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Hotel Locanda Vivaldi 3.5

San Marco, Venice, Italy

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Pros

  • Exceptional location an easy walk from Piazza San Marco
  • Individually decorated rooms with classic Venetian decor and modern amenities
  • Roughly half of the guest rooms overlook St. Mark's Basin
  • Attractive white marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs or sauna showers
  • Exclusive seasonal terrace restaurant with exceptional views 
  • Cozy bar with wood-beam ceilings
  • Hot breakfast can be served in-room (extra fee)
  • Private boat pick-up at central station (restrictions may apply) 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Limited extra property features; no wellness facilities
  • Not all guest rooms have views; some units can be noisy 
  • Not all rates include breakfast buffet 
  • Terrace restaurant is only open seasonally

Bottom Line

Hotel Locanda Vivaldi is a three-and-a-half-pearl boutique property with astounding views of San Marco Basin and an exceptional location close to tourist attractions like Piazza San Marco. Its 27 guest rooms feature classic Venetian decor with antique wood furnishings, Murano glass lamps, and modern bathrooms with bidets and either whirlpool tubs or sauna showers. About half of the hotel's rooms and suites offer excellent water views, and all are outfitted with flat-screen TVs and minibars. Property features are somewhat limited — there's no gym, for example — but there's a cozy bar, a daily breakfast buffet, and a seasonal terrace restaurant. Guests can compare rates with similar properties that line the waterfront promenade, such as the charming Hotel Londra Palace, where decor may feel fresher.

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Charming boutique hotel with traditional Venetian decor

Situated along the waterfront promenade overlooking San Marco Basin, one of Hotel Locanda Vivaldi's best features is its location. The knockout views, especially from its terrace restaurant, is part of what make the hotel an exceptional — and pricey — place to stay. The hotel opened in 1999, but the property has historic ties to Venice-born Vivaldi. Common spaces feature classic Venetian-style decor, with antique furnishings, Murano glass lamps, and dark hardwood details. The effect lands somewhere between stuffy and charming, though in some common spaces the mix of patterned wallpaper, Oriental rugs, and pastel upholstery can feel busy. Still, it's a well-kept and intimate hotel, and the excellent location draws a well-healed, cosmopolitan mix of couples and other leisure travelers. 

Location

Coveted spot with iconic views near Piazza San Marco

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Hotel Locanda has a coveted address in the popular San Marco neighborhood. It overlooks the San Marco Basin and the Riva degli Schiavoni, a promenade leading to Piazza San Marco. The hotel even has its own dock where water taxis (known as vaporetti) can drop guests off after a scenic "motor" around the city. The attractive neighborhood tends to be pricey, but it's accessible to major sights, and guests can wander the streets and find delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants that cater to locals and offer reasonable prices (and often the best food). 

  • Two-minute walk to Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
  • Five-minute walk to Piazza San Marco
  • 12-minute walk to the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in Venice
  • 18-minute walk to the Gallerie dell'Accademia museum
  • 13 minutes to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection via water taxi
  • 30 minute to the Venice Marco Polo Airport via water taxi

Rooms

Traditional Venetian decor with minibars and whirlpool tubs; many have excellent views 

Individually decorated guest rooms, which were updated mid-2017, feature classic Venetian decor. Wood floors meet walls richly wallpapered in damask and other patterns, while swag valances, antique wood furnishings, and Murano glass lights lend a stately feel. Modern, white-marbled bathrooms tend to be roomy, with bidets and combination whirlpool bathtubs and showers in most; others are outfitted with nice sauna showers. 

All units have AC, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, electronic safes, free Wi-Fi, and nicely stocked minibars, while bathrooms are outfitted with hairdryers and free individual toiletries. Standard and Superior Rooms, which make up the bulk of the hotel's stock, are similarly sized and equipped, but Superior Rooms offer picturesque views of St. Mark's Basin and the iconic San Giorgio Maggiore church in the distance. The view is an outstanding alternative to the courtyard views in some Standard Rooms, though guests in Superior Rooms sometimes complain about noise. The hotels has five Junior Suites and Suites, which add separate bedrooms, and/or furnished terraces, and can sleep up to four. (Not all suites offer the basin view.)

Features

Breakfast, bar, and terrace restaurant — but no wellness facilities 

While this property lacks the convinces of many larger hotels (like a fitness center and spa), Hotel Locanda Vivaldi does offer dining and drinks. A satisfying hot and cold breakfast buffet is served in a creamsicle-orange breakfast room (or in-room for a fee), though it isn't necessarily included in the room rate. There's also a small bar and lounge with wood-beam ceilings for drinks and snacks. The best feature, though, is the seasonal terrace restaurant. It's open to guests for dinner (or just a drink) and the views are outstanding. 

The hotel offers concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, a meeting room, and free Wi-Fi. Some pets are allowed and children can be accommodated with high-chairs and in-room childcare (extra fee for the latter). The hotel also has its own private boat, which picks up some guests at the central station free of charge, though this should be arranged well in advance and is subject to restrictions. 

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Things You Should Know About Hotel Locanda Vivaldi

Address

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4152-53, Venice, Province of Venice 30122, Italy

Phone

39 (041) 277-0477

Room Types

  • Classic Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room

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