We paid in advance for the water taxi to take us across the lagoon into Venice. Well worth doing to get there but not going back as had to leave the hotel at 7.30 am for a 12.15 flight so best to make other arrangements for that.
The Le Isole is in the perfect location and very easy to find without having to drag one’s luggage far (a bonus with all those cobbled lanes and bridges). A stone’s throw from the monument and less than five minutes to St Mark’s Square. It is down a small lane, next to a canal, is very quiet but with life going on around you and you do get to see the gondolas passing by!
The hotel is small, only 12 or so rooms. They are most welcoming and immediately know who you are. The rooms are not huge but plenty big enough, with mini bar, free WiFi and Sky tv. The bathrooms have a bath and shower. We had a room that overlooked a lane with a restaurant in and one could watch people walking backwards and forwards. We found it very quiet with good double glazing and air conditioning. It was very clean and the cleaners were very quiet and unassuming.
The dining area was small but one could sit outside in the small courtyard, which was lovely and so hard to believe that one was in the middle of Venice.
The staff were wonderful; helpful, cheerful but not over the top and willing to help in whatever way they could. Breakfast was buffet style but one could have cooked if wanted. There was a wide choice of food, cereals, meats, cheeses, croissants etc. There are no evening meals but with so many to choose from in Venice it wasn’t needed.
It would have been nice to have had a little more information in their hotel folder, not essential but helpful.
Cost wise I think it is probably average but well worth every penny but Venice is very expensive.
Walking around Venice is exhausting and not for the faint hearted. There is a lot to see, but no seats anywhere and you are definitely not allowed to sit down in St Mark’s square, unless it is in a cafe, which I found very irritating. Few seats on the waterfront as well, which is a fabulous place to just watch, with all the comings and goings so to have a hotel so central was just perfect.
We had a really lovely time in Venice and I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone going there without hesitation. Thank you to all, it was fabulous.
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