Residenza Laguna is a small bed and breakfast in the heart of Venezia, Rialto area.
It is NOT a hotel, and his should be taken into consideration when booking.
We stayed at Laguna for 2 nights, in early July, and booked a room for three (one adult and two children age 12). The bed & breakfast is not too easy to find, as there are no directing signs other the one by the door. The ideal way to get there is to get off the water bus at Rialto Mercato, and then walk on Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni until you find Calle dei Galizzi to your left.
The entrance to the bed & breakfast is narrow, the stairs to the rooms are very steep, and there is no elevator, which makes it for a challenging experience when carrying luggage.
The rooms are decorated in typical Venetian style, and have slanted floors which are not unusual in Venice. We had to request extra pillows for the beds, as we felt like our heads were at a lower point than our feet when laying down. But the kids thought it was fun to walk on slanted floors.
Each room has its own bathroom, small and in need of renovation but at least it's private. Each room is also equipped with an air conditioning unit. There are no window screens, which are essential in Venice due to mosquitoes coming from canals. Without screens it's impossible to keep the room or bathroom's windows open at any time of the day or night. Rooms have thin walls, which means that if you get 'noisy neighbors' like we did one night, you'll end up not sleeping.
The place is very clean, and staff members are nice and helpful. Breakfast is good, although we felt food choices could be improved.
We found the price a little too 'steep' for the place, even if location is very good for walking around Venice. The reason we found it steep is that bathrooms should be in better order; screens should be mounted on each window; and someone should be available 24/7 inside the building in case an issue arises. In our case, there was no one to contact at 3 am regarding our 'noisy neighbors'. Rooms do not have phone lines, and at night there is no one at the entrance desk. Only way to communicate is to exit the building and talk to the owner through an intercom. Having two young children in the room with me, I couldn't just leave them to go outside in the middle of the night!
Overall, I still recommend Residenza Laguna for a night or two in Venice, mostly because of location. Do not expect fancy accommodations, though, and neither a quiet environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ITALIAN:Residenza Laguna si trova a pochi passi dal Canal Grande, a soli 200 metri dal Ponte di Rialto e a 150 metri dalla fermata del vaporetto San Silvestro. Offre 5 camere doppie, tutte con bagno privato, con arredi in stile veneziano e soffitti con travi in legno a vista.ENGLISH:Residenza Laguna is just few steps from the Grand Canal, 200 meters from the Rialto bridge and 150 meters from the San Silvestro waterbus stop. It offers 5 double rooms, all with private facilities, decorated in Venetian style with exposed wood beams on the ceiling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Laguna Hotel Venice