Stayed for 1 night pre-cruise in August 2010. The property itself is gorgeous, although would be a bit too Philippe Starck for those not familiar with his incredibly contemporary and chic designs. In other words, I liked it, but my elderly parents would not for sure. Absolutely great arrival service. Welcomed to the lobby bar for canapés from the chef and a welcome drink of our choosing. Very nice and relaxing! Check in is done in the bar seated 1-on-1. No traditional front desk here. Location is excellent, right on the Grand Canal but far enough away from the touristic chaos that is so much a part of Venice these days. [BTW, a little off topic, but I’m through with going to Venice. Been there a few times now and it’s SO touristy and SO SO off the charts expensive that I might as well go to Italy in Epcot and have a better time. Everyone should see the place once, but the prices are so insane for everything, from shopping to food to even a 17 Euro bottle of beer! Simply outrageous! The whole town was a bit of a letdown after a couple of prior visits.] Back to the hotel now. We occupied the cheapest room, and being new, it was very nice. The room itself was small (I’d say about 130 sq feet or so), and the bathroom was just about as big as that I’d say. So all in all it was comfortable for a 1 night stay. Now the bad part… as other reviewers have mentioned, the electronics in the rooms are a nightmare. Lights went on and off without doing anything. This was a MAJOR pain in the neck. I could deal with it, but older/less sophisticated travelers would be extremely frustrated with all of the inoperative modernization. When you told the staff about it, they acted surprised and said they’d look into it… all the while knowing I’m sure that there are issues since many of the reviews here already point this problem out. The air conditioning temp could not be controlled from the room. You had to call downstairs to have them adjust it for you via their “computer” so I was told. The shower door was improperly installed and will break sooner than later if not corrected. One good slam shut and there will be glass everywhere (yes, I reported this to the staff). And I did not care for the bathroom infinity sink. Nice to look at but water splashed everywhere on the countertop, walls etc. The mirror was also not positioned directly above the sink so it made shaving and some other tasks a small challenge. As for food, only had the welcome canapés (excellent) and breakfast in the morning (included in the rate and very tasty and deluxe – if not in your rate, it’s 38 Euros per person!). Late night bar service was good – but again those prices, 30 Euros for 4 beers (but better than the aforementioned 17 Euro per bottle price that you’ll find near San Marco square). Now here is a weird thing. We stayed on a Friday night in mid-August, the height of the tourist season. There were far more staff working than hotel guests. I’d say only about 4 rooms were booked from a comment I overheard from a hotel staffer. The place was eerily quiet. Would I say here again… probably not unless there was a great rate/offer and the tripadvisor reviews steadily improve.
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