A fantastic find for our visit to Venice, just outside of Venice itself, which is what we wanted.
We took a pre-arranged car service (Mecedes sedan) from the airport for 35 EU (+ bags, per norm in Europe..) to the hotel and was pleasantly surprised when we drove into the property. A lovely historical villa, recently painstaking restored, to now, a hotel, situated in a charming park setting with umbrella covered patios and cozy sitting areas for meals, cocktails or late nite capuccinos, which we did. All the staff were courteous, friendly and informative, especially at the front desk, very service orientated and most pleasant. We took the local bus service (A7), like everyone else, for the 20 minute bus ride into Venice bus station and upon arrival, there you are, in Venice, at the foot of the Grand Canal. After a full day of walking, site-seeing and shopping in busy Venice, we took the bus back to the peace and quite and charm at Ai Pini for coctails. Dinner in their Al Parco Restaurant was very, very good and reasonably priced in our opinion.. Their breakfast buffet was quite extensive and we enjoyed that as well. A great way to start our day in Venice. The room was quite large, comfortable bed, sitting area, eleganty furnished and up to date. Lovely lobby area of Verona marble floors and Venitian plaster decorations on the walls. Very charming...!!
We took a stroll in the neighborhood and found a few cafe's were people were having their coffee and scrumptious looking pastries..
When we checked out and waiting for our arranged car service, there was a mix-up, the car service error, as we were present when the reservation was made. The receptionist at the front desk was so upset, that she drove us to the cruise terminal. Now that's Service...!!
We can't praise Ai Pini enough and would certainly stay their again as we enjoyed it that much.