Our trip was to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary and we stayed for 5 nights at the beginning of November. We'd asked for a room overlooking the canal - room 21 on the first floor - nicely furnished, if a little small. The bed was rather hard for our taste so our sleep quality wasn't great, but that might have suited others so not really a criticism. The only criticism on the room was that they advertise satellite TV with international channels but the only English channel was CNN. We had hoped to watch the odd late film but that wasn't possible. Breakfast was fine - typical continental - and the staff very friendly and attentive. We had a quick look at the garden on our first morning. It did look a bit neglected but could imagine it being lovely in the summer and a real bonus in Venice. The main reasons I think the Hotel should only be 3 star is that it has only a very small lounge/bar area in the reception area so very limited space to relax in if you don't want to be confined to your room after a long day sightseeing (though of course in the summer there is the garden), and there is no restaurant, just a breakfast room, so facilities are limited. This is a great time of year to visit Venice. We were really lucky with the weather, bright sunny days and not too crowded. We walked miles through all 6 'sestieri', booked the 'Venice in a Day' tour - 4 parts, but actually spread them over 2 days - gondola ride, motor launch trip along the Grand Canal with lovely American guide who explained Venice's fascinating history and architecture, and guided tours of both the Bascilica and the Doges Palace. We took the Vaporetti over to San Giorgio - amazing church and best view of Venice from the top of the bell tower. We went to a Vivaldi Concert in San Vidal, the Accademie, the Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco. We found a restaurant quite close to the hotel that had such a fantastic menu that we went back 2 more times (their seafood was incredible, especially paella that was well worth the half hour wait while it was cooked fresh - and the 30 Euros each for the dish!!). We had a ball! I would certainly recommend the San Sebastiano Garden Hotel to friends - as others have said, it was nice to come back to in the evening. One tip worth mentioning. To get to the Hotel on arrival we took the Alilaguna boat (turn left immediately out of the airport and walk 10 minutes along canopied path to the ferry - buy your ticket in the airport before coming out - 15 Euros), but it took over an hour and was dark by the time we got there, taking the magic out of arriving in Venice from the sea. The day we were leaving we simply walked the 10 minutes or so to Piazza Roma and took the bus - only 5 Euros - back to the airport. That way meant crossing about 5 bridges so only really suitable if you've smallish suitcases on wheels. All in all, a great trip. Expensive, but worth it because there simply is nowhere else in the world like it.
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