Spent two nights here as a solo traveller in July 2012. Location was excellent - I walked out of the train station and the hotel was literally a few hundred metres on the left in a busy street with lots of shops, cafes and gelato stands. I had to wait about 15 minutes in reception before I could check in as there was no-one around but when the lady did arrive (I didn't get her name but I wish I had), she was friendly, helpful and always said hello and addressed me by name each day - lovely! My room was small but comfortable and modern with a wardrobe and desk. Bathroom was small and shower was very small - hot water was scarce in the evening but enough for a quick shower. Air-conditioning was welcome in the heat and really appreciated the toiletries in the bathroom. Only negative would be wi-fi - it is not free (20 euro for 24 hours, which can be used over space of a week) and only available in the lobby. I got access intermittently in my room but it made it hard to Skype my family at home. Also have to pay a refundable deposit to get TV remote (weird?) - I didn't bother. Breakfast was average - on my first morning, I was taken to a nearby hotel for breakfast (instead of the actual hotel) with no explanation and food was pretty grim; cereal and some pastries. Second morning was much better, served at the hotel with offer of coffee etc and scrambled eggs, along with cereal etc. Hotel is in good spot to access all the sites - water taxi and ferry stand right outside station. Buy a 12 hour ferry card for 18 euro and it gives you unlimited trips - great for visiting lots of sites. Takes about 40 minutes to reach San Marco. Hotel staff very helpful with sightseeing advice. Word of warning - street of hotel seems to be prize territory for hawkers selling fake designer bags/sunnies. I was harassed one day by a man who repeatedly asked me to buy a bag and followed me down the street, despite my persistent "no"! Nothing scary but just something to be aware of - I was a solo traveller and never felt fearful but was just taken by surprise! I would recommend this hotel, particularly to those travelling by train, very convenient.
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- Antica Casa Carettoni Venice
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