Travel Blogs from Venice
We started our day on a guided tour of Venice visiting St. Mark's Square, Byzantine Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. There was a glassblowing demonstration in the Murano shop which was spectacular. Lunch was on the island of Burano, which is known for it's multicolored houses and lace production. We had a good laugh with some of our …
Arrivederci, Florence! A quick stop in Verona where we saw the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Everyone left love notes in the alley leading up to the balcony. The tradition was to write on a band-aid or on the wall itself. From Verona, it was off to Venice!! We took the water taxi over to the island where our hotel was located. The …
... amp; the famous bridge of sighs. Peering out of the stone bridge I take a photo & now understand why the bridge opposite over the canal is flooded with tourists & cameras. They are taking photos of the bridge of sighs. It's so much better from the inside. The Venetian palace is different to the palaces in Paris & you can't really compare them. I however enjoy the Venetian palace better than Versailles. It is dated from medieval times so maybe that's ...
... to talk to us. She asked us if we were celebrating being done high school and going to university...When we told her we were much older than that she was surprised and said we looked young. Considering that would have been 10 years ago for me, I gladly accepted that compliment! She was great for giving us maps and pointing out where the hotel was on a map and areas that were great for younger crowds and she recommended the restaurant we went to for ...
... br> A word on rubbish pick up here in Venice: you're allowed to place one bag of trash (about the size of a plastic grocery bag) out at your door every morning (between 6 and 8 AM), Monday through Saturday, and alternating days, one bag of plastic/glass/cans or one bag of paper. It’s easy as a vacationer, but I wonder how it would be as a resident. I think ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalazzo Selvadego Venice
This was a surprising roomy space. Decorated with large wooden beams on the ceiling. The room and hotel really had a lot of character. The BEST part is the location!! You are steps away from St. Mark's Square! When Venice becomes less crowded at night, St. Mark's Square is a sight to behold. Absolutely breathtaking and not crowded after 4pm. The only negative was the sheets. They were very rough and not comfortable.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Selvadego Venice
Nicest small hotel
Loved everything about that hotel except for the small walk to its parent, the Monaco hotel (I must say it was very cold the 1st weekend of March, we had snow in Venice!).
Cheap, cozy, comfortable, recently and very nicely refurbished.
Close to San Marco on a tiny street just off the way to the Rialto, the train station and the Accademia.
I would recommend it to anyone without any doubt unless you're the type to go to the Danieli and spend 100's of euros on an hotel room.
We were here in the first week of January.The hotel is a delight in every respect. A pebble's throw from San Marco; beautifully fitted rooms and breakfast on the terrace of the Hotel Monaco looking out in the Grand Hotel. All for the same price as you would normally pay for some god-forsaken flea pit.
We booked through the web not knowing what we would find. What you get is check in at the Hotel Monaco - which is as grand as they came; a porter to carry your bags the two minutes to the Palazzo while another holds your documents for you; splendid room - small but designed to use the space extermely well; excellent fittings; TV and all mod cons; and breakfast in the Monaco and use of all the services.
Fantastic value for the price - totally recommended
Really great hotel. We had a superior double room, which was very large (room 615) and overlooked the main walkway in front of the hotel. Very nice decor, very clean. Great service by everyone at this hotel, as well as the Monaco. Breakfast was minimal - a basket of bread but you could order additional items and rather high prices. We did have dinner one night at the Grand Canal and found the food really good. Really great location - right around the corner from St. Mark's Square. Have nothing but wonderful things to say about this hotel. If you go to their website, you'll find the rooms to look exactly as pictured here.
Great Stay, Great Room, Great City
This hotel is the perfect combination of a cozy, updated boutique hotel and upscale city hotel. The Plazzo Selvadego is like an annex of the Monaco and Grand Canal hotel. The Selvadego is located just behind the Museo Correre off of St. Mark's Square. The rooms are small, but not too small, and very clean and modern. The bathrooms are clean, modern with great fixtures and marvelous showerheads and water pressure. The soaps and shampoo are from the Monaco and pleasntly fragrant. The beds are comfortable and the bedrooms quiet. The only thing that was lacking that you would expect in a luxury room was a clock radio, so if you need to get up.. either bring your own alarm clock or arrange for a call at the front desk.
