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“Good place to stay in a good location” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Serena
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Mezzacapo, 2, 30170 Mestre, Italy   |  
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Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Mestre
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good place to stay in a good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

This hotel is a perfect place to lay your head in Venice. What I mean by that is, its friendly, family run, typically Italian and the rooms are clean and reasonable-no complaints! They even have a cute little swing chair outside with a table and chairs where we sat to catch the sun in the mornings, or to have a drink late at night! The rooms are ‘old style’ but adds some authenticity and the location is quite perfect because it is far away enough from the main Venice town to be reasonably priced with the added bonus of a bus stop within 5 minutes walk to take you to Venice which is a straight road over the bridge 10 minutes away by bus. It’s easy. The hotel also has a little bar, which seems to be open as late as you want it to be. It’s small but comfortable with a talking parrot (speaks Italian, couldn’t understand a word!). Breakfast is kinda average. Rolls, spread, cereal, yogurts, some cheese and ham..nothing special but not bad. The showers are great!

If you are there for 3 days they do a 3-day pass for buses and water buses in the tobacconist on the corner just outside the hotel for 35 euro’s-this is definitely worth it as it apparently costs 6 euro’s every time otherwise and believe me you will do a fair few water taxi rides and bus rides in that time!

As the reviews suggest, eat at Pizzeria Capri or the other 2 ‘George’ recommends (a great source of information –you must speak to him, he doesn’t work Sundays). Eating here its 5 to 10 euro’s for a pizza or pasta and sooo much of a selection. Eating in town it’s double the price. 2 Euro’s for wine at the Capri! Its not great wine but its fine! In town its mega expensive around the Rialto bridge. We paid 5 euro’s for a coke out of a can! I would suggest eating around the hotel, then if you like getting a bus into town and seeking out places which aren’t too expensive to have a drink. During the day there are little places where you can get slices of pizza or wraps, this is more economical than a sit down meal.

As for Venice itself I would recommend going to Mirano where they do all the glass blowing. There are some lovely gift shops along the canal. In fact all of Venice is very much like this, beautiful Mirano glass gifts and jewellery together with lovely cafes and restaurants especially down the back streets. You can walk for a long time weaving in and out of back streets and finding new places, admiring the beautiful buildings, particularly around St Marks Square. Gondola rides are expensive so we didn’t do one but we saw all the sights you’d see in a gondola anyway! They are an added bonus if you fancy spending 85-100 euro’s-we didn’t!

Think I’ve covered a lot if not more but feel free to ask about anything else!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony on the second floor, gets the sun in the mornings :)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012 via mobile

Quaint villa in the mestre area of Venice. Lovely building with very pleasant owners. Very convenient if you're looking for a less hectic getaway from the busy centre of Venice. Close to the train station with good and regular trains into the city. Rooms were spacious but we didn't stay long enough to take full advantage of the villa and the area in general, spending the time in the city. Overall well worth a look if seeking a short stay in Venice with excellent value for money.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

The hotel was good value and close to a bus stop that goes to Venice and also the airport. We stayed here for 3 nights, our first night was a Saturday and the hotel had a problem with our room so put us into another room. The room had a massive leak in the ceiling and it smelled really bad,we didn't sleep well at all. The next day we complained and the manager apologized and explained the problem. They moved us to a much nicer room and gave us free breakfast to make up for the problem. Apart from our first night the hotel was good and the staff were friendly.

Room Tip: Basement rooms are very dark
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

Stayed here between 18 - 20 Apr. Service was excellent from the staff. We had a triple room and it was lovely. Pretty furnishings and the beds were comfortable. They provided free internet access at the front desk area. Breakfast was typical cereal and bread and lots of juice. Giorgio was at the front desk every morning and he was the coolest dude who spoke pretty good English. Gave us detailed instructions on how to go into the island and was willing to share a bit of the Venetian culture.
This hotel is located in Mestre, about 10 -15 min walk from Venezia Mestre railway station. To get into the Venice island, you take one of the many public buses available at the bus stop near the hotel. This journey takes about 10 min. Pretty convenient if you're not staying on the main island.
Overall I liked the room's decor and we also had a balcony, but was shared with the next room. There were no occupants then so it was ok for us. The least I liked was the small lift, which means I had to make double trips to bring up lots of luggage. But this is a minor setback for a magnificent room.

Room Tip: Triple room was decently located.
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  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Greenough, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

We needed to stay on the outskirts as we were travelling around Italy in a car so this hotel represented good value and plus it offered a family room at very reasonable rates.
It was easy to find and the hotel is very secure with automatic gates. We were welcomed and shown to our room then we were given a map of Venice and shown exactly where and which bus to get to St Marks and also where to purchase the tickets. The bus stop was just around the corner. The family room consisted of 1 double and a set of bunks and was nicely furnished. The bath room was a little on the small side but most are in small hotels in Europe. We had a balcony overlooking the courtyard. Breakfast was typical with toast, jams, yoghurts, fruit etc. All of the staff were very helpful

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

This review is a CAUTION to fellow travellers. We arrived in Venice from an overnight train around 6 am and had no where else to go as we were in the Mestre area very early in the morning (still dark out). As 2 young women travelling, we felt safest heading to our hotel until we could rest a bit more and head out. The first man at the front desk we encountered spoke no English but was very kind and used Google translation to figure out what we needed and gave us a small area with 2 chairs to rest until we could check in telling us the woman would be in within the hour. Around 9 am I returned to the front to ask if there was any possibility to go into our room a little early, in which the DISGUSTING part of our stay began. There is one older woman there who might work, might own the place, but she was the most horrible, wretched person to encounter. She would only scream and yell in Italian which we knew known of and did nothing to deserve her treatment.. this attitude continued on separate occasions to both of us for no reason... I WOULD NEVER EVER STAY HERE AGAIN EXCEPT for that as in all the other reviews we did encounter Giorgio who was awesome, nice, and well knowledgable about his job...

I want it to be very clear to be careful of this woman and her attitude... she does not deserve our business!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

Just loved the place, made very welcome by Georgiou (front of house) who has his job down pat. Great accommodation, facilities and breakfasts. Local sites are a mere walk or bus ride away. Can't wait to go there again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Via Mezzacapo, 2, 30170 Mestre, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Mestre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Mestre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Serena 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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