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Stayed here for 5 nights and loved it. Took about half an hour to find it (which seemed ages in the heat), we printed the map from the hotel website but it didn't really show the smaller streets of which there were many! I'd advise...More
This hotel was in the perfect location for us - about halfway between Rialto bridge and San Marco. Very helpful, friendly staff, with a very nice breakfast on the Campo Santa Marina. Our room was extremely small - barely a foot around the bed, with...More
We stayed in Hotel Santa Marina on our honeymoon in December 2010. The room given to us had a faulty heater. When we asked for a room change, they quickly shifted our luggage to another room. When we checked the other room, it was much...More
Stayed here only one night before our cruise but loved the location, service, atmosphere, and convenience. It was accessible by water taxi from the airport and then to our cruise ship. Staff was very friendly. Breakfast was good. Room was very clean and comfortable and...More
Stayed here mid June on a 4 day visit to Venice. Lovely Venetian style hotel, room quite large with a very modern ensuite bathroom. Communal rooms very ornate but spotless. Welcoming staff who were very helpful when asked for advice or information. Breakfast was traditional...More
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
On the plane we bought a ticket which took you from the airport to Venice. These can also be purchased outside the airport. This is around a 20 min journey and will take you along their motorway. This ticket was €7.50 pp... More
On the plane we bought a ticket which took you from the airport to Venice. These can also be purchased outside the airport. This is around a 20 min journey and will take you along their motorway. This ticket was €7.50 pp. When we arrived in Venice where there is no longer any cars, we purchased a water boat ticket at €7.50 as well, which took you along the canal. To got to the hotel, you need to get off at the Rialto stop, which it is a 5 minute walk from there. Took us longer as we got lost, but you can use google maps to help you get there. Venice is a beautiful city, but like a maze!
The vaporetta run a N ( night) service. You can find details online. You get off at the Rialto bridge. The hotel is a 10 minute stroll from there ( you do have to lug your suitcases up and down a few bridges over the... More
The vaporetta run a N ( night) service. You can find details online. You get off at the Rialto bridge. The hotel is a 10 minute stroll from there ( you do have to lug your suitcases up and down a few bridges over the canals!) we did it and it's not difficult. The Vaporetta are enormously cheaper than a water taxi. Depends on your budget I guess. Hope this helps.