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“Nice Rooms but difficult to locate” 3 of 5 stars
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Locanda Ca La Bricola
First Entrance San Marco 489, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #171 of 420 Venice B&B and Inns
Accra, Ghana
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“Nice Rooms but difficult to locate”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We arrived at Venice from Florence quite late at night.We took a vaporetto from the station and reached Realto stop at around 11.30 in the night.This hotel can be reached either from Realto or from San Marco square and its about 5 min walk. However, since there were no directions in the roads and the hotel has no sign board we had to roam around the deserted lanes for more than half an hour and when ultimately we could spot the hotel,the door was shut and no one was there to answer our repeated phone calls.We dialed the landline number as well as the cell but no one picked up the phone.However, one of the boarder could hear our doorbell and was kind enough to let us enter the hotel.The Reception was empty and we had a horrible night.The next morning we were shown our room which was quite nice. The toillette was clean.They served a nice breakfast.The staff barely speaks English however, they tried to help us.The location of the hotel is good as it is just minutes away from San Marco square and about 5 minutes from Realto bridge.However, if you are arriving late at night, you may find it difficult to locate the hotel as there is no sign board.You can look for Trattoria La Bricola, which is the restaurant in the ground floor as it is impossible to find the entrance to the hotel.Also, it has very steep stairs.If you are carrying big suitcases, you are likely to have a tough time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Locanda La Bricola is a bit hard to find, even with a Google map print-out, but once you locate it you realise you are in the heart of St. Marco's square. Our room (101) overlooked a small alley, so the only thing we could hear was the noise waiters made in the mornings, when opening up the nearby restaurants.

The room was great, sizable and warm, with baroque elements in the interior. No complaints whatsoever. Spotless clean, with towels being changed daily.

Downsides: Breakfast, although tasty, very basic. Cheese, ham, bread, butter and some marmalade. And the same every morning. We stayed for 4 nights so needless to say how fed up we were with the "selection" by day 4. TV had only Italian channels. Furthermore, nobody seems to speak any English in the hotel, so if your Italian is rusty, good luck. Also, i didn't like the fact that there were no maps of the city in the hotel, which is a standard practice really, so we had to buy one. Internet was a puzzle, they said there is no wi-fi, and indeed there wasn't any for 3 days, but then all of a sudden it appeared out of nowhere.

Add 2,5 EUR per day/per person to the room price for a tourist charge.

Final word of advice: beware of the La Bricola restaurant (trattoria) downstairs - OVERPRICED piece of .... In fact, avoid trattoria's and restaurants altogether. Opt for ostaria's instead, that's where locals go for chiccetas and wine. In my opinion, Cannaregio is the sestiere (borough) with the best food for lowest prices. Bad taste in my mouth from 3 days of horrific food was washed away by visiting Alla Vedova restaurant on Strada Nuova, strongly recommend it.

Loved Venice, liked the hotel, loved Murano & Burano, but not the kind of place i would go back again to, felt like a fool everyone tried to squeeze money from. I liked Sicily far better for it's homey atmosphere, Venice seems a bit like a film studio with no character. Famous past is unattainable i guess.

Oh – and if you don’t mind walking, avoid the water buses, they are a rip-off for 6,5 EUR per single ticket. Walking is really fun, and the city is not that big really. Plus getting lost is part of the Venice experience. And try the black pasta made out of cuttlefish boiled in its ink - delicious!

Room Tip: 101 was quiet and large enough for 2 people
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

We stayed here during July 2011 whilst here for a family wedding, the hotel could be hard to find but we were given directions so wasn't too bad. The hotel is in a perfect location and great if you want to have a little explore. So many restaurants and gift shops, the water buses are also near if you want to explore further. The rooms in the b&b were very nice and breakfast was good also, there are quite a lot of stairs up to the room so might not be suitable for older guests otherwise we would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

Stayed at La Bricola for 4 nights during August as part of a trip around Europe. The hotel at first was a tad hard to find, but was far superior to anything we'd imagined. The room we'd booked was a superior double which was of a decent size, & from what I saw through the open doors of rooms being cleaned the normal rooms weren't that much smaller.

The staff were extremely friendly, the rooms were spotlessly clean, and the location was second to none being a stones throw away from Piazza San Marco. Breakfast served in the morning was very good with fresh coffee served by the hotel owner.

As for negatives I can't say there was much to mention, apart from the intial difficulty of finding the hotel which for myself added to the experience. Just ask for directions if your totally lost!

Overall a great stay & a hotel which deserves to be recognized. As for any negatives people have mentioned such as the language barriers.. Your in Italy ?! Usual ignorance... Stick to Butlins!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We visited Venice in April and stayed at Locanda La Bricola. Just as another reviewer said, you have to look for Trattoria La Bricola as it very close to impossible to find it for the first time. The room we had was a bit small for my tastes however beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable bed and had no problems with hot water. Since it was April, we did not use heating nor air conditioning, we just opened the window which was overlooking a very narrow alley way but it was fine with us - not interested in views!! Breakfast was very Italian of course so only continental breakfast was available. Not a vast selection but was enough for us as it was always fresh and inviting. I would definately recommend this hotel due to its superb location ( only 2 minutes walk from St. Mark's Square ) and the great accommodation price. Having said that .... I would definately visit again too :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tirana, Albania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2011

It was a very pleasant surprise to have a beautiful and clean room right in st mark square, for a very convenient price. The staff were also very kind and made us feel at home. 100 % recommended. This is real 4 star quality and yet very affordable.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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west stockbridge
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

The room was infested with bugs, the telephone had no outside line (so we could not contact Alitalia during the volcano crisis, the drinking glasses were filthy, nobody spoke English (or tried), we could not get new on the TV (to see what was going on in airports), and the bed was uncomfortable. Additionally, the courtyard was noisy (so was the street), and we had to heft our suitcases up flights of very steep stairs.

Because there was no air (neither air conditioning nor heating worked), we opened the window. Throughout the night there were bussing creatures, and in the morning my wife awoke with her face horribly swollen. So swollen and distended that some told her to go to the hospital. It remained swollen for nearly two weeks thereafter.

Also, we booked through Sleep in Italy. They were seriously unhelpful, said they had never received a complaint, and refused to reimburse their fee. As of today, they have refused to take responsibility for having urged us to stay at this Bed and Breakfast when we phoned them, and for the appallingly shoddy environment to which they directed us.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: First Entrance San Marco 489, 30124 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Hotel Style:
Ranked #171 of 420 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Locanda Ca La Bricola is located in a peaceful and convenient position in the centre of Venice, close to Piazza San Marco and the famous "Ponte di Rialto" bridge. Fully renovated, the inn offers refined and comfortable surroundings with high quality facilities, perfectly combined with great attention to detail and professional and attentive staff. Ideal for discovering the wonderful city of Venice, it has double rooms distributed over two floors and a fabulous suite. Guests are offered special conditions with local restaurants serving typical Venetian cuisine. ... more   less 
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