Hotel Messner

, Venice, Italy
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Hotel Messner

, Venice
2 star

Rooms: 38

216 Dorsoduro - Venice - 30123 - Italy Hotel Website | | 0415227443
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Submitted by: Oliver in 13/04/06
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Large Group/School
This was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, I went there about a year ago on a school trip. The annex only had about 10 rooms, mine didn't even have a proper window so you had to have the light on constantly. The bathroom was about 3 by 2 metres and the room hardly bigger, the beds were tiny. The food service was disturbingly bad, I am a vegetarian and if I was lucky I had a bit of salad with a grose lump of mozzerella. There were no vegetables at all, we only once had a desert, and it was a bit of dregged treacle tart left over from the French people that were staying, the rest of the hotel didn't look bad, but still barly 1 star standard. The annex didn't deserve to have a star, the walpaper was peeling of from the ground to about 20 feet high. The website said 'park and ocean views' All we got was a view of a littered filthy canal and a view of the next door neighbours dirty garden with a broken fence. As well as being biased to English people and all children the hotel was dirty and unhygenic. No wonder they don't put a picture of it on their website!

Top Local Tips for Venice

Use your feet! Venice is an old, beautiful city with hundreds of attractions-- but don't keep your nose buried in your guidebook the whole time! Venice's uniqueness and beauty is in its canals and architecture, its people and its ambiance, none of which can be captured by racing through St. Mark's and Palladio's churches and sticking close to the Grand Canal. Get a good map and then get lost! Head down side streets and back canals, poke your nose into off-the-beaten path bakeries and shops, and see Venice without the constant rush of tourists. Dorsoduro's a good place for this. And then, when you're done wandering, find yourself on the map again (if you're still feeling adventurous, ask a Venetian to point you in the right direction!) and get back to St. Mark's Square.

Vaporetti We advise that instead of paying with gritted teeth for a gondola ride (upwards of 80 euros), opt for the Vaporetti. These are Venice's water buses, which can sometimes be crowded, granted, but offer a great cruise down the Grand Canal if you stay on from the first stop to the last!! They are also very useful if you don't fancy a trek through the sweltering heat from one side of Venice to the other (there are only two bridges that cross the Grand Canal, the Rialto and the Accademmia, and you will have to detour to one of them no matter how far away you are). If you buy a Carta Venezia before you travel, you won't have to pay the extortionate 6 euros per ride that other "common folk" will have to either - so you can hop on and off the water buses all day. Perfetto!

Tips for visiting Venice •You will get lost. Everyone does. Just enjoy it and explore the island because you’ll always find your way. There are yellow signs all over directing you to the tourist sites like Rialto Bridge and San Marco Sq. Alot of the hotel maps are not totally accurate and missing some streets but they suffice. •Go to Nico’s for the best Gelati around. A bit cheaper too. Nico’s is on Fondam Zattere allo S. Santo. Along the Canale Della Giudecca. •Go to San Marco at night after dark. It is the most romantic place in the world. You don’t have to eat there but it’s nice if you wish to. Three of the restaurants there have like bands playing classical music in the square. You look around and everyone is in good spirits. •Ae Oche Pizza also along the Canale Della Giudecca on Fondam Zattere ai Gesuati is very good. •You can walk all of Venice in a day or two. •There is a wonderful piazza just over the Accademia Bridge. Dinner is cheaper there than in San Marco or on the Grand Canal. •The market is cheaper on the South side of the Rialto Bridge, not the San Marco side. •Make sure your hairdryer is compatible with the European outlets. Not only do you need outlet adapters but your appliances have to be compatible. Otherwise you are stuck using the hotel provided hairdryer. (see pics) •Using your credit card or taking out a couple of large withdrawals from the ATM is the best way to exchange for euros. Currency exchange shops cost quite a bit. Most credit cards charge the current Wall Street exchange rate plus a 3% fee for each purchase. Most places accept credit cards but you should have some cash just in case.

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