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“Wonderful weekend in Venice!” 5 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
Bodmin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Wonderful weekend in Venice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I was worried about our booking here because many of the reviews were less than favourable, but we have just returned from our wonderful weekend in Venice having had a really lovely time at this hotel. We booked a superior room and when we arrived the hotel manager said that we had been upgraded so we went to room 202, which is gorgeous and very large with a beautiful view over the Grand Canal. The hotel is very central with a view of the Rialto Bridge, not far from St. Marks Square, and close to the Vaparetto. We loved sitting in our window watching the different boats, gondolas & taxis pass underneath. In the morning we saw the delivery boats coming and going, the emergency boats - a very fast ambulance boat, the police, the fire boat - which was fascinating, every part of Venetian life passes along the Canal. The help-yourself buffet breakfast was great, lovely coffee, cold meat and lots of cakes, and everything was very clean and tidy. The waitress kept topping up so you can have as much as you like. The bathroom was clean and the water hot. We were very comfortable here and I would certainly return and recommend it to friends.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Ancaster, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Advertised photos not related to what you get. Was suppose to stay there for 3 nights (Sept 26-28, 2012). Refused to stay because of deplorable conditions. Was willing to pay for the first night but owner kept 3 nights fee ($851.28 cdn). Lobby run down, blood and dirt on stairs, filthy stained carpet throughout. Dark dingy room looked out on to alley. Minimal furniture and musty smell, Owner unscrupulous. I wouldn't stay there rent free. An embarassement to Venice. You can see the bridge without getting ripped off. We found excellent accommodations with outstanding services for less money

Room Tip: Avoid this low class dump
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

On the advice of a Tripadvisor reviewer, I booked a superior room for a view of the Grand Canal. When we got there we were shown to a room with a view of a back alley. I said I'd paid for a superior room with a view and he said it was a superior room but views cost extra. So I paid an extra 50 euros a night, totalling 200 euros a night and we were there for three nights.
Yes we had a great view out onto the canal but the room was really shabby. The bedroom wall was mouldy and damp with paint peeling all the way up (we were on the first floor and there was a court yard underneath so I don't know why it was damp.) The bathroom sink was cracked. You wouldn't have the shower cubicle in a house in England. There was masking tape holding one of the bed side lamps together. It was well over priced and I don't think now that we should have paid it, as there is a balcony for guests to use which looks out onto the canal.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Stayed for couple of nights .. most likely will not stay there again
Pros: Great location, great view of the canal , very close to Rialto bridge and can walk to all the major attractions, restaurants, shops etc.
Negatives: Rooms are too small and dingy. The amenities that they claim comes with the room did not work.No internet access in room (had to go to dining room to use), TV did not work, phone did not work,broken shower head. Beds and room not very comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Hotel Ovidius is worth it for the location and view. Its conviently located near the Rialto Bridge, and has a balcony that overlooks the grand canal. It was nice to sit on the balcony at night or in the morning and just watch life in Venice. The rooms are very basic (agree some renovations are needed), but clean. The staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham
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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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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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Also Known As:
Locanda Ovidius Venice
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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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