Those reviewers who say the Bonvecchiati is 10 minutes from Rialto and 8 minutes from St- Mark's square must be blindfolded and wal on their knees. It is honestly 5 minutes to previous, and litterally 3 minutes from the latter. And no rush at that.
My fourth time in the Doge's city, but my parner's first. We wanted to make it the lavish way, but there is no way I am ever going to shell out 1.300€ in an old palace with a view, last refurbished in the 1950s to offer a decadent and derelict vision of 18th century Venice. Never. Ever. Well apparently they got the point : the Gritti just shut down for a 2-year renovation, hopefully going beyond new drape fixtures.
However, besides the handiest possible location, Bonvecchiati did things well. It is not overly glamourous, but for 371€ per night inclusive of tax and breakfast, we got ourselves in their best accommodation : Deluxe Junior Suite, offering 40 sq.m of space, 3 windows in the bedroom, one of which with a view of St-Mark's Tower (when the fog eventually cleared for minutes), one large bathroom with a window, and a small dressing room, made in dazzling tones of turquoise blue. We were perfectly with that.
Good bed, although on the harder side. As often happens in Europe, an alleged King actually made up of two queens stuck together. Faultlessly : the groove was hardly noticeable. Numerous bathroom amenities beyond the basic gels make up for a more luxurious touch than actually is.
Breakfast is decent. Not overwhelming selection, but enough for a few days. Although the dining room is small and busy, the staff work hard to keep it fresh for the next guests, and I never noticed any waiting line.
The Bonvechiati Palace has its own dock : convenient if you splurge on the motoscafo (private taxi boat) ride (120€), as they will deliver/pick you and your luggage right inside the hotel. Only let the driver know you go to the Palace, and not another Bonvecchiati property. This will make you happy, looking in the streets at those poor folks dragging their luggage, even on wheels, from God knows where up and down flights of stairs. 120€ wisely spent, we thought.
Venice is possibly the vastest tourist trap in the world. Go to St-Mark's Square for 5 minutes, and take a street away from it, any street, turn a corner, any corner, and you'll be by yourself. The crowd will be gone. Walk a little bit farther, and sink into the Venetians' Venice. This is where the charisma of this town is.
Speaking of tourist trap, there seems to be a canyon between 2 kinds of food outlets. Overwhelming numbers of restaurants targeting budget tourists, with similar menus similarly and cheaply priced (can you go wrong with italian food, really ?). Very few high end (at least not after the style, but certainly after the price) trattorias offering Venetian cuisine to a mixed crowd of locals and puzzled tourist. I had never seen, anywhere in the world, even remote muslim countries, restaurants applying a 5 to 7 factor to a bottle maimstream French Champagne ; I guess there is a first time for everything. Well, at Trattoria Do Forni, and Trattoria Da Ivo, a 2-course meal for 2, with 2 glasses of Prosecco, 1/2 bottle of cheap (???) wine set us back 240€. Wow. Food was pretty good but not even remotely great, and a fair price should have been 50% cheaper. So be prepared ...
And enjoy !
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