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“Great location - but some improvements needed” 2 of 5 stars
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Locanda Ovidius
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle del Sturion 677/A | Rialto, San Paolo, 30125 Venice, Italy   |  
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Ranked #229 of 381 hotels in Venice
Nottingham
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great location - but some improvements needed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

It is 8 years since our last visit to the Ovidius.(When we got married) There have been some improvements. A lift for the luggage and the reception area completed.

It has a great location looking over the grand canal. Of course some of the rooms are going to be small it being Venice. We had a room with a grand canal view. Which was very expensive so you expect a top service for paying top dollar.

We didn't expect to have to go out every day for a decent coffee and bread. The coffee is served in a thermos flask and was stewed. The "juice" was sugared water. The bread was not fresh it was long life as were the croissants. The only thing that was fresh was a skinny bit of ham and salami. So it wasn't worth turning up for. It shows lazy management that do not have their visitors best interests at heart.

The jacuzzi was not working and the shower head fell off.

I do not think it was worth the thousand euros for 4 nights and we will be looking out for another hotel for future visits.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed in Venice for 2 nights in June 2012. This hotel was located by the Rialto Bridge; a perfect location to explore the city without getting lost. As well, it was very easy to find upon arrival. The side entrance was very quaint. The elevator was tiny and we preferred to use the stairs! Of course, the rooms are small but this is Europe and we were very happy with the cleanliness. The breakfast is a good standard of the four that we stayed at during our trip: yogurt, croissant, coffee, cereal. The breakfast room is nice and has the balcony with the VIEW overlooking the canal. Our room faced the side street which was fine. If you are looking for a clean, quiet, well-situated hotel, this one's for you. The best tip we can offer upon arrival to get off the Vaporetto at San Silvestro instead of Rialto stop. Walk behind and make your way to the main canal and towards the bridge and when you see the green awning overhead, look down the alley for the entrance. If you get off at the Rialto stop you will have to drag your luggage over the bridge - not so easy!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

we stayed at this hotel for 2 nights, When we checked in to our room the room was dark, 1 small window, very small, dated and far from 3 stars hotel standard (I will give it 1 star) We then asked to pay extra for un upgrade and for 40euros extra a night (cash only no credit card, they don't want to pay a fee) we got a room with the grand canal view (the room was ok, 35 sq.m. no bath only shower, all amenities is low qualify and old)
The view is AMAZING!!!

Breakfasts were poor and crowded. (very limited option, no fresh bakery or bread, boring white bread and the croissant from supermarket pack)

Overall, I think you should pay a bit more$ to get something decent. For us, if it wasn't for the view we will have to cancel the booking. (only 4 rooms in the whole hotel facing the grand canal)

Room Tip: room with the grand canal view or the suite room
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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20 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Well myself, wife, and 2 babies we all went to 5 nights stay at room 202, it face the grand canal with 2 windows, and it was just next to the breakfast hall, which had a nice balcony on the grand canal
The view form the windows and balcony worth a lot, how come every day morning you open the window and see the very attractive and full of life (Grand Canal)
evening Gondolas with Maestros are floating in a harmony, nice view indeed.
The hotel is small, but it has all what a traveler needs, it is very clean, nice designs inside, room 202 was really a spacious one, internet WiFi was free and very fast

I advise the following:
1- the location of the hotel is ideal for those who had baby strollers, since you have almost many things around the hotel without a need to cross any bridge, coop, supermarket, shops, restaurants, pizzaria, cafeteria, every thing is under and around the hotel
2- Big advise, when u reach Vince, try to buy the ticket 2 way from and to the airport, also try to buy the saving ticket that covers the entire stay there,
3- do not miss to go to Burano, Murano, Lido islands, they are a different thing plus Venice attractions
4- When you drop off at the Hotel, go to St. Silvistro Ferry stop, the take first right, then first right then first left, you reach the hotel in 2 minutes walk, no bridges, if you go to Rilato stop, you will need to go over the Rialto bridge, which had lots of steps, it is not a small one at all if you have luggage and baby strollers

Room Tip: 5- There is small elevator works only for level 2, 6- The rooms with the grand canal view are the b...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Urbana, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

My husband and I booked the Locanda Ovidius a few years ago because you can go to the balcony window and stare at the Rialto Bridge and gondolas- how magical is that! It was much more economical that some of the grand palace hotels, yet I thought the location was fabulous, we had free breakfast, the internet computer was on a piano with a Murano glass chandelier over us, and the breakfast room had balconies as well. One great benefit- almost 3/4 of the pictures I see of the Rialto has our hotel in the shot or movie...very cool to point and say, "there's where we stayed!!" while watching "The Traveler" on tv.

Room Tip: You will pay more of course, but you might ask if any rooms have windows facing the Grand Canal. Our...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The Hotel is a very old building, but what can you expect in the heart of Venice, right? It's well located, the staff was helpful, free breakfast was ok, and rooms were clean. That's all I needed! There is a nice view of the grand canal and Rialto Bridge from the breakfast balcony or lounge area on the 2nd floor. There are very steep stairs to get to the rooms, something to consider if you have heavy luggage or physical problems. There are plenty of places to eat around there. The Vaporetto stop is on the other side of Rialto bridge, which means that if you are arriving on the Vaporetto 1, you need to go across the Rialto bridge, make a left inmediately after getting to the other side and you will find "Calle dello Sturion" a couple of blocks ahead.

Room Tip: Canal view rooms would be nice!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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stockholm
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We stayed in a party of five during three days in April. Following an annoying welcome, with the reception person ignoring us for 10 minutes while chatting to the mailman we had a chance to drop the bags and start exploring Venice. And this is the ultimate spot for reaching any part of venice, grabbing the ferry, going to the open market or just about anything else. So the perfect location in the San Polo sestiere along with a comparatively decent price and availability of 3-bed rooms made this a perfect choice. The rooms were quite small with old-fashioned furnishing and both had alley views but there was a common room with a balcony facing the canale. You pay extra for getting access to the wifi, but then the whole party could use it. Breakfast is quite dreary and below average. Despite the staff and general ricketines of the edifice it was still an excellent choice on account of its placement just by the Rialto bridge and the quite decent price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Locanda Ovidius Venice
Locanda Ovidius Hotel Venice
Locanda Ovidius Hotel
Address: Calle del Sturion 677/A | Rialto, San Paolo, 30125 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
#96 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Locanda Ovidius 3*
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