Westin Europa Regina

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by dina4 on May 9, 2005

Staying at the Westin Europa and Regina was everything we ever dreamed that Venice could be. First of all, it is right on the Grand Canal. If you don't mind a splurge, you can take a water taxi directly to the hotel, or (if you don't mind lugging your luggage through Venice's narrow alleys and want to save a few euros) take the vaporetto to the stop about 2 blocks away.

The service from the moment we arrived was outstanding. We were given adjoining rooms on the 2nd floor overlooking the Grand Canal. (We are a family of four, and it is nearly impossible to get a room for four in Italy!) If you can, ask for these rooms--105 and 106! The rooms were so big (a shock for Europe!) and so gorgeous that you could have been very happy staying there and never leaving. We opened the windows and heard singing gondoliers passing by during the day and early evening. At night, Italian opera music wafted through the air from the cafe below. The view alone from our rooms was a feast for the eyes.

But don't forget, Venice is a beautiful city. You must tear yourself away from this hotel, and the Westin's location (aside from being on the Grand Canal) is perfect. It is a 5-minute walk to St. Mark's Square, a 2-minute walk from the main gondola station, and a 10-minute walk (if you don't get lost) to the Rialto Bridge. We also had breakfast on the terrace, which was VERY overpriced (I think it was about 20 euros per person!), but the atmosphere overlooking the water and passing morning boats was worth every euro. Some people seem to get breakfast included in their hotel stay, but we stayed for free on our Starwood points and had to pay the big bucks for breakfast.

This is an unforgettable hotel in an unforgettable city. You won't be disappointed!

The Westin Europa and Regina
Venice, Italy, 30124


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