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“Clean, albeit dated rooms. Great shower. Free breakfast.” 3 of 5 stars
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Foresteria Fondazione Levi
San Marco 2893 - 2894, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #204 of 439 Venice B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Clean, albeit dated rooms. Great shower. Free breakfast.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2009

This was a last minute call to get a room, as our trip to Venice was unplanned. So part of me was happy to have anything. We only stayed one night, arriving very late and leaving early in the morning. It is near the Accademia Bridge but most ppl like to hang out near the Rialto. The hotel is very close once you get off the vaporetto. We arrived quite late, close to midnight and after crossing over the bridge and wandering quite a bit, we found a pizza place. So finding late night food might be tough. The place is really quiet and is next to the school of music so you can hear some ppl practicing the piano but it's lovely. The room is kind of dated and dark. But everything was clean. There were two of us but they only had a quad, but charged us the double rate, 105 Euros. There is continental breakfast in the morning. You must leave your key whenever you leave but someone is at the "front desk" all the time, and speaks English well.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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toronto canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2008

My family (middle aged professional couple and 2 boys aged 11 and 8) spent three nights in Venice at this hotel 24 25 26 July 2008. We had read about the place in Rick Steeves as a budget but clean place to spend time in Venice. As we were on an extended tour of Italy (six weeks) we had been staying in residences and agritourismi across the country, so we were looking forward to a bit of respite from do-it-yourselfing, by spending three nights in a hotel.
We were disappointed. But let's start with the good things.
The location is great. It's across the bridge from the ACTV Venice city water bus stop (Accademia) and easy walking distance (2 minutes) from the stop. Carrying a couple of heavy suitcases means this was a benefit. You can drag wheeled ones up to and down from the bridge and right into the hotel.
Surroundings are good. The hotel is just off a picturesque square around a beautiful church from several restaurants, shops, an internet cafe (!) and a newspaper stand, as well as bancomats (ATMs). At the Church they put on Vivaldi concerts every night. So location is good, and you can walk to St Mark's Square and the other attractions without having to cross back over the canal.
The breakfast they offer is very good with ample cereal, breads, rolls, juices, and the best cappuccino in the country (really!) Befriend the Cameroonian waitress. She speaks English. They also have low fat yogurts and whole grain breads as well as the usual assortment of store bought cornetti.
The palazzo which the Fondazione is in has an interesting internal cortile courtyard, and interesting offices for art exhibits and is involved somehow with the Biennale. We didn't have time to investigate further. There is also a free giveaway daily newspaper stand there. It has an exit onto the Grande Canale all its own, although you need a boat of your own!.
The night manager Franco is friendly, has a gravelly almost bad-guy movie star voice, and smokes while he watches t..v. in the breakfast room. He likes kids.
Yes you have to pay in cash for the room, but they make that clear when you book and send you repeated warnings about this before you come so we were prepared.
The bad thing is, the palazzo rooms have no screens, so the rooms get full of mosquitos and the 2 small VAPE liquid bug killers that they provide you to plug in (two storey room) are useless.
The two fans they gave us also did not have much strength, and so needless to say, we had to keep the room windows open at night, as we were suffocating. There was no air coming in.
Keep the windows closed during the day and the shutters drawn in order to keep the bugs out when you are away. But the whole place gets invaded when you return to your hotel at night.
Also, one of the windows in the room (the upper floor where the 2 other beds were) opens onto the roof, and we were afraid the pigeons were going to fly right into our room.
Also, the hallways of the hotel have peeling paint, and the whole room smells of wood. We were on the top floor, right under the wooden roof, and perhaps this was part of the problem (heat rises) but I didn't sleep the whole first night, and spent most of the night and the subsequent two nights covering up my kids with sheets so they wouldn't get bitten alive. We all were covered in mosquito bites and couldn't wait to get out of there in the morning.
The next hotel we stayed in, in Trieste, had a scorpion in the room but at least they had screens so we could keep the windows open at night and breathe.
Moral of the story: in Venice, in the summer, either save money and use bug spray. Or spend the extra money and stay in an airconditioned hotel or at least one with screens.
We paid 140 euros per night for a quadruple room, which was what attracted me in the first place, because Venice is so expensive. But the hotel made me long to leave Venice as quickly as possible.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

