On arrival at Marco Polo airport we asked about water taxi's to the hotel and were advised to take a private taxi (4 of us sharing), the cost is 120 euros and it took about 25 mins - well worth the money as it was exhilirating, we had our first view of Venice and the islands and the taxi pulled up at the front steps of the hotel.
On arrival the doorman met us at the boat assisted us out of the boat and carried our luggage up to reception. We had a very warm welcome and were shortly shown to our rooms, the room was quite large and had a bath at one end which was quite unusual. The room had everything we required for a comfortable stay including mini bar, bath robes and slippers and a good selection of toiletries. We found the room to be very quiet at night and the bed and pillows were very comfortable.
Breakfast is in the dining room and if you're lucky you can eat outside on the veranda however places are very limited, the choice was extensive and I would say that there is ample for any taste. We found the staff to be very attentive and nothing was too much trouble.
The location of the hotel is in a quiet area although it does overlook Grand Canal which is busy with traffic 24 hours a day, the hotel is very well soundproofed and once doors are closed you cannot hear the traffic. We found sitting watching the water taxi's, gondola's, etc passing the hotel facsinating. Much of Venice can be explored on foot, certainly St Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge are within a very easy walk of the hotel and both are a must. We also hired a water taxi to give us a 1 hour tour, the hotel provides a concierge service and sorted this out for us also giving us advice about where we could go and what we should visit.
The hotel restaurant is excellent and we dined there on our first evening, everything was well prepared, presented and extremely tasty - I would definately recommend eating here. We also ate out a couple of nights as there is so much choice, if you can book a table overlooking water but you will need to do this in advance - we tried walking out one evening to find somewhere to eat overlooking water and really struggled!
We returned to the airport once again on a private water taxi, the driver was not hanging about and we had a very exhilirating ride back which completed out stay in Venice.
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