We arrived around midday and experienced one of the most enthusiastic and friendly welcomes we've received at any hotel in any country. Michela (sorry if I've spelled that wrong!) was so warm and friendly that we felt like we were visiting an old friend, not checking into a hotel. On top of the welcome drinks and nibbles (peanuts, potato chips), she soon had maps out with recommended hotels, cafes and gelato, sunset walks, etc - amazing service. The other staff were also generally friendly and helpful at all times, but Michela's welcome has become our new gold standard. :-)
We stayed for 5 nights and were initially worried our room was close to the stairs so we would hear a lot of foot traffic but, in fact, we heard none at all. There were only two issues we experienced with the hotel.
1. As noted by another reviewer, the curtains would be the one issue we had with this hotel - they were transparent white linen and since we had people moving around across the small street we looked onto, if we changed clothes at night, we had to turn off the light in our room so we could not be seen. We also tended to wake early because of the dawn light though that may not be a problem for early risers.
2. The bathroom is renovated but the shower cubicle is a bit crowded. It's not a large cubicle, but there's a fancy massage shower in the cubicle which reduces the space further. This unfortunately would result in bending down to pick up the bottle of shampoo on the floor of the shower and inadvertently adjusting the water temperature by knocking the mixer tap with your hips/butt. It's certainly fancier than a standard shower, but probably overkill given the limited cubicle space. Once you work out where to stand in the shower so you don't change the temperature, it's fine, but there were a couple of suddenly-cold moments in the first shower experience which was "invigorating".
It's easy to get to this hotel if you arrive by bus, even with wheeled suitcases - only two small bridges to cross and less than 5 mins total walk. The train is also about a 5 min walk, but there's a much larger bridge you need to navigate so you'll be carrying your luggage over that because of the steps on the bridge. Not an insurmountable challenge and good exercise for the other 384 bridges in Venice!
Breakfast was great - three types of cereal, tinned fruit, yoghurt, toast and jam, croissants, cakes and pastries, and an included tea/coffee/hot chocolate each morning. Definitely a lot of variety and wildly better than we've experienced in other low-star rating hotels.
5-star service, only dropping one point overall for the see-through curtains. We'd stay here again and recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albergo Marin is your cozy hotel in Venice, close to the train station S.Lucia and a couple of steps far from the Grand Canal. We offer to our guest 19 nice rooms, all ensuite but one (cheaper), with a/c, safe, satellite tv and all kind of comfort you can get from a 1 star hotel of Venice. We also have two superior double rooms with turkish bathroom, where you can enjoy a complete and charmant relax. In the morning we serve complimentary breakfast in our breakfast all, which becomes a nice bar corner all the day long, where you can get something to drink before or after dinner. Starting from March the 5th 2013 we are proud to inform our nice guests we offer free wifi anywhere, also in rooms, and not only in common areas as once. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Marin Hotel Venice