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“We were looking for alternatives the moment we entered our room”
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Hotel Giovannina
Ranked #175 of 230 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Going up the stairs to the room, it was dark. The lights were turned off or their motion sensors weren't working. Very bad first impression.
The moment we entered our room, my brother, 65 yr old mother and myself agreed we best go some place else. The room was in a very bad condition. The bath cubicle was tiny. Mosquitoes abound. And there was only a small table fan to accomodate the 3 of us.
Being on the 1st floor, we didn't even feel safe as there were shady characters outside the establishment. So leaving the windows open for fresh air was out of the question.
Half-way thru the night, at about 2:30am, the electricity to our room was lost. I actually had to go to the nearest power fuse box to see if anything tripped and tried to turn it back on. Unsuccessful, I went down to the concierge, woke the guy up and told him the issue. Seems like this is not a new occurence at this place.
Checked out the very next morning.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Pathetic is Kind word I am using in fact.
The Place is full of Mosquitoes and Insects. I paid around 57 EUR for one night and I seem to be over priced for this room.
BY adding few more euros I got a much better deal in NH Laugna which is a 4* hotel.
PLEASE DO NOT STAY HERE....
I almost smacked 7 Mosquitoes in the night to have a decent sleep.
See the PICS, and decide your self.

The reason for me staying here was it was close to station and I arrived very late to Venice. Also I was not able to find any hotel for the date I was arriving.
I then moved to NH Laugna Palace which is AMAZING with just paying additional 10 EUR Per Night....

Room Tip: Never Stay Here, Please
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 October 2012 via mobile

I don't like writing bad reviews and in fairness this hotel never claims to be anything but a budget option. But even taking that into account this place is the pits. Easily the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Dirty, smelly, run down, rude staff: you name it. Spend the extra cash and stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank stevo214
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

I don't like to bash places that are trying but lack something however I am certain these people are doing the bare minimum to keep the doors open.

Ok where to start... Dead Mosquitos splattered to walls. That statement alone should be enough to deter anyone from staying here but i will continue. No A/C or fan. Room has a 15 inch tv but has 0 functioning channels. Wifi is in 1st floor lobby and is turned off at midnight. Why this is I can only imagine is for the overnight staff to have better video download speeds for their personal use. No elevator, no breakfast. Hotel is located next to a Chinese food restaurant that bangs pots/pans and talks loudly until 2:00am+

The price was cheap but this place reaks of owners who do not give a ***k about their facility or their guests stay.

That being said the location was very convenient for those looking to access Venezia in under 20 minutes.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
Thank Caio M
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

Recommend for short stays to see Venice, short walk to station one stop away from Venice and all its canals. Hotel staff are available 24hours and are young friendly, efficient and helpful. Old building but Rooms are simple with new beds and renovated bathrooms. No issues. (Rooms not cleaned daily). I recommend staying here for it's perfect location. Consider train direct to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, or Vienna.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Martin_Art
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

I'm a retired London teacher, who's enjoyed many long summer
breaks exploring budget/back-packing in Europe and around the
World. The convenience of Giovannina to Venice/Padua/Teviso
/Verona trains - and the Airport bus ....... just 100+ metres away
was great.

The Antica Hosteria is just down the road for a special meal and
the local, excellent supermarket is just a 5 minutes walk away +
nearby a restaurant "Marco Polo" two sets of diners left early
in their meal - and I thought mine was "terrible" suspecting the
pizza [one of a range of 30 [?] on offer, was re-heatede frozen.
BEWARE !

My single room [using shared bath/toilet] was imaculately clean
and during my stay their team swept into action every morning,
cleaning rooms toilets/showers, making beds etc. before their
guests arrive everything looked perfect. I was very impressed,
and no problem with hot water [guests must remember that you
must let the water run before it becomes hot. On one morning
the shower was left with a knot of long blonde hair on the floor
and messy .. but I guess most shortcomings are caused - NOT
by the staff but the guests !! I slept better here than at home,
and the various staff manning reception were always friendly -
and helpful. Beware of those that expect an overseas HIlton at
the price of a few euros. This was mid-October, how things are
at the tourist pressure peak/heat of high season, I can't guess !

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

a great choice for really on a budget travelers.
The hotel in general is not clean, the blankets had holes, and the pillows as well.
The reception could have been a bit more friendly, but maybe I'm asking too much
think before going there

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Demetrius C
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Address: Via Dante 113 Mestre, Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice
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Ranked #175 of 230 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Price Range: £19 - £66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Giovannina 1*
Number of rooms: 25
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