The cost of the room comes with breakfast served at the Monaco in their dining room looking out at the Grand Canal, the Santa Maria del Salute and the goldoliers getting their boats ready for the day. The location leaves you steps from both St. Mark's Square and from the Vaparetto stop for the #1 and #82. I really can't think of a more convinient location for exploring the city and environs. We got the rooms as part of a package deal...but they were very reasonable.. I wouldn't hesitate to pay more to return. This was a great stay in a great room in a great city.
Our First Thoughts?
Our first thoughts were " do we want to write a review on this Hotel" by doing so we would be letting others know of this wonderful find!! but we used Trip Advisor when making our final selection and thought it only fair we should share our experience..
Without doubt the Palazzo Selvadego is perfect in every way..
Very important when arriving in Venice is that you can find your hotel .. we were on our second visit so knew were to go but to anyone unsure of where to stay then this is the place.. you are just seconds from St Marks Square..
On arrival you are made welcome by the staff at The Monaco and Grand Canal Hotel who take you to the Palazzo Selvadego.. a walk of no more than two minutes. We were shown to our room which was simply beautiful.. The Hotel has been finished to the highest standard complete with everything you could possibly need.
We are already looking forward to our next trip to Venice and will be staying at this Hotel..
Location, Location, Location!
This hotel is an excellent choice for those wishing to be near St. Marks Square. It is literally less than a minute from the front door of the hotel to St Marks. In addition, the hotel you check in to is The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, which is about 100 yards to the left of the St Marks Alilaguna bus stop. Very nice area, where they will lead you to your actual hotel which is down an alley behind the big hotel. Palazzo Selvadego is almost hidden, with only a tiny sign you would hardly ever notice. The front desk is manned 24 hours and you must be buzzed in which gives a good feeling for those worried about security. The rooms are very nice. Actually ours was two level. We had two twin beds pushed together which really was no big deal. There were opening windows for a cool breeze and a pretty crappy view of a tiny courtyard where you could watch employees take smoke breaks. We kept the drapes pulled most of the time anyway. The bathroom was probably the best part of the room. It had a toilet and bidet, and a gigantic shower. It was actually a seperate room, tiled with a great shower head
and there was also a heated towel bar, very cool! The front desk person was always very friendly with a Buon Giorno! Breakfast was ok, pretty skimpy actually. It included a couple tiny muffins, 2 croissants, and a couple rolls with butter and jelly. Free coffee or tea. If you want juice or eggs or anything else, its extra. We found plenty of restaurants on the other side of St. Marks. If you are standing in front of San Marco Basilica, take a left and follow the alleys back and you will find plenty of shopping and eating between there and Rialto.
You may ask would I stay here again? My answer is actually no. While I enjoyed the area, and thought the hotel was very nice and had no real complaints, my wife and I found the Rialto area much more appealing and spent much more time strolling though that area. It is an easy vaporetto ride to Rialto or a quick 15 minute walk from the hotel. Just our preference. St. Marks is cool, but then it gets old quick. Especially paying 2 euro for a coke anywhere in the general vicinity of St. Marks shows you how touristy it is.
Lovely 4* hotel
We have just got back from 5 nights at the Palazzo Selvadego, Venice, Italy. It is a stone's throw from St. Mark's Square, and, as such, is perfectly located. The November rate was £379 total for the 5 nights (for 2 people, incl. breakfast).
The room was medium in size, and simply, but tastefully decorated with draping curtains and wooden beams on the ceiling. The bathroom was especially nice. Very large, and with a huge walk-in shower. The loo seat was even heated. Nice attention to detail!
The Palazzo Selvadego is the sister hotel of Grand Canal and Monaco, which is where you have breakfast (it's a 3 minute walk from the PS). Breakfast is pastries and coffee/tea. Anything else costs extra. If you don't eat all the pastries and bread, take them for the St. Mark's Square pigeons! The view from the breakfast room looks right onto the Grand Canal and moored gondolas. The vaporetti cruise past every few minutes, too.
The concierge were very helpful and spoke excellent English.
Excellent location and quality
We were transfered to this hotel when our original choice of hotel couldnt accomodate us due to a burst pipe. How lucky we were !!
The location is unbeatable, San Marco square is just yards away, but as previous reviewers state, you wouldnt know it because it is superbly quite. Rooms were massive, we wanted a triple and ended up with a suite, 2 seperate rooms with a joint entrance and a bathroom each. Breakfast was included on the Grand Canal side terrace and although its only a continental the view more than makes up for it.
