Just back from a four night stay a this great little hotel to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff all spoke good English and were very friendly and helpful. We paid the extra for a lagoon view room and for us it was worth it - quite a surprise the first morning to see the cruise ships making their way through to the cruise terminal!
The location of the hotel is great, far enough away from all the many tour groups and hustle and bustle but still only a 10 minute walk from St Marks. It is very easy to get to the hotel from the airport - take the Alilaguna transfer boat to Arsenale and then you are just two bridges away along the lagoon front (this is important because every bridge has steps up and steps down again the other side so you have to carry your suitcases).
The hotel breakfast is a comprehensive cold buffet laid out in the entrance lobby where there are several tables and there are also two tables outside on the pavement. These were nice to sit at on returning from our explorations with a drink from the hotel bar. There are several reasonably priced bars and eating places along the road from the hotel, but we chose to bite the bullet and pay the higher prices at the places along the canals and calles behind St Marks as we were there for a special occasion.
I would have given the hotel five out of five except we had problems with the safe in our room. It did not work when we got there and we then saw that there was no battery to power the lock. We went to reception, who sent someone up with a battery and after some fiddling about they got it to work, but when we got back to the room later that day it would not open. A different person on reception said that the battery had been left out because the safe was faulty and we should have been told not to use it! Eventually they got it open, and for the rest of our stay we left our valuables in the main hotel safe instead.
Venice is really compact and we did nearly all our sightseeing on foot. It is really difficult to get truly lost as many buildings have yellow signs on them pointing the way to the major landmarks. This made just wandering off down any side turning that took our fancy a great but safe adventure and I highly reccommend it! Our best bargain was an hours vaporetto ride the whole length of the Grand Canal for just 7 euros each, which definitely gave us a great view of the Rialto bridge and other landmarks. The Naval History museum at Arsenale was also great with lots of information signs in English and only cost 1.55 Euros each. If you go into the Doges Palace get the audioguide.
We would definitely stay here again!
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- Ca Formenta is located in the lively Via Garibaldi, only 10 minute walk to San Marco Square. ... more less
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