I would rate this hotel higher, except the major detractor was the horrible smell coming from the bathroom. There had to be something wrong with the sewer as a gag inducing smell (something along the lines of swamp gas and rotting leaves) would permiate every article of clothing I had and was wearing. I'm not sure if the other rooms had the same issue but this one (116) was quite bad and took away from the overall experience.
The hotel itself was nice and small, all the rooms situated on one floor, tucked away in a corner of Venice quite close to Rialto Bridge. The location was ideal. 15 min walk, with luggage, from the bus station. 3 min walk from Rialto Bridge. And another 10-15 min walk (depending on how many times you get turned around in the streets), walk from St. Mark's Square. The staff are friendly and speak English very well. The morning breakfast was more than I was expecting from a place this small and was quite welcoming.
Within the room, other than the smell previously described, the bed wasn't very comfortable nor did the pillows have much give. Felt like they were filled with putty. I'm not one who needs to be surrounded by elegance or demands feather pillows, but this was enough for even me to complain. I wouldn't have mattered all that much except the weather was quite lousy, raining and cold, which meant I spent more time in the room than I normally would have. Therefore giving me more time to examine the issues in there.
Overall if you don't get this room the stay may not be so bad. The price for the stay in the location may make you want to check it out and if you do I hope you have better luck than me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Alla Fava is situated in the very heart of Venice, justbetween Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Square.It only takes a few minutes to find yourself immersed in thebeauty of the city: the Bridge of Sighs, the Basilica of StMary of Health, Grassi Palace and the Fenice theater.15 rooms in a small corner of history and comfort is what you are going to find in Campo della Fava: spacious andcomfortable, elegantly furnished and recently renovated. ... more less
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