Arrived at Venice airport and decided we would take the public water taxi service (called Alilaguna) into Venice. Ticket desk is inside the arrivals area so buy your tickets before you leave the airport building - also cheaper to buy a return ticket than a single, if you also want to return to airport by same means. The walkway, which is mostly covered, to the boat departure point took us just over 5 mins but we do walk at reasonable pace
Journey took approx 35 /40 mins to Rialto. Hotel took a few minutes to find as we thought it was furher away than it actually was! Hotel location is excellent
Hotel is 1 min from Grand Canal and Alilaguna stop.
Less than 2 mins from Rialto
5 minutes to San Marco (St Marks Square)
10 mins to Nove Fundamente (stop you need to get to Burano island)
Hotel staff were very welcoming and friendly. We had 2 rooms connected by a private corridor connecting 2 separate rooms - very nice. Rooms also had a shared private balcony. Rooms were well appointed and the rooftop terrace was lovely in the sunshine with good views over the rooftops. Housekeeping service was fab, room cleaned morning and evening and turndown service with the complimentary chocolates was a nice touch.
Breakfast mainly continental selection, but also had eggs and bacon which my husband enjoyed. Good variety of pastries, fruit flans, cakes (loved the madeira cake and the fruit flan in particular), yogurts, fruit, cheese and some sliced meat.
WiFi access is a bit temperamental but got access via the pc in the lobby area (down the corridor to the right of the reception desk). Reception staff (Frederico B was our favourite) were very helpful and we took advantage of the free trip to Murano that the hotel organised to Signoretti. The pieces in the workshop showrooms are amazing. We didn't buy anything and the prices were better in the main street / canal in Murano. Don't be tempted by any sales pitches where they tell you the pieces are one-off or unique (unless you're into the thousands) as we found same elsewhere.
Would also suggest that you arrange your gondola trip separately, although recommendation from hotel on best night to do this for the sunset was spot on. Hotel also provided complimentary umbrellas for us, as we needed these one evening and also borrowed the next day when there was a high tide. We were also able to buy the fold up wellies which we needed to be able to go explore at high tide, this was actually fun.
We had a wonderful holiday and love Venice, we will be back.
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