After looking around a number of Venetian hotels on the internet, we thought the Pausania had an excellent style and a good location, and so we booked two rooms , one for ourselves and one for two friends. The hotel certainly lived up to our expectation. It is an easy walk from the Piazzale Roma and away from the tourist rip-off areas around St Marco and Rialto. The hotel overlooks a quiet canal which joins the Grand Canal next to the Ca' Rezzonico (this is worth a visit and has some very interesting paintings and a reconstructed 18thC pharmacy on its top floor). The hotel staff were all very helpful and friendly and we were able to upgrade one of our rooms because of a problem with the air-conditioning unit. The rooms at the front of the hotel are accessible by an ancient stone staircase which winds around an open courtyard. This might prove challenging for anyone with a minor walking disability but it certainly gives this hotel an added charm. If you like like sleeping with open windows, be prepared for an early morning awakening due to the proximity of church bells - but that applies to most of Venice. Breakfast is served in a room next to the garden. There is a variety of food available including excellent muesli, fresh fruit and coffee. The croissants are sweet and some are filled with jam, but this is the way Italians like them. The garden is not one of the hotel's most attractive features, but the unseasonal Spring weather was too cold to entertain the idea of breakfast al fresco. The rest of the hotel is wonderful and both our rooms had good bathrooms and comfortable beds. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pausania Hotel Venice