I booked our two night stay at this hotel based on previous reviews, the price, and the location. Based on the expensiveness of Venice, I thought that the Foresteria Levi was a decent deal in a centrally located place, right by the Accademia stop on the water bus. (Which by the way, we were unable to find when we got to Venice, because all addresses in venice are based on areas of town, not by their street address) Previous reviews had said that the staff spoke english well, and were helpful, but we did not find this to be the case. Every staff member spoke very little english if any, and could not provide any guidance to good restaurants or attractions in the area. Our room, which had two twin beds felt very hostel-like. The floors are concrete with old wooden dormitory style furniture. I will say that the beds were the softest of our entire 3 week european trip, which was welcomed... However, everything just felt very old and dirty in the room. There is no air conditioning, which made sleeping very uncomfortable in July weather. Mosquitos and other pests were also a problem with the windows open to allow air movement in the room. The hotel did provide a plug-in bug repellent, which did not seem to help anyone in our party who all woke to itchy bug bites. The bathroom was spacious, but did have a dirty feel, including missing tiles in the shower and very hard to open and close glass doors. All in all, I wish I had paid more for a nicer hotel, because Venice is bad enough as is, with the endless crowds and crying, screaming children.

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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brussels
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2008

A very good bargain given the price of a double room, cleanliness and location in the heart of venice. 10 min walk to Rialto or to San Marco square. Very easy to reach. Get off Accademia stop (water bus=vaporetto) and cross over the canal bridge to the left side. Immediately after the bridge, turn to the second street entrance (before Campo S Stefano). Friendly staff and clean room and bathroom. Secure area, walk to the front of their courtyard to see the canal. Simple board and breakfast, dorm-type. Use their vending machines in the courtyard for cheap drinks.
Rooms have no airconditioning, this can be unpleasant during june to august. Room had a fan and managed to sleep somehow. Also, no refrigerator in room.

  • Stayed June 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2007

We had the 3-bedroom suite. Bedrooms were fairly big with high ceilings. Most beds are firm, but I got one that was fairly soft and comfy. No a/c, but the stone buildings seem to keep fairly cool. Keep windows closed in evening to keep mosquitos out. Just one bathroom, but at least the toilet and shower is separate from the sink. Clean and in good condition. Small tv in each bedroom. Continental breakfast is ok. Staff is fine.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Mosquitos the one day we left the windows open all day
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Monterey, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

I had to cancel a 5-day stay due to a medical emergency in May this year.
Called them 3 full days ahead to cancel but they charged my credit card for the whole 5-day stay, regardless.
And that, at the height of the tourist season when they should have had no problems reselling the room...
They send you their extreme cancellation policy after they have your credit card no.
It was worded in poor English and stated their terms in a highly contradictory manner...
Normal hotels let you cancel 24-48 hours ahead or even up to 6 pm on the day of arrival...
I tried to cancel 3 full days ahead!...

  • Liked — Would never try again...
  • Disliked — Would never try again...
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2007

Hotel has no air conditioning. The fan they give you for ventilation is inadequate. We had a reservation for three people and the roll-away bed for the third person was not made-up. We had to ask for sheets. One of the beds was made with a bed spread that had a 50 cm tear right over the pillow. All this was the good part.

We had faxed them three weeks earlier to shorten our stay from 3 days to 2 days. They told us the notice had to come from Orbitz, who had made the reservation. Orbitz sent them notice. When we left they told us everything was fine. Only after we left did they then charge our credit card for an extra night claiming we didn't give them adequate notice. We are still disputing this.

Overall a horrible experience.

Stayed July 2007
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Address: San Marco 2893 - 2894, 30124 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
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Ranked #204 of 439 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
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Number of rooms: 18
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