Ok lets cut to the chase, the Hotel itself is fine,(be it thats its in the middle of boat building yards) its clean, friendly, in a nice location away from the main part of Venice, but thats where the big problem for me begins.
On paper that seems apealing, especialy when you read some of the terrible reviews some of the equivalent rated hotels in the city get.
And the after hours hotel boat service is quick and reliable, but what they fail to tell you is the prices of Vaporato tickets for the rest of the time, im sorry but 18 euro per person for 24 hrs is unforgivable in any time period in any country in any currency, and thats just the tip of the ice berg!
With prices so extorcianate in Venice itself (I mean 40 euro for a tiny pasta dish and a bottle of water, do me a favor??) you would think that this little oasis would offer your pocket a reprieve, but sadly it does'nt.
We had 2 large beers in the bar on our arrival and it cost us 10 euro, if we wanted the usual continental breakfast of croisants,croisants and more croisants that fetched us back 6 euro each, per day!
The capuucino that you may request with the said breakfast was a cup of foam lacking in anything that resembled liquid, I think their coffee machine needs a service!
Im being picky I know but im just a simple traveller who wants his moneys worth and not to be spotted coming 3000 miles off!!
Perhaps im being even more picky to complain that theres no CNN or Sky news on the tv in the room, im sorry but even the dreggs of Egypt had those small comforts.
On the plus side the bathroom was huge and had a good spec with jacuzzi bath e.t.c. and the room was made clean and tidy for our return each day.
And we would have loved to have dined in the hotel at night but for the fact that they wanted 60 euro for what in local terms was a basic menu, it just doesnt make sense why they charge so much, why would I want to pay about £30 for a sea bass that I can get for £4 from my local fish monger?? The size may be different and offcourse its fresh but it still tastes the same!
On the whole the the hotel is ok if you have plenty of money to spend, not just because of the hotel prices itself but for the costs of getting to and from there each day.
Id always wanted to go to Venice having seen its beauty on numerous movies over the years I imagined the romance and colours of the place, I knew it was expensive from what id read, but with most expensive places theres usually some secretly hidden bistro in a backstreet that offers excellent food at reasonable prices, sadly we never found it there, every restaurant has almost the same menus with the same hidden taxes and charges, even the Venetian menus.
We were on our honeymoon and were looking forward to our gondola ride, we did it but it cost 70 euros he originally wanted 120!!
Im sorry but Venice has left a bad taste in our mouths, not to mention our walletts!!
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