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1) Quaint interior and exterior
2) Central location (although I will admit situated off the beaten path)
3) Decent more-than-continental breakfast with a nice variety of pastries, etc. Warning... lots of "automated" items such as omelettes and pancakes. Yikes...
4) Our room had a lovely...More
Firstly Venice is quite difficult to navigate if you are a novice, so trying to find the hotel in the small streets, with a map with tiny writing, dragging a large case across bridges and up and down stairs, is not a good beginning!!
We have stayed with friends in hotel Santa Marina for 1 night. We were very satisfied with the hotel and location. It is walking dispance drom Rialto bridge, so if you come with vaporetto, you step out at Rialto station. Hotel is really nice, very...More
We arrived after a very long and not so pleasant flight from New York and arrived about 10:30 AM. Of course, they said the room was not ready so we had to wait until after 2 PM to check in. There are steep steps leading...More
A lovely hotel in a perfect location close to Rialto and St Marks Square. We first stayed here 10 years ago when we got married in Venice and we enjoyed it this year as much as ever. All staff were very friendly and attentive, particularly...More
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
On the plane we bought a ticket which took you from the airport to Venice. These can also be purchased outside the airport. This is around a 20 min journey and will take you along their motorway. This ticket was €7.50 pp... More
On the plane we bought a ticket which took you from the airport to Venice. These can also be purchased outside the airport. This is around a 20 min journey and will take you along their motorway. This ticket was €7.50 pp. When we arrived in Venice where there is no longer any cars, we purchased a water boat ticket at €7.50 as well, which took you along the canal. To got to the hotel, you need to get off at the Rialto stop, which it is a 5 minute walk from there. Took us longer as we got lost, but you can use google maps to help you get there. Venice is a beautiful city, but like a maze!
The vaporetta run a N ( night) service. You can find details online. You get off at the Rialto bridge. The hotel is a 10 minute stroll from there ( you do have to lug your suitcases up and down a few bridges over the... More
The vaporetta run a N ( night) service. You can find details online. You get off at the Rialto bridge. The hotel is a 10 minute stroll from there ( you do have to lug your suitcases up and down a few bridges over the canals!) we did it and it's not difficult. The Vaporetta are enormously cheaper than a water taxi. Depends on your budget I guess. Hope this helps.