My wife and I always look for good value "boutique" hotels when we travel, realizing we are going to spend little time in the room, but still not wanting the chain hotel feel. In Venice, that is not difficult to do and we had several choices. We selected the hotel Antiche Figure for convenience, based on its location right across from the train station. We were given a well-appointed corner room overlooking the grand canal (see photos). The room had everything we needed. Venice was only our second stop in Italy, so although we didn't realize it at first, this turned out to be a reasonably sized room by European standards. My original concern that it would be noisy due to its location did not materialize. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet.
The continental breakfast was definitely better than average, with a good selection of the usual pastries, apreads, cold cuts, cappucinos, etc. all of high quality and with attentive service.
Although it is not located close to most of the Venice sights, we did not find that to be a problem. We walked through the maze of alleys to a few locations, and took the vaporettos to others. Both of those were great for experiencing Venice, in our opinion.
The clincher for our opinion that this is a great place to stay was how we were helped by the front desk. I mistakenly left the voucher for a prepaid tour of the Doges' Palace in the room and didn't find out until I got to the entrance 25 minutes before the tour start time, so going back to get it was out of the question. As a last resort, I called the front desk, gave them permission to enter our room and described where they would find the voucher. I asked them to fax it to the ticket office. Ten minutes later, we were joining the tour, thanks to the staff's willingness to help.
Overall, a strongly recommended place to stay in Venice. If you have the same experience as we did (minus the forgotten voucher, I hope), you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Antiche Figure is inside a beautiful XV century building overlooking the Grand Canal, very close to the main entrances of the city, Piazzale Roma (Bus Station, parkings and transfers to / from Marco Polo and Treviso airports), Central Trains Station (S. Lucia), Venice Shore. It's the ideal starting point to experience the atmosphere between 'calli' and 'campielli'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antiche Figure Hotel
- Antiche Figure Venice