As a seasoned member of "tripadvisor", supported by lots of research over weeks we selected this hotel and its location very carefully. We were not disappointed as a matter a fact it was fantastic!
Firstly the location is brilliant within less than ten minutes walk to St. Marks Square(San Marco) and really easy to find when you first arrive. By the way guys this is really important as when you arrive and a bit tired (especially at night time) the last thing you need is to get lost. This is something which (if this is your first time) is very easy to do in Venice which is very beautiful but a maze of small streets! When you first arrive in Venice (Marco Polo's Terminal) you will need to get to the hotel location either by a water taxi (costs far too much 90 euro's), or my advice is take a water bus (known as a Vaporatto 12 euro's per person including luggage), down the Grand Canal. Get off at St. Zaccaria, much cheeper and only a few minutes walk to the hotel.
By the way make sure you take the Vaporatto down the "Grand Canal" not the larger canal as it takes much longer. The journey on the Grand Canal takes about 40 minutes and you will see much nicer Venetian buildings and sights, as I also viewed and took the Vaporatto down the much larger canal, no comparison!.
When you arrive at the hotel location you will love it. Although it's only minutes walk from the attractions, historic sights, art, restaurants, bars, shops, etc, it's location is within its own very private area. It runs along the side of a small canal full of that great Venetian atmosphere and it must be said both the location and the hotel are in three small words so important to any traveler "a little gem"!
We asked for a quiet room and my advice is to email prior to arrival with any "reasonable" requests (email address is email@example.com). The rooms overlooking the canal have a great outlook and are very romantic for that very special weekend. But there can be some noise simply because the Italians are great friendly people, but can be that little bit loud at times (bless 'em), but in a very nice way!
We asked for a quiet family room for three and it was excellent. We stayed in the apartments with loads of space, nice large bathroom with a good big bath not shower. The view it must be said was not as nice, but it was really quiet and restful where you can get a great nights sleep with no disturbance from outside whatsowever!
By the way the superior rooms are bigger but no bath, just shower.
Our room was very clean, very good maid service, excellent Italian/Venetian decoration, king size bed and plenty of storage space. Lots of really nice touches such as modern air conditioning which worked very efficiently and unlike most hotels you did not have to pay extra directlty to the hotel. Likewise free safe in your room for your cash, shower gel/shampoo, even down to personal hygiene bags in the bathroom and anti-mosquito plug in devices. All once again as standard with this hotel!
You know guys really the careful tought which has gone into this smaller but really well ran hotel reflects everything about it.
The breakfast eating room although compact, once again had been carefully tought through to fit in a reasonable number of guests. The breakfast itself was really good with plenty of choice (self service) and as much as you wanted. With a wide variety of coffee, tea, etc and ALWAYS SERVED WITH A SMILE, from a lovely lady!
To finish I have to say a very special word for all the staff and especially Alex. Likewise the reception, breakfast staff and the maids they were really great. So friendly and really they do go out of their way to help and make your family holiday or that romantic weekend that little bit special.
In all modesty on my behalf, I have stayed at some of the very best five star hotels both on business and personal in the UK, Paris and USA and I have to say the Corte Dei Greci Hotel, although a smaller hotel is up there with the very best of them. This hotel does not have a five star rating, but take no notice of this if you want comfort, quality, great location, some really nice personal touches and all at a very reasonable price, then my advice guys is take a serious look at this hotel..
"Have a great hols and if you do decide to stay here please say hi to Alex for me as we had some great conversations"!
Managing Director & Chairperson.
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