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Hotel Pausania
Ranked #173 of 387 Hotels in Venice
Reviewed November 22, 2012

My wife and I have just returned having spent three nights at the wonderful Hotel Pausania. What a beautiful place this is, situated at the charming Campo San Barnaba. Complete old world Venetian charm throughout with rustic staircases and wonderful chandeliers. It's hard not to fall in love with this lovely building. Staff had excellent english and were helpful throughout. Breakfast wasn't amazing, just your standard European fare, but decent enough. I would have to say that I would look forward to return here in a future trip to this magnificent city.

Room Tip: Room with a view of the staircase and courtyard was excellent
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Another Venetian palazzo converted into a hotel... which for anyone who hasn't stayed in Venice (or any other historic centre in any other Italian city) before, means rooms may not be huge, floorboards may creak, and decor may not be sparkly modern - but you do get bags of character. The previous review talking about the sloping marble staircase wasn't kidding (though not much fun in the wet carrying heavy luggage!) - and this leads into a wonderfully grand room with balcony overlooking the canal, and Murano chandeliers. Our room ('superior' grade) was a good size, and everything including the bed was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was the usual selection of cold meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit, etc - only negative point was the machine-made coffee, which was awful. The staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful, and resignedly unfazed by the problems caused by Venice's increasingly regular floods, even laying out the normal food in a dining room under 8 inches of water - a very different experience, eating your breakfast with wellies on!
Location of the hotel was excellent - about 2 minutes walk from the Ca Rezzonico stop served by the vaporetto waterbuses and the alilaguna airport shuttle. Also plenty of decent eateries nearby (including our favourite in Venice, which shall remain nameless). Would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just returned from 3 night trip to Venice, staying at this lovely hotel. Very well-appointed room, small but perfectly workable bathroom, lovely view across the red-tiled rooftops, comfy bed. The climb up the ancient, and sloping, marble staircase left me wondering of I'd had one vino rosso too many, but all part of the charm. Very friendly and informative staff. Tasty buffet breakfast. Superb location: very picturesque, away from the throng, but just two minutes walk to the lively Camp Santa Margherita. Five minutes or so from the waterbus to/from the airport. The next time my wife and I visit Venice we will certainly stay here, and that's the biggest compliment I can give.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Ignore the bad comments previously written. Some people expect far too much. This is Venice and as quaint and historical as it gets. This is a delightful hotel set in the heart of Venice within walking distance of most things. My daughter and I arrived on foot having taken the vaporetto at midnight from Piazzale Roma to Ca' Rezzonico. I was worried about arriving so late and two women having to negotiate alleyways in an unknown town, but it was simplicity itself, being a straighforward 5 minutes walk from the vaporetto stop. There were always plenty of people milling about, so I never felt threatened. The hotel overlooks a small canal , surrounded by older style buildings and is obviously steeped in history. There are Juliet balconies, an old well in the foyer and ricketty stone steps to some of the rooms, which must have seen centuries of feet walking over them. At the back, there is a modern bit added on with rooms that are not quite so old as the ones in the front, but all in all a very pleasant place to lay your head. It may not be the height of luxury, but after all, you are not coming to Venice to spend all your time in your room! The rooms are pleasantly furnished with traditional wooden Italian furniture, grand beds and covers as well as Murano glass light fitiings. It took us less than fifteen minutes on foot to amble to St Marks, Gugenheim,or Santa Maria della Saute. There are frequent vaporetti which take you all along the Grand Canal to other sites such as Rialto or the Lido. Nearby, about 3 minutes' walk, is the square Santa Margherita where there is a large choice of restaurants, or further afield over the Accademia Bridge into Santa Stefano square (about ten minutes) where you can also take in a Vivaldi concert before or after your meal.

Hotel breakfast is buffet help-yourself style with the usual continental rolls, croissants, jams, sliced meat and cheese, as well as cereals to cater for the Brits and Americans. Tea, hot chocolate and coffee are literally available on tap from two machines on the buffet table. When we were there in a warm July (2011), one entire fourth sliding door wall of the breakfast room which overlooks a pleasant quadrangle was slid back to make it feel as if we were breakfasting alfresco. The staff on reception were very pleasant and always willing to help or advise. . We booked a deal through Thomas Cook and got a very good rate -far cheaper than what we would pay for a average room in the UK.

I would certainly go back there again for its charm and location and would definitely prefer it to the modern hotel monstrosties I saw at the Lido

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have been to Venice three times and Hotel Pausania was a disappointment. The pictures on their website do not look like any room we received. Our room was very small with no windows except a skylight. There was no place to put our clothes except a small closet for hanging clothes. We were here for three days so we had to rummage through our suitcases for clothes each day. There was no desk for our laptop and they advertise free internet but then I was told by Maria I had 12 hours free.. There is no lift in this hotel so be prepared to climb stairs as charming as they are.. We also had a mosquito problem in our room, they buzzed around us at night which made us have to sleep under the covers. We both got bit numerous times. We wanted to leave the skylight open for air but then the misquotes came in. Maria at the front desk was very unfriendly. She did not make us feel welcome at all and would hardly raise her head when we would walk by. Maybe she does not like Americans. Carlo on the night shift was very friendly and helpful. It is amazing how the staff can make you either feel welcome or not. The bathroom was small and one had to almost climb over the toilet and bu-day(not sure of spelling) to get to the floor or tub. The tub is also very slippery and the shower was like showering in a mist. We loved the location of the hotel and the fact it had old Venice charm, but the rooms were disappointing small and not functional The breakfast was decent by Venice standards, but the view of the yard was un-kept and disappointing. It looks all pretty and manicured on the website. The hotel needs work and freshening up especially in the lobby and down stairs areas. Would I recommend this hotel? No, because I have stayed in Venice three times now and there are much nicer places for the $200 and night cost. They also hit us with a 6 euro a night city tax on leaving at 7 in the morning. You have to pay this in cash no credit card so make sure you have euros when leaving. They should say something about this to guests when they arrive,
We also had guests in the room next store come in at 3:30 am and continued to party with music and loud voices until 5am. I went to the front desk to complain but I could not find anyone so I called the room directly and asked if they could keep the rumble down. They were kind and said they would go to sleep. All in all the place was disappointing. Carlo was the only one that made us smile and feel welcome. Thank you Carlo!


