We've now stayed at the Monaco & Grand Canal eight times in the last ten years and a note of my appreciation is long overdue. Apart from its location - canal-front, five minutes from San Marco, adjacent to Harry's Bar, and thirty seconds to the vaporetto - the hotel and its rooms are immaculate, the food is good and the barman mixes the best margarita I've had outside my own house. But most of all the staff are a pleasure to deal with. It is worth noting that over the past ten years nobody seems to have left. That tells me plenty about the management. They are courteous, friendly - even jokey - and determined to please. One night at dinner I stained my jacket. I raised an eyebrow at the waiter. He slipped out and returned with a stain-removing spray, a brush and a little tray, as if it was all part of the service. Clean jacket five minutes later.
The hotel terrace sits hard up to the canal and in good weather all meals and drinks are taken there. Breakfast time is especially characteristic as you watch the gondoliers shouting, singing and joking as they gear themselves up for the next group of tourists. My photograph from the terrace now sits permanently on the face of my iPhone.
On our last few visits our room has been prepared with a bowl of fresh fruit or a bottle of Proseca with a note saying 'Welcome Home'. It's gestures like that that count.
I look forward with pleasure to my next ten (or twenty?) visits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal are just a few steps from the famous St. Marks Square, ideal for guests who want to immerse themselves, inside the Venetian lifestyle. The 92 guest rooms including 7 suites overlooking the Grand Canal, are all elegantly decorated. Baroque and minimalism meet up in a perfect harmony. In the Grand Canal Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the Grand Canal, the guest can admire a majestic views and enjoy freshness of seafood and vegetable that are so essential to local specialities. In this top class ambience you really feel almost at home. The events section of the Hotel is realised in the recent adjoined Palazzo Dandolo, which became famous as the world’s first Casino. Today it is a very special space for events like Weddings, Gala Dinner, Conferences and Meetings from 10 to 600 guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco And Grand Canal
- Hotel Monaco Grand Canal
- Monaco Grand Canal Hotel
- Monaco Hotel Venice