For my first ever trip to Venice, I booked two hotels – one for each half of the trip. The first of the hotels was Hotel Minerva & Nettuto, and after a day I cancelled the second – we liked it too much.
Hotel Minerva & Nettuto is located on the closest thing to a main street that Venice has – on the route between Santa Lucia Train Station and the Rialto bridge. It is within two minutes walk from the train station and water taxi stops, and about five minutes from the main bus terminal – where buses from the airport drop off. After watching tourists struggling to haul their cases over uneven cobbled streets more than a mile from the terminals, we decided that the location was definitely a good thing (another contributory factor to our cancelling the second hotel). It did however mean that St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge were a good 20 minute walk away, although this wasn’t a problem for us.
Within two minutes of the hotel there are a number of eating establishments catering to whatever you need – from a sit-down meal to a slice of pizza and a crêpe to take away. The hotel is actually built on top of a restaurant (although for the life of me I can’t remember its name) which serves a great Caprese salad.
I didn’t get as many pictures of the room as I could have, but it was of a reasonable size and included a wardrobe, sink, mirror and safe. The bed was comfortable, although the heating was on constantly (you wouldn’t think it could be too hot in the winter, eh?) so we left the window open most of the time.
The windows do a great job of blocking out the sound, and also have shutters – creating the perfect space to cool drinks:
Our bed was made for us every day, and we had fresh towels and toiletries. Not bad for €50 a night.
The staff made our stay – they have three people on the reception (morning, afternoon and evening) and they were all very friendly and helpful. The afternoon lady also helped me learn to say our room number (26) in Italian – and I am really bad with languages, so asked in French as often as Italian.
The room we booked in the Hotel Minerva & Nettuto was with a shared bathroom- there are rooms with en suites available, but they cost more. The shared facilities, however, were fantastic. The toilets were pretty bog standard, but the shower was large and spacious, and there were enough that there was never a queue.
It is worth noting that WiFi is not free (you pay by usage though, so you can buy three hours and make it last all week) but it is fairly inexpensive and covers all of the rooms.
Alice and I really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Minerva & Nettuto, and both thoroughly recommend it to anyone heading to Venice on holiday. You can see more about the hotel here, including booking information and up-to-date prices.