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Hotel Antica Locanda Al Gambero

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

June 2017: This is a charming little hotel along a canal. There are very steep, narrow and twisty stairs into the second level lobby, and more stairs to the rooms -- no elevator -- so consider this if you have trouble walking up several flights. The rooms were small and in no way luxurious. We were surprised by how worn the decor was. It's a bit shabbier and cramped than the photos showed, but clean and acceptable. No bedbugs. The AC didn't seem to keep the room cool and wifi was sketchy. We booked a room with a view of the canal, which turned out not to be very wise. First, the only way to see it was to hang out the window, precariously, and look down. Second, all of the deliveries that need to be made into the entire city for the day -- food, shop inventory, construction items, etc. -- get delivered by loud boats and guys yelling over the engine noise, starting at 5AM. They'll wake you up every morning, so earplugs may be good to pack. Needless to say, we didn't spend a lot of time in the room, and explored Venice instead. The folks at the front desk vary, some are extremely helpful and fun to chat with. There is a restaurant downstairs that we did not try, but that seemed convenient. They offer hotels guests a discount to dine there.

Great price and great location, charming, friendly. My complaint is that the room was very, very small and the shower was the smallest I've ever encountered. An overweight person would have real trouble fitting in. My room was on the fourth floor with no elevator. After a long day of sightseeing in Venice (lots of walking, lot of little bridges with stairs), the 4 flight climb to a tiny shower got old really fast.

Very cute! Great location. Friendly english speaking staff. Good breakfast included. Great restaurant at the bottom of the hotel. Only gripe was that the WiFi was painfully slow. Good value for the money.

Venice is very confusing because of the canals and narrow walkways which are oriented in all different directions. I got lost and very frustrated trying to find hotel but once I arrived, it turned out to be a good location to see pretty much the whole city. As in many European cities, there were no elevators so it was up and down 3 flights every time I came or went. No problem for me but could be tough on older people. Room was lovely with glass chandelier and window looking down on canal. Breakfast was great-hot and cold choices, interesting conversations in multiple languages. Personable and very helpful staff.

Hotel has good service and breakfast. The location is also a good point because in the center of Venice. The only difficulty is to find the hotel because is not a easy advertising to indicate the location. But in general for single traveler is one of the best options.

We enjoyed our stay. The room is small, but comfortable, and nowhere near as small as other places I've stayed! The Venitian decor is mostly trite, but the wallpaper matches that in the Pallazzo de Doge just about perfectly. Breakfast was adequate, the coffee first rate. The location can't be beat. And do eat at the restaurant downstairs--their period 14-16 century food is amazing!

very clean! good location, but little small room. The staff is helpful.

Had the most incredible experience in Venice and staying at this hotel just made it even better. Friendly and helpful English speaking staff, high speed internet in the room, and fantastic location. Would stay here again no question. When faced with the decision of where to stay in Venice- this is the place to be!

This was our first trip to Italy. My sister, daughter and I stayed in a room together on the top floor. It was a little difficult to handle the luggage up three flights of stairs but we managed. We had 3 twin beds. We could look out our window straight down into one of the numerous canals. We watched the tourists in the gondolas. We could see a cute little rooftop garden. The breakfasts were wonderful! It was a very short walk to St. Mark's Square. We had a wonderful time and would stay there again.

Location was great as it was 5-10 minutes to the Rialto Bridge or San Marcos square. 5 minutes to the water taxi. Included nightly shows as Gondoliers passed below our window view of a canal. Singing and laughter was great. Would recommend to others. Only downside, was it could get noisy at night with the windows open, but well worth the experience.

great!!!!

This was a very nice motel, difficult to find, everything in Venice is difficult to locate, The morning staff was very unfriendly almost to the point of being rude, but the gentlemen on the evening shift were more than helpful and really did make up for the others. The airlines lost our baggage for our entire stay there and the gentlemen on the evening shift went out of there way to help us get them before we left for Cinqua Terra.

I thought the hotel was lovely despite the lack of an elevator. My only issue is that one night we asked the front desk to assist us in finding the restaurant where we had made a reservation. Instead of indicating that they didn't know where the restaurant was located, they sent us on a scavenger hunt to the other side of Venice - a 45 minute walk into a completely residential neighborhood. Needless to say, we lost our reservation and by the time we walked back towards the more populated area of Venice, all the restaurants were closed. When we confronted the front desk clerk with his mistake he seemed aghast at the prospect that he had sent us to the wrong location - a neighborhood without ANY restaurants. He should have just said, "I DON'T KNOW" it would have saved us from sore feet, empty bellies and a sour memory of the hotel.

