Venice - 2 or 3 nights in a 4* hotel inc flights from £169 @ Groupon clearskyholidays
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Venice - 2 or 3 nights in a 4* hotel inc flights from £169 @ Groupon clearskyholidays

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Found 27th Jan 2012
Now i know as a rule these deals go down like a lead balloon but i am genuinely interested in this and would like to know peoples honest opinions and/or the same deal for a cheaper price please if you vote cold.

I'm thinking of taking my girlfriend to Venice as she wants to go there but i have no idea about it.
This deal seems good as the reviews for the hotel are pretty good and it's only a 10 minute cheap bus ride into Venice, which you get on opposite the hotel.

Venice: Two or Three Nights For Two With Flights from £169 Per Person, or With Gondola Ride from £189 Per Person at the 4* Delfino Hotel (Up to 50% Off)

Highlights
•Contemporary 4* hotel
•Ten minute bus ride to Venice
•Free Wi-Fi within hotel and parking available on-site

The Deal
•Double or twin room
•Optional 35 minute gondola ride
•Flights from Stansted or Gatwick

I'm not sure if it'd be worth paying the extra for the gondola ride as i have no idea how much they'd be there.

Please feel free to give me any pointers and info.
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venice stinks bad!!!!!! be warned
Can never the why someone would want to go to Venice and then stay outside Venice at Mestre so you have to take a bus or train into Venice itself. A bit like visiting London and staying in Croydon.
I'd avoid to be honest - for the £340 they're asking you'd be able to get a holiday in Venice the normal way. Low cost operator flights, so extra charge to take bags with you as well, and limited availability so you're going to struggle to get dates. You're basically commiting to a holiday that you've no guarantee of getting unless you're 100% flexible on dates and departure points.

We booked with The Sun for a Eurocamp in Rome (Venice was available as well) for £42 for 4 nights, and there are plenty of cheap flights starting at about £40 each for our dates in Oct. Obviously the Eurocamp isn't everyone's cup of tea, but just an example.

Also be aware that in some of the reviews I read before we booked, it said that many Italian hotels self-rate themselves so an Italina 4* may not be the same as a UK 4*. Most of the hotels that came up in my initial search were 4*!
We went for a weekend and it was great. Heard all that about the smell but didn't hardly notice it. Looks a good deal! I'd pay extra to include the ride as out there it's a lot of haggling to book gondola.
But we just booked cheap flight online then the hotel - always seems cheapest way.
kevinyork

Can never the why someone would want to go to Venice and then stay … Can never the why someone would want to go to Venice and then stay outside Venice at Mestre so you have to take a bus or train into Venice itself. A bit like visiting London and staying in Croydon.



Croydon is a borough of London , Just 14 min`s to London Bridge from East Croydon
We stayed in the Hotel sofitel in Venice and went with easyjet. Loved every minute of it (I don't recall it stinking?) Stayed for 4 nights and then got a train to Rome and stayed there for a bit. Can't remember the exact price but it was very reasonable and we got a deal with the hotel to get an extra night free if stay for 3 nights.
girlfriend and I went to Venice last April it didn't stink! we stayed central which is more expensive but worth it. a lot of people on a budget will stay on nearby lido and get a waterbus into Venice each day. be aware that Venice is very expensive eating and drinking out unless you stick to the supermarkets and cheaper pizza places.
Edited by: "redted1977" 27th Jan 2012
oh and gondola rides are set price of 100 euros for 45 minutes. speedboat from airport is the same or about 12 euros for waterbus from airport
Venice is superb, spent a week there and stayed at Venice Lido.
Got a 7 day pass for the Water buses(Vapareto) which was worth it's weight in gold as you can get out to Murano(Glass) & Burano(Sunny Balamory if you know what I mean? ) on it.
Venice after 4pm is a completely different place, when all the day trippers leave, prices in resturaunts also come down
I took my girlfriend to Venice and Rome for a week and it was amazing, if a tad expensive. You could shop around and save yourselves some well needed spending money!

And don't worry about the smell its only noticeable during the night when the water cools down (and it isn't that bad)
B00mer15

venice stinks bad!!!!!! be warned


Nonsense - only in the summer, and even then not all the time.
We went to Venice with friends last year, stayed centrally, it is a beautiful place, but we found it was terrible for food and wine, poor quality and VERY pricey. The deal doesn't seem to bad though.
Oh, when we went it had flooded, you had to walk around the streets on planks, St Marks was underwater, it was actually quite good fun. The Doge's palace is worth a visit.
Highly recommend Venice, but for a little extra cash, you can get a much better deal than this.

Check out the hotels on Venice Lido for cheap stays, while still really close to the main city.

Lovely place, plenty to see, and doesn't stink!
I went to Venice in 2010. It was a fantastic day. It was incredibly hot, but even then we didn't notice any smell.

We were camping just outside at a lovely campsite with a pool, etc., which had its own bus to the centre.

Fantastic place I thought.

We found that the food was cheap in the resteraunts, but they charge a fortune for drinks! €6 for a can of Coke, if I remember correctly!

