Travel Blogs from Venice
... recommended by Trip Advisor (#2, if I recall) and was a tiny shop which only sold 'pasta to go' in little take-away cartons. We placed our orders, then waited outside the shop in the narrow paved laneway by the hatch in the shop window. The shop opened its doors at 1200 and it was 1205. There was already a small queue of people. When our orders were fulfilled, I discovered that they had given me the incorrect pasta and no chilli. I took it back to the window, expecting them to ...
... that we were waiting seemed like eternity as It was so cold and icy. Finally our boat arrived and we got off at the station waiting to head home - Cold, tired and ready to,head back and await for Kaya. We Arrived home so exhausted. Barry was trying to organise Kaya's transport from the airport as Paola was trying to get Miriam to collect Kaya and arrange for a night out in Padova with them and possibly stay the night with ...
It was today all my travelling troubles began. There is no rail between Vienna and Venice, instead you alight from the train somewhere in Austria and board a bus taking you to Venice, arriving in Venice just before sunset, was bad enough only because the bus dropped us in the middle of nowhere, later I was told it is part of Venice's dockland, when asked why we were dumped there nobody could give a reason, I know one of Venice’s main ...
... overlooking the Alps... and we were still pretty high up. That was literally the only reason why we deigned to go in one (lovingly referred to as the American Embassy, whenever a McD’s was spotted). Inside was a case with tiny “McCarons” (macaroons!) so I simply had to buy one, with an espresso macchiato (a shot of espresso with a dollop of milk and foam). It was so tasty. We are in Italia!
Lunch is in a small town in Tuscany- we sat out on a ...
... tour and an early evening one-hour boat tour. The morning tour was great and the guide really good. We got lots of history and facts about Venice and a brief tour of the famous St Marks Basilica (being able to jump the massive queues by being on the tour). Although St Marks Square was absolutely mobbed it really is a wonderful sight and very atmospheric particularly as we were there at noon when the timepiece bells perform their full repertoire.
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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.