Things change. We all know that. But for the better? Not in the case of the Monaco and Grand Canal. I stayed there (as have many good friends) every year for 15 years, until the renovation. The two Gianlucas who worked in the cozy bar directly overlooking the Grand Canal always had your favorite drink waiting. Raffaelo was always at the piano. You could sit right in the window if you wished, for hours and watch the boats go by, including from the dining room for breakfast. (They responded to this by moving a bar to the back of the hotel. HUH?) No service was too much to ask the staff, but we regulars never asked for much! We always felt like we were just visiting a nice villa of friends. The reviewer who said the hotel has become designed for eurotrash resonates. A most attractive aspect of the Monaco in the past was that it was NOT a tourist hotel nor a did it host conferences. So you always had guests there to really have a quiet respite. Sometimes finding a few inches of water in the dining room at breakfast a couple of times--just put on your boots like the waiters did and keep eating!--was a small price to pay for truly being welcomed to an old-world hotel in which you became family after only 1 visit. But then came Bennetton. Big company buys small old-world hotel, tears it apart and ruins it. To be fair, they did have to do alot of shoring up and built a sort of huge bathtub under it in order to stop the aqua alta coming into the restaurant. It's an old story but a very sad one for all of the loyal patrons who came year after year like we did. And the stories on this site of poor and surly service break my heart. Unheard of in the past. The location is everything, which hasn't changed. A few steps from the airport vaporetto and Harry's. Time marches on and none of us who used to stay there are old fogies who resist change but this was a desecration. The Monaco retains only its name and perch near St. Mark's. It's gone really. But if you never stayed in the old Monaco then this one probably seems fine. But after one stay in the new one, all of us who were regular annual visitors have pretty much decamped to rented apartments in the area and just come for dinner. Quite honestly, if you want to spend this kind of money in a bigger hotel, just go over to the Gritti.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal are just a few steps from the famous St. Marks Square, ideal for guests who want to immerse themselves, inside the Venetian lifestyle. The 99 guest rooms including 7 suites overlooking the Grand Canal, are all elegantly decorated. Baroque and minimalism meet up in a perfect harmony. In the Grand Canal Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the Grand Canal, the guest can admire a majestic views and enjoy freshness of seafood and vegetable that are so essential to local specialities. In this top class ambience you really feel almost at home. The events section of the Hotel is realised in the recent adjoined Palazzo Dandolo, which became famous as the world’s first casino. Today there offer a very special space for organisations of events like Wedding, Gala Dinner, Conferences and meetings from 10 to 600 guests ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco And Grand Canal
- Hotel Monaco Grand Canal
- Monaco Grand Canal Hotel
- Monaco Hotel Venice