Dont worry too much about the smell.
halecrater

Heard all that about the smell but didn't hardly notice it. .



So you noticed it a lot then?

Hi Op, I bought this deal a couple of months ago when they did the same deal. And you know what?
Me and my gf are off to venice tomorrow!!! Am very excited yet have no idea as to how to fully utilised this opportunity (I mean I have no idea of what is the best place to visit and where is the nice and cheap restaurant, what are the things that we must do when we're there etc)

FYI, I bought the optional gondola and stay for an extra night. all for 199. The deal starts from 149 as oppose to 169 now, but still it is a good deal as you cant get much cheaper if you book for yourself.
P.S: Please do remember to book earlier(me and my gf called the operator and book at the very last minute which left us not much choice and had to pay 50 pounds to depart from east midlands airport). Then we negotiated the price with him and you know what? We get free breakfast for 3 days. So when you book it, remember to ask them to offer you free breakfast!

offshorebairn

Venice is superb, spent a week there and stayed at Venice Lido. Got a 7 … Venice is superb, spent a week there and stayed at Venice Lido. Got a 7 day pass for the Water buses(Vapareto) which was worth it's weight in gold as you can get out to Murano(Glass) & Burano(Sunny Balamory if you know what I mean? ) on it.Venice after 4pm is a completely different place, when all the day trippers leave, prices in resturaunts also come down



May I know what are Murano(Glass) & Burano(Sunny Balamory)?
I need more info so not missing out once in a life time chance there =(
Edited by: "pisces2588" 27th Jan 2012
pisces2588

Hi Op, I bought this deal a couple of months ago when they did the same … Hi Op, I bought this deal a couple of months ago when they did the same deal. And you know what? Me and my gf are off to venice tomorrow!!! Am very excited yet have no idea as to how to fully utilised this opportunity (I mean I have no idea of what is the best place to visit and where is the nice and cheap restaurant, what are the things that we must do when we're there etc)FYI, I bought the optional gondola and stay for an extra night. all for 199. The deal starts from 149 as oppose to 169 now, but still it is a good deal as you cant get much cheaper if you book for yourself.P.S: Please do remember to book earlier(me and my gf called the operator and book at the very last minute which left us not much choice and had to pay 50 pounds to depart from east midlands airport). Then we negotiated the price with him and you know what? We get free breakfast for 3 days. So when you book it, remember to ask them to offer you free breakfast!May I know what are Murano(Glass) & Burano(Sunny Balamory)?I need more info so not missing out once in a life time chance there =(



Murano & Burano are islands, just a little boat trip away. Murano is famed for it's glass making, very pretty stuff but some of it very expensive. Burano is famous for lace, and also biscuits. The houses are all painted different colours - apparently so that if there were a fire in days gone by, the fisherman would know whose house it was.

I'd recommend you set aside a lot of time for exploring Venice by foot (don't always catch the water bus to get from one place to the next - you'll miss some real treats), and check out all the little shops. Don't eat too close to St Marks Square as it seems to be a lot more expensive around that area, and as said previously, things get cheaper later in the day. You'll have a great time though
pisces2588

Hi Op, I bought this deal a couple of months ago when they did the same … Hi Op, I bought this deal a couple of months ago when they did the same deal. And you know what? Me and my gf are off to venice tomorrow!!! Am very excited yet have no idea as to how to fully utilised this opportunity (I mean I have no idea of what is the best place to visit and where is the nice and cheap restaurant, what are the things that we must do when we're there etc)May I know what are Murano(Glass) & Burano(Sunny Balamory)?I need more info so not missing out once in a life time chance there =(



You'll have a great time. Wonderful city, whatever the time of year. High water looking OK for the next few days, but it's not really a problem (so long as you stick to the duckboards!):

http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/1748
http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/22795

Just walk - with the occasional vaporetto trip for a change:

http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice-vaporetto-fares.htm

And if you happen to like ice cream, real Italian ice cream is unforgettable - whatever the time of year. (_;)
Agreed it's a great place to visit. Last did so 2 years ago then sailed out of there on a cruise ship - spectacular!

9 Euros for a small beer (in a back street cafe) is one less pleasant memory though!
mikefellows

Murano & Burano are islands, just a little boat trip away. Murano is … Murano & Burano are islands, just a little boat trip away. Murano is famed for it's glass making, very pretty stuff but some of it very expensive. Burano is famous for lace, and also biscuits. The houses are all painted different colours - apparently so that if there were a fire in days gone by, the fisherman would know whose house it was.I'd recommend you set aside a lot of time for exploring Venice by foot (don't always catch the water bus to get from one place to the next - you'll miss some real treats), and check out all the little shops. Don't eat too close to St Marks Square as it seems to be a lot more expensive around that area, and as said previously, things get cheaper later in the day. You'll have a great time though



Thanks Mike for notifying me via PM and the lil story =) They are on my exploring list now =)
May I know how much it cost to go to these islands and how far are they?
From 20 Euro apparently:

http://www.tours-italy.com/venice-boat_tours-venice_three_island_boat_tours.htm

Not sure how far they are though.
mikefellows

From 20 Euro … From 20 Euro apparently:http://www.tours-italy.com/venice-boat_tours-venice_three_island_boat_tours.htmNot sure how far they are though.



