Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: Hotel Giorgione, Venice, Italy

We stayed at Hotel Giorgione during our recent visit to Venice and would not hesitate to stay there again. The location was great...5-10 minutes to the Rialto bridge, 15-20 minutes to San Marco Plaza, 10-15 minutes to the Ghetto, 5 minutes to transportation to Murano and the airport.

Hotel Giorgione is an old boutique hotel. It has a spacious comfortable lobby that we used often as we waited for friends or enjoyed the afternoon coffee, tea and biscuits. Chandeliers and sconces made of Murano glass were everywhere, including the rooms.

This hotel is landlocked which meant that our water taxi needed to drop us about a 5-10 minute walk from the front door. There were no bridges between the drop-off point and the hotel so it was an easy walk with our rolling suitcases.

We arrived from our cruise ship at approximately 10 a.m., expecting to simply check our luggage and get on our way. Surprisingly our rooms were ready. We were staying there with another couple from our home town and two sisters who were traveling together. We were all on the second floor and, between the two elevators, were quickly into our rooms.

Our rate of 120 Euros per night included all taxes and a buffet breakfast. Hot items on the buffet included scrambled eggs and sometimes bacon, sausage or beans. Typical layout of cold meats, cheeses, pastry, cold cereal, breads, jams, etc.

The rooms we saw were all different. Some were larger than others. Some had a shower. Some had a tub. Our room was actually up a small flight of stairs. So if you require something specific, like no stairs at all, be sure to mention that when reserving your room.

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