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“Good location, charming hotel with hearty breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Hotel Ala
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   San Marco 2494 | Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #112 of 382 hotels in Venice
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“Good location, charming hotel with hearty breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at this charming hotel. We were given the "Antonia" room which is a bit of a walk from the lobby but it was such a lovely and spacious room with a big window that opened to views of Venice's rooftops.

The breakfast has a lot of options and the breakfast area is lovely.

The location of this hotel is very close to the vaporetto's stop. It will take just under a minute to get to the door of the hotel.

The bed wasn't too comfortable but we slept really well since the room is located on the top floor and was the only room at that level.

Room was always clean and Mario was very helpful especially with our luggage:)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Had a great stay here for 3 nights. The room was very comfortable and had everything we needed. There was great variety of foods available for breakfast and delicious hot chocolate if you ask. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from San Marco and central to everything. There is also a vaporeto stop just a few steps from the front door. Venice is so expensive but this hotel was one of the more reasonable ones and worth the money for it being so central. I would recommend this one for families as we stayed in a triple room and had loads of space with three big suitcases and two kids and one adult!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We are on the start of our 5 week european tour and have had 2 nights at Ala. We arrived to giglio via water taxi (?60 although he took ?50 as he had no change.)
Ala is a fantastic place for the price. Be sure to book a room that backs onto the little canal and bridge. Really quite special. Wifi for ?1 /24hrs is pretty good too. Breakfast was great as were all the staff.
Location is excellent near san marco, SM Giglio water bus and not far from all'academia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We booked this hotel on recommendation for its central location, reasonable price and good facilities. It did not disappoint. Our classic room, although small was definitely adequate and exceptionally clean, as was the bathroom. Our room looked out over the side of the hotel and we could see the little bridge over the canal. It was quiet and well placed for walking to all the sights, ie St Marks Square and was close to a vaporetto stop. Although not offering dinner there is a restaurant just near the front of the hotel and others just a short walk away. The breakfast is adequate and varied with the usual fruits, yohurts, meats and cheese, etc as well as scrambled egg and sausage all served buffet style until 10.45am.
The staff are very pleasant and helpful and only too happy to oblige with any request.
This was an all round good choice.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Great location and very near to St Marks Square. And it is very close to the Water Bus stop which was ideal for us as we had to get from the train station to the hotel with all our luggage. The journey took about 40 mins and was of course very picturesque. Much cheaper (7 euros each) than the water taxis and the gondalas. The hotel was fine. The rooms were ok and the breakfast was very extensive. Our view was of a brick wall but then we didn't spend much in the hotel itself. It was lovely just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere even though we got lost a couple of times! Feb is a good time to visit as it wasn't very busy so no queues for any of the sights. Was a peaceful place to stay as there were no cars.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This hotel is settled very close to a water taxi stop, just down the road. Also it is very closely located to the Guggenheim Museum and Gallerie Dell'Academia. All the people working at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. Giving us advice on restaurants, attractions, and just general directions. Also we lost our luggage on our flight and they all worked hard to get our luggage back and we were so grateful. The hotel also gave us a free ride from the hotel to the Murano Glass factory and we go a tour, which was amazing and great. The bar in the hotel was really nice as well and was very busy with tourists, and an array of drinks. One of the nice side perks was that breakfast was included, and they pastries were very good! The hotel while a bit confusing to navigate, gave it a charm at the same time, and the decor was beautiful. The rooms were nice, and we had a nice view out the window. The only downside was in the bathroom often didn't have hot water. However the room size was the average size for a European hotel room. Overall really nice and would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

And this hotel has many of them. Even on the last day of our stay we would take the wrong turning and end up lost!. However this is what you get with converted Palazzos becoming central Venetian hotels. It will be the same when Buckingham Palace becomes a Best Western in 2050. Viva la Revolutione, as Red Ken would say.
But what is rare here, is that the service is incredible. 5 star service for a 3 star hotel.
Everyone, and I mean all the staff were exceptional. From the porters, to the main reception team, right down to the guy running breakfast who let us take a tray and filled us up even when we were there after closing time. Thank you.
The hotel is very well positioned...close enough to St Marks Square to make it an easy walk there, but no so close you suffer the agoraphobia that it can induce when absolutely packed. Which it is. All the time. There is a vaporetto stop 1 minutes walk down an alley [Giglio] that makes it really easy to get around town. And if you feel like a wander, Rialto is only 15 minutes stroll away.
The room might have been small, but you don't go to Venice to lie in your hotel room do you?
So, I doff my tricorn hat to the Ala with a low bow. Fantastico.
J

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: San Marco 2494 | Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Business Hotel in Venice
#91 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#94 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Hotel Ala 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old noble home, in the real heart of Venice, just few steps from St. Mark's Square, easily reachable by public service line 1 (dock S. Maria del Giglio at 50 meters) and direct access for taxi-boat and gondolas. Tarnowska's American Bar with wine/cheese tasting. Wi-Fi connection. ... more   less 
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