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“Left something to be desired” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Antico Panada
Ranked #293 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Left something to be desired”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Having never been to Venice before, my wife and I thought that being only a few hundred meters from St Mark's Square would be ideal. Sadly, we were mistaken. First of all, it is tourist central of Venice. Cruise ships dropping off wave after wave of daytrippers made it feel like the Normandy invasion reenacted. Add to that the "shopping mall" vibe of the streets between St. Mark's and the Rialto Bridge, and this location really was not our speed.

That being said, I didn't factor this into the review of the hotel itself. I can't really say anything was wrong with the hotel, it just felt weird. This hotel was definitely overpriced for what it is, but then again, so is all of Venice. My faith was shaken a bit when we checked in, and there was a line of people complaining about issues with their rooms or reservations. We were forced to wait for the one bellman on duty to take us to our room, which at first seemed ridiculous but we soon discovered why. This hotel is a maze!! While some might find that to be cool, I found it a bit annoying. To get to our room, we had to take the elevator or stairs to the second floor, walk down a hallway with 2 turns, go back downstairs, weave through another hallway, go through a keycard access-only firedoor, and somehow end up in the bowels of this hotel.

The room itself was clean, the shower was tiny (I'm 6'2" and kept banging my elbows against the door), and the wifi was only available in the lobby. Breakfast was included, but if given the opportunity to do it again, I'd skip the breakfast and grab a croissant while walking AWAY from the location.

The front desk staff was the best part of our stay. They were all multi-lingual, humorous, and ready to oblige our needs. We overheard many complaints from people getting lost in the mouse-maze of the hallways, and every time the staff was super courteous and helpful.

Again, I can't necessarily fault the hotel for being bad, but it was just an odd vibe. My advice: stay outside of the San Marco neighborhood and enjoy local culture, and venture in early to see the Basilica and Palace, then return to the square during the night for some music and a stroll without the daytrippers shuffling all over the place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Before we arrived at this hotel I was very worried after seeing some reviews but I was proven wrong. We got upgraded to an amazing room that was in San Marks square, the room was stunning. We didn't have much dealings with the staff as we didn't stay in the main hotel but when we did they come across very nice. Breakfast was enough to keep us going until lunch time. The perfect stay for the 2 days we stayed in our travels. I would stay in the hotel again as I felt it was lovely.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Do not let the professional photos fool you. It looks grand and spacious but it is quite small and cramped. We stayed for three nights and found it to be a very average hotel for the price. The room we had was ok, but due for new flooring and wall coverings. I did appreciate that it was supposed to look "antique" and the painted headboard, desk and end tables gave it a unique feel. The best thing was the location (literally steps from San Marco Piazza). Our room was located at the front of the hotel and it was very noisy at night. We didn't spend a great deal of time in the room, but one of the annoying things was that the room key card needed to be inserted into a slot on the wall in order for the electricity in the room to work. If one person wished to be out of the room, the other had to stay awake in order to let the other back in. They staff refused to give us more than one card. There was no wifi in the room, only in the common area downstairs, so this was very inconvenient. There were also no electrical outlets in our room that worked with our adapters (the configuration looked like a long, thin USB port) so recharging phones and such had to be done in the bathroom using the razor outlet, or in the common room. The bathroom was large and modern, at least. I believe there are other, less pricey places to stay that had just as much if not more to offer, and I should have done more research. In retrospect, being close to San Marco's was ok, but it really didn't make a difference in how much we saw of Venice and it probably added to the noise at night. I was hoping for a very nice hotel as a treat from the more budget conscious places I had chosen in other cities. I was very disappointed.

Room Tip: If you stay here, ask for a room that is quiet. I can't say that a room in the back would be bet...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joanne F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

We arrive at the hotel and are very impressed with the location. The morning staff are courteous and ready for us. Then we are shown to our room...via various lifts, winding corridors, connecting doors. We were never able to find it again without a map! When we approached the afternoon Manager about this he was off hand and dismissed us as idiots. The room itself was small (supposed to be a "family room", tired but clean. It was very noisy, but that's to be expected in that area near to St Marks square. Breakfast was nothing short of mean - a few slices of meat, cheese or bread (for toasting if you had time to put it through the toaster 6 or 7 times), a cereal or two, yogurt and some cheap looking buns in a basket on your table. The dining room was crowded and we were offered coffee which tasted like yesterday's dregs. We never ate breakfast after day one but were still charged 8 euros for it. All in all the worst hotel in our entire trip around central and northern Italy. I'd never stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel but hard to find but every hotel is in venices small narrow streets.Stylish venetian decor throughout hotel.staff seemed friendly enough. Never had breakfast so cant comment on that.great location for san marco

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 825barry
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Most expensive and worst hotel we stayed at on our tour of Northern Italy. Needed a Sat Nav to find the room. Had to ask the reception staff to draw us a map. Breakfast was the real low point and there is no excuse for this in a country full of good food. We only tried breakfast once then didn't bother but still paid for it. The room was ok but had mould on the ceiling.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jood123
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

This hotel is very confusing -- the rooms could be in other buildings and there are endless corridors & stairs with little signage (we got lost more than once!) to reach our rooms in level 5 -- at the attic. We booked 2 rooms and asked for "a room with a view", but little did we know that we had to play hide and seek just to get a room with a view... which isn't really a great view, just the top silhouette of Basilica San Marco from the little window on our attic rooms.

Imagine a family of four with 5 big & heavy suitcases and 4 cabin luggages... and we had
Thank goodness for Carlo, the bell boy, who helped us with the luggages! What would we do without Carlo? Poor him though for having to lift all our heavy luggages up the stairs to our rooms.

Because our rooms were so far away from the reception (we had to take 2 lifts, climbed some stairs, and walked through endless corridors to reach our rooms somewhere in the next building or so), we needed 2 keys each room for each person, but the reception could only give 1 key each room, resulting to difficulties in entering the room for those who didn't have the key.
AC was too hot in one room, and too cold in another room.

The wifi wasn't working well most of the time, and couldn't reach our rooms since we were too far away.

Breakfast is mediocre in a very cramped room.

The only nice thing is the location, but there are plenty of other hotels in the same location with the same price (for instance: Best Western Montecarlo or Comfort Hotel Diana -- both right in front of Antico Panada). Now that I know and have plenty of other choices, I wouldn't stay here again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Antico Panada
Address: Sestiere San Marco 646, 30124 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #293 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Antico Panada 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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