Cheers Mike, that's helpful. Am thinking if it is worth going to these islands by ourselves rather than follow trip, coz they only stay 30-35 in each island
pisces2588

Cheers Mike, that's helpful. Am thinking if it is worth going to these … Cheers Mike, that's helpful. Am thinking if it is worth going to these islands by ourselves rather than follow trip, coz they only stay 30-35 in each island


Do it yourself - much, much cheaper:

actv.it/en/…ice
Hi

It may be too late as you may already have left but you can buy the Vaporetti tickets online at http://www.venicelink.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1〈=english&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

The 72 hour pass comes with a free islands tour so although it is €45, you have a €20 tour included. When you go to Murano, they are on commission to go to the most expensive shop so after watching the free 'how it's made' show, ignore that one and go along a couple of shops and the same stuff will be cheaper. The €45 was good for us as it included the boat trip from the airport to the island and since we were staying on the island, it was ideal. If you just want to get about within Venice, a standard Vaporetto pass for 72 hours is €33 - see actv.it/en/…ice but you can't pre-book and it doesn't include the island trip.

Please note on the island tour that they do not wait and at least 10 people were left behind when we were doing the tour!!
Edited by: "olderthanhelooks" 28th Jan 2012
the hotel booked the rooms first then the flights It wasn`t till halfway through a long phone call they told us the flights ONLY went from Stanstead!! As we live in Portsmouth it would cost in excess of £60
return by train or taxi! This, and having to pay for breakfast, adds too much on to what started as a cheaper holiday!!
poetgirl

the hotel booked the rooms first then the flights It wasn`t till halfway … the hotel booked the rooms first then the flights It wasn`t till halfway through a long phone call they told us the flights ONLY went from Stanstead!! As we live in Portsmouth it would cost in excess of £60return by train or taxi! This, and having to pay for breakfast, adds too much on to what started as a cheaper holiday!!



You thought the plane would collect you from your front door?

Seems a pretty fundamental piece of information to look for before booking!
[quote=Newbold][quote=pisces2588] [quote=mikefellows] From 20 Euro apparently:

tours-italy.com/ven…htm

thanks for that mate. also thanks too "older than he looks". As im not staying on the island, the link above might suit me better. im now staying in hotel delfino, 15 mins away from venice, i have no idea why they say 15 mins away from "venice", it sounds like im not in venice lol. the hotel is nice, but there is no kettle provided until monday. they only provide it from mon-fri, how lame. one of the guest complaint about not able to access to the wifi but it works fine for me (typing from playbook).
@poetgirl, i had to pay 25pp for departing from east midlands as did the bookings on the last date which left me with no choice. I negotiated with them and was offered free breakfast for my stay in the hotel. so ask them to include breakfast as well as it does not cost them a penny.

I have bought a €13 return ticket within 10 days from treviso airport and it is 30mins from the nearest train station. then i will have to walk 15 min to my hotel. i guess i have already wasted this 13pounds as i can get the 12/24/36 hours ticket for bus and boat travel in venice.

my first day was quite unplanned, as we only explore the area that are close to my hotel, visited some shopping centres (apparently dogs are allowed to enter shopping centre) and into lv, gucci, food court... er... dog fur on your meal anyone?? lol

tomorrow might just get the tickets but many advice to explore by foot...
oh ya, the supermarket next door "PAM" was terrible for their service, no price on some items and once they are scanned at the counter, you will not be allowed to cancel it.. darn... a small box of unpriced sushi cost me 9.90 in supermarket like asda...

Edited by: "pisces2588" 28th Jan 2012
oh btw.. i did not smell anything.. just some usual smell in hotel..
Hi Pisces

The tour in the link is exactly the tour you get for free with the €45 72 hour ticket. I think it goes twice a day. Whilst walking is good for seeing Venice, it is also useful to be able to hop on and off vaporetti to walk from a different place.

Hope you have a brilliant time.
olderthanhelooks

Hi PiscesThe tour in the link is exactly the tour you get for free with … Hi PiscesThe tour in the link is exactly the tour you get for free with the €45 72 hour ticket. I think it goes twice a day. Whilst walking is good for seeing Venice, it is also useful to be able to hop on and off vaporetti to walk from a different place.hi there, I do enjoy my time here despite not able to find nice cheap seafood and nice cheap italian food. as for the ticket, i ended up paying 22euros for a " rolling card" which is like young person card. it valids for 72 hours for bus and boat. so everything gets sorted. going to those islands tomorrow.. thanksHope you have a brilliant time.


miikeyblue

Highly recommend Venice, but for a little extra cash, you can get a much … Highly recommend Venice, but for a little extra cash, you can get a much better deal than this.Check out the hotels on Venice Lido for cheap stays, while still really close to the main city.Lovely place, plenty to see, and doesn't stink!


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