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Hotel Flora
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   San Marco 2283/a, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #51 of 383 Hotels in Venice
Buxton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2007

My husband took me to Venice for my 40th Birthday. It was a wonderful experience in a beautiful city. Hotel Flora was the icing on the cake! Very central just a couple of minutes from St Marks square but hidden away in a quiet spot with a lovely garden. It was wonderful to have breakfast in the sunshine. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. We were given advise of where we could find nice restaurants - all found just as described, gondola ride was arranged for us at a very reasonable price and I'm sure any other request would have been met. Our room was clean and had lovely antique furniture and venician chandelier. wonderful place to stay and would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — Beautiful quaint hotel with lovely staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

This was our second trip to Venice and a repeat stay at the Flora. For this second visit, we reserved a four (4) night stay in a superior double. However, later on we chose to arrive in Venice two (2) nights earlier than originally planned, which resulted in an inconvenience of having to move after the first two nights. Still, the inconvenience was of our own doing; it all worked out fine and we were generally happy with our second stay at the Flora.

The room we stayed in for the first two (2) nights was pretty but very-very small; however, we were warned by the management that this is what it would be so no surprises there. As indicated above, after the first two (2) nights, we were transferred to room no. 28, which was absolutely gorgeous with a large antique bed, the softest linens and dawn comforters, and a high ceiling with dark wood beams. The room had beautiful wood furnishings, hardwood floors, and floor rugs. It also had two windows overlooking a palazzo across the garden. Even though rather small with not much space to arrange one's necessities or to move around, the bathroom was newly remodeled. In all honesty, though, the room was just beautiful and I would recommend asking for it specifically.

Flora also serves a very nice breakfast, consisting of several varieties of breads and croissants, hard and soft boiled eggs, cheeses, yogurts, and pastry. A huge plus is that the Flora, unlike other hotels in Italy, serves a fresh fruit salad every morning. Somewhat of a minus is that a glass of orange juice is served from the kitchen, as opposed to being a part of the breakfast buffet, and it is quite obviously diluted with water. The morning wait staff is extremely helpful and attentive, and will look out for when one's cappuccino is finished so that they could offer a second cup. We were also fortunate enough to score one warm and sunny morning and have breakfast in the garden of the hotel.

As far as the front desk personnel, some of them are more accommodating than others, as is the case with anything else in life, and we did notice that one of the front desk attendants was treating guests with a polite tolerance rather than genuine hospitality. Another issue, I would mildly caution against a blind acceptance of Flora's dining recommendations, since the recommended restaurants were only o.k.

As far as my recommendations for a good meal, I would suggest the following three and would warn against dining at a fourth:

Birraria la Corte, San Polo, Tel.: [--], has a menu full of wonderful offerings. However, we stuck to the recommended by a friend arugula salad with thin slices of pecorino cheese all drizzled with chestnut honey, and pizza with porcini mushrooms and wild boar salami. Delicious! Since we were walking all of those calories off, we treated ourselves to a dessert of pana cota with caramello and were ready to lick the plate if no one would notice.

We enjoyed a great lunch at Alla Madonna, Calle Della Madonna, San Polo, Tel. [--]. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations and this is the reason we chose to have lunch rather than dinner when the restaurant gets much busier. Both of us had a plate of pasta (I had the best spaghetti with squid ink) and we shared an appetizer of proscutto and melone.

Vini Da Gigio, Cannaregio, Tel.: [--], serves traditional Venetian food at a relatively reasonable prices in a very pleasant atmosphere. My fegato veneciano (liver and onions), my husband's branzino (seabass), and our first courses of pasta were wonderful, as was sgroppino for dessert.

Now, I would strongly advise against dining at Trattoria da Remigio in Castello, because I cannot recall any other occasion in any other restaurant, either in the States or abroad, where we were treated with such snootiness and disregard as we were at this establishment, and after hearing the same comments from others, I understand that we did not catch the place on a bad day. There are many other terrific restaurant in Venice--pick those instead.

  • Liked — Great location, beautiful room.
  • Disliked — On an expensive side, even though it is Venice!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2007

Very small rooms. Bathroom barely useable. Comfortable bed but insect bites every morning. Location is good and the garden is a delightful place. The staff was too formal and the overall atmosphere stuffy to the point of snobby. Don't ask staff for help like where to eat type questions. We received poor service and were charged far too much when we made that mistake. We did far better just walking in on crowded places. Breakfast was the best part of the day there. On the upside, we spent very little time at the hotel. We were out and about all day only using the hotel to change and sleep. I felt the hotel was a bit too expensive for what they offered in the way of services but then again this is Venice and one should expect to overpay for just about everything. Oddly Venice itself is worth it all.

