There is a famous saying "See Venice and die." Meaning, of course, that after such a peak experience, there’s nothing left to do but die, and die happily….. I think I may know what they may die of and that is in fact boredom of an evening. Don’t get me wrong, this beautiful water world is something of a spectacular site, but after spending hundreds of euro throughout the day, returning to small (dated) accommodation to watch BBC world news and bed by 8:30 is not one of the highlights. One just has to laugh it off as a wonderful experience that you are likely not to repeat.
The hotel was traditional Venetian style, which to most would appear a marbled 80s velour theme, but was clean and comfortable if you got the right room. Other guests have stated the rooms are ‘small’ however I don’t think anyone could comprehend the severity of the ‘matchbox room’ we were first issued with… let’s just say, I was thinking of changing my name to Thumbelina! If you were over 5 foot, more than a size zero you would find the standard room claustrophobic. I was keen to make a go of things but after 15 minutes, I sent my somewhat distressed beloved to request a room change. In his absence, I toyed with the possibility that I would in fact have to stay 3 nights in this room.. I explored the bathroom and almost died at the fact I would not fit one cheek into it (I am not that big either). Just when I thought I would throw myself out the window, my partner returned to say that we had been given an alternative room thanks to Simon (thank God for him at least) we were moved to a superior room (don’t get excited folks) that was much more liveable for the time we would end up spending there.
Following a busy day and room switching fun, we thought we would grab a bite in the local area. We found a restaurant not far from where we were staying and had pizza and beer before strolling back via the supermarket (opposite hotel) so we could stock the mini bar with goodies. Approximately 8:30pm we were off to bed.
Morning came and we strolled into the breakfast room… It was a fair breakfast room, with one poor soul rushing around like roadrunner trying to keep cups and saucers regularly refreshed. There were tea, coffee, juices, eggs, bacon, toast, cereal and fruit, so you can fill up on the food here (especially as most staff has no problem with you pocketing the croissants that we saw being poached from the table!)
After breakfast, we set out to St. Marco to explore. We were not disappointed. The no.14 water bus was direct from the Lido to St Marco and it was a fun, exciting way to see the sites. Please go exploring around St. Marco, the small alleyways and beautiful boutiques are just so beautiful and there are many things to see…. I would suggest a small café between St Marco and Rialto which was cheaper than the square, but was still perfect in the sunshine and for people watching.
If you want a drink in a pub/ bar of an evening, Venice is not for you. The whole place seems to shut down from 8pm so it’s best to get up early, eat, drink, explore and pass out like the Italians do here.. Honestly, there is nowhere to go for a drink before bed.. not even the hotel that looks like the Marie Céleste after dark.
I think the best thing about the hotel was its staff, sense of humour and the fact they did aim to please. We got directions to the beach which I have to say was one of the highlights of the holiday… it was about 15 degrees in pure sunshine and we discovered a lovely little beach front café playing Paul Weller that was just perfect! Honestly we could have stayed all day! Fantastic views too and beautiful shells scattered on the shore… romantic and relaxing ahhhh
Thank you Le Boulevard Hotel, you have a prime location and your hotel could be so fabulous, but you just need to take some advice from the tourists and perhaps think about opening your own late night bar – you would make a fortune!
PS UK Tour Operators: The visitor tax thing, you need to tell your customers to expect this, we found out by trip advisor. Its 3.20 euro per person for the first 5 days of your stay payable only in cash at the hotel.
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