Ok, so I am an American student currently studying abroad in the UK. I went on a week-long holiday to Italy in September of 2014 with a travel companion. Rome for 3.5 days, Florence for 2, and Venice for 1.5. For some unholy reason, we couldn't find a single room (or two beds) in Venice for our dates at budget hotels or hostels. The George Clooney wedding had recently happened, so maybe that sparked interest. We ended up shelling more money on this place that we had in Rome or Florence in hostels. We got what we paid for, though.
Their website isn't the greatest. They should probably update it to reflect the hotel. I was surprised at how nice it was. The location is PRIME. From the front door, you can literally Rialto bridge from the side. It's on the San Marco side.
When I booked the room, I had requested two twin beds. I didn't get an email confirmation for quite some time, so I called. There was some confusion because I have an Italian name and ancestry and I was obviously an American on the phone. After they found my reservation, they informed me that they had emailed me, informing me that there were no two bed rooms left and that I could have the room at the very top of the hotel, with a double bed and a rooftop porch, for the same price. They threw in a map and a ticket to the casino, as well. Turns out that my university email was blocking the foreign email address, and this is why I didn't get the confirmation. When I gave them my Outlook address, I received it.
The room was, indeed, at the very top of the hotel. No elevator, but I expected this. Still, carrying a 50 lb. bag up those stairs was a feat. The room was nice. Not overly big, but it had what we needed. Nicely decorated, too. Reflected the price. We did have our rooftop access, where we could climb a set of wooden stairs to a hobbit-like door that led out to our private terrace, complete with two lawn chairs. You could actually see the tips of Saint Mark's Square. Not the most elegant terrace in the world, but for two college kids who had been staying in 6-bed hostel rooms for 5 days, it was basically Versailles.
They held our luggage for us on the first day, as the room was being cleaned (we were early). On the last day, they even held it for us when we checked out. Very nice. On the last day, after I checked out, I actually slipped halfway into the Grand Canal and found my pants simply covered in algae. It wasn't good. I went back and they got me a bathroom and towels. This was all after I had checked out. I am very grateful for their sympathy.
Their breakfast was very nice, too. It was included and had the basics like croissants and juice.
I'll be back if I ever go back to Venice, which I plan to do. Venice has been my favorite city, beating London, Edinburgh, Rome, Florence, and Paris. I went in September and avoided what I hear are the worst crowds. It was still immensely crowded. Totally worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CA' LEON D'ORO is situated in the very heart of Venice, in Campo San Bartolomeo - Calle Dell'Aquila Nera: just a few steps from the Rialto Bridge and only 10-minute walking distance from St. Mark's Square.Thanks to its central position, it is an ideal place to start the main sightseeing tours of the city. It is very easy and convenient to visit the Rialto Bridge, the "Mercerie" district (where there are the famous italian fashion brands), "La Fenice" theatre, St. Mark's Square, Marco Polo's House, the Fish and Vegetable Markets, the San Polo's church and the Frari's church.Let Venice magic atmosphere be part of you. We will be happy to welcome you and to tell you the most inner secrets of our city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ca` Leon d`Oro Hotel Venice