I stayed at La Commedia in early April and loved it.
I paid for the airport to hotel transfer as I had saved for a long time for this trip and was doing it in style. The trip from the airport to the hotel was fantastic - private water taxi surfing the waves and throwing up spray all the way - it was so exhilarating. Then coming in under the Rialto Bridge and being met by a hotel staff member to lug my suitcase and show me to the hotel. On the way back to the airport they took me through the Grand Canal so I could get a last look at the beauty of Venice.
The transfer is very expensive however and it is unlikely I will utilise it again. Also, the hotel says that included in the transfer are some guided activities - a gondola ride, a walking tour. They actually aren't included though, the hotel will get you a subsidised rate. I ended up taking part in none of the activities and they should ensure they cease giving the impression that these activities are going to be free. This is my only issue with La Commedia and is solved by me not using the transfer service again.
Everything else was wonderful.
They upgraded me to a Junior Suite on arrival and it was lovely. Spacious, clean, well appointed and plush. There was a turn down service every day which left me a chocolate and tomorrow's weather report - very handy. The bathroom was large, clean and had an overhead as well as handheld shower option over the bath. Fantastic for an Aussie traveller.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and I was given a stamp for a free drink in their bar. It is just a small area in the foyer but it was perfectly nice and provided a good place for me to write up my experiences at the end of the day. (Unfortunately the rooftop bar only opens in Summer).
The breakfast room was nice and the breakfast provided was everything I needed and more. Cereal, pastries, fruit, tea etc that I partook of, and extras like eggs and bacon for those that prefer a more hearty breakfast. Again the staff were very attentive and helpful.
The restaurant next door to the hotel whilst outside of my usual price range provided a lovely last evening's meal and the waitstaff there are fantastic.
If I manage to save enough money to be able to afford high luxury again on my next trip I will definitely be staying at La Commedia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just opened in 2006, Hotel a La Commedia is located in one of the most lively areas of the historical centre a few steps away from Rialto bridge and the most famous San Marco's Square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- a La Commedia Venice
- a La Commedia Hotel