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“Perfect hideaway hotel.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Palazzo Abadessa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Priuli, Cannaregio 4011, 30131 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 383 Hotels in Venice
London
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect hideaway hotel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Very dramatic and exciting arriving there by water taxi from Marco Polo airport especially as was first time in Venice.
Wonderful warm welcome from staff with bottle of prosecco and fruit etc. Staff attentive but not overly so.
Excellent breakfast buffet with delicious pastries and selection of fruit, cereals, eggs, cold meats, warm bread rolls etc. Maybe could do with coffee & tea self service arrangement though rather than ordering from waiter (no facilities in room for tea/coffee). Maybe that's because i drink a lot of tea & coffee though.
The beautiful garden is a welcome oasis after a day out sight seeing and you can order drinks etc and sit out and enjoy the peace. Also breakfast can be taken in the garden.
We had an elegant two bed split level room which was perfect for us with a 7 year old child. Overlooked canal. Some general hubbub late evening but very quiet at night.
Takes about 20 minutes to walk to St Marks Square etc so not far from the main sites, and it's signposted all the way from Strada Nuova. Or it's a couple of minutes from No1 Ca D'Oro Vaparetto stop for the slow stopping service. It's easy to find from Rialto bridge and only about 5-10 minutes walk if you know the way. Just get to Strada Nuova and take the narrow side street Calle d. Priuli.
Strada Nuova seemed pretty busy at around 10pm, not at all deserted, but I guess it might thin out quickly after that time. It's also quick and easily accessible from Fondamente Nova stops if you're going to Lido or Murano. Wonderful church nearby - Madonna Dell Orto.
By the way there are mosquitos in Venice - had a couple of annoying bites whilst there!
Would definitely return to this hotel!

Room Tip: Split level room is perfect for three although you have to walk through upper level bedroom to get t...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Arriving at the hotel by water taxi, we stepped in to this beautiful Palazzo, and were welcomed by Darwin to our new home in Venice. The staff was so very helpful and accommodating. The rooms are very elegant and comfortable with all amenities not to forget the welcome bottle of Prosecco and bowl of fruit , bathrooms beautiful too. We had 3 rooms all spacious and unique. We enjoyed the wonderful breakfast and cappuccino in the beautiful marble breakfast room. A quiet canal is on one end of hotel, and the beautiful walled garden on other, it is just lovely and peaceful, with tables set up throughout and candles at night. We sent so many pictures of us on our little balcony overlooking garden, pictures of us luxuriating in rooms and garden my daughter at home asked if we ever left hotel. We traveled with four of our adult children and had a wonderful visit. The location was super for us, just out the gate of hotel around the corner to main street. In the evening, after a great day of sightseeing we were walking on busy street and looking for a pretty place to have a glass of wine. We ended up back at our hotel, Darwin brought a bottle of wine out to us in the garden. It was really the prettiest place.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

There are a lot of reviews about this hotel and how wonderfully nice the staff is, the gorgeousness of the bedrooms, and the garden. All true. When it came to booking this hotel -sight unseen-it was between it and the Hotel Flora which was highly recommended. I cancelled the Flora a week before the trip and settled on Pal. Abadessa. Here's the thing-the location. I don't understand how so many people consider it an amazing location.

Maybe it is for a certain traveler -I don't know- but I felt I must leave this review in case there are other travelers like me who would have liked to know some details about the location.

First of all it is not close to the action but closer in fact to the train station. I was there for some glam events and needed to dress up and be out at night. Well-it gets spooky. Either you're hiring a water taxi at a minimum 60 euros (about $100) a ride (we dropped off friends 5 seconds into the ride and were charged another 30 euros for that gesture!) or you're taking the vaporetto which is the city bus of the grand canal. The vaporetto is perfectly fine but it is filled with diesel fumes and takes forever. You might not want to wait for it, search for a seat and then take another 45 minutes to get back to the hotel when it's already midnight.

So we walked one night. Let me tell you-unless you are both in sneakers with your head on a swivel you do not want to make that walk back towards the rialto late at night. There is not a single soul anywhere on the streets and I mean even on a Saturday night! At one point we were being followed by a huge Senegalese man-and here we were in cocktail attire-me in heels praying -ironically- to have all those tourist crowds reappear!

