Santa Chiara Hotel
Travel Blogs from Venice
... time - Gelato. It's summer, it hot, you need something cool, sweet and taste divine. It's the perfect summer solution really. Jasmine purchased a map and we waited and had to validate our tickets at the dock. It cost18€ for 12 hours. The boat arrived and we hopped on and went on the ride. I loved it. It wasn't the gondolas but we got to take pictures of the city and go around as well. It's a pity the water is green because it just looks beautiful. Seeing the city on a boat ...
We woke up somewhere in the Mediterranean with nothing but blue sea all around us. We headed to the other fine dining restaurant, the Grand Pacific, for breakfast then grabbed our togs. We headed back up onto the deck where we managed to find some loungers near the pool. We laid there sunbathing, then cooling off in the pool then sunbathing again until lunchtime. We grabbed some lunch. It was so nice to just fill ...
... meant that we then missed our transfer so the hotel had to resend. This hotel is a bit different to everywhere else we have stayed. We've aimed to stay at small family run locally flavoured places whereas this is the Venice Mestre Hilton Garden Inn - a little slice of America in Venice (including ice machines on each floor). The staff have been lovely and helped with phone calls to the airport to get an update (my Italian isn't that good) and ...
... it was "safe travels" and into our seats. The scenery gradually changed to rural farming until finally the mountains disappeared.
Arrived at Venice around 1500 and after buying a Venice Card and 24 hour public transport card each, we headed off to find our horel. The reason we only got a 24 hour card was there was going to be a strike on Friday, so no public transport at all then.
Found the Hotel Matre without any problems and climbed a short flight ...
Early in the morning we left Garda lake area and arrived to Venice! The weather was amazing, we had a lot of sun and it made day way better at once. Well, unfortunately in that weather we had to carry our backpacks with us, because Venice's train station didn't have lockers, just a storage for luggage and the line was at least for one hour two wait, and then I guess the same time to pick it up! To lose 2 hours just waiting in train station instead of seeing Venice? Are you nuts?!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
Unique Venice Hotel
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.