We split our Venice time between two locations. The first half at a B&B near Rialto Bridge. The 2nd half at this hotel near San Marco. This Best Western had been recommended by a friend who’s an Ivy university professor. First, the positives: good location to San Marco square [a few minutes walk], easy to find, and quiet. The location also gives easy access to the wide open spaces of the Arsenale, which almost seem ‘un~Venetian’ given the wide streets [wide enough for a vehicle, but obviously it’s all pedestrians], green parks, soccer field, and spacious fondamenta. We had a rooftop room with balcony, which gave a view of the city. The room was thoroughly clean. Lobby area decent, although we didn’t see a soul order a drink from the bar. The room rate reasonable given the location. Reception staff pleasant and helpful to answer questions. Plug adapter provided by reception so we could use our laptops.
For the negatives: the room could be updated; chairs, sofa, bed, were all a little beat up. The heated towel rack didn’t work [it had rained repeatedly on our visit, and the heated rack would have been handy to dry our clothes]. The tub was slow to drain. The room was dark, and felt a bit claustrophobic because of the roof’s angle [see pictures]. Internet didn’t work at all for a day/night [desk staff claimed it was an internet outage for the entire area]. Breakfast below average and overrun with southeast Asian tourists.
How touristy is this hotel? We almost laughed when we overheard a young couple, from the American Midwest, ask the concierge for dinner suggestions with the demand that they didn’t want a ‘touristy place’. Meanwhile, they were dressed in grey sweatpants with [I assume] their Midwest college printed down the leg, old sneakers, a tshirt, and baseball hats backwards.
We typically prefer less touristy places [if it can be helped], and this just wasn’t what our cup of tea. Next time this professor gives us as recommendation, we’ll just have to ignore it.