Locanda al Leon
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Good Hotel in Venice Locanda Al Leon
Locanda Al Leon Hotel. Great place to stay, really close to St Marks Square but with a number of good value restaurants and cafes within a short walk. We stayed in the annexe, (a couple of narrow streets from the main hotel) which is newly refurbished in 2003 and with its own little breakfast bar. A charming place to stay, good value and with excellent service from the family and staff. Definetely recommended. We spent three nights there in September 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Two tips: Use the vaporetta (waterbus), its good value even if the locals "shove in" all the time! Also eat cheap rather than mid-range or expensive, its OK and you won't get a great meal or brilliant service even if you pay more.
Just got back from Venice. For the price and location there is nothing better in Venice. Friendly staff, very clean, nice size rooms.
Just perfect for staying in Venice
Found the hotel in Karen Browns guide Great place to stay whilst exploring Venice Is very close to St Marks Square Good rooms - lovely decor and very clean Breakfast - good buffet Hosts very welcoming and helpful Has the 'cosy' feeling of a small hotel Would certainly stay there again and recommend it to friends
Tiny place, but very central
We were at Locanda Al Leon for one night - found it from the Karen Brown guide (which we've found quite reliable in our travels so far). It's tucked away in a tiny, discreet lane, but very central. A stone's throw from the vaporetto, St Mark's Square and the Danieli. Though the rooms are small, very basic and with no view (the wall of the next building 3 feet away), they are clean and decent and have some venetian character, very central and good for the price. Also, in comparison to other places, we thought the breakfast was also decent - croissants, 2-3 varieties of cereal and milk/coffee. If you're only there for one day, and on a budget, this might be one of your better picks.
Venice for begineers
We just stayed there for three nights. It's very handy for St Marks and the Vaperetto's etc. Plent of restraunts nearby. Excellant room and friendly owner.. please note, he prefers payment in cash. can recomend this place
we stayed for 4 nights in november. we stayed in the room facing the grand canal. it is more expensive but in our opinion not worht the price. the grand canal is like a main street and since the open air market is just across the canal, the noise starts very early in the morning. the rooms are clean and the personnel is very polite. we did notice some mosquitos and some other flying insects. for $135 a night it was worth the price
Fantastic place to stay
Couldn't agree more with the other person who submitted a review. My wife and I stayed here for two nights in September 2001. The hotel is superbly positioned overlooking a little square. Don't panic if you can't find it at first - we arrived at dusk and I had to ask in broken Italian where the entrance was (it's just down the Calla Albanesi).
It is very much your archetypal Italian family owned business with some fantastic trattoria nearby and the Bridge of Sighs within about 25 yards of the front door. The walls in the room are silk lined and the rooms are immaculate.
You really could not do better than to stay here if you want a romantic sta in Venice.
One night in Venice
Locanda al Leon was the perfect place to stay for our one night in Venice. It is small place tucked in behind the Piazza san Marco and the Bridge of Sighs - so right in the middle of things but still quiet and not at all pretentious. The owners are very friendly, the breakfast is a little bit spartan but coffee to die for. Our room was perfect, beautifully decorated with three windows overlooking a small campo. We had a lovely night in Venice at nearly half the price of most hotels in the area. I unreservedly recommend it.
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Up with the lark and off to the water bus to San Marco.
A very impressive place which would have been glorious in is time. It was the centre of Venetian power, wealth and society. We decided not to join the 150 metre long queue to go into the Basilica. We visited the one near to us instead with no queues later on.
The Piazza and surrounds are ...
... extremely challenging conditions, early Venetian builders evolved construction techniques unique to the city, building with impermeable stone supported by larchwood rafts and timber piles. Venetian buildings are
remarkably robust, many having stood for at least 400 years. By 1500 the city had taken on much of its present shape and only since the 20th century has further building begun to alter the outline.
We started with an Aegean Cocktail, the special of the day. Vodka, amaretto, brandy, bacardi, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine. Or, in other words, adult KoolAid.
Chiara Bracaloni and Fred Burke, our travel directors, proved helpful, ready and able to answer all of our questions (i.e., good internet access, better internet access and, finally, where to go for "real" internet ...
... nice. The ghetto got it's name here after the factory area that the jewish quarter originally replaced and came to be the name of all Jewish quarters as we know them.
Any ways once we caught the #12 vaporetto to Torcello, about a 40 minute ride, we visited this island to the east of Venice. It was actually the main island in the lagoon until 1000 or so when the soil became to salty and the marshes grew bigger making shipping harder that the population shifted to the ...
... will be early morning or the evening. Some gondolas may give you a discounted price during the evening if business isn't good that day. Also, try to take the board the gondolas further from the big attractions like San Marco or Rialto so you can have some privacy. I believe it can be a a great experience to view Venice from a different perspective, but we just cannot convince ourselves pay 80 € for a 40min ride.
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