I, like you will, looked at a lot of tripadvisor reviews. True, the hotel is in a great location, but that's about it. The walk to St. Mark's square is only 1-2 minutes. But the hotel is located down a dark, narrow alley. On the outside, it will look like a bad choice. However, to be honest, the inside rooms are adequate and clean, but I don't think worth the 180 euro a night we paid (We spoke to a Russian couple we met and they said they paid 150 euros at the Hilton with free boat rides to Venice). The hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the Water Taxis so, again, a convenient location. We arrived around 1am and someone was waiting for us, which was a relief (we called and e-mailed them our arrival time). We took a water taxi from the airport which is a one-and-a-half hour ride. Roxanne, who works at the hotel, offered great advice and friendly service. We stayed in Cinque Terre in August and got a cooked to order breakfast every morning with choices of meats, cheese, breads, omlettes. Here you got croissants, rolls, butter and processed cheese. Coffee was horrible. As for Venice, be prepared for the prices...and read the fine print. We have coffee at Florians and paid 40 euro (about 44 dollars) for 2 cups of cappuchino and a plate of 6 small cookies...I didn't see the fine print that charged 8 euros per person to listen to the music. The city is commercialized so there are stores, vendors everywhere hawking mostly to tourists. Plan in advance and make reservations online to most of the museums if possible, will save you lots of time waiting in lines. Also, be prepared to walk ALOT so bring comfortable shoes. I recommend the Guggenheim museum, St. Mark's Church, and the Doges Museum. The islands of Murano and Burano were nice trips as well. Murano is a glass makers haven and Burano is a lace making town. Both are overpriced and you can find cheaper in Venice if you look around. I recommend you don't bring kids unless they are older and appreciate the arts and museums. Gondola rides range from 80 (short trip) to 140 (long trip) euros. The tips last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour...Overall, if you approach it from a historical perspective, it's a great trip..but save your cash, you'll need it...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in an ancient Venetian palace in the Venice historic centre, Dimora Marciana is a guest house just 50 metres away from St. Mark's Square and at a 5 minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge. Just like Venice's most prestigious historic houses, Dimora Marciana features traditional Venetian style furnishings. Elegant and sophisticated environments, precious damask silk tapestry, classic decorative elements, golden stucco works and original marbles will take you back in time, making you experience the suggestive atmosphere of the prestigious Most Serene Republic of Venice: while you will unwind surrounded by the decorated walls of your room, comfortably sitting in the sophisticated drawing room for breakfast or overlooking Venice's heart from our wide windows. An abundant continental breakfast and the typical services of a 3-star Venice hotel will turn your stay at Dimora Marciana into a special experience, living the dream of old-time Venice without foregoing comfort and quality facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dimora Marciana Hotel Venice