My boyfriend had booked this trip to Venice as a 21st Birthday Suprise. As perfect as he is, he is a man so i was a little skeptical as to the hotel he had chosen. However, when we arrived it was beautiful. I can not believe it is only a 2 star hotel. In England it would be regarded 5 stars. On arrival the hotel's owner (i think) picked us up from the airport (my boyfriend has arranged this prior but was not a hassle). He drove a big 4x4 without a speck of dirt or dust inside or outside of the car - real high class service. The hotel room was completely as I imagined Italy, the gold headboards, the drapes, the gold and green silk bed throw. There was beautiful beams too. The room was spotless, and the bathroom the same. Every night when we came back from being in Venice centre, the bed was re-made and I could tell there were fresh sheets as I had forgotten to wash my face one night and stupidly left make up on the sheets and it was not there on return. The towels were fresh every day and the floor swept.
We were both skeptical about being outside of Venice in terms of transport, but there is a bus on the opposite side of the hotel and it goes straight into Venice. However you must purchase bus tickets from the Tobacco shop before bording the bus (we learnt this the embarrassing way). The bus from Venice back to the hotel was too very easy to find, and the stop is right outside the hotel - make sure your alert at night incase you miss it in the dark. When we watched people lugging suitcases around the uneven side streets of Venice, we were both glad we hadn't had to deal with that. For we found that you cant get lost in Venice but you cant really find something specific (unless big) easily.
As for Venice, it was on of the most fantastic cities I have been too, for sure it is on top of my list with New York (although for obviously differing reasons). The character that every back street has is unbelievable, every street you turn theres something completely different even though its the same if that makes sense. The food in Venice was to die for, and as a coffee drinker, I now hate English coffee and urn for the velvet taste of italian roasted beans. The vibe in both the day and night of the City is busy but not too busy that you want to escape.
The food is expensive in Venice. However when we asked if there were any places to eat around the hotel, the lady directed us 20meters to the right. It turned out to be the next hotel along, and I have never tasted such wonderful flavours - for a truely reasonable price. We had a 4 course meal for two and a bottle of wine and it came to 60euros. That would probably have been double in the centre of Venice. The waitress and the Lady who obviously owned the place were most welcoming and did everything for our comfort.
Overall I think this Hotel is amazing and completely underrated!! The staff were so helpfull, friendly and inviting. I would go back in a flash. I highly recommend both this hotel and Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Gasparini is located along the Riviera del Brenta, between the historical cities of Padua and Venice (bus stop in front of the hotel and boat stop to St. Mark's at 8 kms). The hotel was built in the 18th century by the ancestors of the owners, the noble Venetian family of the Gasparinis. The Palazzetto(literally 'little palace'), which used to be a noble summer mansion in the past, was renovated and converted into a hotel in 2006. Renovation works were carried out with the objective of maintaining the true spirit of its glorious past and the charm of its family ambiance. Today the hotel can offer 15 rooms, each of them representing a perfect combination of Venetian classicism and modern comforts: the ideal place to spend some quality time, relax and enjoy Italian art. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gasparini Hotel Dolo
- Hotel Villa Gasparini Dolo, Italy - Province Of Venice