Travel Blogs from Venice
What a perfect long weekend! I had heard so much of Venice before visiting, but it hardly did it justice Venezia is so much more: ...beautiful secluded streets, ending up in perfect narrow canals, so much different from the famous Grand Canal ...small squares in the parts of the town not yet destroyed from tourists, with perfect little cafes and …
... never have enough gelato. An acceptable food for anytime of day or night. Pringles also seems to be the national acceptable lunch food for Aussie travellers. It gets dark on the way back to Venice & the sunset over the island & lights are spectacular. We also get a thunder & lightning show. Unfortunately my camera is no good at night. It was magical & it didn't rain until we were safe back in our hotel room. So ends our first full & exhausting day in ...
... wine from a few hours earlier. The pizzas arrived and they were huge and unfortunately, Brittany and I ordered the same kind. In retrospect, we should have ordered different things to try because they were too big for just one person to eat and the flavours were amazing, but too bold for so much food...but even still, REALLY good.
After finishing up the fantastic pizza from what turned out to be an Italian pizza chain based out of Naples ...
It's Linda’s birthday today! I've been thinking about her throughout this trip, certainly because it was her inheritance to me that made the trip even possible, but also because she was always so happy to hear about my adventures. Sometimes I find myself thinking of how I would describe something specifically to Linda, something that happened, someone I talked to, or something I saw.
I spent the morning doing laundry (2 loads) and working at ...
... in our overcrowded suitcases. Raphael's mask is not as extravagant but still just as amazing.
We've been here now for 4 days. We leave tomorrow. We are sad about this. The fact that you can just go for a walk and see and hear the Gondoliers singing and paddling down the narrow canals is magical. There is one Gondola that has a man in it with an accordion and he sings as they move through the canals and it sounds wonderful and very Italian! I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Odoni Venice
Definitely the Most Useful Review You Will Read on this Page
Only positive comments to be made. Alberto and Allesandro are excellent hosts, helpful and friendly at all times, but simultaneously unintrusive. My Italian is poor, but both of them were more than happy with both English and French. The hotel has an all night porter who will let you back in if you're prone to insomniac night strolls, sleepwalking, debauchery, etc.
Took a 'superior' room, which was an unusual shape, but very well maintained and tasteful for a Venice room (other small hotels on the main island tend to be somewhat garish and tatty). Three large windows looked out onto the rear of a church and some empty land with trees, the other side of which towers and rooftops were discernable (all these things genuine bonuses for a small hotel in Venice - normally the 'view' is of another person's exterior wall). Key selling point for my wife was the bathroom, which, with its spotless jaccuzzi bath, was opulent in the extreme for a European hotel in this price range.
The location of the hotel is a significant bonus if you are arriving by bus from the airport as takes less than 10 mins from Piazzale Roma, the last stop for the airport shuttle. You can check into your hotel and watch misguided fools struggling towards the other side of the island with their cases. You can actually see people trying to drag heavy wheelie-cases all the way from Piazzale Roma across the Rialto bridge, etc, which would be worth a photograph if you weren't too occupied in having a good laugh at their expense. This case-dragging idea is called among Venetians 'taking the land route'; I suppose a water-taxi wd be stretching the budget...
Location of the hotel is also good because not amid the smelly tourist pit that surrounds San Marco. Dorsudoro is a far more excellent region of the island in which to base yourselves; more 'real' and without the armies of idiots tramping around San M area after having been disgorged from the bellies of the more characterless chain-hotels. When you've unpacked, you can have a pleasant afteroon walk down to Santa Maria de Salute at the tip of Dorsudoro, and sit on the Dogana's steps (like Ezra Pound) - this is a wonderful intro to Venice and I will always remember the first time I did it.
I'm a DPhil student in Venice to sniff out pictures and make pretentious comments in a loud voice (with an irritating air of smugness); I can therefore vouch for the nearness of all the best Tintorettos, Tiepolos, etc, to the hotel. You have to walk a bit to see the carvings at Santa Maria Miracoli, but that is the area with the highest incidence of dedicated rip-off restaurants, so you wouldn't want to stay up there anyway.
Been in Italy many times, and considering that it's in Venice, this hotel probably represents the best value I've come across in a small hotel. Will definitely stay again next time I'm passing by the enchanted lagoon.
The only place I will stay in Venice
I found the hotel through Venere, and made my decision based on multiple reviews posted on Tripadvisor.com
Wonderful little hotel on a side canal, 5' walk from the car park/bus arrival at Piazzale Roma, or 7' from the train station. Rialto is about a 10' walk, San Marco 15'.
The plusses: Small hotel, very personable service, 21st century plumbing in a 16th century palazzo. This is not the Venice Hyatt or Hilton. Very nice, simple, completely adequate breakfast. The standard fruit drink (in a country that grows oranges as if they were weeds, why can't you get decent orange juice in the morning???), great cappuchino or espresso, several dry cereals with nuts/dried fruit/etc, yoghurt, boiled eggs, croissants/brioche, jams/butter/honey. Our double room was spotless, warm (very cold November), very quiet. Very nice, modern bathroom with a great shower. Very nice bed.
