Hotel Bucintoro

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Shetraveler on July 16, 2001

I will never forget room #16. This hotel would really be an ordinary one-star establishment if it weren''t for the extraordinary views at such a reasonable price! The rooms themselves were very plain and simple without A/C, but nearly every one has a view of either the San Marco Basin, with the Lido on one side and the the Doge''s Place and S. Maria Della Salute on the other (room # 10 is one). Opening your window is like having Monet's Venice series right in your room. Your view will be different everytime.

Located at the end of the Riva dei Schiavoni, away from the hordes that spill out of San Marco, it's about a 15 minute walk to the square. Conveniently located right next to the Arsenal vaporetto stop, and minutes to the the little Castello neighborhood off the Via Garibaldi, where the restaurant I reviewed Al Nuovo Galeon is located. One thing about having a view... it''s like sleeping next to a noisy boulevard. If you insist on quiet late at night and early in the morning, stay away from this location (or any other room on the canal). The staff is English-speaking and quite helpful. They even insisted on making us a cappuccino at 6 am before we caught our boat to the train station. There's no elevator here but the stairs are gentle and someone is always available to to carry your bags up for you. Also, it is the typical non-traceable "cash only."

Hotel Bucintoro
Castello 2135, Riva San Biagio
Venice, Italy
041 522 3240

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