We have just had a lovely stay at this peaceful hotel, just a 5 minute leisurely stroll away from the "main thoroughfare" to San Marco etc (took us 20 minutes to stroll to Doge's Palace etc.). After seeing the location of a few other 5* hotels on our meanders we realised how lucky we were to have chosen a hotel in such a peaceful neighbourhood - others which are closer to main thoroughfares/San Marco etc must be incredibly noisy in our view!
This hotel is only a couple of minutes walk from a Vaporetto/Airport transport stop, so it is also in an enviable position for arrivals/departures. We treated ourselves to a private transfer from the airport , arranged by the hotel, which was a wonderful start! Our room on the first floor overlooked the canal at the front of the hotel and even though we were close to the main entrance it was very quiet at night. Beds were reasonably comfortable and the room & bathroom were spotless and a decent size.
The front desk staff were extremely helpful, especially Gaia, David & the Manageress. David showed us the large garden which winds it's way down to the private jetty overlooking Murano & Burano - just idyllic! We only ate breakfast at the hotel, which was fine - so not able to comment about other in-house meals.
One warning I would like to give is about the "free excursion" to Murano advertised at the hotel. A water taxi collects from the hotel and whisks you over to Murano - to the dock of one of the Glass Factories. We were herded straight into this factory - given a REALLY short talk/glass blowing demonstration and then herded straight into the showrooms. There was one "assistant" following each couple (very closely!) and we were given the "hard sell". We had been told that there was also free transport back to the hotel whenever we were ready to leave, however it was a very uncomfortable experience for those of us who didn't wish to buy anything. The prices are of course huge - the pieces were stunning, but far too expensive for us! I think it would be far more enjoyable to go to Murano on a water bus independently - and have the freedom to explore the island! One could leave the Glass factory complex (I had to ask where the exit was because there was no clear indication that we could see), but then getting back in was interesting because the door locks behind you - there is a buzzer/intercom system but if you can't get back in then there is no "free transport" back to the hotel...Anyhow - once bitten! We will never do that again! It was an experience! We are sure most hotels offer this type of "visit" to a glass factory - so just beware!!
This didn't reflect badly on the hotel at all - we didn't have any hard sell about this trip from the staff - there is just a notice about the excursion in the lobby which we just happened to see and then asked to be booked on!
We will most definitely be going back to Venice to see those places we didn't get the time to visit on our 3-day trip - and we will most definitely be booking to stay in this hotel again, because it was simply gorgeous!.
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