delight to stay in - a lovely respite from the cold weather in Venice.
You can't beat the location - a stones throw from St. Marks, Rialto etc, with staff who were most pleasant , welcoming and efficient
The room rate of EUR108.00 per night was hard to beat and great value for money.
Would definitely recommend to friends/ family.
$700 for a room with fleas, blood stained sheets.
"I was staying for 3 nights in early October which was a peak travel period. I paid $700 per night which was staggering. I expected a decent room with a view of more than a wall but hey its venice so i didnt complain. I did complain when I found the sheets to have a large blood stain in the middle of the bed(2" in diameter). I also complained when i woke up in the middle of the big itching because there were fleas in the bed. I was irate and asked the manager. In response I was told "its not a problem with the bed or the room, its venice" I know there is a bug problem in venice but at $700 per night I would have thought they would take care of it for me. I asked for a refund on the last night's stay, and am waiting to hear back from the manager.
For business I travel constantly and have realistic expectations when it comes to rooms. I travelled 200k miles in 2004 and stayed in at least 50 hotels. I have never been so appalled by this experience in Venice. Unless you want to overpay for a room with fleas look elsewhere."
Nice looking hotel
I stayed this hotel from 11/25 to 11/27 with my wife and had a good experience. Hotel is almost brand new and room had very modern interior. There was enough space like American hotel and equipment were all good except internet access. I thought their internet access is free but they charged me 10euro per hour. Per day was around 18euro. Great breakfast included my reservation from Summit Hotel & Resort in spit of cheap price. There were egg, hams, cheese, salmon, fruits, lots of breads, etc. I was very happy from morning to night with their good service.
Stayed at the Palace Bonvechiatti in mid-November for 3 nights. Almost new facility with very high spec of in-room equipment & some cool, modern decor. Breakfast was very good with a wide choice of items in a pleasant, if somewhat cramped, room.
Having no restaurant is not a great handicap as Venice has a few of it's own, several almost on the hotel doorstop.
Definitely a hotel I would revisit as it's in a great location & couldn't fault the room or standard of service.
Stylish hotel ,excellent location
we stayed at this hotel in october for 3 nights the last of which was in a suite which is highly recommended. Venice is not the cheapest place in the world and bearing that in mind i thought that this hotel was great value, especially if you shop around online(try rates to go). cant comment on the breakfast and there isnt a restaurant but there are plenty in the area. some of the other reviews complain about the directions given to the hotels but venice is like a medieval maze which is all part of the fun. you wont be dissapointed if you stay here unless your after something authentic. cant give it 5 stars without a restaurant.
Not your typical Venice hotel.. much better!!
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Palace Bonvecchiati between August 30 and September 3rd 2004 and all I can say is that this hotel was real treat. After a world-wind summer that included Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Rome we were running low on funds but still not ready to head back to reality. We originally wanted to end our trip with a few more relaxing days in the sun but had difficulty planning such a trip on such short notice that we figured we'd stick to one final major city. Venice was the perfect choice. Probably the most surreal place I have had the pleasure to visit.
We found the Palace Bonvecchiati completely by accident while scrolling through online travel websites. What jumped out at me immediately about this hotel was that it was brand new. Though that can be rather scary b/c hiccups happen due to the newness of it all, I am more afraid of hotels that are so old they are WAY past their former glory (and no longer look anything like what they are advertised in brochures etc.) This hotel was the perfect choice for our stay. I loved the ultra modern design and furnishings of the hotel. The bathroom was a little small but reminded me of a big aqua "pod" from outer space which fit very well with the ultra-modern design. And the bed was very comfortable as well, which is something not always associated with modern furnishings. Our room included a 27-30 inch LCD TV with internet for 8 Euro/day, and pay movies, and the standard hotel tv channels. . We also had a huge balcony outside our room. Unfortunately the patio furniture hadn't arrived yet so there was nowhere to sit, but it was still a very nice touch and offered great views of the goings on below. And we thankfully didn't experience any issues b/c the hotel was brand new. Everything was running smoothly.
The staff was eager to please and offered us a "free" excursion to Morano and Burano which are neighboring islands. Of course there was an "upgrade" option in the tour for a mere 50 EURO (in which case we would take a more scenic route to the other islands) but we got lucky and the rising tides of the day forced the boatman to take us along the entire length of the Grand Canal at no extra charge - another upgrade which would have otherwise cost 80 Euro.
The hotel was a 5 minute walk to St Mark's Square and the "waterfront" and a less than 10 minute walk to the Rialto bridge. I could not have asked for a better location. The directions given to me by the Concierge from St Mark's ferry stop made little sense and to make matters worse there is another hotel with the Bonvecchiati name - a sister hotel that you encounter first if you follow the Concierge's directions. Imagine lugging 3 large bags through the streets of Venice - up the bridge, down the bridge, up again, down again, to reach a hotel where the guy at the front desk has no idea what you are doing there. It wasn't the greatest "first impression" though the hotel did finally send someone to escort us to the right place which was thankfully nearby. Still, I would have never found it myself given the maze-like configurations of the streets. Still, arriving at the actual hotel was like hearing a chorus of angels singing - it was really stunning as a first impression b/c every other building around you (as well as the sister hotel) looks like it is at least 350 years old. Our hotel was like stepping onto a boutique on 5th Avenue. Really something!
