When I arrived at the Rialto Stop in the beautiful city of Venice, I tried to get to the Hotel of Santa Marina with my family with the information I received from maps and from what people said, however due to the fact that people either didn't know the exact location of the hotel since it was quite secluded made it especially hard to find. They kept on repeating it was a 5 minute journey but because of it's terrible location it took us an hour to find it after going through a narrow dark alleyway. However, that wasn't the worst part.
When we checked out this hotel before, it kept warning us about the apartment blocks that houses some of the guests of the hotel. We asked our travel agent about not to book those rooms (rooms 640-648) due to the response they have received, but when we checked in and the receptionist asked us to follow the bell boy I immediately walked instinctively to the hotel lift but I knew it was too good to be true because I peeped back and saw the bell boy walking out of the door. I knew it was too good to be true. We walked out turned right, walked, turned left, walked turned right.. confusing, but it doesn't end there. I wouldn't mind if it was on the bottom floor or if there was a lift to use but of course that's too simple. We had to go to the very top floor with no lift, just 3 flights of stairs, one with more than 15 steps. We had to go up there carrying our bags to the top, (with some help from the courteous bell boy) and entered our room.
To our surprise, the interior of the room was actually pretty good so it wasn't all bad.
But if you want to inquire of directions of things on maps, eat breakfast etc you have to go down to the reception area which is quite a considerable distance from the room. Also there is no available wifi. Also breakfast was OK but could be better with more variety. Cleanliness is maintained greatly and efficiently.
CAUTION: One time when I was lying down watching TV which also has quite a few good channels, (none in English though, bad point) somebody managed to open the room door with another door key. They looked confused but it breached my right to security so I am pretty angry about that too. So overall the room wasn't my cup of tea but there was some good points too like the eager staff and appealing interior.
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