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Hotel Gabrielli
Ranked #113 of 384 Hotels in Venice
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Reviewed October 8, 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth for 4 nights in June as a last minute impulse holiday and we were not disappointed.

There seems to be a common theme among the reviews in that majority of the rooms are very small, however we did pay that bit extra for a deluxe room. It was very expensive at £1k for the 4 nights, but certainly worth it! The huge room was on the top floor of the hotel with 2 windows over looking the lagoon (see pics uploaded) so it was lovely and bright (with wooden shutters that could be pulled down if the sun was too bright for you). It had a king size bed (2 singles bolted together) 2 wardrobes, a dresser and stool, safe, a table and 2 chairs and our own temperature controller.

The sunken bathroom was also gorgeous! Completely spotless like the bedroom, with 2 sinks, a large bath, shower, toilet, bidet, coat stand and shelves.

As our room was front facing there was quite a bit of noise in the morning and evenings with the Vaporetto's and taxi's docking and banging against each other, but you will get this with any hotel you book along the water front and it actually added to the charm for us.

Surprisingly as well the stocked mini bar in the room was about the same price as the bar if not cheaper as we were well chuffed by how small the bill was on check out.

The continental breakfast in the hotel is pretty standard with a bowl of what looks like tinned fruit salad, fruit juice, great coffee, pastries, eggs and cold meats. You can have your breakfast either in the little restaurant which oddly also serves as the corridor to the elevator, so I would personally sit outside in the little garden. Tip: If you are having a drink late at the hotel, you can only sit out the front until midnight, but you can ask the barman if you can sit in the garden later if you like. Order the Venetian drink Spritz at your preference of sweet or bitter.

Another benefit of this hotel is the rooftop terrace. You can sit here after a busy days shopping and sight seeing and enjoy the view over Venice and order a drink from the bar where you will also be brought some olives and peanuts.

The hotel itself is the perfect location for anyone's 1st visit to Venice. 5 minutes walk away from St. Marks Square, a 1 minute walk from a variety of restaurants and 50 yards from Arsenale Vaporetto stop and AliLaguna stop, perfect for anyone travelling from the airport, so you do not need to drag your bags for miles.

All the staff we had dealings with were friendly and polite enough. The concierge is very knowledgeable so take advantage of that and ask him where to go, how to get there etc... He booked a walking tour and a boat tour for us. A couple of the receptionists are a bit abrupt, but we did not have much dealings with them anyway.

I would highly recommend this hotel, but I would say pay the extra for a better room! I saw a small room when housekeeping had left the door wide open and it was dreary with 2 single beds crushed in with only about 2 feet of walking space and 1 window.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2007

If my stay at this hotel taught me anything it was not to trust Hotel web sites in future. It is promoted as elegant and stylish, with plenty of amazing photos which were obviuosly taken several years ago. It is, in fact, dark, drab and dated with most of the elegant furniture removed. We were made to feel most unwelcome throughout our stay and never encountered a single friendly member of staff. Several attempts for advice on travel and booking taxis were met with unhelpful replies and we were very much left to make our own arrangements.
The only positive for this hotel is its position, but don't be enticed by this, there are plenty of other less expensive hotels a bit further back, where you can just as easily reach the centre.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Carringt0n
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Reviewed August 4, 2007

While some staff were polite and helpful, others did quite a good job of combining being quite rude with fairly overt attempts to stare down the front of my dress. Needless to say I ate out for most of my visit. One would have hoped that staff at a 4 star hotel would have good enough training to show people from all cultures and backgrounds basic levels of respect and courtesy.

Stayed: July 2007
2  Thank Deborah015
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Reviewed July 25, 2007

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for four days in May 2007. We found it online and booked it through an online agency because it offered a fourth night free, which made it fairly reasonable (for Venice, anyway). The hotel sits right on the main canal and we could have upgraded to a room with a view, but we didn't.

The location couldn't be much better. The hotel sits right on the Grand Canal just a few blocks down from the Doge's Palace and just a few steps from either the San Zaccharia or the Arsenale vaporetto (water bus) stations. It's an old palace, and while our room was small, it was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed taking our breakfasts (which were standard European breads and cheeses) in a little interior garden. You don't need to spend extra for a room with a view because the hotel has a wonderful rooftop garden that offers terrific views of the canal and the Riva Degli Schiavoni (the canalside promenade). A special treat is to be there to watch one of the mammoth cruise ships entering or leaving the canal.

