During my recent short break to Venice I checked into Hotel Venezia for two nights. Hotel Venezia is just 15 minutes from Venice with a bus service nearby; there is an abundance of shops in the vicinity for those that want to stock up on leather goods or good quality Italian clothing.
The hotel is not hard to spot as it has a large illuminated plaque showing its location; it is found just before the entrance of a shopping centre so is not hard to miss if you get lost. The reception area and lobby is very spacious and clean. If you like classic hotels then this is the one for you as all the furnishings are very antique but many may be put off with the room decor as it is pink and gold!
The rooms are nice though seem very old, the room has temperature control but the minimum temperature was 25⁰C and the maximum 30⁰C, even when switched off the room was too hot and I had to open the window to sleep otherwise I would’ve suffocated. The pillows are terrible so it’s advisable to get better ones from reception. It can get noisy during the evening so it was hard to get a good night’s sleep.
The bathroom is incredibly small with an oversized sink and toilet squashed into a corner, be prepared for flooding as most showers are wet rooms so the entire floor gets wet! We got an unexpected wakeup call at 7am even though we didn’t ask for one! Very annoying if you are a light sleeper and cannot get back to sleep afterwards. Breakfast was basic tea, coffee, bread, cereal, fruit and yoghurt.
One interesting point I would like to make is the wi fi access at the hotel, when you talk to reception staff you are asked to pay a ridiculous amount of €5 for an hour or so but the actual fact is wi fi is free! All you need to do is key in your room number as the password for you to have free internet access. So don’t feel obliged to pay for something that is offered free in practically all hotels in Europe! Another scam was that they have bus tickets on sale at reception but they add a little extra so they make a profit. If you don’t want to give them the pleasure of doing so purchase your bus tickets elsewhere!