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“Our Second Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Novecento Boutique Hotel
Ranked #79 of 387 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Our Second Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We had stayed there on our first trip to Venice, approximately ten years ago and just after the hotel first opened. We were not familiar with Venice, and our arrival was slightly difficult. This time was our seventh trip to Venice, and we took a water taxi from Marco Polo Airport almost directly to the front door. The hotel has a limited number of rooms, a spacious ground floor breakfast area and garden dining area, with a lovely second floor living room area. We were greeted on arrival with a bottle of Proseco, and the staff could not have been nicer throughout our stay. The hotel is beautifully decorated, and the rooms are of a small but reasonable size, and well decorated and maintained. We enjoyed the location, and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We were only in Venice for a single night during or two week trip to Italy. We splurged on this little hotel, meaning we spent a bit more for one night than we did on any other accommodations in other cities. It was a very special place. Pleased with our room as it overlooked the garden. The hotel was completely booked but we didn't see many other guests. The narrow street is charming and quiet, an easy walk to St. Mark's Square, even closer to great shopping and restaurants. The staff were awesome, very helpful. There was soft music playing in our room when we arrived. The A/C was on so the room was quite comfortable and welcoming as the day was warm. Nice size bathroom, great shower. Bed was super comfortable (we like a firm bed so overall had no problems in Italy). The breakfast is really lovely, excellent selection and so nicely laid out. There was fresh fruit and juice, yogurt, cereal, fresh croissants, gorgeous peaches and prunes in jars, eggs could be ordered (extra cost). The young woman helping with the breakfast made excellent cappuccino. We were happy that we were NOT near the Rialto Bridge as this area seemed crawling with tourists. We would like to return to Venice and spend more time and would be pleased to frequent this hotel again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank karenm58
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Stayed for 4 nights in mid October. I had requested a garden view room but on check in we had been allocated a room at the front of the hotel. I asked if it was possible to move and this happened immediately. The room was lovely, a low very comfortable bed and interesting decor/ furnishings. Whilst the linen and the bathroom were beautifully clean, the curtains and rugs looked like they could do with a good clean. Breakfast was good, plentiful and wonderful bread and coffee. This hotel was quite expensive but we expected that given its central location.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank reneaero
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I really can't seem to see what the others found to gush so effusively about. I always thought I was a rather upbeat reviewer.
We had booked one of their cheaper rooms, but because we changed dates only a more expensive superior room was available. When we got there it was an ok room, but I honestly thought, due to the changes, that we had still been allocated a cheaper room.
It was not that big. Yes, the furniture has old world charm, but not the character or style to warrant songs of praise. We definitely did not see the stylish and updated bathroom. Ours was cramped, dingy, and positively scruffy with a 1970s style suite.
Frankly we felt that the whole hotel could do with a good clean.
Carpets on stairs were drab and scruffy.
Some quaint old world charm throughout and not a bland hotel but I would not rave about it for these prices.
When I pointed out that I thought we may have got one of the cheaper rooms, the chap on the reception did not seem to know which room was at what price (there are only 9!) and said he would check - but we were charged the more expensive rate.
Breakfast was nice. One grumpy chap one morning at breakfast, but otherwise staff were helpful.
Very good location - easy walking distance to everything. Very central. Quiet.
I think the website is a bit misleading in terms of what you might get.
And the English speaking section of the website does not seem to have the links to the other pages that the french and neglish pages do.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Irelandlife
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hotelflora, Owner at Novecento Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Dear Guest,
You can not imagine how sad for us is reading such an acid review because we really spend lots of efforts in our business and traditionally love our job. Of course we appreciate all the constructive criticism but, as we always work in good faith and honestly, we do not accept insinuations: we have nine rooms, five superior and four standard, and we always respect the assignment of them. They are all different in the furniture and fabrics but the nine bathrooms have all the same standard with wood, marble and Duravit elements designed by Philippe Starck. We opened in 2003 and we provide yearly for renovation works. We understand that people are not required to know the great artists, architects and designers but that's another story....
Yours sincerely,
Gioele & Heiby Romanelli
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Perfect in every detailed. Venice/Novecento was our last destiny on our trip to Italy and the most pleasant one.
Perfect staff, very friendly and helpful.
They seemed to have concerned every detail to make our stay perfect.
The lady on the breakfast room (sorry i don't know how to spell her name - maybe Mailin) deserves a 10+ grade. She's awesome.
I'd definitly go back there when in Venice
LOVED IT! PERFECT!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank fegoldman
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47 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Venice is small and crowded with tourists so demand is high and therefore prices are accordingly high as well. With Venice, I am of the opinion that you get what you can and hope for the best, unless you have or are willing to spend serious $$$$ for a hotel. Novecento / Venice was the last destination in our trip to Italy and also the most expensive. It isn't fair to compare to our other, less expensive destinations already experienced in the trip, but unfortunately for Novecento that's what happened.

