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.
- 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