I stayed at this hotel on a three night visit to Venice. It was my first trip to Venice and co-incided with the festival/carnival acitviites of February which was very exciting. It is a genuinely friendly city and it was such a pleasant change to be in a place not ruled by mobile phones and beeping! If you need that, be warned, wifi access is difficult to find outside of hotels (thankfully). The hotel I stayed at was in a great location, it will only take you 5 minutes to get to San Marco square on foot. Even with that though, when I return to Venice, as I surely will, I would not stay here again. There are literally hundreds of town house hotels throughout Venice and much as mine was clean and pleasant, it didn't do or have anything 'special' to make me want to return. I was looking forward to a 'friendly' stay having read reviews before I went but to be honest, I didn't really feel that welcome. The room was very small and although that is often the case in city hotels we had a twin room but the two beds had to be next to each other and actually looked like a double bed because there was no other space. I didn't even use the wardrobe because you had to move a bedside table to get to it!
On the plus side though, and this is important for me, the bathroom was very spacious, warm and had good water pressure (I have long curly hair so it's a must!). There are good wall radiators too in case you need to dry clothing (from getting wet in rain or floods!). There are mirrors in the bathroom, although they steam up as there is poor ventilation. The bedroom did not have any mirrors at all. Plug sockets are very few and far between. Also, there are signs asking you not to put luggage on the beds and to use the luggage rack and there is only one small luggage rack in the room as there is no space to have another one so this doesn't work well! There is a mini bar in the room which if you wanted too, you could put a couple of cans or bottle of wine in to chill but you really won't be staying in this hotel room for any length of time, it is just too small!
The bedrooms are very noisey, we constantly had noise from the rooms above and next to us.
The breakfast is very basic and I preferred to find a small deli / cafe nearby and enjoy some wonderful delicacies. The hotel has cereals, yoghurts, toast, one criossant (allocated by the waiter although the rest is buffet style) and bread rolls. There is sliced cheese, sliced ham and butters/jams. The tea is ok but the coffee is truly disgusting - I actually don't know what it is, but it's not coffee! There are also a couple of jugs of varying juices.
Finally, the following is nothing to do with the hotel but about my experience of travelling to Venice for the first time!
For anyone else travelling for the first time to Venice and who may be confused by connections from the airport etc, rest assured, it is all so easy and straightforward. You land, come through customs, turn to your left and about 100m on your left hand side you will see the ticket desks for boat tickets. This is inside the airport terminal building. Buy the tickets you need, you can make savings by buying a return ticket. You then walk out of the main arrivals building (there is an entrance directly opposite the boat ticket office) and as you walk out you will see on the left hand side a pathway which has a white canopy covering over it, stretching into the distance. This is the pathway you take down to the boats. If it’s raining, you keep dry and if its sunny, you keep shaded! The boats then whizz you off to your destination. The boat tickets are ‘one price’ regardless of your stop when you are on the airport boats. There are numerous stops. I was getting off at San Zaccaria – I don’t know about the other stops but at mine there were people who will help you to your hotel and carry luggage for you if you want. I didn’t use the services but spoke to people who had. Just arrange the Euro price with them BEFORE you give them your bags and start following them. If you don’t agree the price first, you can’t be surprised what they make up for a price later! Most hotels are within a 5 minute walk of where you stop and I had asked my hotel for directions from the boat stop which, even though through winding streets etc, was very clear and easy to follow. Some of bigger hotels have boat stops right outside so you will not need to do anything other than ‘get off!’
Now, I knew that Venice has canals and I knew that in 2012 it flooded very badly and so what I am about to say may make me look a fool, but, for the benefit of any other fools out there, here goes. I did not realise that Venice regularly floods and that if you are out of your hotel when this happens, there is a strong possibility that you too will have to wade through water that is over your knees (and I’m 5ft 10!). Most surprising of all is that the people at the hotel made no mention of this too us and neither did the staff in the restaurant that we were eating in when it started to happen. The only reason we knew what was about to happen and rapidly moved to get back to the hotel (still getting caught in water over our knees though, it rises very quickly!) was because we overhead a conversation in the Salvador Dali exhibition we had been to that day – otherwise we would have been in even greater trouble than just ruined boots! Whilst we were there it coincided with ‘high tides’. For us, that meant at around 10pm the streets would start to flood, we went to a restaurant that was virtually next door to our hotel that night and thank goodness we did! We saw water starting to lap into the square and quickly paid our bill. By the time it had been paid the water was coming into the restaurant and the side street we had to go down already had 30cm of water it in. It was freezing (well it’s winter time!) and rises very fast. Our hotel was only a 2 minute walk away and we moved as fast as we could with water rising very quickly. I did not appreciate how quickly it could happen. Anyone out with buggies or difficulties with movement would have been in real trouble. The next day, we were of course better prepared and it didn’t cause us any problems but the thing is, no one highlights this, which seems very strange. Maybe they are so used to living with it and they think we all ‘somehow’ know. Anyway, thought I’d mention it for others who may not be aware. The water had all subsided by the next morning and all premises are so used to dealing with it they are all mopped out and ready for action again, just a faint sewage smell lingers a little but soon clears. Whatever happens, do not let this put you off Venice, its an amazing place and you must go. I shall certainly return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Verardo is an ancient noble palace of the XVI century at only 200mt. from St. Marks square. A pleasant combination of:*ambient atmosphere *proximity to the main points of interest *reasonable prices 3 floors (with lift), with two "piano nobile" (noble floor), with wide walk-able areas, a big terrace on the roof and another one at the first floor (both with canal view), where you can have breakfast. ... more less
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