I don't know how they managed to accomplish this, but it appears that they have gutted a very old Venetian building and turned the inside into a modern hotel, with all of the amenities. This is our first time staying in a hotel that wasn't in "Venice proper." Water buses were a little tricky out here to Giudecca at first (having been to Venice several times before we thought we could "improvise" with the water buses, bad idea), but once you know the right buses to take, it is easy. Unlike the main island of Venice, where all the touristy stuff is, Giudecca is a neighborhood with real people, the locals who grew up in and live in Venice. And it is so quiet here, unlke the main island. We were there for three days and nights and the only thing I heard outside our window was a boat going by, and only that one time. Air conditioning was a godsend, plumbing was great, lots of hot water, but it took a few minutes to come up. The shower stall was tiny, so large folks may have a problem. The hotel has an elevator, simply unheard of in small hotels in Venice, so this is great for luggage and for people who are physically challenged. The breakfast was awesome, lots of things to chose from. I am a tea drinker, and I only had to order my breakfast tea once, and the lady managing the breakfast room remembered that and remembered me and, bless her heart, she had my tea piping hot, on my table almost before I sat down. She must surely be a mind reader! People didn't much like the coffee machine in the breakfast room, from what I could overhear from the other guests. My tea, though, was delicious and perfect each morning. I would make a trip back to Venice just to stay in this hotel. I very highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is on the Giudecca Island, the largest one of the Venice lagoon with its eight islands connected by typical bridges. In this context with its backwater charm we find the Hotel Giudecca, an elegant building in a vaguely retro style far away from the tourist bustle of the historical center. In its renovation, this architectural lagoon gem has preserved the traits and the value of its incredible past. A private dock on the Palada Canal provides a water entrance. The 30 rooms have kept an ancient and sophisticated line though offering the most contemporary comforts and amenities. The hotel is the ideal starting point for those who want to live and experience the real Venice in its authentic bohemian style: the Venice which reminds the aristocratic salons, the intrigues and legends. The Venice of the fishermen, of the artisans who have chosen a long time ago to base on this island their own businesses, but also of the fugitives who fled here over the centuries. All this at a short distance from the heart of the city: San Marco Square which can be reached from the hotel by boat in a few minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domina Home Giudecca Hotel Venice
- Domina Prestige Giudecca Venice
- Domina Prestige Giudecca Hotel Venice