My husband and I stayed at the Ruzzini Palace for four nights mid-January 2015. The hotel was chosen for its central location to many tourist attractions in Venice.
If you have not visited Venice before I would highly recommend taking the hotels transfer option. Although a little expensive (€140) compared to the public transport (€15 x 2), you are personally picked up from the airport via a car, swapped over to a water taxi and deposited nicely right outside the hotels water entrance. This does save a lot of walking around trying to make light of Venice's labyrinth of streets and the inevitable argument with your other half, which in my opinion was money well spent!
The hotel staff were very attentive and welcoming. They kindly phoned us when we arrived at the airport as we landed an hour earlier than our agreed taxi pick up time. They must have been tracking our plane and very quickly arranged for a car to be sent within 15 minutes. Saving us waiting around for an extra hour, this gesture I felt was very impressive and set a great tone for what was to come.
The hotel was a perfect example of the traditional Venetian style. Our room was a Junior Suite (kindly upgraded by the hotel) and overlooked the canal. It was clean and tidy, good temperature, quiet and the bed was simply massive. The bathroom 'pod' as I liked to call it, was well appointed and contained all the necessary items you would usually expect from a hotel of this grade.
Breakfast was a simple continental affair with the option of cooked scrambled egg and bacon included. You were able to order other cooked items, but as you would expect these came at an additional cost. The staff were quick to acknowledge us and brought fresh coffee and tea to the table.
The hotel has a small bar area which was perfect to sit in and have a drink of hot chocolate just before going to bed. The drink prices I found were very reasonable compared to other cafés and came with a complimentary small bowl of biscuits which were a nice touch.
The night before we left the concierge kindly reminded us of the check out time and mentioned the hotel would happily look after our bags whilst we explored more of Venice before we left - an option we gladly accepted.
Being January the hotel and Venice in general were very quiet, this suited us perfectly especially as we didn't mind the cold and were able to view many attractions in a short space of time.
I would recommend the hotel for anyone wanting to visit Venice.
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- Also Known As:
- Ruzzini Palace Venice
- Hotel Ruzzini Palace