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we won a trip to Venice and we have to choose where we want to stay.... can anyone suggest a hotel or area to stay? Ive googled and am even more confused lol. it is for just me and my fella (kids are … Read More
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
we won a trip to Venice and we have to choose where we want to stay.... can anyone suggest a hotel or area to stay? Ive googled and am even more confused lol. it is for just me and my fella (kids are with nanny) we are in our 20's and I dont really want to be going to art galleries Id like to see nice places/pretty places and famous places and have nice places to eat ect... can anyone recommend anywhere please or any advice please xx
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1 Like #1
hi i went to venice and stayed close to st marc's square! we didnt really find many places to go or many pub! it was nice to see and was a good experiance but i wouldnt go back there in a hurry!
1 Like #2
Lucky you!!!!............. i've been there years ago (so can't give you any up-to-date advise) but it was a beautiful place!!!...... you have to book yourself a BOAT TAXI........to get to your hotel.:-D
1 Like #3
no but i want to :lol: hope u have a great time
banned#4
take a peg, it stinks, i stayed in lido (think thats what is was called) very nice but venice itself stinks and pigewons everywhere
#5
sassie
take a peg, it stinks, i stayed in lido (think thats what is was called) very nice but venice itself stinks and pigewons everywhere


Only in the summer sas.

I went in December a few years ago and it was more hot chocolate inside than beers outside.
banned#6
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Only in the summer sas.

I went in December a few years ago and it was more hot chocolate inside than beers outside.


oh yes i did go in the summer, wasnt my sort of place
1 Like #7
My wife & I went to Venice recently after winning a holiday and we stayed here
Very nice place, and friendly! It was just bed & breakfast (Continental buffet)
It is on the Lido. Not much to do round there aprt from a few shops, and some pretty buildings, however, buy a ticket to last the week so you can just jump on & off the water buses and get off by St Marks Square and just wander round there! The stop is opposite the hotel.
I dont think Venice smells at all. There is lots of people and pigeons tho!

If you need any more info, I'll see what I can do! :thumbsup:

You can see our pics HERE
#8
We went on a company all expenses paid trip here in May. 5 star luxury right by St Marks Sq on the Grand Canal. Fantastic hotel and food but def not cheap if you have to pay yourself. Weather was beautifully hot and there was no smell at all. Do a boat trip to Murano (glass factories) and Burano island (stunning.)
1 Like #9
http://moridoriente.hotelinvenice.com/
Less touristy - the 'real' Venice'. More romantic dare I say. Do NOT go on a gondola. Plenty of places to eat nearby.

The hotel is on the far side of this canal, where the stripey poles are.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/venice/DSCF0996.jpg

TBH you can walk anywhere quite easily on the island,or go by water bus, so choose the hotel you fancy.
I'm not all that fond of the St Mark's Square area - full of pigeons and tourists!!
#10
sorry didnt reply last night I fell asleep :oops: glass of wine knocked me out :oops:

thank you for all your suggestions , now going to look into them. a few people have said its expensive, our prize includes breakfast and evening meal so I might just skip lunch lol.

will go to the glass place, a couple of people have suggested that too. also someone has mentioned river buses? where you buy a ticket which lets you jump on a boat and hop off where you like??

we're going in april friday to tuesday, will it be cold or warm?? also do they speak english at all there or should learn a bit of italian?? lol thanks again and Ive repd you all x
#11
birdyboyuk
My wife & I went to Venice recently after winning a holiday and we stayed here
Very nice place, and friendly! It was just bed & breakfast (Continental buffet)
It is on the Lido. Not much to do round there aprt from a few shops, and some pretty buildings, however, buy a ticket to last the week so you can just jump on & off the water buses and get off by St Marks Square and just wander round there! The stop is opposite the hotel.
I dont think Venice smells at all. There is lots of people and pigeons tho!

If you need any more info, I'll see what I can do! :thumbsup:

You can see our pics HERE


Ive just re-read your post, a family friend told me about these water buses too, will definatly be doing this! your photos look lovely, what time of year did you go? now going to look into where you stayed, I looked yesterday for a hotel that did breakfast and evening meals but all I could find was ones that only done breakfast. thanks for showing me your photos,
#12
chesso
http://moridoriente.hotelinvenice.com/
Less touristy - the 'real' Venice'. More romantic dare I say. Do NOT go on a gondola. Plenty of places to eat nearby.

