Travel Blogs from Venice
... shopping and cultural experience. The group shot today is in St Mark's square.
We have now been on the road a week. The time has flown and our historical, cultural knowledge has definitely grown. Tomorrow we head to Switzerland and our first sister-school homestay. A weekend with our hosts awaits. ...
We were prepared for Italy to be the biggest transition we've faced yet. We realized quickly as we pulled in to transfer at Milano Centrale this was correct. It became clearer as a couple of hours later we arrived at Venezia San Lucia and began to examine the water bus map in order to navigate the canal stops to our hostel. It was late, it was sticky-sweaty hot, we were tired - it was kind of an ugly way to start what would be a beautiful part of our trip.
... dinner again with sangria. This time we had more people keen to have a night on the town and we emptied the large sangria bowl three times. The hostel manager brought out bottle of Brazilian spirit which we were offered at .50c a shot. Needless to say we went through way too many, even though it tasted like rocket fuel! At about midnight we went off to a bar on the canals edge and drank white wine for a euro a glass. That’s dangerous I’ll tell ...
Today we woke up to explore most of the city. We saw sights like the Rialto, bridge of sighs, Santa Maria Church, San Polo and many more beautiful works of art and architecture. The weather today has been extremely hot and sunny. We found a nice authentic Italian restaurant to sit down to have drinks and lunch. After refueling, we shopped around exploring the labyrinth streets. It was a great day ...
... bus to the railway station then walked to the people mover monorail which took us to the harbour. The 24 hour public transport card that we bought yesterday was not usable for the monorail but it only cost 1 Euro each. Unfortunately this took us to the wrong harbour for our ship and we had to walk with our luggage for 45 minutes to Port San Basilio Pier 29. If we had stayed on the original water bus it would probably have taken us to the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Scandinavia Venice
This rating is too high
Hated it!! 0 starsI booked the hotel through priceline, which I have always had great luck when seeking hotels - until now. The should call this hotel "Hotel Scandalnavia. The location wasn't bad - once you found the place - but the hotel is in desperate need of refurbishing - like immediately! I've read the other reviews where Americans are called "too picky" about accomadations and Europeans find the hotel "charming". Well, please provide the name of the charm school, as I do not what to send my child to the school. Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY!!
Thankyou for the directions!!
The instructions in a previous review were excellent - I would recomend them to anyone looking for the hotel. The location is superb, away from the crowds but only 5 minutes walk to Rialto bridge and St Marks Square. Our 4th floor room was hard work after a days site seeing but a reasonable size with a huge bathroom. Breakfasts were fine and staff were very friendly. Only problem was lack of hotwater in the mornings - apparantly it struggles to reach the 4th floor! Definately good value for money.
Comfortable, not elegant. Small rooms and crowded lobby
The Tulip Inn Scandinavia is a nice little Hotel. It is in Venice, and therefore very expensive for its modest offerings, but the Hotel is comfortable and in a pretty good location.
There are no elevators, and Yes, we were on the top floor. Getting the kitchen sink up all of those stairs was a little annoying, but my calf muscles grew stronger as a result of the climb. And besides, we paid good money to climb alot of stairs on several of the old towers in Italy, so how could we complain about a climb to our room?
Anyway...this Hotel will not blow you away, but it was certainly satisfactory. We needed a little elegance, so after 1 night we moved to The Metropole on The Grand Canal for only a few dollars more per night.
Best value for the location!!
I stayed at this three star hotel for four nights last September - the staff was very helpful and freindly...rooms were nicely furnished... if you go ask for a room with a view of the campo (it's relaxing just to watch the locals in the early morning in campo santa maria formosa.....
for the price you pay and being only a 2 minute walk to Piazza San Marco this hotel can't be beat.....and as for the some of the other reviews - "getting lost in venice is just half the fun - lose the map and explore!"
We were very happy with this hotel. The staff were helpful, the room was large, clean and had some character. There was no view from our window, but that wasn't a problem. To find the hotel, get on a vaparetto (waterbus) to Rialto. Climb up the steps from the Vaparetto stop until you are at the end of the bridge. Walk away from the Grand Canal until you come to a small square. Turn left and walk past the statue. On the right is a passageway with a neon sign above it. go along this passageway and over the bridge at the end. Continue straight ahead (or as near as poss). This is Salizada San Lio. Walk right to the end and turn left. Cross over the bridge and follow the path to the left. The hotel is on the opposite side of the square. Be aware. If you have never been to Venice before, the streets would be called alleyways anywhere else. In some places you will struggle to pass someone coming the other way. Unless you have serious problems reading maps, I suggest you get one as soon as you arrive otherwise you are likely to get seriously lost.
