Santa Chiara Hotel
Travel Blogs from Venice
... We wandered through the small canals and back laneways of Venice for a couple of hours, just enjoying exploring! We did some shopping on the way home and then grabbed some food from a deli for a late lunch and headed home to eat and rest for a bit. We found a restaurant nearby our hotel later and had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. We then spent some time walking around, getting some great photos of Venice by ...
... weirded out. He makes me dinner and i head straight to the other kitchen. I eat as fast as i can and tell him I'm tired. Before i go he shows me a map of Venice and where to go….cool (this is what a normal host is supposed to do.) Then he goes "Hey, i need to go to Venice tomorrow too…how about we go together? I know a great cheap place for lunch and you'll love it!!" He pours me a glass of wine and tells me to drink…..so i do since he had been drinking it ...
... offended a few art aficionados, but give me an impressionist any day and I can appreciate it. After walking the back alleys some more and window shopping the colourful Murano glass works, we headed back to the ship for an afternoon nap before we headed out again on the Vaporetto to view the lights of Venice by night, a magical full moon rising over the Grand Canal as we made our way to San Marco, where we soaked up the atmosphere, listened to the classical ...
... I haven’t hit the batting cages in years. I was a tad rusty, but then started pounding the ball toward the Sports Director’s face. I needed that. In fact, the batting cages might replace therapy and alcohol for control of anger management. Just kidding…or am I? Jason didn’t fare as well. The crowd watching him at bat kept chanting, “Steee-rike 1, Steee-rike 2, Steee-rike 3.” He claims the ball wasn’t thrown ...
... noses, and coughing at some point, some worse than others. The 24 hour ferry ride itself was fairly boring and uneventful. Lots of playing cards, attempting to use the ****** wireless Internet, and sleeping. By the end of the ferry everyone was restless and anxious to get off the ferry. Once we got off the ferry, it was only an hour to our hotel which was just outside Venice. We had supper and an early night at the hotel. The next day we took the train to the outskirts ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Chiara Hotel Venice
The hotel itself was not bad overall, but as you are overlooking the Grand Canal, the noise from outside is awful and we were kept awake each night by the endless boats going by with the floods of tourists on. Better insulation was needed there for that reason. The staff were not over friendly, a few of them even lechful which was unpleasant.
Our family -- including our 12- and 7-year-old sons -- loved our stay at the Santa Chiara Hotel. We had a family room on the top floor, which may have mitigated any noise problems that others have noted. It was a very large room, as Italian hotels go, with comfortable beds for all four of us. We were there in February, when it was snowing and quite cold outside, but this was quite possibly the warmest hotel room in all of Italy! The staff were friendly and helpful; the rooms and common areas were clean and well-kept. And the breakfast buffet was large with a great deal of variety -- another shock in a mid-level Italian hotel. We loved the location -- close to the train station and the parking lot where shuttles from the airport arrive but on the Grand Canal and just a few steps away from the vaparetto stops. Yes, you're a ways from San Marco, but Venice is more than San Marco! Our room gave us a view of a side canal and the breakfast room has a lovely view of the Grand Canal. We would definitely stay there again.
I found this hotel very clean,friendly and the room that i had was quite big and comfortable. The location of the hotel was ideal for touring Venice. The only problem was that due to the location of the hotel it was very noisy, the water buses outside work all night so sleep is very hard.
To start off, I acknowledge some of the same deficiencies cited by other reviewers. Our room was incredibly dimly lit, and indeed, there was a fair bit of noise when the garbage collection took place around 4a. However, in spite of these two negatives, my experience at the Santa Chiara was a very pleasant one.
To make this easier on myself, I'm simply going to copy part of an email I just sent to hotels.com. We had a reservation to stay at the Parisi after four nights at the wonderful Hotel Panada:
It is possible that, being English, I may be easier to please than some American hotel guests. However - I can assure you that if there is something to complain about then neither my husband nor myself are slow to do so!
We just returned from a two week trip to Italy (Oct, 2004), including 2 nights at the Santa Chiara in Venice. Although the location is great because any type of water transportation is right at their doorstep, this comes with a price: Noise - all night long, from both water traffic and people. Bring good earplugs if you want to sleep. The plus is that you can park your car here and don't have to schlep your luggage onto a water taxi and then walk with it whatever distance your hotel is from the landing point.
We just returned from our 2 week trip to Italy in May 2004 and spend our last 4 nights at this hotel in Venice. I was somewhat leary due to the limited photos and reviews I found on the web but I choose to stay here anyway. We were quite happy with the accomondations. The rooms were very large compared to the rooms we had in Rome and Florence. Beds were good, bathrooms was very clean, modern, and large. The rooms could have used more lighting. Our bathroom was dark and my sister's trible bedroom had only one light (ours had several) so it made no sense. Each floor had a large lobby with sitting area as was the main lobby. The breakfast room was on the main floor off the lobby and had a view of the grand canal, which the hotel faces.
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We have just returned from a trip to Italy, starting with a 2 night stay at this delightful, if not unique hotel. After picking up a hire car from Treviso airport, we drove across the causeway to Venice. I am not aware that there is any other hotel in Venice that has it's own car park - and on the Grand Canal too!! Pleasant rooms, with views across the Grand Canal at the front. Good breakfast. A bit of noise from the nearby bus station, but very convenient for the vaparetto stop for Piazza Romale. Good value for money - we will stay there again.