Due to a flight cancellation we had to leave home 2 days early for a cruise and this is the hotel our booking agent arranged for us. It's not one i would ever have booked for myself but as they were paying we had little choice!
First the positives.
The staff are all very helpful and friendly. Cant fault them at all.
The position of the hotel is good. Just a couple of minutes stroll to the main square with lots of restaurants and market stalls.
Bus stop for Venice is just around the corner and right outside the hotel on the way back.
Tickets are a couple of euro return and can be bought at reception. Bus takes about 20 mins into Venice.
Taxi to hotel from airport was 35 euro.
Now the negatives.
As has been said before there is no lift. We were on the second floor and having to carry heavy suitcases to the room was difficult.
Our room was small and dark. Not helped by the fact that it has tinted glass in the window and dark wallpaper. We were at the back of the hotel and our view was of an apartment that was being refurbished. We entered the room, i opened the curtain to look out and was confronted by the sight of a builders bum about 15 feet away from me!
Work on the building starts at 8am and goes on till around 6pm. Lots of drilling and sawing but to be fair, with the window shut the noise was minimal.
The bathroom was very small. Lots of mould on the tiles and grubby around the base of the bath and sink etc. I'm no Twiggy but i'm not exactly obese either and sitting on the toilet wasn't easy. One arm was wedged against the side of the sink and the other up against the toilet roll holder. Anyone of more ample proportions would have had real difficulty in using the thing at all!
On the plus side the bed was comfy.
Brakfast was basic. The dining room is small.At one end the tables seat 2 and are so close together in a line along the wall that it's almost impossible to sit at one if the table next to it is occupied.
Warm rolls and croissants are brought to the table and you help yourself to cereal, yoghurt, tinned fruit etc. Tea, coffee, juice and water from a machine.
Dont bother thinking about having breakfast in the "garden". It consists of 3 small tables in a yard - the photos on the hotel website make it look quite inviting - it's not!
As i have said i wouldn't have chosen to book this hotel but have to admit i'm at that stage of life where i can afford a bit better than this and maybe i have been spoiled in the past! It does have it's good points if you just want it as a base to get to Venice so dont dismiss it out of hand, just be aware of what you will be getting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the warmth of its history and its fresh renovation (2016) Hotel Garibaldi is your perfect choice to visit Venice and its beautiful sorroundings. You can reach Venice with a 20 minutes ride from the bus stop in front of us. We also have free bicycles to explore the parks, shops, and restaurants in the nice city center of Mestre. We are easily accessible from the airport Marco Polo, from the Venice-Mestre train station, and from the highway. Hotel Garibaldi has free parking for customers and individual garages. You will stay in quiet rooms, with modern and comfortable interior and Wi-Fi. We care about your breakfast, and you will have nice croissants, fresh eggs and fruit to start your wonderful day in Venice. The Zanchin family has managed Hotel Garibaldi for almost 50 years, working together with kind and competent personnel to make visitors feel at home. We are waiting for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garibaldi Hotel Mestre
- Hotel Garibaldi Province Of Venice/Mestre, Italy