Locanda al Leon
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... soooooo clean (no grafitti) but there are cigarette butts in abundance... it seems that smoking is still a fashion statement here - the health warnings are overshadowed by the Italian image..... immaculately dressed blokes in red shirts, yellow pants and white shoes...with a fag hanging out of their mouths! And there are some stunningly dressed gorgeous, leggy women here too (Jan pointed them out to Bob!) Well, the day mightn't have got off to a very good start, as ...
... Prison. By this point is was after 6PM, and we were tired and hungry. We headed back to the B&B to clean up a bit and find a restaurant for dinner. We ended up eating at a great restaurant right across from our B&B. We had a long and leisurely dinner there of pasta and wine - how very Italian of us. :) It is now 11:15PM local time and I have not slept in a bed in over 36 hours (and didn't sleep much on the plane) - I'm exhausted. We'll post more (with pictures!) ...
Another somewhat late start this morning, but we made tracks all the way to St. Mark's Square again once we were underway. We lined up for the bell tower first thing, and this time we got to take an elevator instead of walking up all those stairs like the crazy Romans and Florentines do.
It was a little hazy again today, but it was still an amazing view from ...
... and polite. There were two breakfast rooms, however at times they were a bit packed, so a bigger room would have been good, but we went in November, so we always managed to get a table.
The reception staff were also very helpful and spoke very good English. I asked them directions to a few different places, and they gave us a map of exactly where to go and information about the vaporetto times etc. The only disappointment is that I had read that there were ...
... sentenced for life, or sentenced to death.M:....L: So they say, its the bridge that if anyone crosses it from side to the other, they usually are sighing their last breaths of freedom. It is a one way bridge, once you go across it, you either are killed immediately, or you stay for the rest of your life. This is why it is called the bridge of sighs, because every criminal takes his last breaths of freedom and sighs as he goes across it.M:...They made such ...
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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.