My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Moresco for three days and two nights over New Year's Eve and we both agreed that it was quite possibly the best hotel in Venice (we have been to the city twice before) and one of the best we had ever stayed at generally. I would even say that calling the Moresco a 4* hotel is doing it a great disservice - it is certainly on a par with all of the 5* hotels we have visited across continental Europe and the UK.
If you fly into Venice Marco Polo and take the shuttle bus to Piazzale Roma, Hotel Moresco is less than 5 minutes from the bus station. Some may complain that the hotel is situated on the outskirts of the city in the lesser-known Dorsoduro area and is around 15-20 minutes from Piazza San Marco and Ponte Rialto, but if you have been to Venice before you will know that the further you are from these tourist hubs, the better. Instead of being charged inordinately higher prices for a smaller, lower-quality hotel with questionable service, staying at the Moresco will give you exceptional accommodation and far more value for money, not to mention being well away from the mad centre of Venice.
If you haven't gathered from previous reviews, Hotel Moresco is new. Very new. At the time of writing, the hotel had only been open for six months (since July 2012) and still looks and feels brand new. All the fixtures and fittings sparkle and shine, and everything - from the high-spec bathrooms to the luxurious wood-panelled bar area and the guest-use iPad at reception - oozes quality and class. If you have been to Venice before, you will most likely have stayed in a dusty, crumbling palazzo which has seen better days - the Moresco couldn't be more different. It is obvious that someone has set out to create something very special with Hotel Moresco and has put a lot of money into achieving just that.
We had booked a classic room with canal view (Classic con Vista) and asked for the Gondolier's room as it was the only classic room with a bath. The room was perfect - larger than most Venetian hotel rooms with a soft bed, small seating area, desk and flat-screen TV - and it is noticeably high-spec from the start. The key card system, now used by most modern hotels, is taken to a new level with magnetic touch access and the futuristic LED panels outside each room (which show whether the room your occupied, vacant or set to "Do Not Disturb") are like something from Star Trek. The bathroom, similarly futuristic, had high-quality fittings and was very luxurious indeed.
Having read all of the above, most people by now would be thinking about price. If the Moresco is so incredible surely the cost is astronomical, making it unaffordable for everyone except Hollywood stars and Russian oligarchs? Happily not. We paid €370 for two nights (including breakfast) and booked via Expedia, which worked out at about £150 per night. Not cheap, certainly, but well worth the quality. On our previous trip to Venice we paid around £100 per night for a more central 3* hotel which, whilst being a great base to explore the city, was dusty, tired and generally second-rate. Personally, I would far rather spend a little bit extra for the Moresco and feel terrific.
The only thing left to say about Hotel Moresco is the service. You would be forgiven for thinking that such a high-quality hotel would come with lofty staff who look down their noses at some guests, but this was not the case - we have never felt more welcomed by hotel staff or more at home. They simply could not do enough for us. A special mention must go to Lorenzo, who offered us free prosecco on at least three occasions (and on one evening a free buffet "because it's Christmas and we're happy"); Barbara, who was excellent on the front desk and impressed us with her extensive command of English and French; and Dario, who was so helpful at breakfast and a real gentleman. It is a true testament to the quality and class of the Hotel Moresco that staff who welcome new guests to the hotel every day can remain so genuine, friendly and welcoming.
So, in summary, we absolutely loved the Hotel Moresco and would defy anyone to find a better hotel in Venice. If you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious break at a top-quality and welcoming hotel, far enough away from the madness of San Marco but close enough for sightseeing, you simply will not find a better choice. When we return to Venice, which will hopefully be often, we would never stay anywhere else.
We stayed in a classic room with canal view (Classic con Vista), which was more than adequate. If yo...
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