We arrived "James bond" style from the airport, whisked across the lagoon by speed boat (aka water taxi) and delivered safety, but somewhat windswept to the hotels Grand canal mooring.
Our rooms were not ready as we had arrived mid morning and our luggage was stored until our return later in the day.
We walked from the hotel (approx 20mins) to the main square or you can get the €2 gondola shuttle next to the hotel which runs from 930-1800ish.
Upon our return to the hotel later in the afternoon we were shown to our room, which although was not necessary the receptionist insisted on, she described the room as overlooking the courtyard, however I would describe the 3rd floor view as looking at the bedrooms opposite!
The room itself was very small and looked, although it probably wasn't, cheaply furnished.
Our suitcases were not in our room on arrival but delivered 2minutes later, I guess the porter was holding out for a tip.
The shower room (no bath) was covered in goldleaf, and had a large power shower - the only problem was that the water flooded the whole floor and leaked everywhere when using it as the drain could not cope.
Sleep quality was good, with a comfy bed and pillows however it is not possible to turn the air conditioning off at night which was unfortunate, although be careful leaving windows open as we did see a few Mosquitos.
Two free bottles of water were supplied daily and we had chocolate strawberries on arrival which was a nice touch.
The bar has a couple of outside tables overlooking the grand canal, there is also a courtyard area at the back of the hotel but occasionally you do get the unpleasant smells from the sewers here.
Breakfast is adequate, with a small but ok range of products (4 hot dishes) and mini cold buffet - again with some tables overlooking the canal, be aware of the seagulls. Although not quite as daring as the seagulls we have in the UK they will still rob you of your food in not paying attention!
Location of this hotel is ok, with easy access but i would probably try and stay somewhere else next time, it didn't wow me and I find the 5 star rating a little ambitious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 5-star hotel in Venice, Sina Centurion Palace overlooks the Grand Canal at the mouth of the San Marco basin, towards Dorsoduro. With direct access to the Grand Canal, our luxury hotel enjoys a unique position in Venice between the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Punta della Dogana (home of the François Pinault Foundation) and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Our 50 rooms and suites at Sina Centurion Palace offer incomparable views over St. Mark's and the Grand Canal. Among the most renowned restaurants in La Serenissima, The Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant is an elegant and comfortable ambiance where to savour the best of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by Grand Canal views. ... more less
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