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Elegant Venetian buildings and palaces peer over the ancient maze of narrow streets and labyrinth of canals that make up this unique city. Venice rests on one of a series of 117 islands distributed throughout the Venetian lagoon, at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. The historic centre is divided into six quarters (sestieri). These are: San …
... pools as we exit so that platforms must be used to enter and exit! Guess they are used to this in Venice. Out in the square there are a bunch of people encouraging the pigeons to sit on themselves so they can take photos........eeeeugh! Not for me, I'm flinching every time they fly overhead, scared they might pick me to land on! We go up into the tower for a bird's eye view of the city. Fortunately here there is a lift to the top and no effort is required for us to climb. The view ...
... people queuing up over this portable bridge. Basilica impressive (need more words - all the churches we've seen have been impressive , amazing, ...!) One of the constant comments we've made to each other is how much wealth has been concentrated to such a small part of the community - the church on one side & royalty & the nobles on the othe, leaving the bulk of society as peasants barely making a ...
... his new set of animals. Got off the train and we were in Venice. Water and old buildings all around us. Spectacular just leaving the train station. We decided to take a water taxi to our hotel, the Violino D'Oro. Good choice. He took us almost to the front door of the hotel with all our luggage. Tom, Bob, Christina and Roger headed out to explore and have dinner. Found a great spot, Rapael's. Guess what? We had pasta ...
... B prendre le vaporetto jusqu'à la place Roma mise des bagages à la consigne.
Promenade dans Venise et visite du théâtre LA FENICE = très intéressant.
Flâneries de terrasse en terrasse et en Vaporetto.
Nous avons pris le Bus ATVO vers aéroport.
L'avion avait 30 minutes de retard! (nous sommes habitués)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Principe Venice
A grand choice
A couple of negative reviews (although in the minority) caused us some concern about the hotel, but the majority was correct. Everything was fine and the staff pleasant and helpful. Our room was spacious by European standards and we were able to get a canal view with a balcony which was very nice. The only drawback is the location which is away from most of the "tourist sites", dining and shopping so we ended up eating at the hotel dining room twice - but it was excellent.
The staff was what you would call perfect! They were so friendly and helpful in every possible way. The room we had was right on the canal and was oh sooo beautiful. The place was clean and the food was exceptional. When I return to Venice for two weeks next year this will be the place I'll call home.
This hotel was by far the best hotel my girlfriend and I stayed in
between Venice, Paris and London. It was mid June of '03 and we were on
the 2nd floor overlooking the Grand Canal. It was an excellent deal as
well on expedia. It also allowed us to get a feel for a different part
of the city besides San Marco and Rialto. The room was a decent size
and all the amenities were nice. On the beautiful summer evening that
we stayed there we left the windows open and fell asleep to the
soothing sound of the canal below, which was extremely relaxing.
Breakfast was good and plentiful, and the hotel staff all spoke fluent
English, making it easy to get what we needed.
The water taxi made for easy access around town, but make sure you pay for the day because even though it looks easy to get around for free you can be fined, as I was (30 euro after bargaining with the city official from 60 euro).
If we went back we would stay in the Rialto section of town as it was
our favorite, and also less pricy than San Marco for food, drink and
souvenirs, etc. But overall the hotel worked perfect for us.
My wife and I took a chance on this hotel based on the glowing reviews (and ignored the one negative review). We found a rate between Euro 250-300 on hotels.com and cross-referenced back to this site for information about the hotel. In hindsight, we wished we paid heed to the negative review because it was right on the money.
Upon arrival just before noon, the room was not ready and our bags were checked and we were told we would be in a certain room number. Later when we returned, we were given another room number -- no big deal, right? Well, we decided to catch a short nap when suddenly the door was opened and their stood the bellman and other guests staring in at us.
The bellman quickly apologized and closed the door. Immediately the front desk called and apologized again and then asked my my name and when we checked in!!!!! Very incompetent!!
The room was the tiniest of any I had seen in Italy and I quite literally had to squeeze into the shower. (I scalded myself several times as I turned in the shower and hit the controls.) The walls were truly paper-thin as I learned at 5 a.m. when the shower in the next room was turned on. The room's decor and fixtures were quite dated and it had a tiny 13" television.
Over and over again, the hotel tried to push a "free" trip to Murano to see the glass-making factories. Having been forwarned by every guidebook to avoid these "free" trips, I declined the trip, but the hotel was intent on pushing it anyway.
Breakfast was adequate, although the setting looking out over the canal was nice.
When we checked out very early in the morning to catch a flight, we saw that the front doors were locked and a locked steel gate was drawn in front of the doors. The desk receptionist had to fumble about to find the key to open the steel gate to let us out.
Venice is an expensive place, and the price of this hotel was probably in line with the prices there, however, it most certainly was not a four-star hotel by any stretch of the imagination. This hotel is for bargain hunters who want to stay on the island and not for the traveller who enjoys a few ammenities.
Good location, nice room
Exit the train station, turn left and the hotel is a short walk. Rooms were comfortable and well decorated. The front desk arranged for our gondola ride that picked up and dropped off at the hotel dock.
Vaporetto service is across from the train station for quick trips to St. Marks and Murano.
Best Hotel of our Italian Tour!
Our party had two rooms and we all loved this hotel. We got an unbelievable expedia rate that made this the cheapest hotel across Italy. We went in early June during an unseasonable heatwave (mid 90s) and the excellent working air condtion was a treat. The main lobby was beautiful. The rooms were very spacious for Venice standards. We had been previuosly to a 5-star hotel near San Marco, and these rooms had more room and atmosphere. Our room faced the street and the double paned windows blocked all street noise. We opened and closed them in amazement. Although a 40 minute walk to San Marco (Venice is made for meandering) the public vaperettos and water taxis are 2 minutes away, and the hotel has its own private water taxi dock. We used the trains and appreciated the 4 minutes walk from the station.
A lovely hotel, ideally situated, with friendly and courteous staff. The rooms were clean, tidy and well decorated showing none of the usual signs of wear and tear. The room service was attentive but not obtrusive and linen was changed at least twice a day if used. the only draw back was the inability to make tea/coffee in the room. The breakfast quality and quantity were excellent as was the restaurant terrace and it's views (providing you don't mind sharing your crumbs with the local bird life) !! Make sure you pay the extra for a canal side view with balcony, it's well worth it. Try room 318 if you can.
Poor value for money
If you do stay at this hotel, bring your earplugs: the walls are paper thin! Service was mixed: at times pleasant and professional, but at times positively surly. I'm sure the room was the height of fashion in the 1970's, but by now it seems run down and badly in need of renovation. It could have been cleaner too. On the positive side, the room was quite spacious and breakfast was decent (except for the coffee, which is actually Nescafe), served in a beautiful room overlooking the canal. At luxury prices, this place was a ripoff.
Amazing Hotel Principe
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Principe, last february, it was great value for money on all counts. The rooms are delightful and we had a wonderful view of the grand canal from our bedroom. The breakfast is unlimited hot and cold food of all descriptions. Dinner in the evening is excellent, and not too expensive by comparission with other similar hotels in the city. The staff are all helpful and curteous, even the chambermaid understood enough english to understand a request for extra pillows etc.The concierge arranges excursions to the islands leaving from the hotel's own grand canal landing stage. The dining room manager treated us like regular extravagant patrons, even moving tables so we could have one with a canal view.We liked it so much we are going back with our children next week.