We stayed at the Casa Sant'Andrea B&B/budget hotel for four nights a the beginning of June. On the plus side it is really conveniently located close to Piazzale Roma where there is the main bus depot and also a major stop for the vaporetti or public water bus service. There is even a water bus stop right outside the hotel from where you can do a circuit of the Grand Canal and visit Murano. The main rail terminus is just on the other side of the canal too. It's easily walkable into the old town and to restaurants and there is a supermarket within about three minutes walk.
On the negative side however the hotel is really basic. Our room on the 2nd floor (which had a good view over old rooftops to the harbour) was clean but in a poor state of repair. The floor had tape over holes and there was peeling paint on the ceiling. The shower had mould around the tray.The bed was two singles pushed together and an alarming gap down the middle covered only by a thin sheet. The airconditoning unit made a sound fit to wake the dead and leaked water (not a small issue given the current outbreak of legionnaires disease). Leaving the window open meant we got badly bitten by mosquitoes. Perhaps the worst aspect was the "continental breakfast" which really was dire-sugar coated cheap cereals, processed ham and cheese and cakes in plastic wrappers; no fruit in sight. Some guests brought in their own breakfast cereals and others like us ate little and paid a fortune for good coffee in a cafe nearby.
All in all though it was a good base and what we presumably saved in hotel costs easily got spent on touristy things-Venice really is an expensive destination.
Tips for visitors:
-Do buy a pass for the public waterbus network at Piazzole Roma-you can go everywhere including Murano and it's much cheaper than paying for fares as you go. You can add on a pass for the Grand Canal which includes an audio commnentary
-avoid the gondolas-very expensive and tacky
-water taxis are also expensive but pretty cool
-get bus 5 from and to the airport to Piazzole Roma-it's only Euros 5 each way and stops very near the hotel
-avoid the unlicensed street sellers with counterfeit designer bags-hefty fine for you if caught at the time or at the airport
-Piazzo San Marco/St Mark's Square is a must but you can't eat or sit down in the square (presumably to preserve the monopoly of the hugely expensive cafes in the square). The museum is expensive and the Euros 20 pass for 11 museums looks like good value until you realise that are probably not where you really want to go. The Accedemia Art gallery is a must even if you're not an art lover
-walk everywhere you can-it's a totally amazing city
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Casa Sant'Andrea" is a former monastery built in the 16th century and modified in the 18th century, that has recently been beautifully renovated to become a typical Venetian Palace. Overlooking the S. Chiara canal, “Casa Sant'Andrea” offers the unique combination of a relaxing Venetian atmosphere and the convenience of being only a few minutes away from the Venice airport (by bus), the railway station (walking), and main roads. Designed to offer accommodation to business parties and groups as well as private families, it offers elegant interiors and light and spacious rooms, with or without bathroom, decorated in a modern and comfortable style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Sant`Andrea Hotel Venice
- Casa Sant Andrea Venice