Beautiful hotel in a prime location away from the touristy bustle of St Marks Square but only 5 minutes away from it using the vaporetto (1 stop from Salute on line 1). It was nice to be able to pop back to the hotel during the day if we needed to. It is very easy to walk everywhere if you do not want to use the vaporetto. We found the vaporetto especially useful of an evening (when I was in heels!) although my partner came home with sea legs for a few days! Dorsoduro is a lovely, quiet island with nice places to eat and drink - if you go out of the back of the hotel and turn right, keep following the streets round until you come to the man selling pizza out of the wall in the narrow alleyway, best pizza you will ever have and so cheap. The hotel was beautifully decorated and very clean. The staff were some of the friendliest and most attentive I have found when staying in an Italian hotel, they couldn't do enough for us. We had a small(ish) room looking over the back courtyard with a balcony at the side. The room was full of character with two big widows the open out to see the courtyard and wooden beams high above the bed. We felt very at home and settled in straight away. The bathroom featured a great big bath, a hand held power shower and a rain shower - perfection. The only problem we had was that we couldn't get the air con to work but assumed it wasn't on yet, in hindsight we should have asked about this at reception but didn't bother. We slept with the windows open on the first night as it was really warm in the room, I woke up with two huge mosquito bites on my face!! Breakfast was wonderful. Excellent choice of continental and all to a high standard. It was a real treat to see tiptree jams on offer and branded sauces to compliment the cooked breakfast too. There was bacon, eggs and tomatoes in buffet style servers but anything made to order came at a cost. We had breakfast outside one morning, it was lovely to look out into the grand canal and watch the city gear up for the day ahead. We didn't eat or drink at the hotel but it seemed quite expensive and there is so much choice outside of the hotel it seemed a shame to stay in. I booked the hotel in January and paid approx. £800 for four nights in a double room which as far as hotels of this calibre in Venice go, I think we got a great deal. I checked the week before we went and the same room had doubled in price. The following has no bearing on the hotel but I am mentioning it on here as I don't think there is anywhere else for it - I would not recommend using venicelink.com for a shared transfer. It cost us €100 for a two person return shared transfer and on our arrival into Venice we had to wait over an hour at the airport as the girl in the ticket booth struggled to get everybody sorted. She was more preoccupied with writing tickets out to give to the driver, she must have been practising her handwriting at the same time as it took forever! We could have jumped on an alilaguna and got to venice in the time it took her to arrange everybody. Then we were packed into a stifling boat for 30 minutes with 8 other people, the website suggested it would be shared between only 4 people. The reason I booked it was that we had an early morning flight on our return to the UK and I didn't want to faff on public transport at that time. The return transfer was late and the hotel couldn't reach anybody on the emergency number they provided! Utterly useless and very rude. Hats off to the porter and reception staff at the hotel though, they were fabulous throughout the whole problem. All in all, I would 100% recommend this hotel to anybody looking to discover Venice. Thank you Centurion Palace for a lovely break.
- 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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- Centurion Palace Hotel Venice