This was our 2nd trip to Venice and staying at the Rialto hotel (our first was back in March 2010 when I proposed to my wife on the rooftop terrrace of the hotel). We had such an amazing time then, that we decided to come back and celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary here too. Apart from the unfortunate building work that was taking place on the roof terrace this year, everything was exactly the same as we remembered it. Here are some comments:
Perfect - you really couldn't ask for any better! There are several vaperetto stops outside the hotel (and a little bit futher down the canal). You can get here from Venice Marco Polo airport very easily by buying a return ticket on the ATVO Airport Express Bus, which takes you non-stop from the airport to Pizalle Roma (the main boat terminal for vaparettos into Venice). The cost is a very reasonable 9 euros for a return ticket which is valid for 7 days. To get to the Hotel from Pizalle Roma, I recommend you take the boat no.2 (red line) towards San Zaccharia (San Marco) - this is a faster service than the no.1 boat, however the 2 may be quite crowded, so taking the no1 maybe better if you have lots of luggage (the no.1 starts from Pizalle Roma). If you are staying in Venice for a few days, I would recommend getting a travelcard for 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. These give you unlimited travel on all vaparettos, and all you have to do is touch your card to the reader before getting on the boat (like an Oyster card reader). The cost for a 3-day card is 37 euros.
From the Rialto stops you can get anywhere around the canals/lagoons, but I recommend you study a map of the boat lines first. Once you know where you're going, it's very easy to hop and hop off.
You can also walk to lots of places from the Hotel Rialto - St Marks square is about a 5-10min walk away, and there a lots of lovely restaurants and bars nearby. There is a cheap self-service restaurant a couple of doors down from the hotel that does very good meals, pizzas slices and ice cream, definitely worth a look!
Hotel Service and Rooms:
Just like 2 years ago, the hotel staff could not do more for us. They were very polite and friendly, and spoke perfect english. We were surprised to find a bottle of Proseco waiting in our room once we'd arrived, a very welcome treat! The room was clean, tidy and a decent size (we did pay an extra 150 euros for a canal view room). Bathroom and Shower worked fine and hot water was in plentiful supply. One thing I would point out is that the noise from the canal can get quite irritating if you're a light sleeper, but the view and the atmosphere and ability to people watch overrided this. You may want to consider this when booking a room though.
Breakfast was very good! I cannot understand some of the other reviews on here which say breakfast was poor! The selection is very good - cold meats, mini omlettes, croissants, pain au chocolats, fruit, youghurt, fresh juice, and even champagne! You could order extra for a small price, but there's no need. We indulged every morning!
Be careful, we were stung with a 12 euro tourist tax at the end of our stay. I would recommend you calrify this with the hotel when you check in, so its not a nasty shock at the end of your stay.
All in all, this is great "4" star hotel in a great location. The service and staff are very professional and courteous, the rooms are clean, comfortable and resonably priced, but be careful about the noise from the canal at night, and the tourist tax.
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