We are a family of four with a 12 year old and a 16 year old. We loved our stay at Al Piave! I wish I had taken the names of everyone who was so helpful to us, but there was no one who was NOT very nice and helpful. We would definitely stay again!
We arrived at 8:30pm from all day train treks from Manarola, so we were exhausted. It was also our last stop on our two week "Sampler Tour" of Italy. We were given a very friendly and efficient check-in by the man at the front desk, complete with tips on the area and restaurant recommendations. They even carried our (really heavy) bags to the 2nd floor for us! Such a treat after carrying our bags up and down stairs all day. (No elevator, which is very common.)
Follow the walking directions given by the hotel that start when you exit the ferry. They were perfect, but do know it's at about a 15 minute walk with your luggage. Not a problem for us since we gave our luggage wheels a work out on our trip. (Here's a tip on the ferry. As you exit the train station, go to the booth to the far right at the water. They take credit cards. We never found a bancomat (ATM) at the train station. The lady at the TI desk said there may be one down one of the halls, or outside, but seemed unsure. I found it odd that she didn't know, but there is a booth for exchanging money if you're desperate and can't find one. Or just wait until you get into Venice.)
While we had been told it was much cheaper to stay outside the city, we knew we only had one full day so wanted to stay right in the heart of Venice. Hotel Al Piave was the perfect location. It was a short walk to Saint Mark's and the Rialto Bridge, both of which we needed to check off the must-see list. There is also a bancomat at the square down the street (to the left) from the hotel. We found that a lot of businesses (including gelato/sandwich shops, gondoliers, and water taxis) don't take credit cards, so we had to keep replenishing our euros. Breakfast at the hotel was perfect. They served fresh baked croissants, a variety of pastries, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, etc. The cappuccinos were wonderful!
We were glad to see Saint Mark's (beautiful) and the Rialto Bridge, but I was so grateful to the lady at the desk at Al Piave who took the time to map out a good walking route for us to experience more of the "real" Venice, without the mass of other tourists. We spent most of the day following her map, as experiencing the city was more important to us than the actual sites listed in the guidebooks. So don't mistake the crazy tourist action around Saint Mark's as the "real Venice!" Explore the surrounding areas and you'll find the crowds quickly thin out. It's such a beautiful city.
We had a 'family suite,' which consisted of two separate rooms behind one main door - one room had two twins and one with a full - two twins pushed together. We found that pushing two twins together is very common in hotels. It never bothered us. Both rooms had closing doors. In the room with two twins, there was a sink off to the side in an alcove. Both rooms shared one bathroom with a shower. Everything was clean and very charming. I emailed back and forth with the hotel several times in our planning and they were always very quick to respond. There is someone at the front desk at all times.
At checkout, for €110, the hotel arranged a water taxi to take us to the airport (paid in cash to the water taxi driver). This was so worth it to us. The water taxi picks you up at the square to the left of the hotel (a 5 min. walk) and deposits you right in front of the airport. From there, it's about a 10 minute walk down well-marked pedestrian walkways.
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