Ideally situated between the Rialto bridge and San Marco square (approx. 500 meters from each) the hotel is a beautiful building in a lovely traditional venetian square. It is a perfect location to wonder the local streets and see the real Venice or to visit the tourist landmarks. A large range of bars and restaurants are close by catering for a range of price levels. It is also surrounded by streets with interesting little shops and boutiques, sell a fabulous range of; masks, books, clothes and gifts (TIP: walk toward the centre of the square from the hotel and follow the lane to the left to discover an amazing book shop about 100m down on the left hand side, visit the staircase of books in the garden that overlooks the canal).
The service in the hotel was superb (and it wasn't difficult to find, just off the main lane between Rialto and San Marco) the reception staff are very helpful and polite giving good advise if required and also going out of their way to meet your needs. When we arrived we were directed to our room 102 and told we had been upgraded, which was fantastic as I had contacted the hotel to say that myself and wife were there to celebrate a special occasion (child free!). The room was sumptuous and palatial with a beautiful ornate wooden ceiling and fittings. The bed was very comfortable and huge, as was the room and bathroom. We had the luxury of overlooking the square and could open up the large full length balconied windows to 'people watch' in the square. It was carnival season so there was plenty to see, as carnival participants visit the square throughout the day in their masks and finery. The noise level was fine as the square and Venice grew far quieter in the evening and changed personality from a vibrant tourist town into a relaxed and romantic tangle of empty(ish) lanes and canals!
The hotel receptionists went out of the way to help with queries and to give advise, whether on transport or restaurants.
I had researched a local restaurant in the next square (turn left out of the hotel and next left) called 'L'Osteria di Santa Marina' (not located correctly on tripadvisor!), which was shut on the Sunday we arrived but opened Monday evening, although a difficult place to book a seat as it is popular, the hotel staff persisted for us and reserved our table. (Note: Bar Zenzero in the same square is not there, but the bar that is well worth the visit - nice wine, atmosphere and reasonable prices).
In terms of the breakfast it was very good, with an array of continental fair; breads, meats, cereal, fruits, juices, coffee/tea, baked goods, yoghurts etc. You won't find a traditional 'fry-up' but can have bacon, scrambled eggs and toast. Other breakfast goods are available to be ordered, but have a fee, not sure why these would be required though?
Finally, we were allowed a free complementary drink on our first day. We didn't visit the hotel bar as we were keen to explore and see the city. When we did come back though to get changed for the evening and have a rest, we were brought a chilled bottle of Prosecco and wine glasses. This was a really nice touch from a classy establishment!
There is lots more to say about Venice and our experience which was fantastic! Do we intend to come back - Yes! Do we intend to stay in this wonderful hotel again -Yes!
Thank you Ruzzini Palace we hope to see you again soon.
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