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Reviewed August 9, 2010

This is a very sty;ish and elegant hotel, The public areas are impressive and an interesting mix of old and modern, The rooms we had were small but pleasant, comfortable and well equipped. Standards of cleanliness were excellent. The hotel was amazingly quiet considering its location. Staff were very helpful. The restaurant was good, though expensive. It occupies a stunning location overlooking the grand canal, and eating breakfast here is a great way to start the day. My only criticism is the standard of the included breakfast: it consisted of a variety of white breads and jam. Other things were available, but at an extra cost. The locaion is as central as you could get, and excellent for reaching the main sights of Venice. Vaporetti and water taxis stop right outside the hotel for gong further afield Be warned that the "free" trip which the hotel offers to Murano includes an unavoidable visit to the glass blowing furnace they drop you off at followed by a fairly hard sell.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank SusanJones30
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

Just a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, minutes away from the San Marco Alilaguna water bus (lineas blu, rosso, and oro to/from Marco Polo airport), and next door to Harry's Bar, sits the incomparable Monaco and Grand Canal. Built on the grand canal, you enter through an elegant doorway off the Calle Vallaresso into a 17th century palazzo and it's now modern glass covered colonnaded atrium to find the black tiled receptionist desk encased in glass. The hotel offers rooms in 3 different areas (recently remodeled rooms, the regular rooms and rooms in a nearby location). The price includes continental breakfast at the terrace restaurant overlooking the grand canal and the Punto Della Dogama museum (a must see) across the canal - a spectacular place to eat. You may order other breakfast items or ask for breakfast in bed at an additional charge. I stayed in an older room on the 3rd floor with a spot-lighted wood beam ceiling rising to about 12 feet. The room shows a few signs of expected wear and tear but overall for the price, room size, comfort, room amenities, large bathroom and cleanliness, you won't find a better room in Venice. Although not overly friendly, the entire staff promptly attended to my every request and need in a very professional manner. The concierge went out of his way to show me how to get to various points of interest throughout the city. My only minor complaint or rather suggestion to the hotel management is to relocate and modernize the hotel bar. The present bar tucked away to the side, appears dated, too small and secluded, and unappealing to enjoy a 15 euro ($18 US) cocktail. It should be hip with modern decor that matches the lobby and plays lounge music. I'd put it either in the area next to the atrium (with the door opening up to the side canal, leaving the door always open, or in the hallway leading up to the grand ballroom). I highly recommend the Metropole Hotel's bar for the vibe, ambiance and great drinks.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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1  Thank rlgm007
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

the Monaco and Grande Canal is a very nice hotel, better than I honestly expected. We were on the 4th floor near the front of the hotel and had a large and unexpected balcony, the staff were efficient and pleasant. Careful where you eat out as it can be extortionate, we averaged 100 to 140 euro for a 2 course meal and a glass of wine for 2 adults, not as expensive as I'd been lead to believe but not cheap.
Get out nice and early as it get busy around 9am with all the tour boat pasengers and also get a day ticket for the water bus 16 euro a head for 12 hours and dot around on them, if you get on them around 7 am you should get a seat at the open end back to take photos. we were there over a saturday and sunday when it seemed not so busy
Lots of places to get a reasonable snack lunch (20 odd euro) ...note hotels often offer a "free" trip to the morano island glass factory so dont waste money booking it in advance. we didnt do either but did do the vaporeta(waterbus) round the island.
Go here with an open mind, expect it to be a bit expensive and if its not, its a bonus, just enjoy yourself.
The only negative was the Venitians themselves were not that friendly and only seemed intrested in your money.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Voyager811236
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Reviewed July 28, 2010

I asked my 16 year old to find a hotel in Venice. She chose this one and told me this was the best one in Venice. I originally booked a double exclusive room and a double room with a canal view. We called the day before to confirm if they are connected and the lady on the phone said they are not. When we arrived, we had a double room connecting with a triple room with a balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. The person on the phone must have read my mind. Because of the fireworks on July 17 for the Feast of the Redeemer, this was perfect and we watched the fireworks which were directly in front of our room. The location of this hotel is perfect - shopping begins right outside the back door; gondola rides right out in front; St. Mark's a step away. The bathrooms were heavenly and they came to change the towels twice a day. The air condition was perfect and we didn't hear anything at night even though we were right on the grand canal. The beds were so comfortable and we had tv in the living room and the bedroom. The lobby was inviting to sit and we had breakfast every morning at the terrace restaurant overlooking the canal. We ordered room service a couple of times and it was great. Venice is hot in the summer and this hotel really is the best for venice at this time of year. The prices of this hotel were much less than some of the other higher range hotels, but their service was of the highest. Thanks so much, Hotel Monaco. We walked to Rialto in the mornings for their fish and vegetable market. We also took the hotel's free ride to Murano glass factories and really had our own private boat because nobody came with us. Our stay in Venice was absolutely magical because of you!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank alibeth
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

If you are looking for an hotel that is superbly located providing a good level of comfort and service, look no further than the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal. It's a little on the expensive side but this probably attracts a good clientele.

The hotel is serviced by both private and public water taxis at its front on the Grand Canal so there's no carrying of luggage to be concerned with. We booked a private water taxi on line with Viator at half the price offered by out travel agent. The taxi was prompt both on the outward and return journeys and confirmed the return journey details with the hotel 24 hours beforehand.

Our room was standard with no view other than the wall of the adjacent property but the accommodation in all respects was excellent. Continental breakfast was meagre to say the least but was compensated by the fact that it was held on the hotel's private decking overlooking the Grand Canal. What a start to a day! The pier at the side of the decking acts as a start / finish point for gondolas but this only adds to the interest and entertainment.

We gave meals a miss at the hotel as these, in keeping with other establishments in prime Venice locations, are 30-50% higher than restaurants just a little walk beyond the tourist hot spots. Each evening we enjoyed drinks on the hotel front but be aware of the prices; easily triple those to be found in bars away from the waterfront.

Overall a highly recommended hotel close to everything that Venice has to offer.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank WELSHTRAVELLER46
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