Wanting to try something interesting, that would suite both myself and my 20yr old daughter we decided to give Venice a try. Having talked to lots of different people we felt the experience would please us both.
Trying to find a good hotel in a convenient position , easy to find in a new place, I decided to book the hotel Carlton on the grand canal. There were mixed reviews on tripadvisor but none that were a definiate "never again" experience.
However on arrival we were very relieved to not only find the hotel with ease but to be given a warm and professional welcome. We were early so our room was not available but we were able to leave our bags and start exploring.
The room when we saw it was clean, comfortable and as reqested we were given twin beds.
There was a mini bar with limited , expensive supplies but this is not unusual, but no tea or coffee facilities.An excellent shower , over the bath with lots of hot water. Though it was so hot we only needed tepid heat.
All the staff we meet were friendly, polite and helpful, from housekkeeping, portering, catering front of house. The breakfast was more than acceptable fresh fruit, bacon, eggs( although i wouldn't recommed these) fresh rolls etc. No complaints about the breakfast. but i could have complained about the very loud very pushy americans that stayed for our last day, they seemed to think they could just take over. Very annoying!!
The roof terrace was a delight to sit and eat or have a cocktail, no more expensive that any where else really.
As for the Venice experience, it truely is one to at least try once in your life time. Unique but very hard work, lots of walking, water bus rides and bridges. Not only should you try and see all the well know sites but try and get off the main areas explore the back ways, try the smaller taverns etc i was surprised at how easy this was.My daughter fell in love with Venice as for me I'm glad i seen it 'glad I,ve been there . Would i go back probably not , too many other places to explore!!
My advice would be don't take a case , because even though there are porters you can higher most people we saw really struggled over the bridges and cobbles, just take cabin bags.
Unless you like it very hot try and avoid the summer months( we didn't notice it being smelly as some people said) but it was very very hot.Avoid main areas for eating and don't expect to much of the cuisine.
And enjoy the experience, if you want a Gondola ride go for it even at £80 euros but don't expect it to be peaceful and romantic the canals are really too busy for that.
I would also say a few days is enough because after that you are overwhelmed with the history, the walking and the heat. Find a relaxing beach to recuperated before returning to the real world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant and welcoming, the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal has been run with passion for approximately 30 years by a Venetian family which loves to pay its guests attention, by providing them with valuable advise on how to capture the city’s true essence.Pastel shades, Venetian stuccoes, glass wall lamps made in Murano, furnishings which, while being functional, recall the glorious Serenissima epoch: these are the elements of the new hall and bar, completely mirrored on marvellous Istria stone. Right at the centre of the hotel is an original glass cupola creating light effects which highlight its sophistication. The recently restored, characteristic internal patio onto which some of the rooms look out and where guests can enjoy breakfast or relax, using it as a peaceful open-air lounge, has a notable impact on guests. The elegant Bar Carlton Café offers you the chance to taste excellent drinks and whet your appetite with unusual snacks both in the internal room and in the open-air, enjoying an unforgettable stay on the Grand Canal.The hotel also offers its guests outstanding opportunities to discover all of Venice’s magic, by organizing personalised itineraries and excursions: boat tours to the lagoon islands, guided tours of the city, romantic itineraries followes by a candle lit dinner and much more. For further information on “special” packages, check out our online booking now or send your request to our booking centre.For conferences and meetings we can provide the “Galileo” room, fitted with update equipment and capable of holding up to 60 people.Some of the services offered to our guests include: free entry to the Casino, free baggage surveillance, baby-sitting, restaurant booking, theatre and concert tickets.Restaurant “La Cupola”Elegant reflections, inviting aromas, brilliant colours and exclusive tastes: these are the defining features of our restaurant “La Cupola”, a jewel of refined style in newly renovated surroundings, boasting harmony in its menu selections inspired both by innovative cuisine, as well as the genuine traditions of the territory.The distinct, welcoming atmosphere and the fine cuisine will envelop you and capture you, transforming your “mealtime” into an exceptional experience.You will be greeted with warmth and courtesy, and given expert advice on your menu selections.The typical and international specialties are served with refined simplicity, elegant and genuine at the same time, accompanied by an exclusive wine list. Our Maitre, Filippo Nocerino, will be at your disposition for any special requests.Perfect for any occassion or simply for a romantic evening, our restaurant “La Cupola” will live up to your expectations and your appetites!TOP OF THE CARLTON SKY LUNGE & RESTAURANTLet “Time Out” steer you upwards to the finest sky lounge in Venice for enjoying cocktails in the clouds and Grand Canal view dining .Stylish evenings begin and end at TOP OF THE CARLTON, the rooftop terrace perched on the 4th floor of the Carlton on the Grand Canal Hotel. Impressive views from this spacious terrace take in both the ancient majesty of the Grand Canal and its noble palaces and the modern Constitution bridge, the newest structure that pierces the motley Venice skyline full of domes, bell towers, arches and spires.Choose from a multitude of cocktails, snacks and light-dining while you sit and enjoy a romantic sunset or experience the gentle lapping of the Grand Canal waters as a gondola passes by.When it’s time to unwind and relax, choose Top of the Carlton.TOP OF THE CARLTON can be exclusively reserved for private events and functions, such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate events – in fact the sky is the limit.Open from mid May to end of September, weather permitting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Grand Canal Hotel
- Hotel Carlton Grand Canal
- Canal Hotel Venice