I think it was staying at this hotel that really improved my overall impression of Venice. It's located in Dorsoduro, which is a much quieter and less touristy borough in Venice. I took a water taxi straight from the airport to the hotel - that was a bit expensive, but there are other methods, such as the water bus, which has a stop a short distance from the hotel. This allowed me to bypass some of the more chaotic parts and get an entirely different first impression of Venice.
The weather in September (note: I stayed there in September 2012) and the light in the afternoon was just beautiful, and the hotel was quaint and quiet, but still within walking distance of many interesting parts of Venice. There was excellent dining all around nearby, as well as very nice square (San Barnaba - interestingly, the square was a set in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade).
The staff were friendly and helpful. It was really a nice feeling staying at this hotel.
- 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