We stayed for three days before joining a Princess cruise. It was a good decision as it was our first trip to Venice and the cruise itinerary doesn't allow an in-depth visit of the city sites.
The location of the hotel on the Grand Canal is ideal with great views. A stop for the many municipal ferries is just outside the hotel and you can therefore explore the whole city with ease. We particularly found the walk through the Jewish sector very interesting and atmospheric. A host of gondolas are also available just outside the hotel with their helpful gondoliers. A trip on a gondola is quite expensive if just for two people, but there is plenty of space for more, so a journey with friends or acquaintances is cost-effective and still enjoyable.
The hotel was excellent with good menus, food and service. The hotel is right in the centre of this historic city, just a few steps from St Mark Square, therefore many customers are non-residents of the hotel. However, we were never "crowded out" and we were always given a good table for dinner on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. One night we made arrangements with friends for a table, with the gracious help of the Head Waiter. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
Our room was large, clean and well furnished. Rooms at the front of the hotel are at a great premium and our room overlooked an inner "courtyard". It had a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.
We experienced just one slight problem on departure from the hotel as we paid partly in cash and the rest by card to clear our account. This caused a problem with the hotel accounts, not clearing the balance on the account, triggering a message to our ship. This was soon dealt with and many apologies were forthcoming from the hotel; but ensure you always ask for a receipt for any cash payments! It was a clear error and nothing else.
All in all, a very good experience and we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal are just a few steps from the famous St. Marks Square, ideal for guests who want to immerse themselves, inside the Venetian lifestyle. The 99 guest rooms including 7 suites overlooking the Grand Canal, are all elegantly decorated. Baroque and minimalism meet up in a perfect harmony. In the Grand Canal Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the Grand Canal, the guest can admire a majestic views and enjoy freshness of seafood and vegetable that are so essential to local specialities. In this top class ambience you really feel almost at home. The events section of the Hotel is realised in the recent adjoined Palazzo Dandolo, which became famous as the world’s first casino. Today there offer a very special space for organisations of events like Wedding, Gala Dinner, Conferences and meetings from 10 to 600 guests ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco And Grand Canal
- Hotel Monaco Grand Canal
- Monaco Grand Canal Hotel
- Monaco Hotel Venice