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“Venetian Highlight” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Al Sole
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Santa Croce 134-136, 30135 Venice, Italy (Santa Croce)   |  
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Ranked #136 of 384 Hotels in Venice
Ottawa
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Venetian Highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in September 2012. The location was superb for trekking around Venice. We loved being on a small canal but wished we had a view of the canal. Our room was clean, fairly large with high ceilings. Internet wasn't easy to access even after paying for it. Breakfasts were disorganized for a large group. Chaotic to access things. Cooked food was also quite cold.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the canal higher up to avoid noise. Loved the old charm.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Markham, Canada
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at the Hotel Al Sole in Venice, Italy (September 13-15, 2012). Excellent location and helpful, pleasant staff. Although our room did not over-look the canal, this was compensated with being an over-sized room which made our stay more pleasant. Great spot for walking all over Venice. We would definitely go back and would recommend this hotel to friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Rochester Hills, MI
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This place is close to the station, requiring to cross just 1 bridge (bridges in Venice are not easy for carrying across luggage -they have steps). The room we had (I guess it was 101) had a "great" view of the canal....just very very beautiful!!! The room was spacious. The breakfast was good! The staff were very helpful!! we had asked them to arrange for something before we came and it was as requested. You can walk from here to San Marco -takes about 20mins. Cost wise, it is a a little on the higher side when compared to the rest of our stay across Italy, but this is Venice!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Darlington
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights before moving onto an apartment and could not fault it in any way. Our room was very comfortable - a bit on the small side but very clean with a king sized bed, efficient air conditioning and a good bathroom with double shower. The continental breakfast was nice and we enjoyed eating outside in the garden. We found the staff to be very friendly and reception was manned 24 hours a day. Our room overlooked the garden which was nice.
The location was perfect on a quiet picturesque canal yet only a few minutes from the bus and train stations and vaporetto stops. We ate at quite a few nearby restaurants and were very impressed by the quality and value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lille
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We spent two nights in the Hotel Al Sole from the 23rd to the 25th of August, before boarding on the Splendour of the Seas for a cruise.

First of all, the location was excellent for us. A 5 minutes walk and 2 bridges to cross from the Piazzale Roma (Bus Station / Cruise Terminal). This allows you to leave the airport, ride a bus for 15 minutes, walk 5 minutes and be in your room. Just one piece of advice, study a map before leaving home. The itinerary from the bus station is very simple, but Venice is a bit confusing and overwhelming, so a little preparation goes a long way (especially when you are carrying suitcases).

The hotel is not close to St Marc Square, but Venice is not a big city, so you can walk and be there in 30 minutes. Or you can take a vaporetto (the boats) and enjoy a scenic ride to the center. Please note taht a all-inclusive transportation pass is available at the airport, on the ACTV machines. They include the return trip from the airport by bus, and any vaporetto ride for your choosen duration (12, 24, 36, 48... hours). We chose the 36 hours pass, and made full use of it by exploring the city of venice, but also the beach island of The Lido, and the very picturesque island of Burrano (highly recommended !)

The public rooms in he hotel are beautiful, and you really get this 'I AM in Venice' vibe, that you probably wouldn't get in more modern places. The bedrooms are less impressive, a bit on the small side (we hade a standard bedroom), but they are very clean, comfortable, and quiet. The beds are perfect, and we slept like babies.

The breakfast can be taken in the beautiful courtyard that is well protected from the sun with a well manicured vegetation. I loved going there in the morning or at the end of the day, just enjoying the place and the tranquillity. The breakfast itself was nothing to write home about, but it was more than adequate.

The staff was very attentive, spoke english, and there everytime we needed them, day or night.

We really likes this hotel. It is not the best we've ever stayed in, and probably not the best in Venice, but we felt that for the price and the location, the service was superior to anything we would have expected.

(On a side note, Venice is NOT the expensive city we were told it would be. Avoid dining or drinking near the Piazza San Marco, where the prices are multiplied by 5 - think 10€ for a coke - and prefer doing it in the small streets everywhere, and you'll pay exactly the same kind of prices you'd pay anywhere else. One evening, we were able to get a great dinner for two for less than 30€ in a small restaurant near the hotel.)

Room Tip: We booked a standard room, and had a view over the canal. I found it a little small for our taste, a...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Middle Village, New York
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Just came back from our trip to Italy and we stayed at Hotel Al Sole for two nights. It was an old historic hotel that had lots of charm. The location was not too far from the bus station which made it convenient to get to from the airport. The directions on the website are very helpful. We did have lots of trouble finding the hotel when walking back after touring at night. It was almost impossible to find the right block. The people at the front desk were very nice and spoke English. Our room was pretty nice. The air-conditioner was great which was perfect since it was over 90 degrees when we were there. The hotel was clean, and had a nice breakfast which you were able to eat in a lovely little garden. The hotel was a bit far from St. Mark's Square where all the action was so we had to take the vaporetto (water bus). One night we tried walking and got extremely lost trying to get back to our hotel. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Second visit back to Venice it is Definately worth staying in Venice if u can! Hotels can be VERY expensive so we stayed in Mogliano Veneto at the Villa Stucky previously...was really nice but coming back a 2nd time we found the Al Sole on lastinute.com much cheaper so we were a bit sceptical. Once we arrived (hotel was very easy to find) the staff were very friendly and welcoming and we were checked in straight away and taken to our room (about 11am eventhough check in wasn't until 2pm) so we dropped bags off and ventured out straight away. Breakfast is adequate self service which is what the majority of European hotels serve. Hotel has a lot of character and close enough to st marks square, Rialto bridge, markets etc easy distances to vaporetto stops however we much preferred walking everywhere (5 months pregnant & could comfortably walk to tourist attractions so just shows how close you are!) will Definately come back to the Al Sole!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: Santa Croce 134-136, 30135 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Santa Croce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #136 of 384 Hotels in Venice
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Al Sole 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A noble beginning of the Fifteenth century building, located in a very pleasant area of Venice,with delightful indoor garden Hotel Al Sole welcomes you amongst typical Venetian atmospheres and modern comforts. ... more   less 
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