Charming little boutique style hotel with lots of little quirks, friendly & professional staff that go above & beyond to make you happy, reasonably sized rooms with all the necessities ~ but really... the location of this little gem is EVERYTHING! This is the ONLY hotel that is on the square (St. Mark's, Piazza San Marco) ~ you know, "the drawing room of Europe" per Napoleon.
We booked a deluxe room with a view of the square (hey, it's Venice!!) and we loved opening up our windows a feeling like we could almost reach out and touch the Basilica across the way. A pinch yourself kind of moment. Our friends booked a Jr. Suite with a view and I truly felt like we got the better value. We felt like we were close to everything and because we were staying right on the square, we were always able to find our way back to our "home base", though we did try to get lost a couple of times just because that is the quintessential Venice experience right?! Make sure you have plenty of time to wander the streets, getting off the beaten path of tourists between the square & the Rialto bridge, though you will want to spend a bit of time at both.
Yes, there are bells and you will hear them some times. I honestly enjoyed it and again, felt it added to my delight for this one of a kind magical place. I've heard it is quieter on the street side if you're sensitive to the sounds of the square. The bed was comfortable, not crazy lush and I definitely made use of the extra pillows in the large closet. I don't recommend doing a lot of sleeping when in this city ~ there's too much to see and do!
The Jamaican Bellman/Doorman was absolutely adorable and he recommended a "local eats" restaurant to us that was an easy stroll away from the hub bub. Very enjoyable and authentic. We also ate breakfast at the Concordia each morning and it was lovely. On our last night we had dinner at the restaurant inside the hotel. The food and the service were exceptional, even though at first glance the menu seemed somewhat limited. Everything is made to order on the spot and they are thrilled to make you happy in any way they can. We enjoyed our own bottle of wine after asking about corkage ~ there is none. The tiny little bar is just completely wonderful and again people eager to help & please.
OK, so a slight word of caution. I always find it best to manage my expectations in advance. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel with perfect amenities ~ this is not it. The carpet is just a little worn, the furniture is the same, etc. Not in a terrible offensive way, but in a charming European boutique hotel kind of way. The lobby is lovely, the lounge & restaurant are the same. There is great value at this hotel and I think you'll find it so as well.
I booked this hotel on line well in advance (months) through the hotel's website. As we drew nearer to our trip, I checked the website and the rate had gone down quite a bit from when I had made my reservation. I emailed the hotel and they were incredibly responsive and helpful, and gave me the lower rate as well as letting me pay in full ahead of time (though you still have to pay the city use tax when you check out ~ which isn't much). We would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Concordia, in the heart of Venice, is the only Hotel overlooking Piazza San Marco. The Beggiato Family has been running the hotel for four generations as its own home, giving the place a warm atmosphere and distinguished elegance. The 51 rooms, all furnished with original antique furniture, Murano chandeliers, marble bathrooms or precious Venetian mosaic are all equipped with all the best modern technologies in order to satisfy the most demanding requirements. Most of the rooms offer a breathtaking view over the spires and the mosaics of the Basilica and over Piazza San Marco. As a Canaletto painting the San Marco Basilica is the background of the exclusive Restaurant “La Piazzetta”, the ideal setting to experience the delights of local cuisine and enjoy a drink in the charming elegant bar lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Concordia Hotel Venice