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Bed & Breakfast Diamante e Smeraldo
Ranked #307 of 457 Venice B&B and Inns
Newcastle
2 reviews
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“Unbelievably good location, already planning another visit!”
Reviewed 30 August 2009

This B&B is in an excellent location for exploring Venice - less than 5 minutes walk from the Rialto and 10 minutes from St Marks Square we couldn't have asked for somewhere more central, more friendly and at such a reasonable price. It felt less like a B&B and more like a hotel where you had room service every morning delivering breakfast. The staff were always friendly and accommodating and it's definitely the place we'd stay every time we return to Venice.
It's perhaps more suited to couples and single travellers than families as they only seem to provide double rooms - however that means for couples and singles it is a peaceful haven in the heart of an extremely busy Venice.
It is a little difficult to find the first time (head for Campo San Luca and it's just off there) but by using the pictures on this site and directions from google map (make sure the address matches the one above as google seems to offer lots of B&B Diamantes in various places) we found it with minimum fuss at 10.30 on a Friday night.
We picked up Jo-Ann Titmarsh's 'Venice Walks' on the recommendation of another reviewer on here and would thoroughly recommend it ourselves as a great way to see areas of Venice you might otherwise miss out on. It is a little out of date but nothing that can't be easily worked around.
Between the book and the B&B we had a fabulous holiday and will definitely be heading back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2009

When looking for a hotel in Venice I was shocked at the number of hotels that wanted $400 or more for rooms that didn’t look they had been renovated in the last 50 years. B&B Diamante turned out to be an excellent alternative. The rooms were modern, spotlessly clean, large (on European standards), and had good air conditioning. The location near Rialto and San Marco was a convenient, easy walk. I think this hotel was a bargain at less than $200 when compared with the alternatives.

I’m not really a bed & breakfast kind of person so I was a little concerned but it worked out perfectly. It feels more like a very small hotel (only 3 guest rooms) than staying in someone’s home. They typically have one staff member that lives at the hotel day and night to assist guests. There is no dining room where you are forced to meet the other guests. They bring a breakfast tray to your room each morning at the time you select with your choice of coffee, cappuccino, juice, croissants, rolls, and jellies. I found it to be a small but enjoyable breakfast.

Keep in mind that this is a B&B. There is no hotel restaurant, bar, spa, or business center. You’re in Venice! Why would you want to eat in your hotel when there are hundreds of interesting restaurants with great views all over the city?

I do agree that the first time you have to find the hotel it’s a bit tricky. Make sure you have a map and you look for the house number because there is no big sign. After you go back to the room a couple times you will get the hang of it.

The only negatives for me were not having wireless internet service or any English channels on TV. But I’m willing to make those tradeoffs for a clean, modern room at half the price of other hotels.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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North Staffs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2009

We stayed at the Diamante – bbdiamante.com – from 22-March-2009 for 6 days.
The booking was through Thomas Cook that used EasyJet. It was cheaper than booking the flight and accommodation separately.
We had looked at Tripadvisor reviews before we went and all the ones that recommend the Diamante we thoroughly agree with. The location is spot on – a 2 minute stroll from the Rialto Bridge and 10 minutes from St Marks Square. We had the orange room and it and the bathroom were spotless. The hairdryer was good and the ladder radiator got very hot if needed and dried smalls overnight. The ladies who looked after the place were very pleasant. The only nit we could pick was that there was no table in the room, just a shelf that held the TV so breakfast was a little awkward to eat. One of us had to sit on the bed. We should have asked to sit in the kitchen.
Before we went we used veniceconnected.com to book airport transfers, museum tickets, 7 day vaporetto passes and public loo tickets. The veniceconnected office was in the airport and we thought we could exchange all the emailed vouchers there but we could change only the ones for the vaporetto & loo. The museum one had to be changed at a museum eg the Doges Palace. The airport transfer voucher is exchanged at the Alilaguna office on the dock about 500 metres from the airport exit – turn left and keep going under the covered walkway. All the tickets were cheaper than paying in Venice. We paid 5 Euros for 10 loo tickets and to pay cash was E1.5 per visit!!!!! – and that was the low season price. However they are all spotless and have an attendant.
Venice prices are eye watering but so is its beauty - somewhat spoiled by ubiquitous graffiti which does fade into the background after a couple of days.
We took a book called ‘Venice Walks’ by Jo-Ann Titmarsh and did 8 out of the 12. Very easy to follow and gets to the nitty gritty of Venice. Much better for us than just wandering. We also took an Insight FlexiMap which being laminated was convenient.
We’d go back to Venice at the drop of a hat and we’d go to the Diamante if we did.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2008

