First the hotel. Basically it was lovely in a great location near the opera house which was the reason for our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful and our room (205) was large and had a great view overlooking the canal and gondolas going past. It was next door to the breakfast room but the noise was not bad enough to be a problem. The room was large and pleasantly furnished. It also had proper coat hangars. Free WiFi was appreciated especially those times when it worked. It was slightly annoying that you had to log on every time you went back to it. A petty annoyance was the mean plastic glasses quite out of place in a 3 star hotel with a well furnished room. Breakfast was just about OK although the scrambled eggs even when eaten immediately on arrival from the kitchen were cold as well as being overcooked. It may be better to stick to the hard boiled eggs which were provided.
Next the journey from the airport which can be quite a puzzle. The most expensive way is a water taxi for which we received various quotes between 200 and 340 euros return. On the other extreme is to take an ordinary bus to the vaporetto stop and then take this to St Marks where you can get a porter if necessary. However this type of transport can be crowded and it is no fun lugging your cases on and off different forms of transport. However this method is cheap. We took the middle way which was the Alilaguna boat Linea Blu, which took us to the San Marco Giardinetti stop the last one on the line. This cost 50 euros for the 2 of us return and we had no difficulty in finding a porter who took our three cases on a trolley the 5 minute walk to the hotel for 35 euros. For some reason the porter on our return, organised by the hotel, charged only 20 euros. We had therefore a comfortable journey each way at a reasonable price and I recommend this as a good method of getting to the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Dell Opera Hotel Venice
- Hotel Dell Opera