The Santa Chiara hotel is a fantastic hotel in the most perfect location. From the airport, you get a shuttle bus for 6 euros which takes you to the bus station Piazzale Roma. The hotel is literally right there - you can't miss it! Perfect to carry your luggage to and no stress or worry as to finding it. Don't be deterred by the fact it is next to the bus station, use it to your advantage.
We arrived slightly early but our room was ready for us. The bellboy took our bags up and explained some of the features in the room. Our room was very basic but comfortable, cosy and clean. There is a safe in the room. Our room had original wooden beams on the ceiling which was a lovely detail, as well as a view over a canal. The only thing the room does not have is tea making facilities but if you know this you can always pack your own travel kettle.
Breakfast is served until 10:30 and offers the usual spread of continental items - very good and a nice dining area overlooking the Grand Canal. There is a good supermarket about 100 metres to the left of the hotel too.
There is a guy at the hotel who offers free water taxi rides when he is around and we used this on our first day to get to St Marks Square - a great free start to help orientate us! The hotel is a little way away from the tourist attractions, however, if you are fit and like fresh air, it is easily possible to walk everywhere. In fact it is fun wandering through all the small streets and crossing the bridges. If you don't like walking, the water bus stop is right next door to the hotel and it can take you everywhere, including the islands of Murano and Burano.
We LOVED this hotel and would go back in a flash. I would recommend it to anyone as the location is PERFECT and the hospitality GREAT. We stayed in the main building room 307 and had no complaints at all. Enjoy!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an ancient and more than 500 years old palace facing the Grand Canal, is the only hotel in Venice which offers a private parking. The rooms are furnished in Venetian style, many overlooks the Grand Canal or the water, porterage service and breakfast are included in the rate. It has a dependence 150 meters from the main building (wheelchair friendly!). It has the International Quality Trademark ISO 9001. **Small pets allowed, handicap accessible, room service available.** ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Santa Chiara
- Santa Chiara Venice