We stayed at B&B Diamante at the very end of a backpacking journey around Europe as we couldn't find a hostel... I don't think we could have stayed in a better place if we tried! We stayed in the 'Relax' room, which enormous and had a jacuzzi and two sofas. A touch difficult to find, but everyone gets lost in Venice once - if you head the Rialto Bridge it is pretty easy from there. We arrived from Budapest by night train at 7am, and amazingly our room was ready for us already! The place is spotless and really well located, only 5 minutes from San Marco square. Breakfast was basic (mostly bread-based) but free and delivered to your door. We would definitely recommend anyone to stay here, the standards are that of a 5 star hotel, for 1 star prices, you won't find a better deal in Venice... STAY HERE!!!

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness, fabulous rooms
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2008

We've been there on january 2008 just at the beginning of the Venice carnaval.

First impression when you look at the website, it looks like a hotel but it is a bed & breakfast with very nice designed decoration !!!
We arrived at the B&B at 10PM and this doesn't seem to be a problem whereas for most of B&B they allow you to arrive until 8PM

The location is really perfect 5min walking to the Rialto bridge and maybe 10min (no more) from San Marco place.

You can also pay by credit card which is really convenient.

For the breakfast, they ask you the day before what time you wanna take it and they directly bring it inside your room in the morning... really nice !!!
I fully recommand it !!!!

  • Liked — location, design of room
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  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Boston
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Diamante for 4 nights on our honeymoon. We arrived late in the day at about 9:00 PM and had no trouble finding the door to the hotel, though without the picture of the door it would have been very hard as there is no signage outside whatsoever. The signora who was on duty for the majority of the time (I do not remember her name) was very polite and though she spoke no english, I managed to get by with my basic Italian. The front door is locked at all times, but your room key includes a key to the front door so you can come and go as you wish. We had the room that is featured on their website, the one with the orange bedspread. The room itself was quite nice, though it had one of the smallest toilets that I have ever seen, it was comical actually. Gripes: the TV is only local channels, there is no internet access on premises and no phone in the room. Excellent things: Our room was superb in that it was wonderfully soundproofed so that we were never bothered by the noise from outside or from the other guests in the B and B. Breakfast was good, though it gets a little monotonous. Bottom line: if you want a nice room that provides all of the basics, then this is the place for you. Besides, you shouldn't be in the room that much anyway, you are in Venice, get out and get lost.

Stayed June 2008
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Derbyshire
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2008

After a tiresome journey all the way from Florence with backpacks we finally found this place tucked away rather anonymously in a corner. There was no-one there to meet us but luckily we were able to get in via some guests staying there. After phoning the owner asking how we could check in he claimed we hadn't made a booking. We could prove we had from the email we had with us confirming the booking over a month before. He sent a lady (who we must admit was very helpful) to try and sort things out. She eventually found us somewhere else to stay- Pensione Guerrato on the other side of the canal- which in the end we found had far more character and was 30 euros cheaper per night than Diamante. Despite these benefits the inconvenience was not appreciated and the owner had little regard for the amount of stress his mistake had caused us as well as the time it cost us. We only had one day to see Venice and the vacancy found for us was only for one night, meaning we had to use some of this time moving hotels for the second night. Stay somewhere more reliable as we have since heard this has happened before at the same place.

  • Liked — It did seem clean although we never saw the inside of our room as they hadn't booked one for us!
  • Disliked — The fact we couldn't stay there despite booking because they were useless.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bed & Breakfast Diamante e Smeraldo
Address: Sestiere San Marco 4262 | Salizada San Paternian, 30124 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
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Ranked #307 of 457 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
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