On the face of it this hotel is off the beaten track I.e. not near St Marks square after being there for three days the week before last we found the hotel to be very conveniently placed for access to the vaparetto stop at Sant Angelo on the Grand Canal, the football scrum which is the Rialto bridge, the two squares which lead towards the other main Venice island on the other side of the Grand Canal, and the slightly zig-zag walk through near La Fenice theatre etc past the major brand shops such as Armani, Boss, Boggi, Churches Shoes etc and the Hard Rock Cafe into St Marks, Doges Palace etc. Although being renovated,and therefore closed,whilst there, the Fortuny Palace at the end of the street is very convenient.
Please note. Getting lost in Venice is certain. Once off the main tourist route, and this we would recommend doing, the "streets" can get confusing but the water and the bell towers and churches are ideal points for orientation. The Hotel will prove a little elusive for you though as its name is displayed on an outer door which appears to be normally propped open and thus not easily seen. Look instead for a palazzo with two ironwork lights either side of the entrance and a chemist shop at the end of the street as pointers, or trust to instinct, but do not give up.The Hotel map locates their establishment quite well but you would be well advised to fix the general lie of the land of Venice prior to visiting. Anyone with a reasonable sense of direction will be ok and it is worth it.
The hotel staff are very courteous, generally speak other languages including good English and seek to oblige if they can. Reception can be left at times of the day but the sister hotel is just down apiece and is staffed when Fortuny is quiet. The whole street being off the major routes is quiet and there is a pleasant courtyard in the rear for al fresco breakfasting etc as a bonus. The room we had on the ground floor is recommended for having two bathrooms with two showers, both of which are of modest dimensions and can lose some water onto the floor. There was a sitting room and bedroom also. The tv offers a number of channels with a couple in English eg news mostly.Electrics can be a little confusing as the wiring can turn off power sockets or lights as it chooses and as with Venice plaster and emulsion is peeling almost everywhere up to about a foot off the ground because of rising water levels in the lagoon etc.
Breakfast is provided from 7.30 until 10 and is continental with an emphasis on salami, cheese, croissant sweet and pastry and cereals, fruit etc.
Our only major reservation was the absence of hot drink facilities in our room but a minibar could have been used.
A great stay in a great city. Take note that the hotel pride themselves on their Trip Advisor status.Prices are mid to high in range but hey, this is Venice. Don't expect Travel lodge.
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