we used Amex points to get this location - rates are pretty high though not out of the norm for what you get: a true 5 star hotel on the Venice lagoon, 3 blocks from St Marks, large and comfortable rooms - well appointed, very large bath, very nice staff, very good selection in the breakfast room.
It is difficult to keep this review short - but if you do select this hotel do try to book room #206.
It has the most fantastic and ENTERTAINING view ever - and I travel a lot! Picture yourself IN your room ON the lagoon, facing its wide expanse, dozens of water craft - water taxis, ambulances, large sailboat, river cruises, meduim sized cruise ships all playing a game of chicken - all day. You can also see down to where the Grand Canal empties into the lagoon, as well as straight down into another small but fairly bustling canal (hotel has a ramp for water taxi arriving guests). Non-stop water action; and then there are the crowds. From your room if anywhere outside and not interior (206 has 4 windows facing the lagoon, 2 facing toward St Marks/Grand Canal, and another in the bath) you can watch joggers in the morning until about 10am when thousands upon thousands of tourists assault Venizia from the ferries. I watched several street entertainers change into the costumes just under our window about 9:30 each day.
We are a peace and quiet couple - but this was great theater! You are to minutes from great restaurants off the beaten path or less than 10 minutes to St Marks, 25 minutes to Rialto bridge.
Staff were very good - though one night clerk was surly
We had one issue - realized the first night that the AC in our room was not working. The quickly moved us down to 106 (lucky it was not booked) and next day informed us that the AC may not be fixed for days. We thought the room so special we stayed anyway - the days were sunny and high 80s but the night were cool and there was a great breeze - worth it to see the show in the morning
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Locanda Vivaldi is a small boutique hotel facing the lagoon, just few steps from Saint Mark's Square. The location is just perfect, the view from the rooms and the rooftop terrace is simply amazing. The atmosphere of the hotel is intimate, we are the right choice for a romantic escape to Venice! And don't forget to enjoy our rooftop Bar & restaurant, you will enjoy a unique view on Saint MArk's Basin, on the Lagoon of Venice and on the life going on in Riva degli Schiavoni. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda Vivaldi Venice
- Locanda Vivaldi Hotel Venice
- Vivaldi Hotel Venice