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Centauro Hotel
Ranked #123 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 January 2014

I've booked in advance to get an excellent rates but it was great discover a real Venetian charming, a spacious, clean and very nice room. The hotel is located close to the ferry, 5 minutes away from Rialto bridge and surrounded by caffè and reastaurants, shops and also nightlife. Good breakfast as well.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

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The hotel is located by Campo Manin and not too far from all the big points of interest – Rialto Bridge 5 minutes away, St. Mark’s Square – 5 minutes, Gallerie dell'Accademia – 10 minutes, Vaporetto stops – there are a few within 5 minute walks. We walked from the train station - it was not that bad either. The Hotel itself does not have a front entrance off the main piazza it’s in the tiny alley so it may be hard to find at first.

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The day we checked in the staff was a little brash (a young girl who had a bit of an attitude), we have not seen her since the check in time. The rest of the staff was friendly. The hotel is open 24 hours and the front desk is staffed at all times. Wi-Fi is 10 Euro for 10 hours, and it was slow and you had to log of not to waste your hours – not really a negative, just a heads up. Our room was on a top floor – no elevators so if you need one, this may not be a place for you. The building was OLD! So old that the wear and tear showed especially on the marble stairs – they were all sagging in the middle from hundreds of years of use which gave the place character. The room was described to us by the girl who checked us in as “nice” and it was at a first sight. Then we looked closer. The walls were all padded and upholstered with cloth to match the bed spread. It looked clean enough and gave the place a Victorian feel. We had 2 windows overlooking one of the canals. A wooden wardrobe was sufficient to keep all our stuff in but we only had what we could carry in our back packs so if you have a ton of luggage, well …. There is no elevator so it might be a problem in the first place.

The bed…… what can I say about the bed. First of all I will repeat that the building is old, there is no elevator and the only way to get anything anywhere is on a gondola so…… the bed was 2 single beds pushed together (not a big deal), on a floor that is sloping down by the headboard (old building, sagging foundation, etc.) they should have leveled the bed at least with blocks or something plus the mosquito situation the 3 nights we spent in Venice were probably the worst sleep I’ve ever had! We’ve slept better in hostels.

The mosquitoes - considering that it’s Venice and it’s on water so the mosquitoes were everywhere! We sort of expected that but at night it was almost unbearable. It turned out we had a bug repellent in the room that no one told us about – I figured it out on our last day when we were packing. It looked like an air freshener device that you plug into an outlet (we figured it's Venice, people always tell stories about the smell from the canals, but we had no such issues so we did not think of using the "air freshener") and the little insert for the device was right there on the desk in a silver wrapper without any writing indicating it was a bug repellant – it would be helpful if they just plugged the thing in and replenished the inserts as needed instead of leaving it laying around. Annoying.

The key – we did not mind the fact that we had to leave the keys at the front desk every time we left the building – the key tag was heavy and huge so you could not carry it in your pocket, plus it might be a security reason in case of a flood or something, whatever, but one of the keys was just a metal stick that you would plug into the wall by the door in your room and you would have electricity, which is fine, not wasting the resources and preventing fires in case of flood or something but if you had a charger for a battery and you wanted it charged while you were out getting lost in the maze of Venice – it would not get charged, bummer!

The bathroom – again the place is ancient – so the bathroom was clearly retrofitted into the room recently – like within the last century. It was nice to have it, it was clean, everything worked but if it was me I’d get rid of the bidet and at least double the size of the shower (thank god the door opened out and your knee caps were not in danger if you used the toilet; there was no space to walk – we had to step over the toilet or the bidet every time) – I’m 5’3” and 130 pounds and I had hard time turning around and washing my hair without banging my elbows into the walls, my boyfriend is 6 feet tall and 250+ pounds...

The breakfast – if it was not for the breakfast this would have been a horrible review and I hate writing bad things. The breakfast was served in a dining room on the 1st (not ground level) floor. The room was airy, accommodating, cute little tables set up with white tablecloths. There was a cute balcony the width of the room overlooking a canal and other Venetian balconies and windows – it was very charming. The food spread included your standard fare: croissants, toast, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cold cuts and cheeses, coffee, etc. etc. The attendants were friendly, kept the coffee brewing, the food coming, and never let a table unattended after a patron left.

I'm giving it a "poor" rating because for the price of a little over $300 a night the bed should have been at least leveled and the bug repellant should have been at least clearly marked.

