The hotel is very easy to reach: if you arrive to Marco Polo Airport, walk the covered passage to the Alilaguna stop (app.7 minutes, use a free trolley for the baggage), board Alilaguna Blue Line boat (15 Euro) and after 1 hour and 20 minutes ride disembark at the San Zaccaria. Go straight to the gap in the building opposite the stop, pass San Zaccaria square (with the monastery to the right), enter San Provolo square and exit it at the north end. To the right across the channel you’ll see Palazzo Priuli, the main reception is there. See the map I’ve attached.
I was given a room at the top floor of Ca’Niccolo Priuli’s two buildings. The whole experience is halfway between living in an apartment and staying at a hotel: I was walking the quiet backstreet (Calle dei Preti), buzzing myself in with a magnetic key, going up - to see my room cleaned perfectly, bedheets with fresh creases, everything is impeccable.
If you are not in the mood for eating out fetch something from a supermarket – there are 2 of them in vicinity, both are 5-6 minutes away: to Punto Simply go through the San Lorenzo bridge and Coop is in the opposite side. Punto Simply has a counter with great meats, cheeses and salads – and less crowded than the Coop. If you want to grab something good, tasty and with no surprises when the bill is presented – try Rossopomodoro, a very nice and modern Neapolitan pizzeria & café, it’s very close to the hotel.
There is also an option for fine dining at a reasonable rates: the very famous Café and Restaurant Quadri at the Piazza San Marco – right opposite the Florian’s – was awarded a Michelin star last year and is very expensive but has an ABC Quadri option: here the essentials of fine Italian cuisine are served at the prices that are very affordable, in fact they are the same as at some no-name Venetian tavern. You are just 7 minutes from the Quadri, door to door.
The breakfast is served from 07 30 in the morning and is so substantial I felt the first pangs of appetite only by 2 – 3 pm or later. Some reviewers call the Ca’Priuli breakfast basic, some – great, both are right: all the basics are there: salami, ham, cheese (all three not in the most expensive varieties, obviously – but you are not in Danieli), eggs, pastry (which is super: fresh, warm, there were even two great cakes – apple and chocolate), jams, Nutella, fruit, cereals, yoghurts, juices, coffee, tea, etc.
In a low season midweek breakfasts are in the Palazzo Priuli (see the photo).
A lot of sights are accessible by foot, and the hotel is so close to Piazza San Marco – if you are lost look for the signs on the walls (“To San Marco”, with an arrow below) or ask somebody who looks local – Piazza San Marco? – From the square you can reach the hotel easily, you are just 3 bridges away if you start from the Piazza’s northeastern corner (5-6 minutes walk). In the middle of the day you can always reach your room, take a quick shower, change what’s needing to be changed, maybe stretch in bed for half an hour, let yourself rest – and then re-enter the city feeling perfectly refreshed.
The staff is really good but don’t expect the cheery chirping: it’s a very old city, life and work here are complicated, you are on vacation but they are not.
I’m really happy I chose this hotel for my week in Venice, everything was just perfect: value for money, location, cleanness, staff’s helpfulness, breakfast - all the essential parts of a perfect stay.
The building accessible from the backstreet, Calle dei Preti, has a less touristy feel.
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