We would stay thre again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

We loved this hotel. We did get a lagoon view room which we weren't sure we would, but this was only the start of a thouroughly great experience. This was our 4th visit to Venice and our first to this hotel. None of the previous hotels we visited (all 4*) had the option of sitting in a garden or roof top terrace, an unbeatable experience in this unique city. Unlike some places we've stayed we felt really welcome to use and enjoy these facilities.
We enjoyed the breakfasts, can't understand other's comments on lack of variation, there was plenty of choice everyday. We also enjoyed sitting in the courtyard to eat.
We also found all the staff friendly and helpful.
We had dinner in the hotel one evening and would definitely recommend it. Unfortunately it was too wet to sit outside but the dining room is pretty in pink, comfortable and, despite being small, had plenty of room between tables. The food was excellent, presented and served beautifully, definitely felt like a special experience. It was also excellent value, best quality, lowest price we paid all week.
We would definitely recommend this hotel

Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed June 3, 2007

We loved our stay at this waterside gem. We upgraded to a lagoon view (room 325, a corner room) where we could watch all the water activity from our bed. Do this before you arrive! Fabulous view. Our children were two doors down on the side, but they had a spectacular view from their balcony. (We did not upgrade them) The beds are hard, but they didn't interrupt my sleep. The rooms are charming with their own little quirks. Open a door expecting a closet and you might find another sink with perfect lighting for doing your make-up while your husband is steaming up the bathroom.Wonderful little courtyard for breakfast where we could plot our walk for the day. There is afternoon sunbathing with cool drinks on the roof terrace which has a spectacular view; or after dinner drinks on the sidewalk from Santi, the bartender. Santi has all the personality in the hotel. (We did not have dinner at the hotel) There is also a lovely shaded garden in the back for a quiet swing while reading a book. Convenient to all the boats, water taxis, gondolas, alilagunas you could want, the hotel is a two minute walk to St Marks. In the late afternoon, you can have a drink at one of the cafes in the square and enjoy the war of the bands. Splurge and enjoy a water taxi tour with a bottle of wine. A great way to enjoy the charm of the city! Of course there are always the gondola rides as well! We took a boat from in front of the hotel to Lido for a day at the beach.

From the airport, you can take the Alilaguna Rose to Arsenale which is right in front of the hotel. If there are four or more of you, I would recommend tossing in a few extra euros for a private water taxi. (Between 90 and 100 euros) Beautiful boats! Ask him to go down the grand canal. It will set the tone for your whole stay! When we departed a water taxi picked us up from the side entrance of the hotel where Vladimir had already loaded our luggage and wisked us off to the train station. We were sad to leave. Some people might prefer a more quiet location, we loved watching all the activity.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2007

It's going back a little while, I know, but we stayed here in October 2005 completely by chance. We'd booked a room with a lagoon view at La Perla di Venezia for our last night in Venice, but had arrived to discover that there was a problem with overbooking; after lengthy discussion, the management agreed to find us alternative accommodation with a similar view. The Gabrielli came up trumps (and although our departure from La Perla seems to have been a lucky escape, judging from other TA reviews, to their credit they paid the difference in the room price for us because the Gabrielli was about 50 euros more expensive).

We were delighted with the Gabrielli - but then, we like those sorts of grand hotels that have definitely seen better days but still have a touch of dignity although otherwise faded or slightly shabby. This was certainly not that bad! Breakfast was acceptable and plentiful (although the coffee was execrable), and the roof terrace was terrific, even in the Venetian drizzle. Our room was large and bright and had a huge gothic window with a spectacular outlook over the lagoon, as well as a wide ledge on which to sit and sip some wine whilst watching the comings and goings on the Riva below. The bed was comfortable and the chandelier a magnificent example of Murano opulence.

We loved the bathroom too, although I can imagine it is not to everyone's taste - probably last renovated some time in the early 1950s, with its black marble walls and green bath and fittings (possibly even 1930s with its Art Deco feel); it was a good size and perfectly clean and serviceable. The shower curtain wasn't quite up to the rest of the room, but we just had a laugh at that! There was also a separate second basin hidden in a cupboard, which came in handy at times.

I think what we liked most - apart from the view - was the fact that our room had individuality and character, had not been overly modernised and was not a bland replica of every other new hotel room in Europe.

This is a great hotel if you can get a good deal on a room and view over the lagoon. Yes, it is a little dated (probably more three star than four) and a bit further away from the centre of things than you'd think, but if you're the sort of person that doesn't mind these things, you'll find it has plenty of charm and a lot to offer.

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled as a couple
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Address: Riva Degli Schiavoni 4110 | Centre - Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Venice
#67 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#135 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#145 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range: $157 - $504 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gabrielli 4*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4-star Hotel Gabrielli, a Venetian Palazzo from the 14th century is family owned in the 5th generation. Only a few minutes walk from Saint Mark’s square, the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Arsenale offers a fantastic location on the waterfront and excellent views on the laguna. Inhouse restaurant with venetian cuisine and Bar. Don't miss the roof terrace and the regarden to relax from a busy day. Private boat pier. ... more   less 
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