The hotel is on the far side of this canal, where the stripey poles are.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/venice/DSCF0996.jpg

TBH you can walk anywhere quite easily on the island,or go by water bus, so choose the hotel you fancy.
I'm not all that fond of the St Mark's Square area - full of pigeons and tourists!!


just checked dates we're going and they're fully booked :roll:

hotel looks lovely though
#13
kirsty1981
Ive just re-read your post, a family friend told me about these water buses too, will definatly be doing this! your photos look lovely, what time of year did you go? now going to look into where you stayed, I looked yesterday for a hotel that did breakfast and evening meals but all I could find was ones that only done breakfast. thanks for showing me your photos,

We went in October. Weather was ok, 1 day of hot sunshine, and the rest was really foggy, and it rained.
That hotel only does breakfast I believe. We went to the supermarket for dinner! :) Bought some cheese, rolls & salami!

Venice is expensive also. If you buy a drink, its cheaper to drink it at the counter than go and sit down!
Ice cream prices are reasonable, as are the pizzas. They're tasty! :p
#14
It'll be nice in April,I would think. We have been twice, both times in late October with lovely weather except as we arrived last time- chucking it down! Although I hope it's not Easter as it will be packed - well if those are your dates, then what can you do?? Que sera sera!
Tickets for vaporetti - you can't get them actually on the water buses, but you can from lots of places, see;
http://www.venicewelcome.com/actv/vaporetto.htm

Think about getting the bus or go by water ( on alilaguna) from the airport ( Marco Polo)
http://goeurope.about.com/cs/venice/a/venice_trans.htm
http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/1333

Nothing to stop you having a go at learning a bit of Italian, but you'll find that you get by without.
#15
A group of us went to Venice a couple of years ago when we were doing a whistle-stop tour of Italy (5 lads/ 21-25). I can’t remember the exact hotel we stayed in but it was only around 25 Euros a night, so there are bargains to be had. I would stay on the main ‘island’ because the bus boats stop at around 11 and the taxi boats are quite expensive. If you’re going in the summer there are a lot of mosquitoes so beware you will be bitten. For a drink we bought .5l bottles of beer for ~2 Euros from food carts around the place and just sat by the canals (they have these carts all the places we went in Italy)

For the transport most of Italy runs an honour system, were generally no one checks if you have tickets, in Venice we got checked every time, so I would advise buying a ticket rather than just sneaking on – 5 Euros a journey but in 2006.
#16
Venice is beautiful and by far my most favourite city break. I went with friends in February and it didnt smell.

We stayed in the hotel bellini - ideal location in venice and only a short walk from the main bus square where we were dropped off. Didnt need water taxis as everywhere was within walking distance. If you do a search on travelsupermarket you might get a good rate.

TIP - barter for a gondola and never accept their price. We told a gondoleer he was too expensive (wanted €50 or something like that) so we offered €20 and he accepted. We might have been lucky but its worth a try.
#17
When I went, Gondola's were €90!! :shock:
1 Like #18
Hello there

I love Venice. I think in April it will be beautiful, although you can never bank on the weather I suppose.

Am I right in thinking you haven't yet booked your accommodation? Pretty much everywhere in Venice will be fine as far as location goes. It is not a big place and easy to cover by foot. Last time I was there I stayed in the Dorsoduro area which was nice and atmospheric. We stayed in an apartment and self-catered, but if you are just there for a few days then a hotel is probably better. I have also stayed in the San Polo area, and that was very nice indeed. San Marco is the most central, and is likely to be the most expensive, but if you want to be at the hub of things then this is probably the best option for you. I have an ambition to stay in the Palazzo Barbarigo which is off the Grande Canale, but as I am student at the moment it is somewhat out of my budget. As I said, nowehere is a long walk, and the water buses are easy to use, and also quite cheap if you don't use them all the time.

I suppose the main sights are the Rialto area and St. Marks Square, although of course there are thousands of things to see. As you mention, going to see some of the glass factories is also good idea. Personally I love museums, but last time I went to Venice I was there for 5 days and didn't set foot inside one. There is plenty to see and do by just walking around the city. I also love shopping and there are plenty of opportunities for this if you want to buy glass, paper products and stationary, that sort of thing. On the whole it is quite expensive for shopping in general, but you can do easy day trips to somewhere like Padua if you want to find somewhere a bit bigger.

A nice thing to do is to take the waterbus which goes down the Gran Canal. I can't remember which number it is but a guide book will tell you. From this there are lots of lovely sights which otherwise would be hard to get to- mainly the historical palazzi which open onto the waterfront- and then you can get off in the Arsenale sestiere and wander back to the centre just taking in the surroundings. You can stop for a coffee or a snack on the way back.

