We are a family of four and we stayed in Venice for 4 nights. We chose this B&B mainly because of its location, just two bridges to cross with our luggage. It is close to the train station and public transportation, yet very quiet in a nice, residential area of Venice. This is an old Venetian building, recently renovated with nice bathroom, A/C and TV. The room is quite spacious with one queen size bed and a pull-out sofa that was a nice size and comfortable for two children. There is a fridge in the room, but the little cook-top and sink are not hooked up (and may not be any time soon).
The check-in is in hotel Florida, near train station and at a completely different location. I highly recommend finding both using Google Street view before you travel, as the addresses in Venice are not easy to follow. However, if you know where you are going, everything is really close.
When we arrived to hotel Florida they told is to come back at 4 as our room cannot be ready before then. We were able to leave our luggage in their upstairs lobby (albeit unattended and unsecured). When we came back at 4 there was a crowd at the check-in and the lady would not give me the key until she finished with them, although we have already finished the paperwork and payment when we first arrived. Once she would finally talk to me she told me that the maid has not even started yet so we should not go to the room. I had to pleas the case of my tired kids so she finally, after a deep sigh, said she would ask the maid to clean our room first ?! Obviously none of the rooms have been prepared on time although they specifically state 4pm as check-in time. True old-fashioned, inefficient and unprofessional Italian hospitality.
Also, don't let the B&B designation fool you. You will only get breakfast vouchers if you book through the B&B's own web site. If you use any other provider, the room price is the same and the breakfast is not included ?! We only found this out after we booked so we had to go look for breakfast elsewhere. Even if your breakfast is included it is either a croissant and coffee at a nearby cafe or a buffet breakfast at hotel Florida (5 minute walk away from center of Venice).
Once we got there we we realized the building had two doors, both with the same address so make sure you read your instructions carefully (ours included "brown door"). Once inside, it was nice, clean and modern, cool and restful. We had to open all windows to air the room after the maid swiped through the room with a strong chemical cleaner but eventually it evaporated.
From then on, everything was great. The building is quiet, although there were other people staying at the B&B. We always had the hot water, and the plumbing worked well. We never had any problem finding our building and there were restaurants, coffee shops and pizzerias nearby.
The B&B itself is nice and well located, I would recommend it. The check-in process is a pain, especially since you have to haul your luggage with you. Also, we felt tricked out of breakfast so that left a bit of a bad feeling. However, it is nice, clean and new and relatively easily found and near train station - for these reasons I still recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casanova ai Tolentini is the Bed and Breakfast where you will find a perfect combination of comfort and discretion in an exclusive home-like environment, we offer the perfect atmosphere to appreciate the magic of the most romantic city in the world.Venice was home to adventurer and irresistible seducer Giacomo Casanova and a city where artists and poets from all over the world left their hearts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casanova Ai Tolentini Hotel Venice