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Hotel Giudecca Venezia
Ranked #138 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely little hotel, great location”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

We were looking for a reasonably priced hotel for a romantic long weekend in Venice, and this little gem ticked all the boxes.

Location:
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.

Directions:
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.

Hotel:
The hotel was absolutely spotless and very quiet. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Room:
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.

Breakfast:
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.

Public areas:
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!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Romeo, Michigan, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013

Absolutely LOVED this hotel. This was my wife and I first trip to Venice and didn't really know where it would be nice to stay, so I booked this hotel based on comments from previous guests. The location was perfect, away from the buzz of San Marco, but yet just a few minutes from the closest Vaporetto stop for extreme convenience. The hotel was super quiet and the rooms were fantastic, super clean and well appointed. The entire staff was a delight to deal with, so willing to help, including when we dropped off our luggage hours before check in time. The included breakfast is great, we fell in love with the chocolate filled croissants!!! Anyhow, I could go on and on, but, I think you got it, if you want to stay in a great hotel during your next stay in Venice, look no further!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2012

We loved La Giudecca on last visit 2010, decided to stay there this visit. When I booked, originally for 6 nights requested specific room if possible, if not requested 2nd or 3rd floor. I called after booking and requested 2 addidional nights, as we would be arriving 2 days earlier than expected.
They responded and said they could give us room for 2 extra 2 nights, but may not be what we booked(which was the expensive "superior" room). I told them whatever was available was fine for the 2 nights. When we checked in, was on the first floor in pretty small room, I figured this was for the 2 nights...when I asked the person at front desk, he said NO, that is your room for entire stay. He then proceeded to say that it was a very nice room and seems annoyed that I would even question it. I don't believe for 1 minute that was a "Superior" room, having seen interiors of other rooms. We had no choice at that point, so we stayed.
Some other points:
Breakfast - nothing special
No in room wi-fi, you have to go to the very small lobby.
Bed not comfortable
Location was great, you can walk all over Giudecca, which is much larger than you would think.

We still love LaGiudecca, but would never stay as Domina Home again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Stay at this hotel was absolute Bliss. This hotel is packed away in a small corner within the Island, which makes it a bit hard to find. However, once you get there, you are greeted by some of the most friendliest staff you will ever meet.

Loved the rooms which had an old school feel with wood columns on the roof. Great place to experience Venice and fall in love with the city.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2012

I chose this hotel because of its reviews and it was an excellent choice. It is located on the island of Giudecca (pronounced jewdayka) in Venice. We took the train from Termini, Rome to St. Lucia's train station in Venice. You have to take a vaporetta (water bus) to the Palanca stop. By the way, when buying your ticket/s for the water bus, you need to take into account how long you will be staying and buy your ticket accordingly. We spent 3 nights and 4 days, and therefore purchased the 72 hour ticket which cost 35 euro each. Unfortunately, the next day, there was a full blown strike across Italy for 24 hours. However, they don't leave you high and dry, as there is one vaporetta that worked and took us to St. Marco's Square. We did get our money's worth using the vaporettas for the rest of the trip. In fact, we had two days remaining on our tickets, and we gave it to some young kids who were just starting their vacation and were lining up to buy tickets. Hope they enjoyed the break in having to spend money on the vaporettas as one single ride is 7 euros.

As for the hotel, Elena the receptionist, was the best. She was a wealth of information. She was very polite and professional when handling all our questions and concerns. In fact, I informed her that probably they should indicate on their website that the hotel is at the Palanca stop, as we got off at Redonte, the next stop and had to walk quite a bit back to the hotel. The hotel is in a small alleyway and at the end. We found it to be very quiet and peaceful. We had room # 12 which was on the ground floor just off the entrance. The room was quite a good size and even the washroom was quite big compared to some of the other hotels we have stayed at. The rooms are cleaned every day. The breakfast was the usual as in any other place. Nothing special, could have had some variety. Also, the hotels in Venice charge a tourist tax, and we paid 3 euros a day, which added upto 18 euros for the 3 days. There aren't that many restaurants to choose from, and even they charge a cover charge. There is a great pizza place, which you can order a pizza from and pick it up. You then don't have to pay the cover charge.

There is only one side on the island with all the buildings as the opposite side is the canal. Giudecca is a quiet, friendly little island. We visited the supermarket quite a bit. The stuff there was cheap including the wine which was excellent. We also visitedthe islands of Murrano, which is famous for its glass, and the island of Burrano, which is famous fo it's lace.
The last day of our stay, we went back to St.Lucia's and left our luggage in the handling area as we had quite a bit of time to kill before our train. It cost 5 euros for each bag for 5 hours. We then took the vaporetta to the island of Lido. This is the only island that we visited that had vehicles....busses, small trucks, bicycles etc. All the other islands didn't have any vehicles and everyone just walked. The only mode of transportation was the vaporetta.

All in all, our stay at the Domina Home Hotel and our vacation was fabulous.

Room Tip: We stayed in room#12. It was large, roomy and comfortable. It was on the main floor just off the e...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2012

Although this is a 3*, this is probably because it is small and lacks facilities. Nevertheless, it is very clean, well maintained and with friendly, helpful staff. The rooms are a bit small, but nicely furnished. The hotel is quiet and not too far from the waterbus stops.The only negative was that the breakfast choice was a bit weak, Otherwise, very well recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Unfortunately booked for four nights here. The guy that checked us in was alright but didn't seei him again. The other guy I had to deal with was awful. I couldn't sleep the first night due to all the noise. (aircon broken and stuck on 25 degrees, had to sleep with windows open, really loud machine outside Window and clattering of breakfast stuff, loud voices etc) so I went in to lobby to use Internet as this doesn't work in the rooms. I asked the surly man for a coffee (no facilities in room). He couldn't have been more displeased and made me something almost undrinkable. The breakfast was terrible. This hotel doesn't even have a kitchen and everything on the buffet was out of a packet. They don't even offer fresh coffee, this comes out of a machine and tastes dreadful. They don't have any fresh milk and put out long life milk in big jugs which just makes the bad coffee even worse. The bed was so hard you wake up feeling bruised. I really cannot find anything good to say about this hotel. Venice was nice but two days would have been enough. Prepare for vulgar tourism, bad food and being ripped off every which way you turn. So disappointed.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Giudecca Venezia
Address: Corte Ferrando Giudecca 409/C, 30133 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Giudecca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Business Hotel in Venice
#107 Family Hotel in Venice
#110 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Giudecca Venezia 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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Domina Home Giudecca Hotel Venice
Domina Prestige Giudecca Venice
Domina Prestige Giudecca Hotel Venice

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