We went to a really nice bar in Campo Santa Margherita, I think it was called the Antica Fenestra or something like that (it has an ancient blocked up window at the back of the restaurant). It was lovely, full of local people and the staff were very friendly, helping me get my noun endings correct. The food and drink was reasonable and delicious, lots of antipasti and prosecco.

Even if you don't want to go into the museums, I particularly like the wooden bridge by the Accademia, and it also gives you some lovely views. There are lots of nice little shops around the San Polo area, and there is also a fish and food market which is quite fun to wander around if you get there early enough.

There are churches galore if you like that sort of thing as well. I would definitely recommend going into St. Mark's because the mosaics are stunning. You could also take atour around the Doge's Palace, which I haven't done myself but I'm sure is fascinating.

In general it can be expensive to eat in Venice, and I would recommend a guide book which gives you prices. You can get a pizza quite cheaply in somewhere like Ae Oche (The Geese), and there are two as far as I know, one in Santa Croce and one on the Zattere. They are really tasty and not too pricey. Then you can go somewhere for an ice cream and have stroll if the weather's nice.

Last thing; although to sit down and have a coffee can be quite expensive, if you hang around at the bar instead of sitting down at a table it should only cost about 1euro for a coffee if you just need a quick caffeine hit.

Have a great time. I am jealous! It is extremely romantic and to me has an atmosphere which is completely unlike anywhere else in Italy.

I forgot, you can get day or multi-day passes for the waterbuses which can be a good option if you want to use them a lot.
#19
thank you everyone for your advice, I feel a bit better now I know a bit if what to expect, I was worried that we'd pick a hotel which was miles away from anything lol.... hadnt realised Venice was so small lol.
My fella won the holiday at his works christmas raffle! they booked our flights yesterday, we're going friday to tuesday. bit worried about leaving the kiddies but am looking forward to going.

this is our first trip away completely on our own and thanks to all your suggestions we can plan what we're going to do.

have I read that right that it cost more to sit and have a drink?? its cheaper to stand at the bar?? also are there supermarkets there?

would like to go on a gondola just to say Ive done it, not sure if I dare haggle though lol, might see if my fella is feeling brave lol.

thanks again everyone xx
#20
studentessa
Hello there

I love Venice. I think in April it will be beautiful, although you can never bank on the weather I suppose.

Am I right in thinking you haven't yet booked your accommodation? Pretty much everywhere in Venice will be fine as far as location goes. It is not a big place and easy to cover by foot. Last time I was there I stayed in the Dorsoduro area which was nice and atmospheric. We stayed in an apartment and self-catered, but if you are just there for a few days then a hotel is probably better. I have also stayed in the San Polo area, and that was very nice indeed. San Marco is the most central, and is likely to be the most expensive, but if you want to be at the hub of things then this is probably the best option for you. I have an ambition to stay in the Palazzo Barbarigo which is off the Grande Canale, but as I am student at the moment it is somewhat out of my budget. As I said, nowehere is a long walk, and the water buses are easy to use, and also quite cheap if you don't use them all the time.

I suppose the main sights are the Rialto area and St. Marks Square, although of course there are thousands of things to see. As you mention, going to see some of the glass factories is also good idea. Personally I love museums, but last time I went to Venice I was there for 5 days and didn't set foot inside one. There is plenty to see and do by just walking around the city. I also love shopping and there are plenty of opportunities for this if you want to buy glass, paper products and stationary, that sort of thing. On the whole it is quite expensive for shopping in general, but you can do easy day trips to somewhere like Padua if you want to find somewhere a bit bigger.

A nice thing to do is to take the waterbus which goes down the Gran Canal. I can't remember which number it is but a guide book will tell you. From this there are lots of lovely sights which otherwise would be hard to get to- mainly the historical palazzi which open onto the waterfront- and then you can get off in the Arsenale sestiere and wander back to the centre just taking in the surroundings. You can stop for a coffee or a snack on the way back.

We went to a really nice bar in Campo Santa Margherita, I think it was called the Antica Fenestra or something like that (it has an ancient blocked up window at the back of the restaurant). It was lovely, full of local people and the staff were very friendly, helping me get my noun endings correct. The food and drink was reasonable and delicious, lots of antipasti and prosecco.

Even if you don't want to go into the museums, I particularly like the wooden bridge by the Accademia, and it also gives you some lovely views. There are lots of nice little shops around the San Polo area, and there is also a fish and food market which is quite fun to wander around if you get there early enough.

There are churches galore if you like that sort of thing as well. I would definitely recommend going into St. Mark's because the mosaics are stunning. You could also take atour around the Doge's Palace, which I haven't done myself but I'm sure is fascinating.

