Hotel Palazzo Abadessa
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... We walked up to the doors, I gave a little push, and surprisingly the door opened. We sneaked inside the little chapel area, though we got the distinct impression we were not supposed to be there. We got a few photos, went around the corner, and there was a desk with a tourist guide sitting behind it selling tickets to the archeological site in the basement, they were still open for another 20 minutes, so we hadn't been trespassing after all. We continued wandering the city ...
... that we might like to retire to our room and have a shower. The same concierege later commented on Roberts watch that he had just bought in Croatia 'Oh Mr Molan I see you have the latest model' so when I say he took one look at us, it was a somewhat withering, but politely sympathetic look. OK, so the views overlooking the Grand Canal were magnificent and our room looked like Louis XXIVth's, but after 4 weeks on the road, a girl is entitled to ...
... for a bit and grabbed lunch in a nearby cafe. From there we took a boat to San Marco's square and marveled at its beauty. Gabriele showed me the Opera house and a Gondola parking lot before we got back on the boat and headed to our apartment. We checked in without any problems and then went to the Jewish Museum which was only a few blocks away. We stuck around for ...
Yeah it was raining but that didn't stop us from walking the old island (?) all day and I mean all day.
We left the hotel, I mean boarding house, (Michel I will fill you in later) around 9:30am and sat down for dinner at 6:30pm.
... Marco. Until the 1850s this was the only bridge crossing the Grand Canal (now there are 4). A short distance from the bridge is the Rialto Market, Venice's largest daily seafood and vegetable market and a foodie's haven for these fresh, seasonal, and locally caught and grown products. This area of Venice was once home to more than just seafood and produce. During the height of Venice's power and influence, it was here, along the banks of ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Palazzo Abadessa Venice
Charming, Romantic, Loved it
We stayed at the Palazzo Abadessa in late March 2006. Assuming you arrive by boat from the airport, you pull up to the hotels back door, (which doesn't much resemble a hotel other then a small coat-of-arms flag) with a small porch. You pull the old fashion string and hear the bell ding, ding, ding. What a great start to our stay in Venice I must say.
I won't go into details of "Venizia" style. The rooms are of decent size, however the showers and doorway heights are a bit to be desired. I would say the doors are about 5.5 feet tall and the shower is about 3.5ft wide by 3.5ft deep. Yeah, don't drop anything and good luck cleaning your feet and lower legs. Also the bathroom sink they show you in the picture online was nowhere to be found in our room. It was easy to get past those things as the décor, silk walls, bouncy old fashion bed and painted ceilings really invite into a new world. Hope you don't plan on watching any T.V. in our room it's about a 10" screen you can barely see from the bed.
One thing you will not forget is waking up to the smell of the baking breakfast. They offer a pretty decent breakfast for all the quests each morning. Don't miss it!
The hotel staff was very friendly for the most part, I tried my best to spout a few words in Italian, which seemed to annoy one of the male staff members, but the others appreciated it, I think. EnRico (spelling?) was by far the most accommodating, very friendly and willing to go the extra mile in helping us with anything we needed.
The hotel was in a great location for us. Venice just isn't big and we were a very short walk from the ferryboats and good food. We haven't stayed in other Venice hotels, so I can't really judge it against others that's why we gave it an above average.
Romantic, Luxurious Palace....
We had the pleasure of staying our three nights in Venice at the wonderful Palazzo Abadessa. There is no way to possibly go over all the exquisite details of our stay at this lovely boutique palazzo. The owners, the Rossi couple, were absolutely the most congenial, inviting people we have ever had the fortune to come upon. Mr. Rossi walked us to a restaurant one night after asking for a recommendation..... one night after the opera, we came in late to find him ready to converse a little about veneto wine. He actually brought a bottle from his private stock to share with us...It was amazing to say the least. The breakfast is beautifully set up each morning. It along with the cappucinos was divine. Each night, we made sure we attended the little evening cocktail hour with the Rossi'. Marissa Rossi took a lot of time sharing with us all the impeccable details of this 15th century palace. We were also upgraded to a suite on our last night. Pictures attached are of the room. To say the least, it was an incredible experience. We will surely return to Venice and the Palazzo Abadessa!
Wonderful, Elegant Palazzo in Quieter Area of Venice
Everyone will tell you that Venice is overrun with tourists May through September. They aren't exaggerating. The San Marco area was literally swarming with tour groups clumping around guides with raised flags or umbrella's marching them quickly around the square. It was hard not to think of locusts. Here's the deal -- because the city is so unique and unbelievably beautiful, it's worth it. It really is. We just loved it. However, I can't imagine that staying in a hotel in the middle of all that action would be pleasant.
Staying at the Palazzo Abadessa turned out to be the perfect solution for us. It's located in the Canneggio district, which is easy walking distance to the Rialto and San Marco, especially if you master the art of using the Tragghetti, which are gondolas that take you back and forth across the Grand Canal for .50 cents or use the vapretto water "bus", Line 1. The Canneggio has its share of tourists, but it's much quieter and where actual Venetians live. It's also an area to find some great family run restaurants.
The hotel was truly elegant with authentic Venetian antiques in the rooms and in the common areas. The garden was a perfect, restful place to plan our day while we ate breakfast (outstanding, included) or to come back to in the evening. But what made this place really memorable for us were the staff and the owner. Their service was attentive, but relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable. We were intimidated to meet the owner at first, because everything she has put together is so exquisite, I guess I feared she'd be aloof and aristocratic. But when we came back to the hotel one day to find her in the garden mowing the lawn, we were put at ease. She was warm, down-to-earth, and really takes pride and what she and her staff have created.
In fact, I have to stop writing this review because I miss it so much I'm getting depressed at how long it will be before I can return. If you're planning your trip now - lucky you -- and a splurge on this hotel is well worth it.
Simply magnificent hotel
This hotel was truly a magical place to stay while in the grand city of Venice. It is a smaller hotel with a dozen or so rooms housed in a old mansion. The lobby area and second floor coomon area was like walking into an amazing palace. It is situated on a small canal and our room was on the back of the hotel looking over the canal, it was lovely. The rooms are decorated with period pieces and are just great to sit on the bed and look around the nicely decorated room. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms very modern and large. There is also a beautiful courtyard where you can have breakfast and where they also serve nightly cocktails. The staff was extremely helpful and gave great recommendations on sights and places to eat. While the hotel is a little pricey (we had the least expensive room and it was still great), we would stay there again in a heart beat.
Fantastic Hotel and staff
Our experience of the Palazzo Abadessa was fantastic. It is a large building on a canal, not the Grand canal. Even though the Palazzo is large is only has around 10 rooms. We received the most wonderful personal experience at this hotel and would most definately stay here again. Our room overlooked a canal and had a mezzanine floor. It was delightful. The breakfasts were great. Once again I must mention just how friendly and helpful the staff were, it is a family run hotel. They went out of their way to be helpful.