If you are looking for and upscale hotel in a less noisy and busy part of the city then this is the hotel for you. The hotel is close to the train station, but beware that waterbuses are ridiculously priced at €7 per person per trip and water taxis even more so. Venice is much bigger than expected so the hotel was quite a walking distance from the main attractions although all the little alleys with their quaint shops made it worthwhile. We however enjoyed the peace and quiet in the evenings when we were tired and just wanted to sleep.
We found the staff very friendly and helpful and we really appreciated the fact that they could speak understandable English unlike some other places we have been to. We received a free map of the city from them and they marked a few places for us based on our interest. We also arrived early in the morning so naturally our room was not ready. They offered to store our luggage and by the time we arrived back at the hotel the luggage was already delivered to the room.
Breakfast was very good with a very good variety. We liked that you could take your breakfast in the lovely garden area, but during our stay it was already very hot in the mornings so we stayed inside in the air-conditioned dining area. In the evenings we had some nice coffee and snacks from the bar area. There are a few small restaurants within short walking distance from the hotel so you don’t need to go far for a good meal. It also wasn’t as crowded as some places closer to the tourist areas which was nice.
I would really recommend this hotel to anyone looking for upscale accommodation. The city is already old and dated and most hotels feel they keep the charm by sticking to old décor and antique furniture. This hotel however provides fresh décor in a modern style.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Cannaregio Canal in historic downtown Venice, the Carnival Palace is an exclusive, sophisticated 4-star boutique hotel, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, perfect for those who would love to discover the real Venice. The sophisticated elegance of Carnival Palace Hotel is clear from its captivating and romantic contemporary design, which brings to mind the most elegant and authentic Venetian furnishings. The hotel offers 67 comfortable and spacious rooms, all with their own unique style and charm with views of the garden or the Cannaregio Canal. Run by a young couple of hoteliers with the support of a multilingual staff that will take care of your every need, the hotel is easy to reach from the airport and is just a few steps from public transportation hubs, the train station and Venice parking terminal. ... more less
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