The lobby of the Principe has this grand appeal and the offerings for breakfast were fine. But everything good about this place ends there.
The hotel is close to the bus and train stations but as far away from most of the things you want to see (45 min. waterbus trip if stopping at every stop) as is possible. It is old and tired and has grungy small rooms (we saw three as friends were there too) with teeny bathrooms. The mattress in our room felt like stone and the carpets were dirty and worn out.
But mostly it's the arrogant staff that made us crazy. The guys at the desk are rude and either arguing with each other in front of you or don't even bother to look up as you are coming and going. You have to actually excuse yourself to get their attention to ask for your room key. Not once could we get one of these guys to crack a smile.
We were there for five days. One day when we came back, the lock on our room was broken - it looked forced - and we called the desk. They sent up a guy with a screwdriver who said he didn't have the tools to fix it and would be back later. There were no apologies or offers to switch our room, but, incredibly, there was denial that there might have been tampering."It is not possible" was the response at the desk. I should have taken a photo that would have shown splintered wood - I was too shocked to think to do this - but I did take one of the "repair".
We loved Venice and apparently there are many good hotels there. This overpriced and unfriendly place is not one of them.
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- Also Known As:
- Rodeway Inn Venice
- Principe Hotel Venice
- Grand Hotel Principe
- Hotel Principe Venice