Travel Blogs from Venice
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 …
We’re beat but happy that we spent two days in Venice. It’s said that 80,000 people a day come
here during the tourist season and we were right there in its midst. Off the
ship we go from the bus shuttle to the “people mover”. In a city with no cars we are
apparently on a little spit of land near the ports that abuts the Piazza Roma,
where we first meet the vaporetti.
This is Venice’s public transportation system, ...
Yesterday's gondola ride on the Grand Canal got us excited to spend more time in Venice. We started our day by taking a boat ride from our hotel across the lagoon to to watch a demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at the famous Murano Glass factory on Guidecca island. Sights on the way to the island were St. Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and numerous architectural beauties.
Once at ...
... We switch hotels tomorrow!!! This has been our only major hurdle in this trip and I pray it stays that way as we have been very fortunate. That being said Venice is intricate and beautiful. Being built on the water there are no cars or bikes even. Everyone walks through the city. The small streets have no rhyme or reason to them. I got lost in the first four hours and felt like I was in a labyrinth (just like the movie). You definitely need a ...
Venice (Written from Lindsay's point of view)
Lindsay and Jeff went to Venice, Lindsay’s first time Jeff’s second. When we arrived I was awestruck at the beauty of it all. I’ve seen many pictures but they don’t do it justice. I was immediately snapping pictures like a true tourist. We finally found our hotel after wandering the streets for awhile and left our bags before checking in. We found a spot for lunch right by the Rialto Bridge for some ...
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.