My partner and I stayed at the Palazzo Stern Hotel in Venice for 2 days and three nights in mid-March. Like the other reviewers, we were pleased with its proximity to the vaporetto stop, which made sightseeing and getting to the airport a cinch. The lobby, hallways, and our room all were beautifully decorated, in good condition, and immaculately clean. The free breakfast was good too: fresh fruits, various baked goods, scrambled eggs and bacon, toast, yogurt, and cereals.
We stayed in Room 306, which was spacious, had two very comfortable beds, a pair of wing back chairs, plenty of shelf/hanging/drawer space for our clothes, a writing desk and chair and, best of all, floor-to-ceiling windows on one wall that gave us a terrific view of the Grand Canal.
The front desk staff knew how to direct us to the important sights, when and where to catch vaporettos to specific destinations, and were able to recommend some good restaurants within walking distance to the hotel when we asked.
The only negative we have to say about this hotel is that the front desk staff asked us to sign a card at check-in time. The card gave the hotel management permission to share our contact information with third parties. Although we were not told we *had* to sign the card, we also were not told we *didn't* have to sign it. In retrospect, we worry that the hotel management might have taken advantage of us by asking us to sign the card at check-in time when we were tired from traveling non-stop for nearly 24 hours and not thinking clearly. In our well rested, better frames of mind, we would have declined to sign the card, not wanting to receive mail, email, or phone calls from salespeople and wanting, in general, to protect our privacy as much as possible. It would be better, we think, either to tell guests that signing the card is optional or to ask them to fill it out any time before they check out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palazzo Stern is an historical Moorish Palazzo on the Grand Canal. The location is very convenient: easy to reach, close to the main attractions and at the same time in a very Venice area. If you are looking for a unique venetian experience in the real Venice and far from the crowd of the mass tourism we are the right place to choose. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Stern Hotel
- Palazzo Stern Venice