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The Santa Marina hotel is ideally located in Venice, close to both San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. While I wouldn't say it is modern, it encapsulates the quaint qualities of Venice. Our hotel room was spacious, our bed comfortable and the room overall was...More
This is a difficult review to write. The hotel was part of a package by Reader Offers. For us it was the worst of the three that we stayed in. The hotel itself, particularly the reception/public areas, seemed great. High quality and professional staff and...More
Definitely not four star. We booked a two night stay with the same company as our cruise and paid for an upgrade to this hotel from the one originally offered to us. We arrived at the hotel in the early evening after getting lost in...More
Close to Rialto Bridge and St Marks yet away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Hard to find so suggest a water taxi right to the doorstep of the hotel virtually. You would need to drag your luggage around the corner only! Breakfast adequate,...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.
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"Ask for a room at the rear of the hotel, the front and side faces the square and they are noisier"