The Hotel Ambasciata on the mainland Mestre region of Venice is a perfectly sensible and comfortable hotel. Only a five minute walk from the Venice Mestre train station and bus stop.
Both methods of transport are a close 15 minute ride to Venice island. Few train stations can boast a view on exit than the Venice Santa Lucia Station, where the visitor upon exit is confronted immediately with the Grand Canal and the Scalzi Bridge.
The visitor to Venice must make a choice to either stay on the island or on the mainland. It's horses for courses. Choose to stay on the mainland for convenience if your plans include visits to Verona, Florence and Lake Garda or if you are looking for a budget hotel.
Stay on the island if you can afford to pay more for a hotel, and wish to totally immerse yourself in the atmosphere and culture of the Venetian experience. Contrary to popular opinion, reasonably priced food can be obtained in Venice, you just have to walk around and discover it. If I have one tip to offer, consider your luggage, because if you cannot lug them over the bridges and down the alleys, then be prepared to pay handsomely for a water taxi. Venice can easily part money from your wallet from the moment you arrive. So do some research. Samsonite gliders may be excellent at the airport, but they are useless in Venice.
This review is about the Ambasciata Hotel, not about Venice per se - so here is my review:
Most visitors to the hotel will arrive by bus from Marco Polo Airport - about 45 minutes journey. The bus will stop at Venice Mestre train station - upon disembarking cross over the road and head left (the opposite direction from the bus). The hotel is in Via Fagare - the third street on the right. Walk down this road and it's on the left hand side of the street. It's a residential area, but very quiet, although a slight drawback are the communal rubbish skips nearby which could disturb your sleep in the early hours because they can be noisy when the locals are depositing their household refuse in them which they tend to do at a late hour or early morning. Still, look at it as an early morning call.
On route to the hotel, be prepared to pass cafés, shops and groups of people which tend to be cosmopolitan. There is a back street way to the station, easily found, which can avoid those places if required. There is also an excellent supermarket nearby, selling traditional Italian food, and the delicatessen is a cornucopia of traditional Italian meats, sausage, hams, olives, anchovies - think antipasti, and the culinary world is your oyster.
The rooms are adequate and comfortable with opening windows, air con and heating. The bathroom is tight, but functional. The shower is a squeeze, but clean and efficient; wi-fi is freely available in the rooms and throughout all areas; a mini fridge, tv (too many channels to count if you have the time to surf them – all in Italian or dubbed from English); practical wardrobe space, and sensibly placed electric outlets and lighting. The breakfast room is sufficiently large enough to avoid congestion, with a very decent variety of continental choice, such as a selection of hams, cereals, yoghurt, breads etc. A toaster is provided, and at this point, I must endorse - as other reviewer have - a most amazing coffee machine.
There is a small area outside the entrance with comfortable chairs for chilling out with a drink and a cigarette should you be a slave to the weed. You can buy drinks, but remember that you'll pay a premium for the privilege. The hotel does not encourage bringing your own food and drink which is emphasised by instruction in the room, but I suspect that's to deter less considerate guests from bringing in takeaways etc, and taking advantage of the general goodwill of the establishment, and I support them in that regard.
You could buy booze cheaper at a local supermarket, but I wouldn't encourage it - it's a budget hotel so don't complain about the price of beer - you've already got a good rate - so keep your dignity.
Throughout my visit I was treated most courteously and respectfully. The Ambasciata Hotel is a fine establishment which really fulfils it's purpose. Small, perfectly formed, friendly management, efficient employees, great breakfast, comfortable rooms, elevator, excellent location, and a safe and secure area. I've forgotten the name of the manager, which is most amiss of me, but he was extremely helpful, sociable, and considerate to my needs. His English is better than my Italian, and I thank him for that.
Finally, I'd like to comment on the area. Some commentators have expressed their feelings of insecurity. It's an ethnically diverse and eclectic area, and like most places in Europe where there is a busy transport hub, there will always be such places which may appear incongruous to expectations. For all that, it is safe, it is exciting, it is welcoming and just down the road across the water, it is very Venetian.
Yes, I recommend this hotel very highly and would be happy to return to it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Ambasciata is a brand new 3 stars hotel situated 250 meters from the railway station of Venice-Mestre and guarantees an immediate holiday in Venice in just 10 minutes and 24 hours a day. It offers night's passing and buffet breakfast in 20 wides rooms with individual air conditioned, individual heat, frigo bar, satellite tv, internet access, bath with shower or bathtub to choice, free car park and a reception active for 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambasciata Hotel Mestre
- Hotel Ambasciata Province Of Venice/Mestre