Room Tip: No elevator - lots of stairs, the first floor is actually 2nd floor (ground floor does not count in...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gentili signori, ci permettiamo di suggerirle per la prossima vacanza un bel soggiorno a Dubai, in un confortevolissimo e modernissimo Hotel 5 stelle lusso perfettamente all'altezza delle vostre necessità: Venezia e NON l'Hotel Centauro soffre di tutti quei problemi che avete stigmatizzato. Ci dispiace molto. Cordialità

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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Our family Christmas Holidays in Venice were made true in Centauro Hotel. It is located in the "heart" of Venice and, to my oppinion, it combines excellent service, very good prices, clean rooms, very good breakfast. I highly reccoment it !

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

This hotel is situated almost exactly half way between Piazza S. Marco and the Rialto & Accademia bridges, so wherever you're going you're starting from the centre. the rooms we had (there were three of us travelling) were 2 singles and a double - we'd booked 3 singles, but I got an upgrade.

Gorgeous fabric on the walls, high ceilings and a good, clean en-suite. 2 of us were on the first floor, one on the third - and it's a loooooong way up the stairs to the third so bear that in mind when booking.

Good clean bedlinen and towels, room made up daily, very warm (we went in December).

Breakfast is worth booking, a wide cold buffet, good strong coffee (with hot milk available), and lovely sugary sweet croissants - and the breakfast room is a grand salon with chandeliers and a balcony overlooking a small side canal.

Staff very friendly and helpful, and desk open 24 hours - which is good if, like me, you enjoy going for night walks when the streets are empty.

Storage available for bags on checkout day.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Room 4 on the first floor is a good double, room 6 on the same floor a good single. both avoid too m...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Well I have to say that this was a fab, little hotel. Booked via a well known internet company including flights, excellent value for money. It was touch and go whether or not the long weekend would take place as my wife is quite poorly and was not fit to travel. In the end she wanted me and my stepson to go to have a break, which we did, be it reluctantly. So emailed the hotel for twin beds and that was not a problem. Large room with double and single. Clean, comfortable with a small shower room and toilet. Reception staff very helpful and always polite. Breakfast buffet was good with plenty of variety for 4 mornings. Hotel was relatively easy to find considering it was down a very small alley and looked nothing from the outside. Would recommend to anyone for short stays and will return when I am able to take my lovely wife.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

This hotel was excellent value (by Venice standards) walkign distance to Rialto bridge, St Marks square and all other sights in Venice. we got a canal view room and in the evenings we could watch the gondoliers glide past with musicians and singers. The room itself was very historic, clean and spacious with high ceilings. The breakfast room had murals and a lovely balcony, the breakfast itself was very basic though. Beware though there were no elevators (as expected in venice) but lugging the suitcases up can be a bit painful on the narrow and slanted stairs. A bit hard to find so it might pay to get directiosn beforehand but an excellent hotel close to everything in venice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

I'll confess a guilty pleasure - waiting at the airport for our flight back home, I "casually" mentioned to another traveller what daily rate we'd been paying for our hotel room. Turned out he'd been paying nearly TEN times as much, and from the expression on his face, I don't think he believed his room had been ten times better!

Centauro Hotel is ideally located, just a few minutes' walk from the Rialto vaporetto (water bus) stop. But it's a little hard to find. The hotel's website instructions are 100% accurate: "From Piazzale Roma, take vaporetto no. 1 or 2, getting off at the Rialto stop... Walk down Riva del Carbone until the intersection with Calle Cavalli on the left. Go down this to the end, where you will find Campo Manin. The Centauro Hotel is in Calle della Vida or della Locande, where the famous Scala Contarini del Bovolo is located." What they don't tell you is that, when you get to Campo Manin (a large square), access to the hotel is along a tiny alleyway directly off the square - look up and 3 metres above your head on a wall you will see a small sign pointing to the hotel!

The hotel staff are lovely: if you made an effort to speak some Italian, they could not be more helpful. Our room (no.4) was on the first floor, next to the breakfast room. The room was clean and warm, the bed was comfortable, the minibar fridge was well stocked (and reasonably priced if you were tempted). Breakfasts were buffet style - eat as much as you like - and of reasonable choice and quality (except for the orange juice which was singularly vile!!) You could ask for espresso coffee or serve yourself filter coffee. In summary, excellent value for money.

Close by, there are good, unpretentious restaurants and pizza take-aways - and best of all there is a supermarket! Supermercato Punto Simply, located by Ponte del Teatro. The second time you walk along Calle Cavalli from the Rialto, keep looking right and you will glimpse the supermarket. You can buy litre cartons of Italian wine for under two euros, and you don't need a liver transplant after! Of course, they do sell more expensive, better wines too!

And decent orange juice.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: S.Marco, Campo Daniele Manin, 4297/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#138 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range: £38 - £231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Centauro Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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