Spent a weekend here in a standard twin (502). Great room, overlooking the roof tops and as a result really quiet. Bathroom looked brand new and a comfy bed - for a standard room this was really good quality. Staff were all really friendly (thank you Filippo, Francesco) and genuine.
The decor of the hotel is stunning - looks like a little Moorish palace from inside the lobby and gets even better on the second floor. Quite deceiving as from the outside it's relatively plain.
Agree with everyone else on the location - perfect, it's a lovely little area far enough away from the crowds but not too far (25mins walk) to Piazza San Marco. Lots of little restaurants 5 mins away.
We had a jacuzzi on the roof which was lovely - you're the only ones up there (it's a jacuzzi-size roof area!) and views across the roof tops, well worth the 70 euros for an hour.
The breakfast is very filling, loads of choice and well worth getting down there for 7.30 when it opens to have the terrace to yourself for an hour. But watch the pigeons, they are real pests and will attack your food if you leave it 5 seconds...
And we'd also recommend coming in by private water taxi on arrival direct to the Palazzo Stern's private jetty - saves you having to wonder how to find your hotel with your heavy suitcases, and you get to feel like James Bond for 30 minutes - a stunning way in to Venice. We took the public line back and it's twice as long and you're pretty crammed inside.
Finally, Dennis the bar man was great - but the owner needs to rethink the incredibly high prices (€25 a gin & tonic!!!) which means you'd be better off going somewhere else for your aperitif and a view. Shame - a well priced happy hour and reasonable prices for standard drinks, and we would have stayed on the terrace more often.
Thanks everyone at Palazzo Stern, we will recommend you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palazzo Stern is an historical Moorish Palazzo on the Grand Canal. The location is very convenient: easy to reach, close to the main attractions and at the same time in a very Venice area. If you are looking for a unique venetian experience in the real Venice and far from the crowd of the mass tourism we are the right place to choose. ... more less
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