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“Lovely situation, but disappointing B & B”
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Pensione Seguso
Ranked #303 of 479 Venice B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 7, 2011

Was recommended to us, but we would not recommend it to anyone! Had to share a bathroom which could have been cleaner. Rooms were a bit pokey. Breakfast was a disgrace. Cotton wooly rolls and cake, although the coffee was good. Everything in Venice is expensive but this B & B is not worth 160 Euros a night.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

I booked a single night at the Pensione Seguso hoping for the best but fearing the worst based on the reviews here. I was delighted with my stay. Do NOT expect a typical American hotel: there is no television, no ice machine, no minibar. It felt just like the pensiones I stayed in throughout Italy twenty years ago, only with more charm and character. The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is the breakfast, which is adequate but lackluster (the setting is lovely, though, in a beautiful room by the canal). It seemed that I had a newer bed than some have described, and it was perfectly comfortable. My room opened onto the canal and looked over a beautiful garden on the opposite side. I had a beautiful view to the Redentore on Giudecca to the other side. I was in a room with a shared bath, but it had its own sink in the room. The shared baths are large, impeccably clean, and as far as I could tell, always free. I never saw anyone else when I was coming in or out. For those complaining about the short hoses and lack of curtain for the handheld shower: you are supposed to sit down and take a bath; these are not designed to be a stand-up shower. The furnishings in my room were lovely and special, with a Murano glass chandelier, huge armoire and dresser, and terrazzo floor. The location is incredible, so close to transportation and wonderful neighborhoods for walking and eating.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank hmacd01
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

I first stayed here about thirty-five years ago in the days when it was run by the formidable Emma Seguso. She never seemed to sleep - and one would creep in at four in the morning only to be accosted with a terrible, reproachful glare. It was always patronised by fairly grand yet bargain-seeking English cultural types - broke but exquisite. James Lees-Milne used to clock in from time to time. Emma Seguso is no more, but the place hasn't changed much in appearance. Floor upon floor of marble corridors, rickety antique furniture, endless bathrooms (many rooms do not have private bathrooms but there is an elegant superfluity of them throughout the hotel). You can order dinner in the dining-room - i.e. you have to let them know if you're going to be in. On the whole, it seems silly to waste the opportunity to explore the many restaurants of Dorsduro, but it's good to know you can eat in if you wish. The staff are friendly. There are heart-wrenching mementos of times past - an old post box with a sign to the effect that mail is collected at noon - putting you mind of genteel English spinsters, writing postcards to a brother in England, perhaps a rural dean, a clerk in the City or an undiscovered bigamist. Many might criticise this hotel for being a little frayed at the edges, but it is a masterpiece of battered chic. Very central too. The Anglican Church is just round the corner, as is the Accademia. What more could a respectable backpacker from Tokyo or Reykjavik conceivably require.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Robin_Saikia
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

I loved this hotel. Old style italian. I guess all the rooms have a view eiter to a next island or the smaller canal. Only, all the rooms don't have a toilet but never saw anybody on the way... The lovalisation is very good too close to waterbus station and walking distance from São Marco square.

Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
Thank Juquinho
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

We have stayed at Seguso several times in the last 15 or so years. Sadly we must agree with the negative reviews below: It has faded very rapidly indeed. Proven also by the fact that it was almost empty during late Agust, a time when it should bustle.
In the olden days you were forced to have half pension here, so at least at dinner time there was some liveliness in the place. Still, being free to have dinner outside is a big plus, believe me - memories of horrid dining experiences here still cause frequent nightmares.....
However, the beds are now indeed unforgivably abominable, the furnishings scruffier and tattier by half than even 10 years ago - so we have decided that next time in Venice we will stop our 5-visit sequence of loyalty to Seguso. Enough has been enough. Still, the location is and stays unbeatable, the "old world charm" of the place is still undeniable. For first-time visitors to Venice who are young at heart and maybe have experienced out-of-the-way places with creaking, basic and very old furnishings (yes, Albania would be a good training ground....) the Seguso could still be recommended, especially as its price tag compares very favourably with more acceptable lodings in Venice. As to the staff, they used to be delightfully excentric but this last visit they struck us as a bunch of totally uninterested and confused bunnies, of changeable and undetermined ilk - is this still the original Venetian owners' family or have a bunch of globe-trotting hotel operators taken over....? . Obviously the downward slide in this lodging's standards and the subsequent drastic fall in occupancy rates will not have escaped them either and have put a mask of gloomy doom on their glum faces....
Depressing.....

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Pantalone24
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

My husband and I stayed at this lovely hotel for 4 nights to celebrate my 40th Birthday. Our memories of this beautiful, quant and original hotel will stay with us forever. The rooms were clean and neat and the toilet facilities were immaculate. The breakfast was as we expected and we were never hungry after eating in the most romantic breafast room ever !!!
We loved the feel of the hotel the very hospitable staff and the owner was the most lovely person we have ever met.
The location of this hotel is so perfect for a stay in this beautiful city, where else could you watch a cruise ship pass your window while brushing your teeth !!!!
We can't wait to return to venice and this lovely hotel.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
To those people who want up to date ammenities with cable tv etc etc, go to a boring old chain of hotels and leave these lovely places to people who appreciate history.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank karencakes
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

We were excited to stay here since it looked beautiful and was in a great location in Venice. At 110 euros a night, we had high expectations. We got to the room and realized there was no a/c and no fan. We stayed for 2 nights and ended up with 60 bed bug bites between the two of us.

Who knew 110 euros could get you bed bugs?! Don't stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank bevnolan
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Address: Sestiere Dorsoduro 779 | Zattere, 30123 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Ranked #303 of 479 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Price Range: $122 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pensione Seguso 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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