The minusses: Easy to get lost if you arrive in the dark, the map on the web site is accurate, but... Once you arrive, you walk up about 10 stairs to the door way. Then you walk up a very steep, narrow flight of stairs to get to the reception. No lifts. If you can't walk, climb stairs, or have 1000lbs of luggage in 5 suitcases, you will be much better off elsewhere. Clothing storage in our room was almost non existant, one very narrow armadio/amoir. We were living out of suitcases. And there was only one pillow per head, and it was extremely flat. Oh yes, one last thing. For the good money I paid for a room in a 16th century building, there wasn't a single ghost. As my son said, after all those centuries, there had to be some poor soul that refused to depart this earth. Alas, no rattling chains or moans in the middle of the night.
Superb location, very, very reasonable price for room and breakfast, plus it saved a $100+ water taxi fare to the airport for a 7:30AM departure, wonderful, helpful staff, great bathroom, lovely breakfast, nice furnishings, very quiet with central air conditioning and heat. Why should I pay twice the price in a hotel near all the San Marco tourists? I can't wait to return, and have told the staff that also.
Such a good cappucchino
You can find Palazzo Odoni in one of the most beautiful parts of Venice. People there are very nice. The rooms are warm and clean. The buffet breakfast is good with plenty of joice. And you get a magnificent cappucchino! Staying in the Palazzo Odoni gives you the feeling of being welcomed.
Palazzo Odoni is a wonderful place to enjoy Venezia, very clean and friendly people.
Palazzo Odini Venice Excellent little B & B
Venice - Palazzo Odini - very good
We have just returned from our first trip to Venice and stayed at the Palazzo Odini. The hotel is well situated (3 minutes walk from the bus station). The hotel is tastefully decorated and very clean. The breakfast was good with plenty of choice. The only downside was the climb up the numerous steps to get to the reception!!!
We would thoroughly recomend this hotel
Good value for Venice
-If you want to be a away from the crowds and within a ten minute walk from the Piazzale Roma car parking so that you aren't dependent on the vaporettos to leave the island, this hotel would be a good option. It is a half hour walk to the San Marcos area over either the Academie or Rialto bridges. These are probably bridge areas you'd want to visit, so you'd be walking there anyway. (If you don't want to walk back to the hotel from San Marcos, you can alway catch a vaporetto to the Piazzale Roma and be back close to the hotel.)
-Although the room was small it had several perks including a small stocked refrigerator that we kept our water in, built-in cabinets and closets which kept the small room from being overly cluttered, and a large window that let in lots of light when unshuttered.
-Breakfast was better than most Italian B&Bs and included cereals, rolls, croissants, yogurt, juice, coffee, and tea.
-Bathroom had new fixtures and ours had a large window.
-Location is very quiet at night although the locals start going about their day around 7:00 and you do get some noise then.
-Most hotel staff speak some English and were the most helpful and pleasant we encountered during our ten days in Italy. The hotel is accessed through a door to a shared courtyard and you need to buzz to get in at night. There was always someone manning the desk even when we came in at midnight
-There are many stairs to get to this hotel. There were two or three bridges to go up and over from Piazzale Roma, and then the hotel is actually on second floor above a couryard. I think I counted at least 30 steps to get to the hotel level. This would be difficult if you had problems with stairs or a lot of luggage.
-The bed in the room we had was a double. There were times we felt a little cramped during the night.
-Mosquitos! This is not the hotels fault, but we left the window open in our room and had several mosquitos buzzing around our heads at night. I acquired five bites during our two night stay. Either bring mosquito repellent or leave the windows closed and run the air conditioning which works very well.
-We found that the best prices and info for this hotel were on Venere[-]. Prices of course vary by season and we paid about $40 more for Friday night than Thursday night.
-Visit the hotel's own website and print the maps to the hotel. The small map in particular gives good directions to the hotel.
A Wonderful Experience!
A small and lovely hotel in a convenient yet quiet location. Rooms were well appointed and had large bathrooms. We will definately stay here again!
A well located comfortable budget hotel
The Palazzo Odoni is a very comfortable small budget hotel. It is convenient for the bus station (Piazzale Roma) and the railway station. It is also very convenient for the Grand Canal or one can walk to St marks in 30 minutes. Despite being so well placed it is in a very quiet location.
The rooms are pleasant and comfortable with very well appointed bathrooms. The hotel offers an adequate self service continental brekfast but does not offer other meals or a bar (but rooms do have a well stocked and not too expensive mini bar).
Do not be put off by the unprepossessing exterior - the inside is much nicer! Also don't look for any "hotel" signs just a small brass plaque with a buzzer (24 hour service).
Altogether an ideal place to explore this amazing city.