My family and I were in Venice from June 8 to June 11 and stayed at the Palazzo Giavanelli. After substantial hotel research, we booked our reservation some months before by direct communication with Domenico FORT, the hotel manager. We had asked for the junior suite with an extra roll away bed as we were traveling with our son and wanted the extra room. We arrived around 7pm on the 8th as we were driving from Florence and had to return the rent car. Returning the rent car, we took the canal bus to S. Stae – right next door to the hotel (17 euro pp). No sweat.
Upon check in, our room was beautiful, but, we thought, on the smallish side for the junior suite. We mentioned to the night manager that we thought our room was beautifully appointed, and the views spectacular (top floor, canal views), but that we thought our room would be somewhat larger. He noted our comments, and suggested we speak to the assistant manager the next morning. Next morning, going down to breakfast, we spoke to the assistant manager, and much to our surprise… he upgraded us to the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE! Wow! What a treat! This room is enormous, and fabulously appointed. It truly is a “palace” within the Palazzo Giavanelli.
Our stay at the hotel was no less than perfect – every request met by the staff with courtesy and a smile. Wake up calls on time, excursion questions answered fully (they arranged a private taxi for us for a half day trip to Murano that brought us directly back to the hotel – no charge!).
Breakfasts were more than adequate and supplied fully.
Oscar at Murano was an excellent guide to explain the history of glass blowing artisan creations, and did not pressure us to purchase anything. However, after viewing the beautiful collections, we happily purchased some glass works for shipment back home.
We think the hotel has a perfect, central location – close to the Rialto Bridge (7 minute walk max), but, importantly, away from the traffic hustle and bustle. Many fine restaurants nearby to choose from, and has a nice outside sitting area to relax when the weather is right.
Our stay at the Palazzo Giavanelli could not have been better, and we thank Domenico FORT and his staff for such a memorable stay. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for your stay in Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli is located in the historic centre of Venice, enjoying the magnificent atmosphere and offering its guest private , quiet rooms, where a gentle stillness is interrupted only by the passing of gondolas and the flow of water in the canals. Elegant and romantic, 4 star Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli in Venice overlooks the Gran canal, enclosed between the splendid Church of san Stae and Ca’ Pesaro, with suites facing its green gardens and a waterside door to receive guests. The successful mix of decorations, in a perfect balance between modern and traditional, gives Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli an inviting and welcoming aspect, in tune with the impeccable quality of the service of a warm, highly professional and multilingual staff. ... more less
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