Helvetia is a family-run hotel very well located both for Venice visitors as well as beach activities. It is a no-frills and authentic traditional Italian hotel, with a nice vintage touch. Rooms and bathrooms are spacious and clean, equipped with A/C wich is essential in summer months. The staff is friendly and English and French proficient. You get this personal touch you blatantly miss in multinational chains. Prices are particularly attractive, given the extremely good location of the hotel.
Rooms on street side may be noisy (windows are single-glazed not isolated), so ask for a courtyard room if you want quiteness, but then you'll miss the view on the laguna and the unique Venice skyline.
Breakfast is served in a nice backyard, and meets all standards. Some fresh fruit (as well as not-sweetened-organe juice) would make it even better - their absence is surprising. The hotel also offers wireless Internet access for 12 euros for 20 hours - metered, meaning that this should be enough for several days of use.
The hotel is ideally located on the main streets, with tens of shopping and eating places to choose from, and walking distance to both venice boats and a nice white sanded beach.
I would recommend this hotel for its good location, cleanliness and competitive prices, which makes it a good base to both visit Venice and enjoy its beaches.More
- Breakfast included