Checkout Splendid the Perfect Place to Spend Your Best Time in Venice, Italy
Coming from Florence by train after dark, Boyd and I exited the Venezia train station around 10pm at night. Together we lugged our large, black American Samsonites filled a lot of crap we didn’t need. On the canal front, we quickly felt at ease and connected with water taxi captain. The cost was €80 but it was the only way to our Venezia home away from home aka. Splendid Hotel. There’s was no bickering or bartering with the captain. He was honest and provided the €80 flat rate which Boyd had confirmed with Splendid Hotels earlier in the day.
Our luggage was loaded aboard the mini yacht and off we went through the dark sleepy canals to Splendid. Unlike Paris, New York, and Las Vegas, Venice was not lit with bright lights. Only the headlights of our exquisitely refinished water taxi exuding the aroma of fresh varnish and the sheen to prove it shone through our first site of Venice which was a rich smell of sewage and pure darkness. Seated in our cream, button-tufted Italian leather seats, we were happy and looking forward to arriving at our fifth hotel in two weeks. The dim headlights shone through the tight canals. I think we only hit the edge of one building. I felt sorry for the fresh coat of urethane on the boat when I heard the screech.
About 15 minutes later we arrived at a series of red & striped poles that I had seen in what seems like hundreds of Venetian paintings. Our captain whipped out a couple of ropes and pulled the taxi snug to the dock of Splendid Hotel. We emerged into our luxurious 5-Star Venezia home aka. a hotel booked on the Hotel Tonight app for a mere $109 per night.
The first night, Splendid provided us with this beautiful, cozy Junior Suite. The slanted ceilings reminded me of my attic room that my dad created for me when I was a teenager. I liked it. And I liked this room too. The space planning makes total sense because, without the furniture on both sides of the bed, I would have surely clonked my head a few times.
The bed was king-sized yet really two single beds. As much as it sounds okay, they do separate if granted enough space. And they did. I don’t think we lost anything in the middle of the two.
All of the necessities including a coffee maker and teapot with waters and an assortment of tea bags were included along with a desk.
After we strolled the passageways of Venice for the first time and grabbed a bite of dinner, we returned to our slopes abode and showered. With the heat and lack of ventilation in the bathroom, we began to feel stuffy.
After multiple attempts to turn on the air unit, we were instructed that Venice doesn’t offer A/C or even heat for that matter in January or February. We followed direction and opened the windows. Being from Miami, we normally don’t open windows without screens at night, but we did against our better Caribbean judgment. Fortunately, the air began to quickly circulate and felt good. Unfortunately, the mosquitos found their dinner at the same time. Us! My temples, neck, and head to be specific. I think that’s all they could each.
Gratefully, for the second night, the superstars at Splendid Hotel offered us a complimentary upgrade to a much larger suite at no additional charge. The much larger studio and higher ceilings were helpful for the 6’2” Brit (aka. Boyd) and 5’11” American (aka. me), with mosquito bites. This room was also well designed and comfortable.
We were just happy to be in Venice and couldn’t wait to explore but knowing the predetermined A/C situation was not on a single travel site that Boyd nor I had read. Hopefully, this dose of travel knowledge will help your expectations of Venice, Italy. Splendid Hotel, a division of Star Hotels was granted among our first ROCKSTAR Hotels in Italy. Yes! This means we highly recommend that you stay at Splendid when traveling to Venice. It’s perfectly situated in the heart of Venice plus they have an amazing panoramic rooftop restaurant in the summer. The restaurant was not open while we were there but we could have easily popped the cork of our own wine or cheap Italian champagne aka. Prosecco and played some cards or entertained friends there if time had allowed.
At night, the well-designed downstairs lounge made great conversation with other guests. I also loved that there was no exposed television. It was hidden in the mirror. Look closely and you can see it.
The library was coffe-shop like. It was quaint and cozy. The absolute perfect for coffee and meetings.
Once the co-owner of an upholstery shop, I love the custom upholstery and use of tacks in areas such as the bathroom doors.
Located between the St. Marco bridge (the oldest bridge in Venice) and the Rialto bridge, I highly recommend any one of the 65 rooms complete with cut marble bathrooms. Wifi (pronounced Weeefeee in Italy) and breakfast were included in our room cost. We did not experience hidden fees of any kind. Only attention to every single splendid detail!
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