Choosing a hotel in Venice is all about location and how many canals you must cross and thus how bridges you will face (all the bridges all have steps). Hotel Montecarlo is in a perfect location, 50 yards from the main square in Venice (San Marco), so all the boats (think busses) stop there. Coming in from the airport on the Alilaguna boats, there are no stairs to climb.
Here is the trick to finding the hotel. Before you go, look at Google maps, street version. Put the little guy in front of the basilica and have him lead you through the clock tower to the first street on the right and follow him to the second left, and print out screen shots of these locations. The last street you turn into is so narrow you can easily touch the buildings on either side. The hotel is about 100 feet further down this narrow lane. Once you find the hotel, you will see there is a shortcut to the basilica that you would never find on your first time in.
It is a well-run hotel with an excellent staff. Our room was spacious and looked out over the "street." Linens were crisp and clean. The bathroom was a bit worn and the shower curtain could have been newer and cleaner, but those were our only criticisms. There was a minibar stocked with beer that was cheaper than buying on the street. An old wall safe opened with a key that the desk gives out on request.
Speaking of keys, it is shock to have a real key in this day of plastic "keys." You must leave the heavy brass holder and fancy tassel at the desk when you go out. (The keys are hung behind the desk, so at a glance you can see how many people are in or out of the hotel.)
The breakfast was fully stocked with hot and cold items plus serve-yourself coffee machines that worked very well. Two of the breakfast rooms are fitted out like glorious old railroad dining cars of Orient Express quality.
Noise was never a problem, as there were no crowds of drunks roaming around like in some cities.
The dates of our visit were April 3-8, 2014.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Montecarlo Hotel Venice
- Best Western Hotel Montecarlo
- Best Western Venice
- Venice Best Western