It's a combination of the product and the people. Keep in mind, we came to Venice during the rainy season and perhaps that should have dampened our mood but on the contrary we embraced the flooding. We walked from vaporetto # 1 to the hotel (moving through throngs of people in and around San Marco, dodging puddles and carrying bags over those great staired bridges). Oh Venice.
The greeting from the evening manager was as if our arrival bothered him. Consider our journey: train, vaporetto, difficult walk with luggage: how about a cheery greeting? Venice comes with an elitist attitude and if i had its history and the loads of cruisegoers and low cost airlines making my city so accessible id be happy to pocket the tourists' easy money without much in return. The hotel is charming but in the standard Venice way its just impractical: tiny hallways, tiny room, tiny bathroom and even tighter shower. At least the tv could fit in my backpack if i were going to steel it. But this is Venice, the charm, the quirkiness, turning the impractical into daily living....all that and the canals and gondolas is why we come, right?
On two occasions we asked the evening manager for a restaurant recommendation. Two times he came up blank. The staff insisted on knocking on our door multiple times each morning to see if we had departed (wife's pregnant, takes some time to get ready, plus it's our vacation). If you've been to Venice you'll know it's the disneyworld of tourist traps so having the hotel on our side for legitimate restaurant suggestions or things to do would have been a game changer. They really didn't offer anything during our five day stay unless we specifically solicited advice and then it was brief and unhelpful.
The breakfast and the courtyard are probably the hotel's best assets. You might argue its the location, but being close to San Marco Square enhances the touristy atmosphere and, in turn, the prices grow exponentially. Everyday our goal was to get away from that as much as possible.
My suggestion: don't stay in Venice more than two nights. In fact, stay on Murano or Burano and take a vaporetto over for a day's visit. One can't deny venice's uniqueness, but its as if the Venetians prefer to cater to the unsavvy cruiseship bunch than people that might actually come back the next day if the food and service were good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Flora, an intimate and charming hotel with a delightful garden.The Hotel is situated in the heart of Venice, behind Saint Mark's Square, on Calle XXII Marzo, one of the city's most elegant streets, between Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and Campo San Moisè.Hotel Flora's 40 rooms, intimate and light-filled, have been furnished with care by the Romanelli family, each in a different style. Period furniture from the end of the 19th century, or in 16th-century Venetian style create a discreet elegance, enriched by damask tapestries and golden cornices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flora Hotel Venice
- Hotel Flora Venice