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Hotel Continental Venice Reviews
Jan 02, 2008
We stayed at the Hotel Continental for 4 nights during our trip to Venice in June 2003. Hotel Continental is a 3 star hotel located near the train station in Venice. We stayed at room 114.
We arrived by train in Venice and when we got out of the train station I found Venice just the way that I Had imagined it to be: sunny, Canal Grande, lots of boats and lots of tourist. Fortunately the hotel is not very far from the train station so after a 5 minute walk we were there. The hotel didn’t look very impressive on the outside. It looked grayish and some of the building was covered due to construction work. But the hotel is located by the shore of Canal Grande and it is close to the vaporetto stop (vaporetto is the boat “bus” that goes up and down Canal Grande) and close to Scalzi bridge (bridge crossing Canal Grande from Cannaregio to Santa Croce/San Polo)
In the hotel area you will find lots of shops, restaurants, internet cafes, a laundry place, ice cream shops, markets, mask shop and so on.
According to the guide book you have to book a hotel pretty early when going to Italy. We didn’t plan it very well so we didn’t book a hotel until 1 week before we left for Italy. When booking this late you either get something that is really bad or something that is a bit expensive. I guess you can say that we got a hotel room that was pretty expensive because we paid 150 € per night including breakfast. We booked the hotel room using http://www.holidaycity.com
The lobby at the hotel was small but with air condition so it was really nice to get inside. We had 35 degrees Celsius on some days and I guess that explains why I appreciated the air-con J The people working at the front desk where polite and spoke several languages (Italian, English, Spanish). In the lobby we also found different newspapers (USA Today). The hotel has 107 rooms by the way.
When we got to the hotel the porter carried our luggage to our room and we were excited when he headed for the room located on the canal side. And we did get a room with a view to Canal Grande at it was very nice. We had two large windows facing the canal and 1 window in the bathroom which didn’t have much of a view.
The room was not tiny as I had expected it to be. Instead we got a room that was above average in size. The room had a carpet, a king size bed (which was a bit too hard for me), a sofa, two chairs and a small table, a wardrobe with a few hangers, a small color TV (with quite a few German, Italian and English channels…but with a remote that wasn’t really working that well) and a small safe. With the air condition in the room we could control the temperature. The only thing that would have been nice to have was a small minibar.
The bathroom we got had tiles and included toilet, bide and a bathtub. The only problem with the bathtub was that there was no shower curtain and we ended up splashing water all over the floor when taking a shower. Apart from this there was a hair dryer mounted on the wall and little bars of soaps and shampoo in small bags.
Breakfast was included and we enjoyed this every day. When it comes to warm stuff the hotel offered scrambled eggs, boiled eggs and bacon. And they had a toast machine and a selection of both white and dark bread. And with toast you get a selection of jam, honey, cheese and ham of course. They also had quite a selection of sweet stuff. Apart from this there was a couple of choices when it comes to cereal and they also had canned fruit mix which I enjoyed. They had a few choices of juice but it wasn’t great. And we got tea or coffee served at the table.
When we were there they were doing some sort of construction work on the outside of the hotel and it got pretty noisy in the breakfast room area.
We were pretty thrilled to get a room with a view to the Canal Grande that’s for sure. The room was larger than expected, the location was pretty good (after all it is a small town and you can more or less walk everywhere) but it was a bit expensive. But Venice is so popular that the hotels are expensive here.
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Hotel Continental Venice Overview
Cannaregio, Lista Di Spagna 166, Venice 30121
Housed in a large, historic building from the 15th century, the Hotel Continental overlooks the Grand Canal and enjoys a great location a few steps from the train station. The Continental's proximity to the Grand Canal means more than just great views. It also makes discovering the city's sights easy by public transport or on foot. One of the city's most picturesque pedestrian streets leads off from outside the hotel and water buses pass by frequently.
Hotel facilities Room Service Air Conditioning Concierge Elevator/Lift Laundry Luggage room Night Porter Porter Safety Deposit Boxes Terrace Valet laundry Wireless internet 24 hour concierge Cleaning service on request (to be paid locally)
Room facilities Room Service Air Conditioning City Map Climate Control Daily housekeeping Flat screen LCD TV Free Internet access Safe with notebook plug Coffee/tea facilities Telephone Television Turndown service Wake-up calls High speed internet connection Work Desk Work desk with lamp Hairdryer Make-up mirror Sewing kit Safe Plasma TV screen Private bathroom with bathtub Private bathroom with shower Private bathroom with bath/shower Heating Kettle
Restaurant Continental restaurant: Charming, open until late at night, it is located in a very pleasant room inspired by the elegant and refined 18th century Venetian style and has a splendid view of Canal Grande.
Bar Continental bar: Next to the reception is the cocktail bar, open until late at night, ideal for relaxing after a day wandering among the 'calli' and 'campielli' to discover the city, or for sipping a cocktail before dinner.
Children policy Children welcome
Pets policy Small pets welcome
Smoking policy Smoking not permitted
Check-in time: 14:30 Check-out time: 12:00
Local Attractions Saint Mark's square Rialto bridge Accademia Galery
Location Nearest airport: Venice Marco Polo Apt Nearest train station: Santa Lucia - 200m Nearest bus station: Piazzale Roma - 500m Directions: Public transportation leaves from here and runs along the wonderful Canal Grande, stopping near the most important monuments and museums, including Ca' Vendramin Calergi, home for Venice's Casino, Ca' D'Oro - a splendid example of 15th century architecture, the Gallerie dell'Accademia - the most important gallery in Venice and among the most important in the world, the Collezione Peggy Gugghenheim - an excellent collection of contemporary American art and then head for the Giardini, the exhibition site of Biennale di Venezia and Lido, the city's beach where the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema is held each year.
Credit cards accepted by hotel American Express Bankamericard (BA) Bancomat Carte Bleue Diners Club International Eurocard JCB Maestro Mastercard Visa
Hotel Continental Amenities