I cant say if this hotel is good value as we paid for a completely different one but it is the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
If you're anything like me, you research the heck out of everything before making a decision.....especially when it means the difference between an incredible vacation and one that causes you nothing but grief.
With that said, I wanted to ensure that the hotels I chose for our vacation to Rome, Florence and Venice were clean, luxurious, well located and comfortable. Oh, and I wanted to make sure that they weren't ridiculously too expensive. I know, I know. It's Europe. Everything is expensive. But these were within reason.
And so, here's my review on Palazzo Selvadego, Venice. Only one word could describe it.....PERFECT! I thought I was taking a gamble on this one as I could not find much information on it or find any reviews for that matter, but having just arrived from Venice on June 18th, 2004 I can honestly tell you that this hotel is superb!
The Palazzo Selvadego is owned by the Monaco and Grand Canal hotel, which means a very high standard. You actually check in at the Monaco and Grand Canal, and then they walk you over to a separate building for the Palazzo Selvadego. On your short 30 second walk from building to building be sure to take note of the Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada etc. shops you just walked by and you'll understand the location you're in. Oh and for all the men out there, this hotel is above the Ermenegildo Zegna store. I couldn't stop staring in the windows everytime I was coming and going to the hotel....the clothes were simply stunning.
The hotel is situated directly adjacent to San Marco square, and although you think it would be noisy it is absolutely not. It is on the "quiet" side of San Marco square (opposite the Bascilica). The great thing about the location is how quick you can get to it. Once you arrive into Venice, finding your hotel can be like a finding a needle in a haystack. We noticed many visitors lugging their bags around looking for their hotel. However the Selvadego is only 30 second walk to the main "boat" station San Marco and check in is even easier, because you check in at the Monaco and Grand Canal. You get off the boat at San Marco, walk about 30 feet and voila! you're there!!
As for the rooms themselves, the entire hotel looks as though it was renovated no more than a year ago. Beautifully decorated and contemporary rooms with hardwood floors, high wood-beamed ceilings, perfect beds and linens and an incredible limestone bathroom, complete with huge shower, double sinks, bidet etc. etc. Super-clean and super-nice!!!
Last thing. Our price included breakfast which you get at the main hotel....on the terrace....overlooking the water. We would watch the Gondoliers getting ready every morning which was very interesting. Here's the catch though. They give you a basket of 2 croissants, 2 rolls, 2 muffins, bread and some butter along with coffee, all of which was delicious, but anything else on the menu is extra. This means fruit, cereal, eggs, juice etc. However, it should be noted that one can get filled up from the basket of baked goods as they are extremely fresh and VERY good, but if you want more then it will cost a bit extra. So what. The food is fantastic and is worth every penny. So go ahead and live a little...afterall you are staying at a 4-star hotel!
In summary, if you have any doubts...don't! If this hotel suits your budget (we paid about 160 Euros a night for June 2004) then book it! Fast!! The hotel has everything you could possibly ask for. It's new. Has air conditioning. Has stunning rooms. Has luxurious bathrooms. Has very comfortable beds. Is super-clean. Has a fantastic restaurant. Has perfect service. Is in one of the most incredible locations. Has an elevator. And, well, was just....PERFECT.
I would not have taken so much time to write this review if I honestly did not feel like the hotel was everything we could have possibly dreamed of, and much more......! Thanks Palazzo Selvadego!! Keep up the great work!! And for the all of you that took time to read this review, all I can say is trust me, you will not be disappointed. Stop looking at the other 4-star hotels in Venice and book this. Trust me.
Quiet, comfortable, clean
Like all hotels in Venice, the Selvadego was expensive - 240 Euros/night in early April. This is not as bad as it seems though, because you get a quite clean and secure base for visiting the City. We stayed in a 3 star hotel the first night which was noisy and did not feel secure so we moved up and were glad we did. The Selvadego is part of the Grand canal and Monaco hotel, but is located off the canal, a couple of blocks away. You can use the amenities at the tonier hotel, but enjoy the quiet of a separate, secure building.
The room and bathroom was big and the shower was great. The staff was friendly and unobtrusive. I recommend this hotel for those who want quiet and to be close to St Marks Square.