We stayed in the Locanda Sturion for two evenings. We made our reservations and paid for them almost a year in advance and specifically requested one of the rooms which overlooks the Grand Canal. Our wish was not granted. My son stayed in a tiny little room located off of the lobby. My daughter and I stayed in room #5. Be wary of this room. The door does not close properly. It kept popping open during the night. At one point, I remember someone in the hallway passing by during the night as we were sleeping; he reached in and closed the door for us. This is a cause for concern.
The rooms, however, are very clean and well kept. Keep in mind that when you make reservations, there are only two rooms that have a canal view; the others do not have this. Had I known we were not going to get a view of the canal, I would have opted to stay at a less expensive hotel in the area. We paid about 600 Euros for a two evening stay. I thought I was paying for the experience of having the ability to enjoy the view of the Grand Canal from our room, but this was not the case.
Breakfast - which is very generous - is served in a room that does overlook the Grand Canal. Breakfast was satisfying and was a good start to the day.
This hotel is located near the Rialto Bridge and near the busy shopping areas, which is a definite plus. Just make sure you bring everything with you on your way out of the hotel, because having to reclimb the narrow steps to access the hotel and pick up what you forgot is quite a challenge. One last thing - we were fortunate to have one of the young men carry our suitcases down the steps when we checked out. This was very much appreciated.
I am rating this hotel as "average" for the reasons that: 1) the door of room #5 kept opening on it's own (a security issue) and 2) if you do not have a room overlooking the canal it is simply not worth the cost of staying there. There are other hotels in the area that do not overlook the canal that charge half of what we paid for our stay. I will stay in another hotel the next time we visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Antica Locanda Sturion," probably Venice’s most ancient hotel still running, is a cosy small Venetian House featuring just 11 rooms. Its decor, the ancient style furniture and the Venetian red damask and brocade make it special, creating a truly traditional unique and cosy feeling. A welcoming place from the past with superb and very impressive views on the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge from the two Superior Rooms and the beautiful Breakfast Lounge, which is also: - a reading room with a tiny yet well-stocked library boasting a number of books in various languages.- a living room for an afternoon break and taking photos of the magnificent sunsets on the Grand Canal. You have just to take a look in the evening or early morning to breathe the magic of Venice and take a dip in the past and its atmosphere. Truly a breathtaking view! This Boutique Hotel is a small and well-established family business run by Nicole, Manuela, Helen and Flavia, who will do all their best to provide you with specific suggestions and advice for an unusual and intriguingly unique approach to our town. And in all our old-style rooms you will find the kettle to prepare a good cup of tea or coffee with complimentary cookies to rest after a long city tour. In a nutshell the right place to breath a truly Venetian and romantic atmosphere. As there is no lift to reach the Locanda, situated on the top floor of an Ancient Palace on the Grand Canal, we want our Guest to be aware they have to climb a long stairs, but our bellman Giuseppe will be happy to help you carrying upstairs your heaviest items. The hotel is smoke-free. Recall that the hotel offers breakfast for Celiac (Gluten Free) Features:- Gluten-free breakfast for Celiac.- Bar- Breakfast buffet: 08:00 am to 9:30 am- Kettle with Tea & Coffee & Biscuits in all rooms- Check out: 11:00 am- Check in 02:00 pm on- Our restaurant "Bistrot de Venise"- Our Residenza Bistrot de Venise flats- Our 3 star Hotel Antica Locanda al Gambero in St. Mark's area Facilities:- Breakfast for Celiac (Gluten Free)- Library in several languages, dedicated to Venice’s history and art.- Parking, special Garage agreement in Piazzale Roma- 10% discount at TripAadvisor & Michelin Top rated "Bistrot de Venise"- Internet Point: complimentary- Free Internet Wi-Fi: complimentary- I-Pad: complimentary use for our Guests (if available)- Fax service- Classical Music Concerts: schedules and booking- Tourist information of any kind- Tour of Murano glassworks and the Laguna islands, schedules and booking- Baggage room- Paid transfer service on request. Let us lead you to the discovery of Venice’s most secret and hidden spots:- Top secret Venice; an unusual walk with an authorized guide- Exploring Venice by Night; a night walk with an authorized guide- A full day on a "Bragozzo" boat, including lunch on board and various excursions- Discover the vineyards on the Laguna islands with Rebecca- Pescaturismo (recreational fishing) with Burano’s fishermen and Rebecca- Guided eno-gastronomic tours in the Prosecco hills- Introducing Amarone wine: guided oenological tours- Venice’s Cuisine and Historic Wines with Sara (guide –sommelier )- Meet Venice’s last true craftsmen with Valentina and Rebecca- Mysterious Venice: ghosts and legends; a walk with an authorized guide. ... more less
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- Antica Locanda Sturion Hotel Venice