We stayed three nights at this hotel and found it was the right decision we had made. Hotels in venice are atrociously priced, whereas this one was excellent value for money. It is just outside the Padua ( Padova ) main train station, hence very convenient to get to venice which is a mere 25 minutes away by a RV train ( regolare veloce ) , or 40 - 45 minutes by a regolare train. I mention the trains because normal tickets costing about 3.50 euros one way to venice santa lucia station can be used only on these trains and not on express trains which take about 15 minutes to twenty minutes.
The plus points of this hotel : excellent rooms - spacious, with a writing table and chair, another small chair, minibar, bathroom slippers, good supply of toiletries, thick curtains, excellent bathroom with plenty of towels and a bidet, extra pillows and rugs in the large cupboard, nice beds and user controlled AC. We asked for a room on the upper floors - the hotel has only four floors and we did get one on the third floor, on the rear side of the hotel , hence the room was very very quiet at night . I wonder whether rooms facing the piazza in front would have been just as quiet - the rooms do appear to be well sound proofed. The hotwater is excellent, immediate and perpetual.
The airconditioning was adequate though I would have prefered it to be a couple of degrees cooler, but no complaints. The lights in the room are plentiful. There are no coffee or tea making facilities or an iron in the room though I suspect if I had asked I would have been provided with an iron.
The buffet breakfast was excellent ( considering it was included in the very attractive hotel room tariff ) . There are scrambled eggs, various kinds of breads and pastries / tarts , fruit juice, coffee, tea, some meats, cereals, yoghurts and fruits . They are not exotic varieties, probably keeping cost in mind, but perfectly good.
There is no swimming pool, though one tourist website claimed there was an outdoor pool. There is also no restaurant in the hotel , so you do need to eat out every time. ( except the breakfast of course ).
There did not appear to be any english TV channels, The wi fi is free but tends to be slow , and the lift is small and slow. There is no complimentary drinking water in the room . We did not use the mini bar. The safe was useful
I must say the door lock was very easy to open as it is based on scanning it at the door and not having to swipe it. The swipe often does not open the door first time, so this was easier.
The staff are to the point, and do their job , but in general, as in the rest of venice, there is not much warmth. The check in and check out were very efficient.
My only complaint is that the outside of the hotel is full of shady characters trying to sell all kinds of things - not very reassuring. And the hotel does not look great from outside. Overall I would rate it as three star and not four as is claimed .
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- Victorian-style 4-story Hotel located on a corner in city's historic center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grand Italia
- Grand Italia Padua
- Golden Tulip Padua