I promise, this is my final post about Venice. But, since I’ve talked about the city’s culinary highlights and the major sights, it only seems fair that I close the loop and tell you a bit more about where we stayed and why I would recommend it.
We stayed in the four-star Hotel Saint Elena. I’ll start by saying if you’re looking for a central hotel, this isn’t one for you. It was slightly out of the centre, in a somewhat residential area, and took around 25 minutes to walk to St Mark’s Square. Not a problem for us, but if you would like less of a walk at the end of your day, you might want to consider staying closer to the centre. But, if you’re happy to take the water bus, a mere two-minute walk from the hotel offered a range of these, which could take you to a number of different places on the island, including St Mark’s and the Lido.
The hotel itself was lovely. Owned by the Best Western group, it was clean, comfortable and stylish. We stayed in a standard double room, which had two sets of windows, so was very light. It was spacious, with more than enough room for us to store our luggage. There was also tea and coffee making facilities in the room and complimentary toiletries. Another observation was how quiet the room was, which made getting a good night’s sleep so much easier.
Breakfast in the hotel included everything you would expect from a continental selection; fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, pastries and a selection of breads and rolls. There was filter coffee available and hot water for tea. Milky coffees were made to order. There was also Prosecco on offer for no extra charge, should you want to start your day with a bang.
On one occasion, we also had dinner in the hotel restaurant, and the quality of both the food and the wine was very good.
On our return to the UK, we had a 7.30am flight, so had to be at the airport for 6am. The most convenient – and reliable – way for us to do this was for the hotel to organise a private water taxi for us. It wasn’t cheap, at €120, but it was worth it to get us to the airport on time. Plus, the boat that took us there was beautiful, with wooden interior and it was heated. For those 30 minutes, I felt a little like a film star, bounding over the Venice waves with my suitcase in this gorgeous boat. It’s an experience I won’t forget any time soon.
All in all, everything I have to say about the Saint Elena hotel is positive. The staff were friendly, the hotel was stylish and well maintained and the food was very good. The slightly off the beaten track location didn’t bother us – we quite enjoyed the walk in and out of town – but I would bear this in mind if you prefer to be a little closer to the action.
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