I've read enough other reviews of this hotel to infer that there must be some inconsistencies with the room sizes, but I have to say I was shocked by how big our room was, by European -- and especially by Venetian -- standards. I traveled to Venice over Easter week of 2009 with my husband and 5-year-old daughter. We booked the canal-view family room (sometimes called "triple" room) which contained a comfortable bed for my husband and me and a separate single bed for our daughter on the other side of the room. There was a rather wide avenue of space between our bed and hers, as well as significant space on either side of the beds. The canal view from the two large windows was a nice one. Not one of the super-busy canals, so not a ton of traffic or noise (at least not in April) and very picturesque. Our daughter enjoyed waving to the gondola passengers as they drifted beneath our window. The floor had no rugs, which seemed unusual for a hotel (cold stone instead) and the furnishings were not fancy by any means, but they were clean and rather charming in an old-fashioned way. Like others have said, we didn't really plan to spend much time in the room, so the unfashionable furnishings didn't concern me. Everything was very clean and the bathroom seemed plenty big to me. Also nice was the fact that this particular room was on the main level of the hotel (same level as the lobby and breakfast room, which are one flight up from the street). Our daughter had no trouble dealing with the steep staircase from the street level to the main hotel level, but it was nice that she (and we) didn't have to climb any further. I noticed there were maybe one or two other rooms on this level and the rest must be up another steep flight of stairs.
If you've never been to Europe and Venice is your first stop, I can see how you'd be a little shocked at the Venice hotel prices in general, and at what you get for those prices, but Venice is a unique city. The hotels are expensive because there's a limited number of spaces and a seemingly unlimited number of tourists streaming in -- the laws of supply and demand guarantee that prices will remain high here, at least until some natural disaster stops people from visiting Venice. Because the city is built on water and there's very little undeveloped land anywhere -- and because many of the buildings simply can't be torn down and rebuilt because they are historically significant , there just aren't new hotels being built every other day to compete with the old ones --which happens in other cities. There are no fancy new high-rises in the old part of the city. The buildings that are now being used as hotels were in many cases personal residences at one time, and renovations to add rooms and bathrooms to a building that was not originally planned as a hotel (when it was built a couple hundred years ago!) can result in tiny spaces. For those reasons, don't expect hotels in Venice to be like hotels elsewhere -- and expect to pay a lot even if they're tiny, because if you're not willing to pay their price, someone else will be (and every hotel-owner in Venice knows it!). Just accept that this is part of the price of seeing Venice and try not to be upset about it -- your energy is better spent enjoying what the beautiful city has to offer. In seeking out a triple room in Venice, this was the best value I found. There were places a bit cheaper, but they didn't have the perfect location (and it really was perfect) or didn't have a canal view. The main attractions of Venice were so easy to walk to from Hotel Mercurio -- even with a 5-year-old -- that we didn't even end up using the multi-day vaporetto pass we had purchased, except to get to and from the airport. There are tons of great restaurants, from economical to very posh, within easy stroll of the hotel, and yet it's not in a crowded area. Front desk is staffed all-day and night, very helpful, and they very obligingly spoke excellent English for us, which we did not expect (and I believe they spoke other languages as well). As continental breakfasts, go, I thought it was more than adequate. Many places give you nothing but a few pastries and a coffee. Mercurio had a variety of cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, breads and pastries, as well as excellent coffee (their cappuccino and hot chocolate are highly recommended). If you're a fan of heavier, cooked breakfasts with eggs and meat, just have your coffee at the hotel and go out to eat afterward.
Overall, I had no complaints. It was a clean, comfortable, safe place to stay, the staff was nothing but helpful and courteous, and we were in the best possible location in the heart of the old city.
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