Reading some of the negative reviews on this site, of this hotel, makes me think they must have stayed somewhere completely different to me!
We arrived at the airport, which was further out one - the name escapes me! We had booked a private transfer through the hotel. We were met by the driver in the airport and he drove us to a private mooring, where we boarded out private water taxi, which took us to the jetty of the hotel. The complete journey took about an hour, and we were so impressed that we booked the same transport, through the hotel for the return journey. I would thoroughly recommend this, as a way to start your experience in Venice!
Check in at the hotel was faultless and I had only booked the hotel 4 days before we arrive on Good Friday - 18th April 2014. We had originally booked a standard room, and then a Junior Suite became available the day before we arrived. I always think you can tell alot from a hotel, by the communication you have with them prior to arrival.
We were shown to our fabulous suite which overlooked the Grand Canal. Our Suite had 2 balconies, large enough for two people to stand on and be drawn into the romantic magic that is Venice. Gondola' gliding past our open balcony doors, with the haunting sound or a professional singer echoing from the narrow streets.
Shortly after being shown to our room, there was a knock at the door and a complimentary bottle of champagne and fresh fruit was delivered.
Our Suite was split level. There was a sitting room area and bathroom on the lower floor, with opening doors onto our balconies. Up the glass staircase was our bedroom, which had uninterrupted views out through the balcony doors, onto the Grand Canal - even whilst lying in bed. Behind out bed, was a fabulous large sunken bath.
We experienced impeccable service from all members of the team. Breakfast was fantastic and one day we ate outside on the balcony which was positioned over the Grand Canal. Service and choice at breakfast was faultless. The miniature chocolate Easter Eggs and broken up chocolate Easter Egg's were a very nice touch for Easter!
I cannot believe that so few people have mentioned the hotel's fantastic position to just about everything in Venice! The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a matter of metres from the hotel, as is Vaporetto's (water boats) stations.
We had pre-booked a journey on a Gondola, but this really wasn't necessary as there were plenty that we could have jumped on.
Probably the most memorable experience I had in Venice and would urge everyone that is visiting to do the same is to go on a Gondola ride at night. We caught one of them just about to pack up for the night at about 10pm and asked if he would take us, which he agreed to do. We paid for the privilege - but it was a once in a lifetime experience. It was so quite on the water - compared to during the day when the waterways become packed with other boats and Gondola's. At times, the only noise you could hear was the sound of water trickling against the oar, as we glided peacefully through the water.
I cannot explain in words what it was like to fall asleep with the sound of the Grand Canal flowing into our room through the open balcony doors.
Trust me - book a Junior Suite at the Centurion Palace - you won't be disappointed!
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