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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... and so he is off to find a new hotel for tonight. We arrange to meet later in the day. I take a few pics of the amazing view and at 9.15 we are off to explore. We cross St Marks Square thinking we might go up the Campinielli Tower to take in the view. Nothing really opens until 10am in Italy so we're hoping the queue hasn't started yet. No such luck....it is probably 300 people long winding around the square and the queue to get into St Marks is twice as long! We ...
... mains!!!! First can out a risotto that they presented with a shell that they lit on fire. They turned the lights of when putting them onto the table and it just brought the vibe up even more in the restaurant. We then got a plate of gnocchi. All of us thought this was the last main dish so filled up, but we were wrong!! Then came out basil pesto penne THEN the most amazing dish yet (they should have started with this because we were all so full) it was spaghetti with ...
... viola's, violins, cello's, mandolins, other things we didn't even recognize! I am surprised at how much I haven been singing - as we walk through the streets- When I am not in the studio with music on all the time- my inner music come peeking through. Daniel laughs and says I am "Exactly like my Dad" humming singing and distracted by all the wonderful things that surrounds us- oh yeah as my addiction for haribo gummy bears!
... after passing under several bridges we arrive at our accommodation.
As we have arrived before check-in time, we drop our bags at Al Bailo and head out for our first walk through Venice's alleys and canal crossings, and then make our way to the Grand Canal near San Marco's square. This place is full of people, mostly tourists, and is a bit daunting at first while we get our bearings. The views across the canal are almost unbelievable.
Returning to Al Bailo we ...
... cities, Venice has had its good and bad times. Until the 15th century, it was on the up, monopolising trade between the West and the East; in fact, it was the wealthiest city in the whole of Europe! Then it went downhill because that famous explorer, Vasco Di Gama went and found a sea route through to India, so now it was Portugal's day in the sunshine as they wrapped up all the trade deals between West and East. This spoilt everything for ...