In general it can be expensive to eat in Venice, and I would recommend a guide book which gives you prices. You can get a pizza quite cheaply in somewhere like Ae Oche (The Geese), and there are two as far as I know, one in Santa Croce and one on the Zattere. They are really tasty and not too pricey. Then you can go somewhere for an ice cream and have stroll if the weather's nice.

Last thing; although to sit down and have a coffee can be quite expensive, if you hang around at the bar instead of sitting down at a table it should only cost about 1euro for a coffee if you just need a quick caffeine hit.

Have a great time. I am jealous! It is extremely romantic and to me has an atmosphere which is completely unlike anywhere else in Italy.

I forgot, you can get day or multi-day passes for the waterbuses which can be a good option if you want to use them a lot.


thank you so much for taking the time to write all that, I appreciate it ta x Ive jotted down the places youve suggested... many thanks xx
#21
kirsty1981
thank you everyone for your advice, I feel a bit better now I know a bit if what to expect, I was worried that we'd pick a hotel which was miles away from anything lol.... hadnt realised Venice was so small lol.
My fella won the holiday at his works christmas raffle! they booked our flights yesterday, we're going friday to tuesday. bit worried about leaving the kiddies but am looking forward to going.

this is our first trip away completely on our own and thanks to all your suggestions we can plan what we're going to do.

have I read that right that it cost more to sit and have a drink?? its cheaper to stand at the bar?? also are there supermarkets there?

would like to go on a gondola just to say Ive done it, not sure if I dare haggle though lol, might see if my fella is feeling brave lol.

thanks again everyone xx


Very nice:thumbsup:
It is true that you stand at the bar for cheaper drinks. That's what the Italians do on their way to work and getting their caffeine fix! On a lovely holiday, I cannot imagine why you would want to do that, just my opinion!

Hope you don't get a side wash from a vaporetto! Definitely haggle.

Supermarkets are dotted around but not all that obvious.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/venicesupermarkets.gif
Just ask at reception for the nearest one and don't be afraid to ask at reception if you want help with anything at all. You're not there for very long and you don't want to spend most of your time trying to find things out.
IMO if you don't do anything else, go to the Doge's Palace.

Have a lovely time.

Also - a really useful, tough and weatherproof map is the Rough Guide Map Venice - pick up one in the airport if you get the chance.
#22
You are very welcome. It always helps to have some tips before you go and people's recommendations can be better than guidebooks sometimes.

Oh I remember that bar in Campo Santa Margherita is called La Bifora, which is the old type of window I was trying to remember .

Also Campo Santa Margherita has some interesting shops and market stalls. There is a boat where you can buy fresh fruit and veg, not that you might want to but it looks fun.

If you go on a gondola you should definitely haggle a little bit. Just give it a try, don't feel bad. I'm sure they will be expecting it to a certain degree. Wrap up warm for that though! I think the BBC website has some good mp3 phrases on the Learning Zone bit, or at least they used to, which might be helpful.

Chesso is definitelty right about a waterproof map as well. Have a great time!

Buon viaggio!
#23
thanks for all your help everyone! got a couple more questions :-D is the water safe to drink there? and do I need to take an adapter so I can use my hairdryer and straighteners? thanks again x
#24
kirsty1981
thanks for all your help everyone! got a couple more questions :-D is the water safe to drink there? and do I need to take an adapter so I can use my hairdryer and straighteners? thanks again x


Yes the water is safe to drink.

Yes, you do need to take an adapter for your straighteners; I'd be surprised if they didn't provide an hairdrier.
Also - a bit of info - I'd be surprised if they did provide tea and coffee making facilties, only a very few hotels in Italy are starting to catch on, - we always have a travel kettle and melamine mugs, tea, coffee, spoons and dried milk ( until you get fresh semi-skimmed milk, latte fresco parzialement scremato), but I can't live without my morning cuppa!!
#25
chesso
Yes the water is safe to drink.

Yes, you do need to take an adapter for your straighteners; I'd be surprised if they didn't provide an hairdrier.
Also - a bit of info - I'd be surprised if they did provide tea and coffee making facilties, only a very few hotels in Italy are starting to catch on, - we always have a travel kettle and melamine mugs, tea, coffee, spoons and dried milk ( until you get fresh semi-skimmed milk, latte fresco parzialement scremato), but I can't live without my morning cuppa!!


thanks ever so much x x and thanks for advice about tea! its really helpful finding out all these things before we go and I really appreciate it xx thanks again

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