Starhotels Splendid Venice
Travel Blogs from Venice
... that we have walked the wrong way and that we should catch a water taxi there instead of walking 6kms in the other direction! Saving our pennies we grab our packs and walk on ourselves. We finally find our hostel and chill out before heading out again to aimlessly stroll the streets and find somewhere to eat our first real Italian ...
... in the world, at 23 metres wide and involving 500 figures. Crossed the bridge of sighs as old prisoners might have. No mention specifically of the Lord Byron and his involvement. Listened to a large Italian guide speaking staccato but fluent Japanese. Varoon and Pete had gelato. I took photos of the feral acting pigeons in the square. Varoon also bought a book. Returned to the B&B. Bought some salad and speck for dinner. Did some trip ...
... for it's glass. Then it was walking the plank with our heavy bags onto Venice island. We had some instructions about where to walk to our hotel from a lovely friendly chap in the airport. We still managed to muck it up. Started walking one way, stopped, looked at map and thought it was taking us the wrong way so went back the other direction - this time a bit further. Looked at map again - oh no! So back we went ...
... not as complicated as one might think! Took Alilaguna boat to Venice proper, walked amongst the hoardes, and I mean hoardes, of tourists, then vaporetto (like water buses) to our closest stop to albergo.
First time getting lost: yup should have reviewed our arrival route yet again. The weather was sunny, humid and about 30 degrees (read: tired and grumpy), we asked directions a few times and finally arrived to our fabulous inn. Great room, ...
... over to Venice completely obscured by cloud and fog.
As Marge was flying out to England from Venice early on the Monday morning, we decided to get up early on Sunday morning (yes we students are capable of this rare action) and catch the train over to La Serenissima. I had always wanted to arrive in Venice by train, as I have seen numerous pictures and films of elegant arrivals on the Orient-Express and the like, but I have to say I found it a pretty disappointing ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Starhotels Splendid Venice
Great location, friendly staff.
Location could not be better. We found the staff to be warm and friendly and felt at home straight away. Clean and comfortable rooms, food excellent. We will be going back!
Overall we thought this was a good hotel. I was a bit concerned after reading other's reviews, but we had no problems. There was some construction going on, but all of that took place during the day so there were minimal distractions. The desk help was very OK. They were not overly friendly, but not complete jerks either. We found the restaurant staff to be the most freindly. The location could not be any more centralized, but this became a problem on the crowded weekends when it to forever for us to get back to the hotel. BRING YOUR OWN HAIR DRYER! The one in the room is mounted on the wall and not very easy to use. Would stay there again!
It's OK really
This hotel has taken a lot of flak, mostly from Americans who do not make any attempt to speak Italian. Last summer with the 2nd Iraq war Americans were not that welcome anywhere in Italy.
They are short staffed on reception, but I would not want to check in hundreds of Japanese guests every week either. But it is clean, the laundry is changed daily, it's comfortable, the food is OK and yes they have the builders in. It is very difficult to refurbish a hotel and stay open. We have only ever experienced courtesy and helpfulness from the staff, but then we do try to speak the language and we treat the staff with respect.
Good Location, Terrible Service
Brilliant location, rooms quite small but good enough.
Terrible service from staff, had building works waking me up at 7.30am!
Breakfast was ok, but make sure you get there at least 20 mins before they close or else you'll get dirty looks all the way through!
It was not all I expected it to be
The service was not that good. Do Not Disturb meant nothing to them. The location was not as good as thought it would be. I will not stay there again
I was not impressed with this hotel at all. It was very run down in the lobby and hallways. The room was okay and was clean, but very small and stuffy. It overlooked a roof squared in by 4 walls. Not a pretty view. I paid 130 per night for a standard room and felt ripped off. Housekeeping was always knocking on the door in the morning and once a man I believe doing construction work came in without permission. The front desk was not very helpful except one clerk was. It does have a good location.
Location, location, location
Great location, but everything is close in san marco. U.S. sized room and bathroom, a rarity in Venice. Real breakfast with eggs. Rugs (lobby and room) are at least a year past expiration. Very smokey, 'non-smoking' room. You get what you pay for.
A nice hotel with terrific location. The rooms are clean and comfortable, contemporary and simple. We asked to be moved to a non smoking canal room, no problem.Located on the corner of the main shopping sidewalk and a small bridge covered canal, the hotel is halfway between Saint Marks Square and the Rialto bridge. An easy walk from either.I've stayed in many 4 star hotels in Italy and this is typical. Not 4 star by U.S. standards, the lobby is dated but there is a nice little bar and restaurant. Had considered a 5 star at 4 times the price farther out. Very please we opted for this hotel. A good value for this location, location, location.... We'll be back.
Stayed here January 5-6, 2003.
It is a bit tattered around the edges, but I have to say that it is overall okay, as long as you can get a good rate through one of travel websites.
Beds were comfortable, with clean linens.
Bathroom is quite big, with a proper tub and shower that gave plenty of hot water.
Found it a bit stuffy in the room but thankfully, the windows open.
Breakfast is included in the rate but like most hotels that do this in Italy, it's nothing to rave about.
Staff is non-invasive and friendly enough.
Very close to San Marco square and Rialto bridge;
can't beat the location.
Great location, excellent value
I chose this hotel on the strength of the reviews found on this site for a 'last-minute' long weekend at the beginning of Dec 2002.
We got an excellent -'internet-only' deal - booking two weeks ahead and paid £220 for three nights incld. breakfast in a very confortable, quiet, double-bed room overlooking a canal. The decor was a bit tired - carpet in the hallways outside a bit worn, room interiors a bit 80's - but the quality was there where it counted: comfortable beds, 100% cotton sheets (I hate 50/50 polyester!), good pillows, decent bathroom with good bath and shower, nice lighting and inobtrusive housekeeping and for a large hotel -156 rooms or so - it didn't feel that big.
We'll probably visit Venice again, and we'd definately consider staying in this hotel again due to its excellent location (5 mins walk from Rialto or St Marks Sq) and value for money.