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Hotel Ala - Historical Places of Italy
Ranked #77 of 385 Hotels in Venice
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“Very good location”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

This hotel is just about 50 metres from the Grand Canal, boat stop just at the end of the little alleyway (Santa Maria del Giglio is the stop you want). The staff were all very helpful and pleasant and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in February. There is a very good bar adjoining the hotel where you get get super cocktails!. Although the website says there are tea/coffee making facilties in the room, there aren't. You can ask for a tray and it appears almost immediately except for one evening when a large party had arrived and 'all the trays were out'. So take your own stuff if you really want something before breakfast. There are mosquito wipes in the room but in the spring and summer probably a good idea to take your own preventatives - I used a camping one with batteries - much better than an electrical one as there was only one charger outlet in the bedroom, with another in the bathroom. There is a pleasant lounge area with wifi and a computer and a little computer cubbyhole with a printer so you can print your return boarding passes. You have to pay for wifi in your room but not downstairs. Decor is a bit old fashioned but all was very clean. My room (421) was larger than the one next door (422) and overlooked a canal. There was a balcony you could sit on which would be pleasant in the summer and you got the added bonus (?) of the gondoliers singing.
If you come by air, make sure you get the orange line (Alilaguna Arancio) to the hotel and not the Blue one. We just missed the orange boat and the boat men told us to get the blue line, but the last stop is at San Marco and is a good 10 minute walk over little bridges etc and navigating the crowds, which could be a problem in the tourist season later in the year. We caught the orange line back, just at the end of the alleyway, much quicker journey and you go up the Grand Canal rather than Murano and the long way round by the Lido. All in all a good hotel in a very convenient location.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

A real find...central to every thing my single room overlooked the canal and even had a double bed!!,comfortable and clean, coffee and tea tray ? just ask and it arrives with a smile, nothing
was too much for the staff, wi fi was free, but had to ask for a code each time it run out, a good bar o site as well, over all a brilliant place to stay and for carnival time (stayed there a week) fantastic
and close to water bus and St Marks Square. a place I would really recommend to anyone,
the only down side was few steps up to lift!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We had a wonderful stay here in a good sized room that was traditionally styled. Our room also had a small balcony overlooking a canal which was wonderful! We really enjoyed it but rooms do vary. (This was also the hotel featured in "An Idiot Abroad 3" and clearly the difference in rooms can be seen between Karl and Worick.) We found the reception staff ok. There is a great little bar attached to the hotel and the staff here were great. Location was perfect, Close to St Marks and also to a vaporetto stop just down the lane. It was expensive but that's expected in Venice. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Nice hotel. Very close to the vaparetto stop, Gilio. Few minutes walk to St Marks square as well as many other attractions. Rooms were small but comfortable. Staff was ok, not that friendly. All in all its a good place to stay since it is near the vaparetto and walking distance to most of the attractions.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Room was very comfortable overlooking the canal. Free wifi. The buffet breakfast was extremely sufficient. Fantastic location. A stones throw from the Giglio vaporetto stop. Would recommend this hotel

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The hotel is just 5- 10'min walk from st marks square and a few yards from Giglio stop
Safe streets even late at night and early morning
Good breakfast
Room ok - nothing special but perfectly adequate as I was out most of the time
One of our group did have a mosquito infested room - if this occurs ask to move immedialty as she was covered in bites all over her face - In January

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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ALA2494, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Ala - Historical Places of Italy, responded to this review, 4 February 2014
Dear Guest we deeply thanks you for sharing your experience and will take in high consideration any of your commets.
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Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Hi once you have worked out how to navigate your way around Venice, you will appreciate the central location of this Hotel, just off the main square (San Marco) also very close to water taxi. 1-2 minutes. Organized us a courtesy trip to the Murano Glass factories... Great breakfasts and very comfortable accommodation...

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Ala - Historical Places of Italy
Address: Sestiere San Marco 2494 | Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Green Hotel in Venice
#83 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#89 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ala - Historical Places of Italy 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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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