Finding the shuttle at Zattare was easy enough from P. Roma and the locals were very helpful in directing us. The trip from Zattare to the hotel is very short (and, incidentally, the walk from Zattare to St Mark's is easily done in 10 mins so don't feel you need to wait for a shuttle to St Mark's). Bear in mind the morning rush to get to town so make sure you are at the shuttle a good 15 minutes before it leaves if you want to get on it in peak times.
With regard to the room (standard room booked), I must confess to doing a little jig when we checked in and it had a view of the lagoon (thank you!). It was a lovely room as well and my only gripe is with the TV having virtually no English channels and really expensive pay per view movies (old or new).
The hotel staff were all very pleasant and friendly - I must particularly mention the housekeeping staff and the waiting staff at breakfast. Also, the concierge kindly managed to re-arrange a tour we had missed (as the boat was full - see above) without too much fuss. In the same breath I must thank the manager for his birthday card and Hilton $'s (which I have kept as a souvenir!). It was very kind of you to remember my birthday.
The breakfast spread is very good, although I wouldn't pay full price for it. On the subject of food, the prices are extortionate. We are talking 28 Euro for a cheeseburger and fries in your room, plus a delivery fee (for room service) of 8 Euro and 6 Euro for a bottle of water! So essentially your burger, fries and a water is costing you 42 Euro. For one. To eat in the restaurants you get charged a cover charge per person and service fee as well, which I find a bit of a slap in the face. Unfortunately these prices meant that instead of supporting the hotel establishments as we would usually do, we rather ate in town (where some restaurants do the same, but there are many that do not).
The spa seems comprehensive, although we did not make use of it, and the gym is basic. I couldn't find an indoor swimming pool (?), which I found a bit odd for a 5* hotel. As it is only March the one on the roof was closed.
All in all a really good hotel and a brilliant 4 days in Venice!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the banks of Giudecca Island, a thriving artistic centre of Venice, stands a modern Venetian Masterpiece. The Molino Stucky, once a flourishing flourmill, is now internationally recognised as one of Italy’s iconic pieces of industrial architecture. Beautifully restored, it now houses a hotel unlike any other, offering a different view of Venice. A bold statement, with 379 rooms and suites, the hotel manages to balance intimacy with scale. A place of comforting guest bedrooms and unrivalled restaurants, ballrooms and meeting areas. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds. A short, five-minute boat ride from the heart of Venice, Giudecca Island provides peaceful respite from the intensity of the city and is exceptionally well served by easy access to the airport and rail station. If all this isn’t enough then there is the largest spa in Venice, outstanding service, fine dining, rooftop pool and bar with breath-taking views over the city and shuttle service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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