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!
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Serena Hotel Mestre
- Serena Hotel Mestre
- Villa Serena Province Of Venice/Mestre, Italy