Pros:
- Very convenient to San Marco, Rialto Bridge, and other major bridges and squares.
- Very easy to get to from the train station / water bus stop.
- Quiet location down narrow alley near main canal assures light foot traffic and noise at night.
- Friendly, accommodating service.
- Quirky, international antique decor with a distinctly Asian style

Cons:
- Seemed expensive based on the small size of the rooms, but again for Venice it's fairly priced. Our hotels in other parts of Italy were cheaper and nicer, not a fair comparison, but it is what it is.
- Rooms on the second floor above the patio were noisy during breakfast and evening hours: you can hear everything everybody is saying or doing down in the patio. Not a big deal, but one night guests were out on the patio past 11pm being very noisy and we couldn't sleep. I finally had to call down and complain and ask that they usher the guests inside the hotel.
- Quirky, international antique decor with a distinctly Asian style

Allow me to explain that last point. The hotel obviously made a significant effort acquiring antique or more recent quirky and unique styled room accents, decor, and furniture. For some people, that's a plus and adds to the hotel's charm - most guests seem to LOVE it.

For us, we didn't really like it. While the lobby and patio and breakfast room looked great, our room (in our opinion) looked like it had been furnished from multiple garage sales of old, well-used furniture. The dresser was kind of beat up and didn't close properly, nor did the doors stay open so you had to prop it up with one of the very old and faded uneven chairs. It was too short so our clothes lay partly on the floor of the dresser - we didn't even bother with the difficult to open and close drawers. The bathroom was very cute but there is a reason nobody uses real wooden counter tops anymore - the subsequent moisture from multiple guests using the sink and around the fixtures ruins the wood, it was a dark, stained moldy color around the edges of the sink and faucet. The wooden floor in front of the shower was also faded and water damaged and the floors everywhere creaked. The quirky bed frame creaked and groaned whenever we moved while sleeping and the bed was simply two twin mattresses shoved together. It worked and was not uncomfortable but for the price we paid for this hotel we expected a lot more, especially considering our other hotels in other parts of Italy.

Overall, we had a nice stay at this hotel and the staff were excellent. Breakfast was decent and especially liked the varied breads. Hotel staff were helpful in recommendations and directions. But would I stay here again? Possibly, if I couldn't find something better in a similar price range, but overall I would probably try to find somewhere else. Again, good stay, helpful folks, but the quirky, antique decor and random defects (others would say 'charm') in the rooms sort of turned us off. It's not for everyone.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank swizstick
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95 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

We were four travelling and thus had two rooms. Our room was lovely overlooking the garden, a good size and very comfortable. The other room, however, was lacking. On the first floor facing the street the street noise was bothersome at times. The shower was so small it was almost unusable. Breakfasts were excellent. The owner was extremely helpful but not all staff were - some not sufficiently knowledgeable to manage the front desk. All in all a very nice experience. Ask for a garden room if you want quiet.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank JMRDB
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Property: Novecento Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle del Dose da Ponte, 2684, 30124 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#44 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#77 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Novecento Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The stylish Novecento Boutique Hotel is tucked away in Calle del Dose da Ponte, off Campo San Maurizio, between St. Mark's Square and the Accademia Bridge. The hotel offers its guests the chance to stay enveloped in an evocative atmosphere, created by a décor steeped in Orientalism and a passion for exquisite materials and fabrics. ... more   less 
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