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... t going for it. I talked to the gondolier and he brought two friends over and, with their help, assured Mom that she could get in safely. She did, complaining all the way. Now we were cruising through the canals, listening to music and song while traversing the narrow, scenic and romantic canals. Tourists atop the arched bridges called out greetings and took pictures of us as we floated leisurely below. Mom was finally settling down and just enjoying the ...
... tourists, so don't believe everything they say about the crowds. If you move just a couple of streets away from the obvious routes you will be on your own and can really enjoy the magic of Venice. From here I turned right and down passed the hospital, housed in the old Scuola di San Marco. At the end is the church of San Giovanni e Paolo, with the famous equine statue in the centre. Poor chap, Bartholomeo Coleono had insisted his statue were put in front of ...
... had pizza again! After our bellies were full we literally got lost in the streets of Venice! We found St Mark's square and what a place! It is so grand...so beautiful..everything u this it is! Ad of course we were approached by vendors selling their glowing the dark cheep toys...and of course we bought them...and of course they broke after 10minutes! While the boys were playing with their toys, i sat on the stairs and enjoyed a 3piece ensemble playing classical music! Def a ...
We arrived in Venice Thursday the 13th. We were met at the marina by a fleet of water taxi's (it took 4 ) which took us up the Grand Canal of Venice. We were taken to the Gondola launch where we were split into groups of 4 or 6 to ride in the Gondola. Each Gondola had a bottle of champagne and one boat had the man with accordion who also serenaded us! We floated through the back canals which was fantastic! We were taken to Lido Island ...
... place, so we asked a couple and they pointed us on the right direction. On the way back to the hotel we where forced to remove our shoes to walk through the rising tides which had already started to flow over the sidewalks and up to the doorways of shops and houses. We had earlier commented to each other how it was strange that so many people were wearing gumboots but it now made sense ..... they were the locals who knew what to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews San Marco Palace Suites Venice
Agree, could be better
The hotel is in an excellent position just behind St Marks Square. The room was large and clean. However, we were also caught out with the 'free' trip to Morano, a quick demonstration of glass blowing then a tour of the showroom, stalked by a salesman. A waste of time.
The staff both at reception and in the restaurant at breakfast are indifferent and do not in any way try to be helpful. It is a shame, becaues although it is a nice hotel this would put me off going back.
My wife and I stayed at the San Marco Palace in May 2004. The Hotel is wonderfully situated, a stones throw from St Mark's Square and within easy walking distance of most attractions.
This hotel is nice. It has large rooms, nice bathrooms and is walking distance to St. Mark's Square. The breakfast buffet is adequate, and the staff was helpful. Would probably try a different hotel if I go to Venice again, but would not discourage people from staying at this hotel.
We stayed in The San Marco Palace during March 2004. The location of the hotel was excellent, a few steps from St Marks Square. The rooms were a generous size with a little hallway, a lounge , bedroom and bathroom - there was also a little 'kitchenette' - more about that later. The day we arrived the lift was broken and remained that way for 2 days. We were on the fourth floor and incurred the wrath of the porter for asking for assistance with our bags. However we soon found that this was in no way unusual, in fact all the staff, particularly the reception staff, were equally rude to us and other guests. The rooms had a microwave and 2 little heating rings, however there was no crockery, pots, pans, not even a teaspoon. So if you do stay here please remember to bring your own. We only wanted to make a cup of tea and so asked for teacups and a kettle (we had our own teabags) it took 6 requests from 5 different members of staff over 2 days to have this simple request granted. The breakfast was beyond mediocre, once the 'buffet' was depleted it was not refreshed, coffee cold and croissants slightly stale.Please note also that the 4 person suite that we stayed in was in fact the smallest suite in the hotel (smaller than the 2 or 3 person suites!) and was at the rear of the hotel. Our early morning alarm call was that of a pnematic drill and workmen shouting at each other.We are a couple who are in their early thirties, and we travelled with my husband's parents who are in their sixties and had their own suite. We were all treated with equal contempt.
Beautiful accomodations, excellent location
After reading about all of the small hotel rooms we would encounter in Italy, we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the accomodations at San Marco Palace. The room was more like an apartment with a living area, dining area, kitchen nook, two bedrooms and one bathroom. Had a balcony overlooking a canal and had a view of the top of the bell tower at San Marco Square. Easy walk to vaperetto. Would absolutley stay here again.
This is the place to stay if you wish to be centrally located in Venice, yet quietly positioned on a backwater canal, in the height of spaciousness and comfort. This hotel has legitimate claim to being the only all-suites hotel in Venice proper, but the American generic concept of a "suites property" does not come close to preparing guests for the delights of staying here. The suites are GIGANTIC! Ours had at least seven windows between the living room and the bedroom, with a partial view of the San Marco church on one side. It was a vacation just hanging out in the suite, with gorgeous wood floors and antiqued furniture. Comfortable beds, wood-slat shutters, completely modern plumbing, a microwave, refrigerator, and effortless climate control guarantee great lounging as well as a great night's sleep. Even though this place is relatively expensive, it can price out well compared to other deluxe hotels with alot less room space, since kids-stay-for-free is a foreign concept in Venice. Prices to stay here vary tremendously on the Web, and exceptional bargains are available if you hunt. The included breakfast buffet was mediocre but not bad for Venice. Several among the concierge staff were less than friendly when we refused to bow to pressure to take a "free tour" of Murano, but that's a common scam in Venice. Even with that thorn in the side, this was a five star experience.