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“Wonderful Boutique Hotel in Venice”

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Locanda San Barnaba
Ranked #47 of 457 Venice B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
fairfield county, ct
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138 reviews
87 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Boutique Hotel in Venice”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Excellent location. Away from the hustle bustle, yet one block down from the vaperetto (water bus) stop. And the neighborhood is lovely. You can walk around and stroll the plazas and side streets with fewer tourists and really get the feeling of the beautiful life of the venetians.

The owners are absolutely lovely and they are so helpful with reservations and making sure you feel welcome. Thanks to Marco for our first evening - he helped with luggage and dining suggestions and reservations. Also, the last morning our daughter was ill and they gave us a tray to take up breakfast (and offered to bring more up to the room for us - really lovely).

Our room was large for European standards and well decorated. A nice touch was a safe in the room and a big closet. The bathroom was very large and nice. Note, however, that the bathroom in this quad room only has a tub and no shower (hand held sprayer is very hard to use).

Another note is that there is no elevator so you will need to walk stairs, but they are helpful with luggage.

For us, this was a perfect choice for Venice. We had the feel of an apartment pension but with some nice amenities of boutique hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

If you have stumbled upon this place during your Venice hotel search you can stop looking. This place is awesome, it is a hidden gem! You cannot book this hotel through any travel sites so it does not show up in any of their hotel search results. I found this place by zooming into google maps at street level and scanning the area where I wanted to stay. And am I glad I did.
This place is so charming. It is actually a 16th century palazzo. My fiancé and I stayed in the "I Gemelli Veneziani" Junior Suite and it was perfect! It is one of only two rooms with a balcony and it has two. One overlooking the canal and the other overlooking the private garden/patio where you eat breakfast. It is a 2-story corner room with lots of windows on the second floor of the hotel. The 1st story is the main room and the 2nd story is a loft with the bed overlooking the 1st story. My sister and father shared the "Il Cavaliere e la Dama" Superior Double room and it was great also. It is a one story room on the second floor. It is the only other room that has a balcony and it has two as well. Both overlooking the canal and directly next to the balcony from the Junior Suite. We could sit on our own balconies and still hang out together and pass the wine back and forth. :-)
Their is also a patio on the roof which is a beautiful spot to sit and relax. A light breakfast of meats, breads, cheeses, fruit, yogurt, etc. await you every morning and you can enjoy it in their beautiful private garden/patio that looks out to the canal. They even offered to prepare breakfast early for us if we wanted to get ahead start on our day. The second floor has a large commons area/sitting room. Their is a gorgeous water door on the canal that you can get dropped off at by your private water taxi if you want to pay the hefty price. Much better to just take the vaporetto water bus to the Ca Rezzonico stop. It's only a half block from the hotel door and considerably cheaper.
All of the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful but my fiancé would not forgive me if I did not specifically mention Roberto and how accommodating he was. We arrived in Venice early in the day and they held our bags until our rooms were ready so we could go enjoy our day. Upon our return our bags were waiting for us in our rooms.
The hotel is in the Dorsoduro district of Venice. Dorsoduro is a much needed oasis in a very overcrowded tourist city. Though it can get a bit busy at times there is substantially less people than in most other districts. Venice is small so no matter where you stay you're only a short walk from anything you want to see. It's very near the Academia bridge which is one of only two bridges that cross the Grand Canal and a much better choice than the tourist crowed Rialto bridge. The Campo San Barnabas is only steps from the hotel. There you can pickup a gondola, swing by the fresh fruit market or grab a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants.
I could not have asked for a better hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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dublin
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

A perfect hotel to be in a position to wander through Venice. Quiet, the receptionists were very helpful, all requests catered for. Lovely room. breakfast in the garden. Recommend this area away from the throngs near the Rialto, however, as anywhere in Venice, is close to everything.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The hotel is in a quiet area of the most authentic Venezia. Very well connected with the vaporetto at only 50 meters from the hotel. We were in the room "La Sposa Persiana" with two small children and everything was perfect. The room has a fresco on the ceiling, the furniture is great and it is very comfortable. It is relatively cheap for what it offers. We truly had a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Seattle
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

