I unexpectedly had to stay one extra night in Venice at the end of a weekend trip this past June because I had to attend another appointment. The hotel I wanted to stay in was sold out so I went online with Booking.com and decided upon the UNA Hotel which was in the vicinity of where I had already been staying.
I found myself choosing UNA’s “classic single room”. The cost for this room was a total of $140 Euros, VAT included. This hotel is also located in Il Sestière di Cannaregio. I had arrived early so the room was not ready. That was no problem, as I had to go to my appointment so I left my suitcase with the front desk. When I came back, I was given the electronic key pass for the room. The room was located on the same floor as the front desk reception area and although small was cozy, it was after all a “single” room. The window looked out onto the piazza area and I kept the drapes shut because people were constantly walking by so they could see right in. The window had the protective bars on it though. There was a desk with chair, flat screen TV, wardrobe, comfortable bed and bathroom with shower. The shower was not in a separate compartment but in the middle of the bathroom. You could pull the shower curtain around the rod and the water would go down a drain in the floor. The room came with slippers, hair dryer, toiletries, kettle with tea and coffee preparations as well as cups and saucers and actual glasses (not plastic as I have had in other hotels). There was a little mini bar with beverages and snacks.
Between the hours of 4:30 – 22:30 the restaurant cafe offers a complimentary buffet which displayed a selection of tea, coffee, fruit juice, fresh fruit, cakes, pastries and between 18:00 – 22:30 they have complimentary aperitif with local white wine, Prosecco, cold drinks and finger food, which I thought was a nice touch. This hotel is located a few blocks in from the Strada Nuova and is not difficult to find. There are several restaurants, Osteria’s and even a McDonald’s in the area. You will find yourself walking down a couple of those mini streets to get to Strada Nuova where I am sure you will find a photo op around every corner! Restaurants range from expensive to inexpensive and most post their menus so you can see the prices. If you walk down over two of the mini bridges from the Strada Nuova (in the direction of the train station), you can find pizza to go starting at 2 Euros a slice and some of the pizza places sell kabobs. Billa grocery store is within walking distance to the hotel. There are also little bars along the Strada Nuova where you can sit inside or outside for aperitivo and have a spritz and some nibbles. A multitude of shops with clothing, purses, bath products, chocolate, sunglasses, lingerie can be found as well as a pharmacy and a Tobacco shop.
If you have a laptop with you the hotel offers ADSL/Wi-Fi at a cost. I think I paid 16-18 Euros for 24 hours, which I thought was a little expensive. The connection was fast and reliable though. The hotel room cost included a free breakfast held in the hotel cafe between 7:30 and 11:00 a.m. It was delicious! They had eggs, bacon, yogurts, cereals, bread, buns and even fresh smoked salmon/lox. The reception/front desk is open 24 hours.
Sestiere di San Marco is about a 15 minute walk or, you have the option of catching the no. 1 vaporetto from the Ca’ D’Oro stop which will take you to the Rialto Market across the canal, or 2 stops further down to the Rialto bridge. You can stay on the No. 1 vaporetto and go further down the canal to San Marco. You can even walk to the Fondamente Nuove and catch a vaporetto to Murano or Burano island. I also want to mention again, that there is a special gondola that goes from Campo Santa Sofia across the Grand Canal to the Rialto fish market and San Polo area. The cost is only 50 eurocents. I’ve taken it!
As for the amenities, the TV offered a variety of channels. There are phones in the rooms but because I had my cell phone I did not use the in room phone.
The hotel staff were courteous.
I thought the price was a little high for a single room especially after paying less for a larger room in another 4 star hotel. The room itself seemed to be located next to a service entrance so the door slammed a lot. But, overall my experience was good. I was comfortable and felt safe.
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