We spent our first night in the Westin Europa & Regina, but only had a StarFriend rate for one night. Therefore, we booked this hotel for the second night. The gardens are AMAZING! It's the only hotel with private (and huge) gardens.
It's located in the quiet Cannaregio off Madonna dell'Orto. If coming from the bus station in Venice, it's a 1-min walk from the Orto stop (4.2/5.2 lines). You could also walk from the train station and it's a 20-min walk (assuming you don't get lost).
We were coming from San Marco, so we came through the Grand Canal and taking vaparetto line 1 to the San Marcuola stop. From there, it was probably a 10-min walk with 3 bridges I believe. If you've never been the Venice, this means you have to carry your luge up and over the bridge as there are not ramps.
The lobby is stunning with two large, beautiful Venetian chandeliers. Our room (305) was slightly smaller than our Westin room, but still sufficient for us. There was no view (overlooked the rooftop of a shorter building), but we didn't pay for one (most rooms in Venice don't have a view).
The bathroom was laced in marble and granite with plenty of hot water. It's very comparable to the Westin bathroom. The bed was a king (two twins combined) and a bit firm for my liking and the pillows a little flat. I still slept well.
The room was also warm when we entered. I've heard rumors that there are strict rules on HVAC in Italy. In April, you can still open your window and enjoy a pleasant breeze (50-55F at night).
Like I mentioned earlier, this hotel has some gorgeous English gardens. There are some chaise lounge chairs by the boat house (where you can arrive by private water taxi) where you can read a book and relax. We definitely felt like it was a different Venice with the quiet, serene beauty around us and with birds chirping in the early evening. The gardens supposedly require a reservation, but they let us right in.
Having now spent 36 hours in Venice, I would pick this hotel for a non-touristy stay in Venice. You can take their private water taxi to San Marco a few times per day starting around 10am and also be picked up (just make a reservation at the desk).
We didn't try the spa or food, which was expensive just like the Westin. Like many hotels in this class, things can add up quickly.
Overall, this luxury hotel is a true gem and worth a visit.
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- Boscolo Dei Dogi Venice
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