We stayed here this week for two nights and had a very pleasant stay. We were immediately welcomed by a porter who took our bags firstly into the hotel and then showed us to our room. We did tip him but he didn't stand around waiting for this/put pressure on us and was appreciative when we did. We stayed in room 201 and although on the small side and our double bed actually consisting of twin beds sharing a double mattress it was really nice. We had paid for a superior room so we may have questioned our room had it not been for the lovely view we had from it.. We had doors that opened out onto a little balcony which was nice. Once out on this we looked right over the beautiful courtyard that welcomes you to the hotel.
Breakfast was continental with rolls, croissants, ham, cheese, cereal and fruit etc. If you were there early enough you could also find bacon and egg. There wasn't loads to choose from but enough and we never went away hungry. Considering we didn't think breakfast was included in our hotel deal, the fact we were eating breakfast there was a real bonus for us. We were offered tea or coffee and I thoroughly recommend the coffee as this was really nice.
Location wise, this was spot on. We jumped on the Alilguna from the airport to the San Stae stop which is right near the hotel. We got tickets from a ticket machine found on our way out of the airport and these cost 27€ per person return (single fare cost 15€pp). The journey took about 50minutes (san stae was about the fourth stop). Upon arrival at San Stae, you literally turn immediately left (passing the church entrance), go over a small bridge, turn right and then take the first alley on your left. The hotel is then found along there on the lefthandside (you walk in through their private courtyard). You can take a taxi direct to the hotel instead, as they have their very own taxi platform canale side of the hotel, however this would cost you a lot more (around 100€ approx?). The hotel is in a peaceful quiet location with restaurants and shops just a short walk away. Although slightly up the canale away from hustle & bustle, it is very close to the Rialto bridge area (only about 15minutes walk). We walked everywhere during our stay and found new little bridges, alleyways, courtyards and shops every time we ventured out. I would recommend good walking shoes to anyone who plans to do the same! You can get travel cards in order to jump on and off the vaperettos (water buses) if this is preferred or required, as opposed to walking everywhere like we did. If you stay at this hotel I recommend you venture up to the restaurants near piazzale Roma for dinner at night (there are eateries right long the grand canale all lit up beautifully, very romantic).
The hotel staff spoke good English and were very helpful, supplying us with typical English style towels when we requested them, as well as plasters for my sore feet! Lol. They kindly looked after our luggage for us too, between us checking out and heading home. Nothing seemed too much trouble and they were always friendly smiling and saying hello as we came & went.
We would recommend this hotel and stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli is located in the historic centre of Venice, enjoying the magnificent atmosphere and offering its guest private , quiet rooms, where a gentle stillness is interrupted only by the passing of gondolas and the flow of water in the canals. Elegant and romantic, 4 star Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli in Venice overlooks the Gran canal, enclosed between the splendid Church of san Stae and Ca’ Pesaro, with suites facing its green gardens and a waterside door to receive guests. The successful mix of decorations, in a perfect balance between modern and traditional, gives Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli an inviting and welcoming aspect, in tune with the impeccable quality of the service of a warm, highly professional and multilingual staff. ... more less
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