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Room Tip: Do not stay in room 301. I didn't see any of the other rooms. Not a hotel for older people or...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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hotelpausania, Direttore at Hotel Pausania, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2012

We do not understand why we receive complains once that clients have already checked out and it is impossible for us to help them! We can (nearly)always find a solution if you complain something during your stay, but, if you complain something when you are already gone, it is quite difficult for us to help you.
In this case the room booked was a standard double room, exactly the room type given to the guests upon their check in. We do not understand why, if they were not satisfy with the given room, they did not come to the reception and let us know about it, we could offer them to move to another standard room, or to upgrade the room to a superior or deluxe one. Of course, if we do not know that you are not satisfy with your room, we can not imagine it and we can not help you!! But we absolutely can not accept a sentence like: “rooms were disappointing small and not functional” if you have seen just one of our 24 rooms!!
About the internet connection you were told that we offer free internet and that is absolutely correct: in this case we offered 12 hours of wifi connection as complimentary welcome service, that means an average time of connection of 4 hours per day for a 3 nights stay, and, apart, we always offer to our guests our free internet point in the lobby, that is always available and completely free of charge. That’s why we consider that we offer free internet, but, if for you 12 hours of connection time and an internet point at your disposal it is not enough, than internet is for paying!!
About mosquitoes, unfortunately depending on the season, it is a problem that sometimes affects Venice, to obviate this inconvenience we have in our room mosquitoes platelets machines to plug and specific wipes.
About our stairs we never said we had an elevator!! And we are really very proud about our XIV century original stairs made of Istria’s stone. However, we understand that to climb our stairs can be quite difficult for people with reduced mobility and, once again, if during your stay or before checking in you tell us that to climb the stairs is a problem for you, we can find a solution and give you a room on the internal floor.
Unfortunately we are having in the last months a renovation of all the air conditioning and heating system, that’s why our common areas could seem to need to be improved and refreshed, but, we are working to offer a better service and we think that to have periodically renovations is absolutely necessary to improve our offer. In any case as soon as this works will be finished, we will do our best to let everything (lobby and garden) come back to the normality as soon as possible.
Finally about the tourist city tax we normally inform all our guests at check in about it (and the majority of them already know it), in any case it is written in all our rooms, there are information boards throughout the city (on the public transport stops and on the main points of tourist interest) and all the agencies and websites that sell our hotel (and all the venetian hotels) should inform clients about it at the moment of the reservation, as it is never included in the room price because is a tax of the Venice council, not depending at all on the hotels.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

3.5 stars really, but gets a 4.
Older hotel but clean and well maintained. Bathroom was recently remodeled, but not a lot of water pressure or hot water. 15 minute walk from the bus station and train stop. Very nice area of Venice that isn't too touristy. Has two neighboring squares that are great to hang out in day or night. WiFi signal was good and the included breakfast was limited but filling. One computer downstairs that is free for use. Two nice lobby areas to relax. The only downfall of the hotel is there is no elevator and the walk up to the 2nd and 3rd floors can be a little difficult for people with limited mobility.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We're just back after our 8th stay in this excellent Hotel and are already thinking of our next visit. We cannot agree with the negative comments of other reviewers as we've only good memories of this quiet and comfortable establishment. The staff are always friendly and approachable. The situation is ideally placed for exploring the less touristy side of the Grand Canal with easy access to excellent restaurants, cafes and bars. The superb gelaterie Il Doge is just round the corner- a 'must visit'. The Ca Rezzonico vaporetto stop is an easy walk away and all Venice is a boat trip away. The building is an original palazzo but wears its history with pride. This is an ideal centre to base your exploration of this fascinating city. We shall be back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2824 Dorsoduro | Fondamenta Gerardini, 30123 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Dorsoduro / Accademia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#63 Family Hotel in Venice
#130 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range: $66 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pausania 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This palace was a rich and magnificent residence of an aristocratic Venetian family, now it is an elegant and refined 3 stars Hotel, completely restored. The Hotel enjoys of an interesting position, preferred by the intellectuals and artists, searching for quiet and inspiration. Inside the Hotel, at the entrance, there is a stoned staircase that goes from the lobby to the second floor, once called "piano nobile", where there are some rooms. The intelligent restoration has effected a correct and balanced compromise between aesthetical demands and the non-renounced functional requirements, essential an hotel that wants to keep step with the times. The rooms, in typical Venetian style,are furnished with elegance and good taste, with all comforts (private bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, cable TV, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, air-conditioned, coffee and thea machine). Our clients can also enjoy of a lightly and roomy sitting-room on the second floor, a bar on the ground floor with a free internet point, and a nice and big veranda overlooking the garden, where the buffet breakfast is served in the morning. ... more   less 
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