A medieval palace, religious institution or merchant's house cannot be converted into a modern hotel with identical bedrooms, although ruthless use of a steel joists has opened up many a spacious lobby behind a Renaissance facade. Thus the same hotel is likely to offer both large and lofty bedrooms commanding magnificent views and dark poky rooms overlooking a dank ventilation well or an alley. If a particular hotel is known to command fine views, suitable rooms can usually be reserved at an extra charge.
HOTELS in Venice
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Most Venetian hotels now serve only breakfast and only the grandest offer a cooked breakfast. A number have good restaurants but, as a general rule, half board should be avoided because this nearly always involves the evening meal and so hampers the enjoyable exploration of the city's restaurants. The tourist information offices at Piazzale Roma, on the Tronchetto, at Santa Lucia railway station, Marco Polo airport and the Venice exit of the autostrada at Marghera all operate a hotel booking service. If a room is found the 5 EUR deposit is deducted from your first night's bill.
There are dozens very imposing hotels in Venice, most of them, suitably, on the Grand Canal near San Marco.
Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth is a former Gothic palazzo with its architectural splendours incorporated into its public rooms, courtyard and rose garden, but here, too single rooms can be cell-sized.
Londra Palace, Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4171 - is one of the hotels along the Riva degli Schiavoni - so overlooking the Basin of San Marco. It is efficiently run and comfortable.
Hotel Luna, Calle dell'Ascensione San Marco 1234. Like the Bonvecchiati, this is a comfortable package holiday hotel in the higher price bracket. Its position near the Piazza San Marco is convenient for exploring the city.
Moderately priced Hotels
The following are popular with regular visitors to Venice.
Hotel Accademia - This is a 17th century house in its own garden at the junction of two canals, just off the Canal Grande. Only breakfast is served (in the garden when warm. Although the hotel is no longer family owned, the management has improved. Its position remains idyllic, particularly when the wisteria is in bloom, and it is prudent to ask for a room overlooking the front or back garden as those above the canal at one side can be noisy with barges in the early morning.
Hotel Pausania - San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2824. This hotel is on a quiet canal where vegetables are sold to housewife's direct from a moored bridge. It has recently been modernized but upper-floor bedrooms are reached by a steep stone Gothic staircase in the courtyard.
The choice of pleasant accommodation for visitors on a low budget is limited, but there are some gems of pensioni with historical or literary associations or fine views to compensate for any lack of luxury.
Among the tall trees just inland from the famous beach stands the Quattro Fontane ( Via Fontane 4/16), a comfortable, rambling house in an oddly alpine style with a modern wing. In summer, meals and drinks are served in the large garden, and a vaporetto stops near by at the Casino pier from lunchtime until 4. hours every half hour and takes passengers direct to San Marco.
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