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Where to stay in Venice.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by whnay., Mar 9, 2011.

  1. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Looking for a 4ish star hotel for a few nights in late May.

    Thanks in advance.
     


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    Can I go with you?
     


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    Londra Palace has beautiful rooms, and one of the better restaurants.

    Venice fucking sucks though. I'll maybe go back in 30 years to see if I still care, but most likely not. It's one of the world's "Great cities" that I have absolutely no urge to ever visit again. I've been there about a dozen times and it was 11 too many.

    I also agree on Gritti, but that's kind of a high budget place. Then again so is Londra, but it's in a more annoying location than Gritti. Staying at the Londra, with a balcony facing the canal, you're like 10 feet from the barbarian hordes, only separated by a marble banister. It has this sort of Winter Palace vibe, Russia circa Red October...
     


  5. whnay.

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    Londra Palace has beautiful rooms, and one of the better restaurants.

    Venice fucking sucks though. I'll maybe go back in 30 years to see if I still care, but most likely not. It's one of the world's "Great cities" that I have absolutely no urge to ever visit again. I've been there about a dozen times and it was 11 too many.

    I also agree on Gritti, but that's kind of a high budget place. Then again so is Londra, but it's in a more annoying location than Gritti. Staying at the Londra, with a balcony facing the canal, you're like 10 feet from the barbarian hordes, only separated by a marble banister. It has this sort of Winter Palace vibe, Russia circa Red October...


    I'm going at the plea of my girlfriend - we are staying basically a day and a half. Rest of the time will be spent exploring Florence, Siena, et al.
     


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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I love the bar at the Gritti, though like sfield, I dislike Venice. It's best if it is pouring rain so you can just run back to your room, screw, look over the canal and then go get a drink downstairs.
     


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    I love the bar at the Gritti, though like sfield, I dislike Venice. It's best if it is pouring rain so you can just run back to your room, screw, look over the canal and then go get a drink downstairs.

    +1

    Spent 2 days in venice last time I was there. I think we left the hotel once and it was to eat. It just really sucks there.
     


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    My fiancee and I enjoyed our stay at the Ai Due Principi greatly, and loved the city.

    Terrific food if you take the time to find good places.
     


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    Terrific food if you take the time to find good places.


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    I think Venice is the worst food city in Italy.
     


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    I think Venice is the worst food city in Italy.


    We found 2 very local family restaurants tucked into the backstreets somewhere on the eastern side of Venice that had food rivaling all the best we had in Rome, Milan or Florence.

    Granted we did only stay in these relatively larger cities on our trip and didn't get a chance to venture into the country where the best food could be found...
     


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    We found 2 very local family restaurants tucked into the backstreets somewhere on the eastern side of Venice that had food rivaling all the best we had in Rome, Milan or Florence.

    Granted we did only stay in these relatively larger cities on our trip and didn't get a chance to venture into the country where the best food could be found...


    Yeah, they aren't the strongest food cities either, especially Rome and Milan.
     


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    ^ agreed, but I learned early on that if you ask they locals where they eat, they'll usually direct you to the best places. Every time I've done that, I've always been blown away. Last time we were in Venice, a local dude gave us very precise directions to a restaurant that was a 20 minute walk away from the center. It was a hike, but worth it. Best food I ever had.

    Of course, speaking Italian helps.
     


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    i've only been 3-4 times, but i found i always had remarkably more fun when i stayed away from the center ... the further from san marco the better. there are still traces of real venice and they're great. it's a weird city in that it seems to me everyplace that is universally recommended is kind of disappointing. but wandering and stopping in for cichetti and an ombra at a neighborhood place you still can get remarkable food. one big deal place i wholeheartedly recommend: ai do mori, which is god's own wine bar.
     


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    About half the "real" places I remember from growing up there are closed or have been turned into more tacky bag, mask, or pizza kebab stores.

    Do Mori is great for a drink. Also Ca D'oro (La Vedova), which is actually right off the strada nuova, for an inexpensive and good meal, or more chichetti.

    Can't help you much with hotel recommendations as I've never stayed in any, but personally I feel that even the expensive ones are gilded dumps that aren't really worth the price.

    As a break from the normal Venice stuff I would recommend checking out Pinault's gallery at the punta della dogana.
     


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    Just a suggestion : also if you will not stay there, visit the lounge bar at the roof of Molino Stucky Hilton hotel on the Giudecca Island. You will have the most beautiful "panorama" of the city.
     


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