I had booked the Locanda Gaffaro a year ago for our recent stay but the night before leaving I emailed them to advise my approx arrival time, only to be told they had no rooms!! I emailed them back enclosing a copy of our reservation confirmation but 2 hours later I had still heard nothing so panic set in. I looked at booking.com to see what was available and it was mostly hotels out of our price range. However the Marconi came in at approx £160 a night which seemed reasonable in a very expensive city.
We found the hotel quite easily by getting the coach to Pizzale Roma and then walking for approx 20 mins to the hotel. The hotel is very easy to find just in front of the Rialto Bridge. On arrival we were told we had got a very nice room on the 4th floor (no lift but we knew). I think we must have been upgraded as it was larger than the standard room with plenty of room for cases and moving around. We were on a corner with 3 windows but only views of roof tops. A/c worked very well.
Bed was very comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. Bathroom very clean with all the basic shampoos/soaps etc.
The hotel is in a great position as it was our first time to Venice. Opposite the Rialto vap stop and walking distance to most places. Just don't be taken in by the restaurants right outside the hotel. They will only give you the most expensive menu unless you ask, the food and service isn't great, and they are very expensive. Walk 5 mins away from the Grand Canal for a great selection of cheaper restaurants.
Breakfast was included and was both hot and cold served between 7.30 and 10.00. Quite acceptable and there was enough choice to vary it slightly each day. Plenty of fresh coffee or make your own tea.
Reception staff all speak very good English and are friendly and helpful.
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