Having searched on Trip Advisor for hotels in Venice I eventually chose the Hotel Papadopoli, with one of my considerations being its proximity to the local transport network. The bus terminal is a two minute walk through the small woodland park which adjoins the hotel; the train station is probably at most a ten minutes walk (over the Grand Canal) and the vaporettos (water buses) even less.
I am pleased that I chose this hotel, as one of the regular sights was tourists lugging suitcases around the streets or on the vaporettos trying to find their hotels, some of which were some considerable distance from the train station/bus terminal.
I had booked a Classic Double room, which happened to be on the fourth floor, overlooking the woodland park, on a B & B basis. The room was of a standard size and certainly ample for the two of us. Yes it had a few scuff marks on the walls and the silicone around the bath had some black marks (mould) on it.... but its a hotel which is going to take some wear and tear. Overall though I thought the room was well maintained and in keeping with a Venetian theme. The bed we had was bigger than a normal UK king size and was certainly comfortable.
As this 3 x day trip to Venice was a surprise for my wife's birthday, the hotel provided a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and strawberries, together with bathrobes and slippers.
Breakfast in the hotel was excellent, with a good variety to chose from; including a cooked and continental selection, cereals, fruit, pastries etc. The foodstuff was replenished at regular intervals with what appeared to be fresh items, and that which had been available for a while taken away.
The restaurant which is where breakfast was also served, was beautiful. It was woodland themed, with 'bark' on the walls and foliage hanging down from the ceiling and I am sure was planned that way to be extension of the woodland park to which it adjoined.
This is not a back backers hotel by any means. Having read some of the negative reviews on Trip Advisor about prices etc, it is a more up market hotel and the prices reflect this. Yes you had to pay to use the internet, yes the restaurant was slightly more expensive than the local trattorias (but hotel restaurants usually are), and the menu was limited. At the bar we paid €8 each for a glass of Prosecco and a selection of canapes.
Overall, we felt it was a wonderful hotel, nicely decorated and maintained, in a good location with easy access to all transportation. We certainly would have no hesitation in returning to the Hotel Papadopoli if we visited Venice again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the sestiere of Santa Croce, the other Venice among secret gardens and animated courtyards, cherished in the oblivion of the most unique city in the world.Hotel Papadopoli stands on the Tolentini Canal, inside the Papadopoli Gardens, created in 1834 by Francesco Bagnara. It’s a truly enviable location: close to the Canal Grande and the Constitution bridge, an artwork by the famous architect Calatrava, that connects the hotel ... more less
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- Sofitel Hotel Venice
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