We chose the Palazzo Stern based on a recommendation from our travel agent. Since it was our first trip to Venice, we really did not know what to expect. We were more than pleased. The longer we stayed in Venice, the more we appreciated the Palazzo Stern. It is located on the Grand Canal and has its own boat dock, so a water taxi can bring you directly to the hotel. There is also a public transportation boat stop just outside the door, so one can also take public transportation and arrive at the hotel without having to drag your luggage through the streets of Venice. The guys manning the reception desk were very professional and quick to make recommendations about Venice when asked. One of the aspects of the Stern that we appreciated most is that it is away from most of the tourists located on the other side of the Grand Canal. We were very close to Campo San Barnaba which was very charming and enjoyable. There are several very good restaurants and shops close by. The complimentary breakfast was outstanding, offering a range of delicious pastries as well as hot and cold items. This was one of the best complimentary breakfasts we have ever had. One could eat on the wonderful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The room was quite nice. The bedroom was upstairs and was quite comfortable. The bathroom was clean and well appointed, though it lacked a bathtub. The room also had an air conditioner. There were TVs upstairs and downstairs. There was a room safe and a mini bar. The front desk told us there was a complimentary boat to Murano. We availed ourselves of it and were treated to a personalized tour of Schiavon Vetreria Artistica. Fabio was our host and treated us very cordially. We toured the workshop and the galleries. It was quite amazing, words cannot do it justice, We took public transportation back to the hotel. That came off without a problem as the folks who sell the tickets speak English well and were very helpful. I cannot think of any negatives, other than our stay was too short. It was really nice being away from all the tourists. We love this hotel and cannot wait to stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Stern Hotel
- Palazzo Stern Venice