We stayed three nights at the pensione guerrato, based on information in the travel guides and on tripadvisor. Overall it was nice, room was basic but comfortable, breakfast was adequate (cereal, yoghurt, and croissant), and location was very central to all things Venice and airport water taxi and public water bus, vaporetti.
We exited the airport and took a left and walked to the water taxi area, 7-10 mins, we took the Alilaguna (25 euro return each) to our closest stop 3mins away from the hotel, I would highly recommend this option if it is your first visit to Venice, the experience is amazing. Takes about 45 mins to an hour depending on your stop. We did not get the private taxis, as more expensive, but perhaps you can negotiate (a little) as most get the airport boat. You can get a bus and then a public water taxi, but this seemed less hassle with bags etc.. Don't buy your alilaguna tickets in the airport as the machines are confusing and so there are a bunch of confused people taking ages to buy them, buy online if you can or you can get them at the collection point before you get on the boat. Get off the boat at your Rialto stop take a left and cross the Rialto bridge, keep walking straight past the souvenir stalls and it is in a laneway on right hand side.
Situated a 2 min walk from the Rialto bridge, far enough from it, for it to be relatively quiet, it is within easy reach of most attractions in Venice, although if you are staying in Venice most things are within a 5-15min walk. There is a square beside the hotel that becomes partly central at night time at he weekend, one night in particular it was full of 18-25 year olds, all having fun but they do cause a lot of noise for those sensitive to it, but hey we were all like that once! Or maybe still are!
One of the best tapas restaurants is about 2 mins away from the hotel and we found a cool little bar with a piano on the square next to the hotel, he was playing old school dance music after about 11 on e piano in a kind of euro trash way, very cool listening to indeep, last night a dj saved my life in this bar, with tapas and wine. Otherwise there are lefty of cool little wine bars and tapas joints and restaurants to find. Eat tapas standing as its cheaper, or if you are knackered from walking like we were take a seat knowing it will cost more.
Room was large, clean and comfortable, bathroom was adequate. We had a room on the ground floor by reception, avoid this room as there is a bathroom beside it and it's users slamming its doors and having full blown conversations outside it at 7 in the morning do not equal an easy mornings sleep, this only affected us one morning. But a little annoying. We could also hear the kids having a ball around the corner until late at night as it faces the street leading to it. Staff were very welcoming and pleasant could not fault them at all. Breakfast was a simple affair and enough of what you need to get you started in the morning.
Beautiful, beautiful, incredibly beautiful. The only fault is it is expensive, can smell of sewage every now and then, and because it is so beautiful, it is jammed with tourists. Otherwise take a walk in all kinds of different directions and look at the map only sparingly. We wandered around for ages once we saw the main highlights and it was great to get away from the crowds and wander side streets and canal walkways.
Book the tourist tickets (veniceconnected.com) at least a week before you come to save money if you intend to see all the major sights, any later and it costs more. The public water bus route one is good to see Venice from the water otherwise walk everywhere, you see and experience more. If you can, get up early to see the sights before the crowds and cruise ships, or stroll around late at night. Check the weather and be prepared for some flooding in some areas. Drink plenty of wine, eat plenty of food and get chatting!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the pulsing heart of Venice, adjacent to the vibrant and brightly colored Rialto fish market, it's the perfect place to start experiencing life the venetian way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pensione Guerrato Venice
- Pensione Guerrato Hotel Venice