This hotel is an oasis in a bustling tourist city. It is located close to the Accademia and a vaporetto stop. It is right near a square with great restaurants and bars, and on a street with other very good restaurants nearby. It is expensive, but all of its competitors are equally dear in a city where tourists have to expect to pay a little more for lodging and food, due to its endearing popularity. The staff was very helpful. They recommended restaurants and made reservations for us and helped us figure out how to get to the airport and to a nearby island (Murano). The breakfast was good and served in a quiet garden. We had a triple room, with an upstairs balcony area for our teenage daughter (complete with fresco). The room was spacious, but the balcony would only work for a child or a very short adult, since the ceiling is low. This is one place where the air conditioning worked very well. I was worried a hotel in Venice could be moldy, but this hotel and our room were cool, clean, and airy. I would certainly return here when I return to Venice.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

This hotel was a gem. It was located along a small canal, but was just mere steps from the Ca'Rezzonico vaporetto stop. You can reach it directly by a private water taxi or take the vaporetto for much less.

We took the Alilaguna (Orange Line) vaporetto from the Marco Polo airport. It leaves every 1/2 hour and took us right to our stop at a very reasonable price. We then had about a 1/4 city block walk to the front entrance to the hotel.

It was once a palace and still holds its old world charm. We had a balcony on our 2nd story floor that looked out over a small canal and garden. The breakfast areas were located inside and out in a beautiful garden area next to the small canal. Their breakfast buffet was wonderful. We were lucky to have sunny days to enjoy this outdoor slice of heaven. We were always out and about during the lunch hour, but went to restaurants close to the hotel for our evening meals. There are 2 squares very nearby with great food.

Our room had 2 comfy twin beds (as requested) and was very spacious by Venetian standards. It was tastefully updated in a way that kept its charm. The bathroom looked to be recently remodeled. The shower water varied in temperature, but hey, it’s in an old world palace...it’s entitled to have a quirk here and there. It is worth mentioning that there was a HEAT wave while we were there and the air conditioning worked great! We were able to set it at a very comfortable temperature that WE controlled...much cooler than a lot of establishments allow - as we were to discover when we continued our travels. :)

We were able to use the wifi in the hotel’s public areas and, to our surprise, in our room.

The location of this hotel was excellent. We spent 3 days there and walked all over Venice. The hotel gave us a map of Venice and we never got lost using it.

The Accademia Bridge was just to our south and we crossed there to enjoy the areas of San Marco & part of Castello. We found the area just north of the San Marco Square to be picture perfect with a feast for our eyes around each corner. We returned via the Rialto Bridge.

Another day we explored the San Polo and Dorsoduro areas as well as the promenade along the south shore.

Our last day, we traversed the Cannaregio area all the way down to the train/bus station area so we could locate the car rental office before we had luggage to haul. (Boy are we glad we did as it was tucked away out of sight and not well marked.) We then wound our way back to our hotel through the Santa Croce and San Polo areas.

We had thought about buying vaporetto tickets for our stay there, but decided to wait and see if we needed them. We did not, except to get to the car rental office on our last day with our luggage. This hotel is so ideally located that we easily walked everywhere.

We had a concern about hauling our ridiculously heavy luggage up to our room. No worries there either. The friendly concierge (bless him!) hauled it all up and arranged for it to be hauled back down at the end of our stay.

This hotel was a little pricier than some, but so worth it. We felt pampered and relaxed, all while enjoying the luxury and charm this wonderful place had to offer.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Wonderful stay in Locanda San Barnaba. Lovely room, great breakfast and lovely garden for aperitifs! The water taxi can come right ton the hotel great! Staff were delightful and very helpful when phone was left!! Will definately return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Locanda San Barnaba
Address: Campiello del Tragheto 1, 30123 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Dorsoduro / Accademia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 457 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a warm welcome in a 16th century Palace, where the enchantment and magic of Venice are complemented by the modern conveniences required by even the most exacting clientele. An architecturally sensitive restoration has brought back to life serene splendor of the era of which this building is an admirable example. Each of the fourteen rooms has a story to tell: the lover's nest, the philosopher's refuge, the artist' s studio, the playwright' s chamber, where echoes of his muse still linger. The "Locanda San Barnaba" is located in the center of the city, between Accademia Gallery, Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge, easy to reach from Piazzale Roma or "Santa Lucia" Railway Station by Vaporetto n° 1 (Ca' Rezzonico Stop). ... more   less 
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