Monday, July 12, 2010

SuperAlto's Travel Reviews: Pensione Guerrato, Venice, Italy

All ratings are out of 5 possible points

Overall: 5 (would definitely book again)

Location: 5
Comfort: 4
Staff: 5
Breakfast: 4

Location: Pensione Guerrato is located next to the Rialto Market, within easy walking distance of all the major sites. It was easy to reach from the train station, despite a vaporetto strike that left us on foot for the day.

Comfort: We were assigned to room 25, on the top floor, a quad with private shower:

As advertised, there is no elevator, and 75 steps to climb. Our room had a double bed and two twins, with adequate air conditioning. The room and bathroom were spacious, bright, and clean. The only problem we had is that hot water was in very short supply on the top floor. Our showers (brief ones!) ranged from lukewarm to cool.

Staff: The staff was very friendly and helpful. Piero was on duty when we arrived from the train station, and he helped us store our luggage until check-in time, and directed us to a coffee shop where we could get some breakfast. During the evenings, the woman at the desk (sorry, I forgot her name!) gave us excellent recommendations for dinner, and accurate directions to get to the restaurants.

Breakfast: The food was plentiful and tasty, but the coffee left something to be desired. (I am not a coffee drinker, but M and J are, and M refused to drink it at all.) A typical breakfast consisted of coffee, tea, orange juice, apple-filled cornetti (yum!), yogurt, soft cheese, packaged toast, and probably something else I've forgotten. Italian opera played in the background added to the atmosphere, although the dining room seemed to be exclusively populated by Americans.

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