Stayed October 2007
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Key West, Florida
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2007

Originally, I went to the Net to find a Venice hotel. But my daughter was in Venice and stayed at Hotel Flora a month before. She highly recommended it, and personally booked us the biggest suite on the 4th floor. There were 3 of us traveling for 3 nights, and the room was perfect for us. Breakfast was included and delivered to our room, promptly each morning.
Our room was huge, with a king size bed, single bed, table and chairs, dressing table and large armoir and dresser. The bathroom was adequate, and would be my only fault of the whole experience. It was very small, but with beautiful tile and new fixtures.
The hotel staff couldn't be friendlier. The front desk staff, bartender/waiter, and the bell staff were perfect. The bartender was also the waiter and also the cook! He was so much fun. Every evening we met in the bar for drinks and on one occasion decided to eat there. The meal selection was 2 items, but the quality and price was great.
The location was perfect, a short walk from the ferry and St Marks, but be ready to carry your luggage up over one bridge. If you were never in Venice it may be hard to find. In fact, one day when we went separate directions from my daughter, we did get lost for about 20 minutes. However, the location was very quiet at night. Very good mattresses and sleeping.

I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — Location and quality of a good night's sleep
  • Disliked — Small bathroom
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Phoenix, AZ
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11 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2007

We recently stayed two nights at the Hotel Flora while in Venice.

The hotel is located down a quiet walkway about 50 feet off the busy shopping track. We found the location to be a relaxing, quiet oasis in a city teeming with thousands of tourists packed on narrow streets and busy piazzas. It is also located about 3 easy blocks (and one foot bridge) away from the San Marco vaporetto stop, an important consideration in a city where you must haul your own luggage from The Grand Canal to your hotel.

Our room was quite small, but comfortable and clean. The bathroom had been recently updated/upgraded. It appeared from our vantage point that that the majority of rooms overlook the quiet courtyard garden where a wonderful breakfast is served each morning, but you may want to check directly with the hotel to insure that your room is afforded the same view.

The staff was efficient, friendly and helpful with our requests for local information, dining suggestions, etc.

Based on our very positive experience during our recent stay, we would strongly recommend The Hotel Flora for a visit to Venice...

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Room size was a bit small
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2007

Our first stop in Italy among 5 other cities and all recommended or reviewed on TripAdvisor. Overall, a very good hotel in an excellent location. Not a large, touristy, overpriced hotel (unless you're looking for that), but rather a quiet, secluded oasis just west of San Marco. The best feature is the breakfast area in the middle of a courtyard amid ivy-covered walls, a bird fountain and serenity. It gave us the feeling of being in a quiet romantic Tuscan villa. We travelled with 2 children ages 9,12 and our room was one queen and 2 temporary cots - large enough for our 2-night stay. Very nice rooms but padded with fabric (although no mustiness or odor was detected). Highly recommended, helpful staff. NOTE: Save 100 euro by avoiding the overrated gondola and instead spend 100 euro by taking a private water taxi to a stop just 1 minute from the hotel. Much better view of Venice from the outside and through the main canal. 45 minutes direct by water taxi may also avoid the longer but cheaper route by public transportation. See my photo of the courtyard, as peaceful as it looks.

  • Liked — Breakfast courtyard and service
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

We stayed here for Carnevale and it was instrumental in ensuring we had a fabulous time. Our room was small but it was beautifully furnished, and it felt and looked exactly as a cosy, romantic Venetian hotel should. (Larger, and rather opulent-looking rooms are available, I discovered, as I peered in a couple whilst they were being cleaned...Presumably they cost extra: we went for the cheapest.) There is a bar/lounge area downstairs, so after a long tiring journey we were pleased to be able to order a couple of bellinis, and it was nice to be able to pop back to the hotel at the end of an evening out and enjoy a brandy or two.

Despite being really close to St Mark's and off a busy shopping street, the hotel itself was really quiet, and it really felt like a little secret hideaway in the midst of the crazy carnival crowds.

I really don't have any criticisms of this hotel at all: for Venice it wasn't badly priced, considering location, tranquillity, furnishings and overall standards of cleanliness. The staff were nice and friendly too, tolerating my appalling Italian with grace and charm.

  • Liked — Location, transquillity, furnishings, nice bar.
  • Disliked — Small room (but then, you can pay for a larger one, so I'm not really complaining)
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Marco 2283/a, 30124 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#35 Family Hotel in Venice
#55 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Flora 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Flora, an intimate and charming hotel with a delightful garden.The Hotel is situated in the heart of Venice, behind Saint Mark's Square, on Calle XXII Marzo, one of the city's most elegant streets, between Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and Campo San Moisè.Hotel Flora's 40 rooms, intimate and light-filled, have been furnished with care by the Romanelli family, each in a different style. Period furniture from the end of the 17th century, or in 16th-century Venetian style create a discreet elegance, enriched by damask tapestries and golden cornices.The Hotel Flora’s history is enriched with this new fitness center. ... more   less 
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