We are sitting in the peaceful garden at the end of a 3 day, 2 night visit to Venice staying at the beautiful hotel moresco. We just had a basic double room which was not that big but not at all too small, everything about the room is as if the hotel opened yesterday, the bed was perfect, sheets like new and how you keep a bathroom and shower looking like new I have no idea. Everything is top quality. The staff are, as mentioned in other reviews, really friendly and helpful, the hotel has a nice relaxed feel, you are on holiday, whatever you want is no problem. We got the water taxi from the airport, this was our first visit to Venice and this did get us off to a great start, we are catching the bus back, 5 minute walk from the hotel and 7 euros each, we think it might even be included in our daily water bus ticket. We spent our last hour on what I have to believe was the best gondola ride in Venice. Our gondolier Luca took over his fathers 70 year old gondola 18 years ago, spoke great English but the route he took us on was simply perfect. He is based in the ghetto area north of the grand canal, easily our favourite part of the city. We went for 1hour, covered the length and breadth of the northern canareggio area but also crossed the grand canal and went into the more central s.croce area. I am not exaggerating in saying that for at least 80% of the time we were gliding silently along canals twice the width of our boat with not another living soul in sight. It was like Venice had closed and we had the place to ourselves, which is all the more incredible given how crowded every square inch of street is. He gave us his card, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile 3405116063, I am sure the hotel could get hold of him for you, we have just been joined by a couple talking about their gondola being in a traffic queue! Back to the hotel, the location is really good, it is far away from the p st marco, the farther you are from there the nicer Venice gets. The hotel recommended and sorted us out a table at a restaurant called Ribot, will try and review separately but wow, peaceful tree covered garden, more incredibly friendly people but mainly quite stunning food and a lovely bottle of local wine. 3 courses and wine for a little bit more than a lunchtime pizza and beer near p st marco, admittedly this is as much to do with being thoroughly fleeced at lunch. Lunch today at the edge of a quiet canal just north of the ghetto, could have sat there all day. Getting around Venice is really easy, would recommend walking but get off the main routes, you get a much better feel for the city.
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