Having done a lot of research, we settled on the Londra Palace for this 3 night Christmas/anniversary present to ourselves. Arriving by private water taxi is not the cheapest but worth every penny. Watching Venice appear on the horizon as the wind blows through your hair is priceless. Walking 20 paces from the jetty to the hotel is unbeatable! The water bus return journey took twice as long cost a quarter of the price and scored zero on the James Bond meter!
Our room (204) had a balcony looking across the water to San Giorgio Maggiore. Breathtaking and everything you'd expect. The room was spacious, comfortable and had a great bathroom stocked with Ortigia products which my wife loves. The TV had many channels including sport for the last weekend of the 6 nations rugby. Sadly England were runners up to Ireland!
The hotel staff was excellent. Breakfast was good with a great selection of fruit, cereals, cold meats, cheese, pastries, etc and prosecco which became a recurrent theme of our trip. The front desk were superb dealing with every question quickly and efficiently.
Located 2 minutes from the Bridge of Sighs and 5 minutes from St Marks square, the location is perfect. All major sights were within 20 minutes walk. Water taxis, gondolas, shops and restaurants are all on the doorstep.
We ate supper at Alle Testiere, Corte Sconta and Hostelaria da Franza which were all mid to high end, and we rated them in the order shown (best first). They are all predominantly fish restaurants and we didn't really find a classic Italian trattoria. We had great, light lunches at Osteria al Squero and Mangi Bevin Tasi. Al Beccafino could have been good but we ordered badly.
This was our first visit to Venice. We knew it wouldn't be cheap so be prepared. Spend the money and enjoy it. It's truly unique.
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- Also Known As:
- Londra Palace Hotel