I stayed at Ala 5 times between 1997 and 2009, and I can definitely recommend it as a comfortable and reliable place to call home when visiting this gorgeous city. Location-wise it's fantastic: it's literally across the piazza from the Gritti Palace hotel, and a short walk to Piazza San Marco, and just steps from La Fenice, the opera house. Also, on the piazza that backs the hotel, you'll find a traghetto stop: traghetti are amazing! It's a gondola that simply goes back and forth across the Grand Canal, for 50 cents per person. The hotel underwent renovation in the mid-2000's and the upgrades were really nice (I stayed there 3x pre-reno, and 2x post-reno). It's not as upscale as its sister hotel, Pensione Accademia, but it;s still a great place. One thing that tempers my otherwise-great review: On my 2nd visit there (in the year 2000) we had a problem in that the A/C was broken in our rooms (it was June/July so it was HOT) and unfortunately our rooms were on ground level facing the sidewalk outside (with passers-by at eye-level) so you couldn't open the windows because there were people out there! But after our first 2 days in that horrible situation, the hotel moved us up to higher-floor rooms with working A/C and balconies that overlooked the canal that ran alongside the hotel. So the lesson here is this: you don't want the ground-floor rooms because the windows (literally) open onto the sidewalk, and this is especially true if you're traveling in the warm months because throughout Italy, A/C has a bad habit of breaking down as soon as the summer starts. Everywhere. In every hotel. If you can afford the extra $$, I'd request an upper-floor room that overlooks the canal. Those balconies are lovely.
About me: I'm a picky traveler but I'm not THAT high-maintenance. I just want a decent hotel that's clean and comfortable and that I don't mind returning to at the end of the day. I can't afford the luxury of a Gritti Palace or Hotel Danieli, but I like to find the best that I can within my price range. So my 2 default hotels in Venice are Hotel Ala and the Pensione Accademia. They're reliable and you won't be disappointed in them.
(Please note: you have to select a date for "When did you travel" and it only goes back to 2011. My comments reflect my stays between 1997-2007).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ancient Noble House in the real heart of Venice, just few steps from St. Mark's Square, easily reachable by public service Line 1 (dock S. Maria del Giglio at 50 yds) and direct access for taxi-boat and gondolas. Tarnowska's American Bar with best cocktails/wines in town. Complimentary American Buffet breakfast. Complimentary Water. 100% SMOKE-FREE Hotel. Best HYPER SPEED WI-FI in town. Check-in: 2 pm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ala Hotel Venice
- Best Western Venice
- Hotel Ala Venice