We were looking for a reasonably priced hotel for a romantic long weekend in Venice, and this little gem ticked all the boxes.
I was a bit apprehensive about the boat journeys, but it worked really well. We bought the 72-hour Vaporetto pass for around 30 Euros, which was great value for money, especially as we used it to visit the slightly more out-of-the-way islands, like Burano. The nearest vaporetto stop is Palanca, and the hotel is about a 2-3 minute walk from there, down a well-lit passage way. From Palanca, it takes about 8 mins to St Mark's Square. The boats are regular, making travel very easy.
From the Palanca vaporetto stop, turn left along the water front. Cross a bridge, and then turn down the next alleyway on the right. The hotel is a further one minute walk on the right hand side.
The hotel was absolutely spotless and very quiet. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Again, the room was spotlessly clean. The decoration was very pleasant (fairly neutral but still comfy and homely). We were in a first floor room with the canal view option. I'm not sure that opting for the canal view is really worth it, but having not seen another room I cannot really comment. We had a slight problem one day with the water in the bathroom - the water just suddenly stopped flowing - but it was soon sorted. The shower tends to have sudden hot/freezing bursts every so often, but it wasn't too much of a problem.
There was a very good selection for a continental breakfast: a few different juices, tea and coffee, cereal, ham and cheese, bread, lots of jams and spreads, croissants, etc.
There was a small sitting area and bar by the reception. We did not really use the area, but some people were there to use the wifi, which cannot be connected to in the rooms.
Beyond the call of duty?
We arrived at the hotel on my partner's birthday, and I called the hotel a few days before to try and arrange for a bottle of champagne/prosecco to be put in our room before our arrival (obviously I would pay). I was told that it was no problem, and to email my request, which I immediately did. I never heard anything back, which I thought may be a bad sign, but I did hope for the best. Unfortunately, the prosecco never materialised but it was probably a miscommunication as I have zero italian!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is on the Giudecca Island, the largest one of the Venice lagoon with its eight islands connected by typical bridges. In this context with its backwater charm we find the Hotel Giudecca, an elegant building in a vaguely retro style far away from the tourist bustle of the historical center. In its renovation, this architectural lagoon gem has preserved the traits and the value of its incredible past. A private dock on the Palada Canal provides a water entrance. The 30 rooms have kept an ancient and sophisticated line though offering the most contemporary comforts and amenities. The hotel is the ideal starting point for those who want to live and experience the real Venice in its authentic bohemian style: the Venice which reminds the aristocratic salons, the intrigues and legends. The Venice of the fishermen, of the artisans who have chosen a long time ago to base on this island their own businesses, but also of the fugitives who fled here over the centuries. All this at a short distance from the heart of the city: San Marco Square which can be reached from the hotel by boat in a few minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domina Home Giudecca Hotel Venice
- Domina Prestige Giudecca Venice
- Domina Prestige Giudecca Hotel Venice