Travel Blogs from Venice
... s grandson married a Brit, so she speaks enough English that she can tell us about the history of her home and the island. We sit enthralled for an hour, and then politely dismiss ourselves to head home.
We decide the perfect cap to the day would be to sit in the gardens at the far end of the main island and watch the sun set as the spires of churches and clock towers turn into shadows. Lo and behold, there's a gondola making its way ...
... enough time to settle into our hotel room, explore a bit, and finally experience the amazing food. We arrived on a Thursday evening and it was low key, in terms of people out and about. Our first stop was an amazing coffee shop (one of my favorite places to visit on our way out in the morning and coming back to the hotel room in the late afternoon before dinner) - Torrefazione Marchi!!
There are no “to-go” cups, you ...
... they were born, I don't think I have been this excited to see them. It is good to be home. To have our kids and our dogs back, to sleep in our own bed and relax in our own space. We are grateful to be home and thankful for all the adventures we had along the way. Absents truly does make the heart grow fonder. Gotta go... time to play with the kids. We hope you have enjoyed travelling along with us and look forward to doing it again in the ...
... group guide carried a tall stick with a number, a flag, or a cruise line emblem for their herd to follow so that they don't get lost. Didn't always work.)
We had the Doge's Palace almost all to ourselves. It was gorgeous in a way no church could be. After the churches we had already seen, the Palace surprised me in a big way, and I knew a little about what I was walking into. I would love to share some photos, but I only have exterior shots and views ...
... Venetian experience, but I am a poor college student who needs to eat. I'll just have to get my gondola ride another time!
Oh! Almost forgot. My point: don't go into something with set expectations because you'll most likely be disappointed. While I'm primarily relating this to traveling around the world and visiting sites, I realize that it's also reiterating a valuable life lesson that can be applied to practically everything. Am I crazy? Of course. Sempre! (Always!)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Wildner Venice
The most wonderful experience
Our stay at the Pensione-Wildner could not have been better! It is a quaint, family-run hotel. Very clean, the view from the "penthouse" was fabulous. The food in the restaurant was excellent. It is beautiful at night all lit up, either from the canal or walking along the sidewalk. We highly recommend this hotel. The staff treated us like family. We hope to return soon.
Couldn't be better!
We just returned from two nights at the Pensione Wildner and couldn't have been happier with it. After a stressful arrival to Italy, the staff of the Wildner welcomed us warmly and took good care of us. Our room overlooking the lagoon was GORGEOUS. The view was exceptional and the room actually wasn't as loud as I expected.The room itself was clean, large and very comfortable with a nice sitting area. The hotel is perfectly located, a quick walk to St. Mark's Square.I highly, highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.
Breakfast with a view!!!
I'm so thrilled to see that others have stayed at the Wildner and enjoyed it as much as we did. The bedrooms were quaint, but the bathrooms were very modern and nice. The staff was wonderful, but most of all we enjoyed the breakfast room. This was on the piazza in front of the hotel and right on the lagoon. Every morning, as we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast buffet, we watched the throngs of tourists arrive with their leaders holding up various signs/umbrellas/flags, etc. as their charges followed quickly along. It was fun to watch the hubbub along the lagoon, too. Great place to stay.
Oh what a joy, we travelled from Croatia by ferry and saw a few hotels from the ferry, one caught our eye with it's beautiful purple window boxes, hooray the Wildner! In our opinion you need a lagoon view (which means you can see St Marks Square very clearly indeed). The staff are so happy and seem to have been put on this earth to simply give you the most honest info about Venice particularly about restaurants. With regard to travelling fron Croatia please don,t listen to tour guides about 'fast ferries' and 'slow boats', we got the Dora boat from Porec for £20 one way and it took 2 and 1/2 hours, tour guides selling venizia asking for £40 and saying that other tours took twice as long, if you travel on Friday the dora goes at 7.30am so you are there before the others. P.S. The 82 water taxi is good value it goes down the grand canal and stops right outside the unforgetable Wildner..enjoy
We stayed at Pensione Wildner May 22-25, 2003 and were most pleased with our choice. First of all, the staff, particularly Elisabetta, was among the most friendly and helpful I have encountered in many years of travel. She changed our room to a higher floor when our original room's view was marred by a construction crane, she made dinner reservations, she helped me finda shoe repair shop when my maryjanes had a blowout, she got us on the right airport boat. The night desk man confirmed our flight information on his computer when Air France didn't answer the phone. They simply could not have been more pleasantly helpful. And the view was worth a million, and a great value at 200 euro compared to other places I considered. The room was simple and stylish in a 1960s modern sort of way and the bathroom was spotless marble with lots of hot water and a bidet. Okay, so no elevator and a shabby lobby. We walked a little more and who hangs out in a hotel lobby anyway? Yes, it got noisy during peak tourist hours, what with boats coming and going from the docks right in front of the hotel, but from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. it was quiet. And if you want a water front view, you get boat noise. The location was a stone's throw from the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's, the room was lovely, and the people a joy.
Great view, but
This small hotel has almost the identical view of the Danieli a few doors down. Nice flowers in overhanging pots looking out to the grand canal was a nice bonus. However, I arrived on a chilly day in early May only to discover that the heat did not work. No carpet, no sunlight, and it began to rain, in torrents. They did try to compensate with extra blankets and hot tea or coffee, so I truly believe that they just could not get repairs done that evening. Hopefully that is not a continuing problem! However, just being in Venice was such a treat and things do happen. By the way, the walls were paper thin and every time someone else showed up to their room, it sounded like they were in mine! Not a problem unless they are loud and intoxicated...
Ok hotel in venice lido
The hotel is OK. It should be noticed that it is in Lido - this means a quick 5 minute trip from San Marco. It also means that the ambiance around the hotel is not ancient Venice, but rather seaside Venice - quite fine, but perhaps less romantic.