All the day trippers leave, the town totally empties out and it's really uncomfortable walking back late at night-so you're either going to bed early with no problems, or if you're like us and you're there for parties and events you have to spend on taxis. We even tried taking the vaporetto to a party one night. Being dressed up on that got us a lot of stares-so what-but it also took us one hour to get from Ca D'oro to San Marco. We were late for the dinner and had to tell the hostess about the bus taking forever. She asked "where is your hotel????"

So that is the point of this review-If you're in Venice on your own free schedule and like to dine at 6 or 7 and call it a night by 9 the Palazzo Abadessa is beyond perfect. It's very beautiful and secluded and the staff and rooms are gorgeous. But if you are there for the Biennale or a wedding or other private events please consider that most of your group will be clustered around San Marco and will all be two cute skips from each other. Boat meetings and many events launch from San Marco area and many of the hip restaurants are also near there or a 5 min walk.
One thing that is kind of cool is that the road to Rialto (the hotel is NOT at Rialto but another 10 minutes north of it) and San Marco is well signed so all the tourists pack into that route like a cattle run, but, if you simply step away onto parallel streets going in the same direction you can race to wherever you're going without any people in the way- as long as you have a good sense of direction otherwise you'd get lost.
PS- I swung by the Hotel Flora to see in person and I must say it was nice but I sensed a tourist weary vibe in the staff, plus the lobby's a bit dingy and overall it didn't measure up to the Palazzo for elegance, charm and beauty. Going back I would probably stay there again but not sure....I might try to find a place like it much closer to the center so that I could have the freedom to do what I please without worrying about night transport. See my tips about rooms.

Room Tip: Some people said the canal side was great others said it was all about the garden side. I was so con...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This hotel is just magical. It transports you to a world of the sixteenth century, as everything has been carefully restored and is maintained in immaculate condition. This is the epitome of highly comfortable living infused with historical charm - apart from the very modern bathrooms, everything else is historical and authentic. The rooms are all unique and have a lot of personality; the lobby and the second floor look like they could be rooms in a museum - it doesn't even feel like staying at a hotel, it feels like being a guest at someone's private palazzo. The location is fantastic - it is just off the main street, so you can enjoy the quiet paradise and remove yourself from the noisy and bustling tourist world that Venice has become. The hotel also has a breathtakingly beautiful garden where you can have breakfast or relax in the evening - it is probably the prettiest garden I have seen anywhere in Venice, as this city is primarily all stone. The staff was very friendly and pleasant. We stayed there for five days in May and would love the opportunity to come back again. I only wish we could have met the owner to learn more about the history of this captivating palazzo!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Clearwater, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The hotel is in a nice quiet location and has a beautiful courtyard. The staff is very helpful and friendly and we enjoyed the breakfast to start each day bee would definitely stay her again if/when we make it back to charming Venice

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The location is terrific for this cute little hotel in Venice. We loved the room, the staff, the breakfast and pretty much everything else. It was a little expensive, but comparable to everything else in Venice so we didn't feel ripped off.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We spent 5 days in Venice and found the Palazzo Abadessa an absolute oasis of peace and comfort at the end of every day of hard site seeing.
The staff are so helpful, friendly and knowledgable. Nothing was too much trouble.
The breakfast is substantial, delicious and readily available even when you have an early start.
Our room for sumptuous. It was large and airy and well positioned and quiet at night so we were fully refreshed every morning.
There is airconditioning in summer although we were just a bit early in the year, but as there are so many windows and the neighbourhood so quiet at night, it was fine, warm when it rained and cool when the weather improved.
The hotel is clean and beautifully kept.
Unbeknownst to us, it also has a history linked to Marco Polo which made it all the more charming.
We were able to get a taxi from the airport straight to the berth behind the hotel and back again at the end of our stay.
There are brollies at the door and wifi throughout - they have thought of everything.
We shall definalty return to "Our home in Venice".

Room Tip: Room 15 is fabulous and can have adjoining rooms for a larger family!
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Priuli, Cannaregio 4011, 30131 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Venice
#17 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#26 Family Hotel in Venice
#29 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palazzo Abadessa 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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