Apart from the constant mess in the hallway to our room all morning (see photo), it´s a good location if a little over priced. We paid EU408 for three nights, breakfast included. We stayed in room 9. It´s a small corner room with two windows facing two different canals (see my pics)... pretty cool really if you can handle the decor. The walls are lined in a red and yellow striped fabric with red carpet, red bed spread and red curtains to match. To complete the effect they installed an intricate glass chandelier on the ceiling. It feels a bit like staying in a bordello, which I didn´t mind..lol. Water pressure is OK and the lighting is excellent.
The continental breakfast was pretty good as far as continental breakfasts go. Great croissants, nice grapefruit juice, good natural yoghurt and a cuppachino machine to die for. For dinner the restaurant was popular, probably because there are few other choices in the area of an evening. We found it overpriced and food badly cooked.
The hotel would have been relatively easy to find if we had been given some directions. That´s why I will give you some now, just in case you decide to stay there. From the station (or wherever you are) take a boat bus number 1 to Salute (EU7). There is a big domed cathedral at this stop (Saint Maria de Salute), which later you can use as a landmark when finding your way back to the hotel. Now you just walk about 100 metres up the small canal alongside the cathedral until you come to a little bridge crossing the canal. Drag your suitcases over the bridge and keep walking another 100 metres more or less and the hotel appear in front of you.
Don´t wait to be greeted when you walk through the door.
When finally I walked through the door with my two suit cases, I found two surly men behind the counter. One was on the phone and the other had his head buried in paperwork. I stood quietly waiting for some acknowledgment of my arrival. Then my girlfriend came in with her suitcases, but still these two men appeared not to have noticed our arrival. I´d guess that we stood like this for a full three minutes before the man with his head down finally acknowledged us... even more incredible because there was no one else in the room. One of the men later turned out to be fairly friendly and tried to be helpful. The other, a thin younger man with glasses is quite short, almost to the point of being rude.
The free internet turned out to be quite problematic. It required a new password every 48 hours, and was good only for one computer. It didn´t work in the room and kept resetting itself. A bigger problem for us was the crack in the bed, between the two single mattresses they used to make up a queen size. Oh yes, and the TV. When I asked at reception if there were any English speaking channels, I was told they had BBC and one or two movie channels. We spent over an hour surfing through the hundreds of Italian channels but never managed to find one channel in English. They could have saved us this agony if they´d just told us the truth.
Although the location is good, I believe there is better value out there. My tip is not to leave your booking too late. At least for the summer season you should try to book several months ahead, or you might end up in a messy place like this, as I did.
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