Back in April of this year, I took one of my mini weekend getaway trips to Venice. I did this a lot. I left after my language class on an early Thursday afternoon. I hopped the fast train from Stazione Termini in Rome and was in Venice by 5:30 p.m.
On this trip, I booked my stay at Hotel Pesaro Palace, which is a hotel I had stayed at several times starting with my very first trip in December of 2011. When I went to book I decided to contact the hotel directly to ask about availability and room types. I emailed back and forth with Valentina and felt confident that I would have another amazing room for my stay. I wanted to create a new experience on this visit so I asked if I could have one of the superior double rooms facing the garden and seating area and also requested a room that had the Jacuzzi bathtub. The cost of the room on this visit was 173 Euros per night VAT included. If you are booking online, prices will fluctuate or change with out notice. I usually booked online but I wanted to make sure that I got the room I was looking for.
The Pesaro Palace Hotel is located in Cannaregio facing the Grand Canal. Take Vaporetto no. 1 from the train station and get off at Ca’ D’Oro Fermata, after leaving the ramp, walk a couple of steps and the entrance to the hotel grounds is on the right. If you are taking a water taxi from Marco Polo airport, the hotel has it’s own private dock right in front on the Grand Canal.
I was filled with a rush of excitement when I returned and the staff warmly greeted me. After checking in, I made my way to the room. Upon opening the door the smile on my face grew even wider as I entered the room. I LOVE this hotel! Valentina had put me in a gorgeous room. I honestly did feel like a princess in a Venetian palace. The walls were of gold fabric, the bed had splashes of Venetian red, and a large Murano glass chandelier hung from the high ceiling. The décor in the hotel is very Venetian and elegant. The photo slide I have provided will give you a good visual. The room was a double superior so it had a nice big bed. The windows were large and up to the ceiling and there were glass doors that opened up to a small balcony. A staircase led up to the bathroom on the upper level. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi bathtub and a separate large shower, bidet, toilette and heated towel racks. Toiletries were included, along with an in-room hairdryer. The room also had a flat screen TV with several channels including BBC. The TV also had pre-recorded music so one could listen to Vivaldi whilst sipping prosecco from the mini bar. They even had ABBA Gold so if one felt the urge to have a Mamma Mia moment you could then dance with your prosecco… or dance after the prosecco or both. And speaking of prosecco, when I was there the mini bar had a small bottle of Bortolomiol, which has now become one of my favourites! The mini bar had a selection of other cold drinks which included juice, soda water, spirits and wine. There was a keyboard on the desk if one wanted to use Internet on the TV. The hotel also offers free Internet, you just had to ask for the password at the front desk. I never really found the Internet to be reliable but I always had my Vodafone Internet key with me as a back up.
The hotel has an outdoor seating area and I have spent a few nights sipping a prosecco under the stars there. I note that I saw quite a few other people doing this even on those cool December nights. They have Vivaldi and other music that plays outside which really makes the experience lovely and extremely relaxing. The hotel did not have a restaurant but did offer free breakfast in the room just off of the reception area where the bar is located. The breakfast is really big. You can choose from scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, cold meats, cheeses, yogurts, pies, cakes, cereals, granola, buns, etc. If you ask the server they will make you an espresso, café macchiato, or cappuccino from the espresso machine otherwise it will be from an instant machine. The second floor of the hotel offers a large lounging area where you can sit with a book and read. If I remember correctly the hotel serves biscuits and cookies in the late afternoon just in the main entry area as soon as you walk inside the hotel to your right.
The Strada Nova is basically out the hotel entrance and a few steps away. You will find restaurants, bars, shops of all kinds and you can mingle with the locals. When you enter the Strada Nuova from the hotel, to your left and over one mini bridge, you will find the Billa grocery store. Ca’ D’Oro Palace is located right next to the hotel and a must see!
The staff have always been courteous and helpful. My room was cleaned daily, stocked with fresh towels and toiletries. There is no kettle to make tea and/or coffee in the room but if you go to the bar on the main floor they will make you that hot beverage.
You can catch the Vaporetto to the Rialto or San Marco right out front of the hotel or you can walk. I think it was about 15-20 minutes by foot to Piazza San Marco depending on how the tourist traffic was. But along the way the shops and small canals with gondolas will be sure to distract you so the walk is definitely worth it! There is a gondola taxi that you can take from Campo Santa Sofia across the canal to Rialto Market for 50 eurocents. This is a really quick and inexpensive way to get to the other side of the canal.
Hotel Pesaro Palace has been one of my favourite hotels, the staff have always made my stay enjoyable and I would definitely stay here again and again. I highly recommend the hotel for a romantic weekend especially if you get the superior double that faces the Grand canal. If you want a weekend away with friends this hotel is definitely a treat! I will repost photos of the other rooms I have stayed in at this hotel in upcoming posts. Thank you for reading me!