As mentioned by others, location was perfect. Only steps from vaporetto stop (used it from train station) and about a 3 minute walk to water bus to airport. From train station I paid 12 Euro per person and to airport it was about 15 per person (versus water taxi of 120 euro).
Stayed in Jr. Suite, with view of Grand Canal on 2nd floor. Paid $249 a night for a triple, and it was well worth it. While there was no balcony and windows only opened so far, it was still nice looking at activity. We saw many people roaming streets looking for their hotel with their luggage, we were glad that we had an easy (and early 1pm check-in).
Noise was not bad, but if you are a real light sleeper, you may want to stay away from the front. Room was large, decor was a charming old school style, which just made it feel more like being on vacation than a business trip in the states. Beds were firm, but were satisfactory.
Front desk was helpful. Frustration was that if you wanted to print your boarding pass for airlines, you had to pay for internet. Guess any way to make a euro. Breakfast buffet was marginal, but I was more interested in eating out and about.
It was great getting lost in Venice and knowing that there were always signs everywhere pointing you towards Rialto Bridge, so I just left map behind for last two days.
Tip - Avoid the gondolas outside the hotel. EXTREMELY expensive, I paid 120 euro and only received a 25 minute ride. For 80 euro you were on board for about 15 minutes. Go to a another area and the gondoliers (sp?) are willing to negotiate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right in the centre, overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Picture yourself sitting at your junior suite window gazing out at the Rialto Bridge, probably the most famous landmark in Venice. Below, a steady stream of gondolas and boats make their way along the Grand Canal and the water-buses stop a few paces away so that the whole of Venice is at your disposal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rialto Venezia Hotel
- Hotel Rialto Venice
- Rialto Venezia Venice