First about us - we are a couple in our 40s and this is our third stay in Venice. We decided to visit again - this time with our 8 year old son who loves to travel. We stayed at the Una for three nights and wish it was more.
This hotel is located in the Canareggio area of Venice. This is a largely residential area of Venice slightly off the usual tourist trail. The hotel is easily located about 5 minutes walk away from the Ca'd'Oro vaparretto stop over one small bridge. The hotel is located close to the Strada Nuova (shopping street) and about 10 minutes walk from Rialto Bridge and 20 minutes from St Mark's Square (it is difficult to walk quickly in Venice due to the number of people). Vaparetto from Ca'd'Oro to St Mark's takes about 20 minutes and run every 10 minutes at peak times.
The exterior of the hotel appears quite run down (as does most of Venice) but don't let this put you off. when you step through the sliding glass door you are in another world. The interior of the hotel is very modern but is also sypathetic to the origins of the hoel (a 14th century palace).
The immediate first impressions are good and the staff could not be more helpful and friendly providing maps and information without being overly pushy. There are three rooms on the ground floor where residents can relax aand chat. Complimentary wine, coffee, tea and juice are available from about 2.00 pm until 11.00 pm in the breakfast room along with biscuits, cakes and other snacks, which leads to a very sociable hotel. Residents appeared to mainly from the UK and USA and we had very interesting chats with other guests from as far apart Wisconsin to Texas in the USA and lots of fellow Brits. The complimentary drinks and snacks were not abused by guests and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
We booked a junior suite which comprised of a large sofa bed and a very large bathroom on the grouns floor and a staircase to a mezanine floor which had a huge bed and another large bathroom. Each floor had a large flatscreen TV linked to sky, however, except for al jeziera and BBC World news all channels were in Italian (but you are in Venice why do you want to watch TV?). The room and indeed the hotel ingeneral were spotlessly clean. All fittings and decor were to a very high standard. The room was hugh by Venitian standards, included a small balcony overlooking a wide paved footpath with a view of a canal to the side. I would definitely recomend the upgrade to the junior suite if you can manage it within your budget (rooms in Venice generallyconsist of space for a bed and a small wardrobe and little else)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UNA Hotel Venezia, precious pearl in the Lagoon, is a luxurious hotel located in the historical and lively Cannaregio district, close to the most important tourist sites. The prestigious building has been restored to the ancient grandeur in the classic Venetian style and features 37 gorgeous rooms and a rich American Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Una Hotel Venice