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Hotel Gardena
Ranked #173 of 386 Hotels in Venice
Basel, Switzerland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

We found this hotel through dein deal and got a very good price, however due to the good price I think they gave us the smallest room right behind the reception.
Saying that though, it was a cute little room with a very nice bathroom. The hotel itself is lovely on the inside!
The location was great, close to the train station. Right on the grand canal. It is about a 40 minute walk to St Marks, but we didn't mind as we were out of the hustle and bustle. There are lots of gorgeous little restaurants and shops nearby.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
The breakfast was good.
BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY!

Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Venice is expensive - full stop. This hotel was at the cheaper end of the range and cost £128 per night including breakfast for a double room. Looking at other hotels I think this ir reasonably good value. Don't forget that you must add 12 Euros per head - local tax (for 4 nights).

The hotel fronts on to a canal less than 5 mins walk from the bus station (Piazzale Roma) and 5 mins walk from the train station. Nearest vaporetto stop is also 5 minutes so excellent location. Being so near it is also easy to find - the further you walk the more likely you will get lost!!! The entrance hall and reception is very plush - the reception desk is in a small room off the entrance hall and is a big office desk - a bit like entering the headmaster's study!! Staff though were all very friendly and our room was ready by 2pm.

The bedroom was not too small but adequate with enough room to walk around the bed easily and a writing table , small chaise longue and a double old cupboard for clothes - there were no drawers. The decor was a bit odd but I guess in keeping with the theme - the walls were ragged in a tuscan orange/brown with a mural behind the bed in the same colour. It was quite well done but on first sight the walls had a look of being unfinished. There was a chandelier and bedside lights - a TV but only local channels and no radio. A phone to reception. The view was over a small garden courtyard. There was air conditioning but it was either ineffective or not yet turned on as it was May.

The bathroom was tiny - possibly the tiniest I have been in - very narrow with a basin, bidet, toilet and shower. All were in good order and clean and the shower was adequate.

Breakfast was in a dining room at the back of the ground floor - similarly decorated but bright and clean. The chairs looked a bit like they came from the TV show 'Fat Gypsy's Wedding' (you'll have to look that one up if you're not from UK) - white leatherette upholstered 'antique style' chairs....but again not out of keeping with the general decor. Breakfast was typical of southern Europe - fruit juice (from machine concentrate),rolls (not that soft) cooked meats, cheese, cereal, boiled eggs, cake and fruit with a pleasant lady in charge to fetch coffee and water for tea. I think pretty good really.

All in all I would definitely stay there again - mainly because of the position but also pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

Tips - Venice is expensive and you will often find a 2 euro cover charge per person added to meal bills. Avoid drinks and meals in obvious tourist positions - ie - anywhere along Grand Canal, Rialto bridge and of course St Mark's Square. Do what I said earlier and get lost you will come across some gems. One of the places I loved was Campo Sta Margherita - 10 mins from hotel near to the university - at night it is full of a mix of students, kids playing football and of course tourists - but not too many - 4-5 restaurants nearby and most quite good - cheapest beer was in in the Caffe Rosso on the west side of the square - 4.9 euros for a pint - and believe me that is cheap for Venice! Buy a 3 day vaporetto blue ticket for unlimited use for 72 hrs - remember to validate before first use. Even if you have a vaporetto map - check at the stops to see which number goes where because they change and you could end up somewhere you didn't intend. Finally don't forget Burano - a bit further out than the glass island of Murano but the little coloured rows of houses are beautiful.

Room Tip: I was in room 19 and it was as described.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Stayed for 3 nites. The location was very good interms of near the train station but very far from St MArks square. Hotel is nice, spacious room and very quaint bathroom.Only thing 1st floor room may be abit noisy as it is overlooking a main street. NO hot water in room. If hotel supply hot water in a flask would have been prefect! Wifi althugh available but always down. Only managed to use 1 time during the whole time! No other place to get internet access.

Room Tip: Rooms not overlooking the canal -nice view but noisy late aT NITE.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Great position only 5 mins walk to Bus and train stations and it has a lift!! Room was good size and clean. Breakfast reasonable - although not up to the standard of the cruise we had just been on! Nice lounge downstairs and quiet canalside setting. Good base to explore the whole of Venice island and beyond.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lubbock, Texas, United States
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

My friend and I had the opportunity to stay in Hotel Gardena in September 2011. What a charming place! The staff was very friendly and helpful, rooms were neat and clean. I would stay here again anytime! It was very near the bus station and easy to get to.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Chicago
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

We stayed in 3 star hotels the whole time we were in Italy and this place definitely did not measure up. It is a 1.5 star at best. The place is pretty outdated and just doesn't give you a welcomed feeling. The room appeared fairly clean but the carpet looked pretty old. I know smell is an issue throughout Venice but at times the bathroom smelled so bad we could barely stand to use it. The breakfast was average. The location is convienent to the train/bus station and it's walking distance to the main attractions. I would recommend looking for a nicer hotel for equal cost because our stay here was not inexpensive.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2011

We chose the Gardena due to it's proximity to the bus station. Unlike many hotels in Venice, it was easy to find and only 2 small bridges from bus station (1 large from train). We arrived by cruise ship and caught the vappreto to the hotel; you can buy tickets for 6euros onboard the boats.

We had a room overlooking the canal for one night. It was large and with good windows and wasn't loud (though it was Sunday). The tv was tiny and only had local channels. The bath and shower were ok.

The receptionist was ok,but to the point and the breakfast was simple but satisfactory.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Property: Hotel Gardena
Address: Santa Croce 239, 30135 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Santa Croce
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#116 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gardena 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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