Knowing very little Venician geography I wasn't sure that the hotel would be close enough to a canal to take a water-taxi directly to and from the hotel. This was a moment of mental dysfunction for me as Venice is built completely on water and you can get practically anywhere by boat. Of course the 75 Euro it costs to take a water-taxi from the airport to the city vs. the 10 Euro/person to take public transport was the real deciding factor in us deciding to take the public ferry, but on our last day we figured we would skip the dragging our bags through the streets of Venice to the ferry stop (b/c apparently the hotel could not help us carry our bags to the ferry stop due to "insurance reasons") and spring for direct transport. It was a wise decision. And it really is how Venice should be experienced - by boat only!
My only regret about this hotel is that I probably won't be able to stay at this hotel given what they will probably charge once construction is completed. I was looking for extra information on the hotel online when I accidentally came across a site called VoyageNow which must be a Hotels company b/c this is the charge that eventually showed up on my credit card. Through this website we were able to book 4 nights at this hotel for just under US$ 1,000.00 (inclusive of taxes and everything!) Thank God for them b/c we would have had to pay $400.00 a night otherwise and would have had to stay somewhere else given what was left in our budget. I figure we got a good deal b/c the hotel was still under construction. Of course you wouldn't know it unless you really, really looked for the construction. Our "wing" was completely done. We accidentally wandered to another section of the hotel being the nosy types that we are but otherwise you could not have known the hotel was still being built. The sauna on the top floor was not done yet but they do have some equipment in the fitness center which was a nice touch. Still, I don't know if this hotel is worth $400/night that some people are paying. I loved it most b/c it was a bargain and because the service was excellent. "American" buffet breakfast was included which was a nice way to start the day, but it was the pretty standard stuff you'd find in any similar class hotel in Europe.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for something different than what is (I suspect) typically offered by hotels in Venice. If you want to feel like some 16th century prince is going to waltz through the door at any moment and take you to the masquerade ball a-la Cinderella, then this hotel is not for you. If instead you want to experience some of the crazy modern Italian design (itself also pretty surreal) and then head out and explore Venice, while being in the close to all the main attractions, this hotel is the perfect place.
The highlight of our European Honeymoon
What luck we had! I had originally made reservations at the Hotel St. Elena for our stay in Venice. However when we got there they said there was some problem with our room and they told us that they had made us reservations at the Palace Bonvecchiati and sent us on our way.
After some trouble locating the hotel we found it and it was beautiful inside and our room was nothing short of awesome. It was decorated in a tasteful contemporary style and was very comfortable. Both me and my wife found it much to our liking.
The breakfast was a continental style but it was plenty for us and included pastries, meats, cereals, yogurt, smoked salmon, fruit, juices, and a very tasty pickled salad which I am craving right now.
I may be reviewing from a different perspective then some of the other reviewers here because they honored the 175 eur rate that I had reserved at the other hotel where we were supposed to stay, not the 375+ rate that is the norm here. but in any event, we enjoyed our 2 night stay here.
Also note, don't expect to find an iron in you hotel room anywhere in Italy, we were informed by the desk staff here that it is illegal for hotels to provide Irons to guests in Italy. Go figure...
Save your money ...
The Palace is very new - its chosen motif is Italian modern. The directions provided by the web site AND the people at the hotel from the Rialto water taxi stop were horrible.
The facility is nice - most of the staff tries hard - but the property is overpriced and falls short of being a true luxury property.
The room was small and equipped with many modern electronic things that all did not work too well - if at all.
The breakfast is a continential version v. a full (at 500 Euro plus per night it would have been nice to have a better meal).
Senior members of the staff recommended restaurants that clearly were sub-standard BUT seemingly well connected with the staff member.
All in all - I'd find a hotel outside of the San Marco square area. It will be less traveled and richer in the things that make Venice so attractive.
This is the hotel we would strongly recommend. My parents stayed there 3 nights for their 60th Birthday. They were being upgraded to a canel view superior room. Helpful staff, Great Room with fully Air-conditioning. The hotel was brand new and it's just recently finished. Remember not to miss their in house lovely breakfast...otherwise you would be definitely regret!!
Fabulous new hotel
I guess we are the first to post a review of this hotel. We just returned from our trip to Italy (mid-August, 2004). We stayed at the Palace Bonvecchiati for two nights. We were only reserved for one night, but liked it so much, decided to stay an extra day. It was wonderful. The hotel had just opened and we were the first visitors to our rooms (we held two rooms). They are still working out some minor kinks, but this should not affect you by the time you book. I can tell you that this is a truly elegant hotel, unlike any else you will experience in Venice. It is conveniently located close to St Mark's square and the staff is superb, and extremely helpful. For example, one of the reasons we had booked at the hotel was that we wanted a place with fitness (hard to find in Venice). When we arrived, we found that the facility was closed due to a broken water pipe. However, the staff arranged for a pass for our son to use a gym facilty nearby at their expense. The facility was fixed by that evening and the next day he used it. We very much enjoyed the contemporary decor and the very up to date equipment (TVs, etc.) in the rooms. I should also tell you that we got this room for much less than other well known hotels of inferior quality. I pressume this is because it has just opened and people don't know it yet - so ours were rates that probably won't last. None the less, I'm sure there will still be good deals available. In short, we highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Venice.