Well..... I am not sure I can top the remarks from our friends from the other side of the Atlantic.!! I have just returned from Venice after a 4 night stay at the Scandanavia and found the staff to be helpful and couteous, our room was on the top floor (the one with the balconcy previously mentioned) quite honestly what do people expect to see in Venice?. It is a City with many old properties and anyone who has researched their trip to Venice will appreciate the environment they are going to. Surely looking out onto roof top Venetian buildings is much better than looking out onto International Drive Florida full of tack and fast food eateries! Venice as a whole is fairly tricky to get around but I thought the position,decor and atmosphere of the hotel reflected Venice down to a T. A truely memorable trip, for all the right reasons, and I would definately go back to this hotel and also recommend it.
Having already booked a stay in this hotel, I read the reviews and as a result was dreading the visit. However, I think the bad reviews were written by people not familiar with Venice. It is a unique city asnd you cant compare it to London or New York. I found it easily, but noone should head for Venice without a good map! also you cannot expect lifts in ancient palaces built in a unique way.I found the square outside the hotel charming and typically Venetian. We were greeted by the utterly charming and helpful manager and ássisted to our fourth floor room by an equally charming porter. Having snuck a peek at other rooms, we probably had one of the less good rooms but still it was full of character , spacious by Venetian standards and a wonderful side view of the square and directly onto the calle below so you could watch the world go by. The bathroom was large and well equipped.1The breakfast room is small for the size of the hotel leading to a bit of chaos if you go down late, but the quality is above average for Venice with wonderfully fresh hot rolls and sweet croissants and cereals in abundance.The hotel is in a wonderful location with a wine shop, supermarket and excellent pizza takeaway ( rare for Venice) nearby. The area is full of local colour and will give you a good flavour of " real life" in Venice.Both San Marco and the Rialto are within ten minutes walk maximum and the Fondamenta Nove ( to get the waterbus to Murano) within 15-20 minutes walk , a fabulously central location hard to beat. You are in "real Venice" away from the tourist traps,but everything is so accessible.I would definitely come back here - value for money as well during off season
In spite of the fact the directions we were given by hotel staff to locate the hotel by "searching" on foot 10 minutes from San Marco Square we did with the help of others find it. When we arrived with our reservation form, we were told the hotel was booked and they were moving us to another part of the hotel (only a 2 minute walk). The hotel was nearby however, a key is needed to enter the basement level of the hotel. After you walk up 2 flights of stairs you will need another key to open a gate to the main floor. Once on the main floor, forget about a front desk - there is none. You are led to your room wich by the way unlocks using a basic skelaton key. From entry door to the "main floor" you are looking at 52 steps in total. When I returned to front desk clerk of the Hotel Scandinavia to explain accomodations were not acceptable, she was very rude. I would highly reccomend DO NOT stay or book a vacation at this property!! I would be glad to provide to you real photos of the Hotel Scandinavia, the hotel we were sent to as well as room pictures. I would be glad to answer any additonal questions you may have. Hopefully I can spare someone else from the disapointing and heartbreaking vacqtion to Venice that I encountered.
Perfectly acceptable hotel
Stayed in the Scandinavia for 4 nights in December 2002. It was difficult to find, but only because everything is difficult to find in Venice !Our room was on the 1st floor and decorated in typical Venetian style. Whilst some guests might find this 'drab' or old fashioned, I thought it was a hotel full of character. The location was fabulous - right between San Marco and the Rialto bridge. Breakfast wasn't up to much but we have come to expect that in Italy. Staff very friendly for the most part. Would definitely stay here again.
An affair to forget
Despite what the website claims, the hotel is not close to Piazza San Marco, nor do most of the rooms look out onto the Campo Santa Maria Formosa. It is, in fact, quite easy to get lost trying to find the hotel. Location aside, the hotel has clearly seen better days. The furnishings in the public areas were somewhat dingy, with faded carpetting and rickety staircases (note: no elevator, a problem for rooms on the fourth floor walk-up). The room I was given was purely functional, and a pleasant balcony overlooked tiled rooftops but little else. The staff were largely aloof, with the exception of the night watchman. There is nothing that would suggest this place had served as Othello and Desdemona's romantic meeting grounds. It is more like a middle class boarding house.