For the price I expected more. The room was a shoe box and the canal view was a small window next to anoisy bridge.

I enjoyed my stay.

Seeing Venice was a 35-year dream for me, and I was able to celebrate my 60th birthday there. I investigated the hotel on-line before choosing it, and found it well-represented when I got there. I wanted somewhere that would give me a real Venetian experience in a location convenient to two major locaations: San Marco Plaza and the Rialto Bridge. Again, I got exactly what I wanted. I took a few organized tours and spent the rest of the time exploring on my own. There were a few sights I just HAD to see: San Marco Plaza and all the wonders there, the Rialto Bridge, Ca D'Oro, La Fenice...etc.! I also ate a lot - and Venice is very vegetarian-friendly - but lost five pounds in three days due to all the walking. It's a safe city, so I started my day out at about 6AM and didn't get back to the hotel until nearly 9PM, exhausted but fulfilled. Just shy of four days was nowhere near enough (recovering from surgery earlier this year had used up most of my vacation time), but I know how to fly over the Pond now and am already planning my next Venice trip. My main disappointment was that La Fenice was closed for a special event the day I went to see it, and that was the only time I had for it. Next time!!! Be warned that Venice can be a physically hard city; you will need to take breaks! There are stairs everywhere, including on all the bridges. My hotel had stairs as well, but that seems to be a standard, and it didn't faze me. I've never been to Europe before, so I can't compare it to "similar" trips. However, I came home absolutely elated by the experience, and with a camera stuffed with 509 photos to go through and share.

The hotel is conveniently located, once you have gotten lost a couple of times, but that is just part of the charm of Venice. I was on the top floor and did not really pay attention to the comment that there are no elevators. so that means you might be climbing several flights of stairs, so pack lightly. The staff was not so much unfriendly as *indifferent* and certainly did not go out of their way to be helpful or to make suggestions. But it was very affordable for Venice, clean, and had free WiFi, very nice. I had one of the best meals of my life in the the attached restaurant. I would consider staying again, but it would not be automatic.

great spot, friendliest staff I have ever had. clean easy to get to from water taxi. we walked every where to see as much as possible with 3 days and 3 nites. would visit this hotel again in a minute.

This was probably the worst hotel stay I could have imagined. The attendant was absolutely incompetent and terribly discourteous. I wish more than anything that we would have chosen another hotel on the island. It was a horrible 2 nights.

This is the perfect location for exploring Venice. It's a small intimate hotel and the rooms overlooking the canal are worth it! The breakfasts were nice. We enjoyed this hotel very much.

Calle dei Fabbri, 4687 Venice VE

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to St. Mark's Basilica and St Mark's Campanile
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in San Marco, Hotel Antica Locanda Al Gambero is adjacent to St Mark's Campanile and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like St. Mark's Basilica. This 30-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Venice and also a short walk from Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free hot/cold buffet breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

All of Hotel Antica Locanda Al Gambero's 30 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and plasma TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Phones and desks are also standard.


Property features

At Hotel Antica Locanda Al Gambero, guests have access to a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a computer station. Offsite parking is available for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and free newspapers.

Room options

Single Room, 1 Bedroom

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Guest reviews for Hotel Antica Locanda Al Gambero

Everyone (1) Couples (9) Business (2) Family (1) Other (5) Friends (3)
3

old charm in venice

Couples

June 2017: This is a charming little hotel along a canal. There are very steep, narrow and twisty stairs into the second level lobby, and more stairs to the rooms -- no elevator -- so consider this if you have trouble walking up several flights. The rooms were small and in no way luxurious. We were surprised by how worn the decor was. It's a bit shabbier and cramped than the photos showed, but clean and acceptable. No bedbugs. The AC didn't seem to keep the room cool and wifi was sketchy. We booked a room with a view of the canal, which turned out not to be very wise. First, the only way to see it was to hang out the window, precariously, and look down. Second, all of the deliveries that need to be made into the entire city for the day -- food, shop inventory, construction items, etc. -- get delivered by loud boats and guys yelling over the engine noise, starting at 5AM. They'll wake you up every morning, so earplugs may be good to pack. Needless to say, we didn't spend a lot of time in the room, and explored Venice instead. The folks at the front desk vary, some are extremely helpful and fun to chat with. There is a restaurant downstairs that we did not try, but that seemed convenient. They offer hotels guests a discount to dine there.

By , from Silicon Valley, CA on Jul 11, 2017

3

central venice

Everyone

Great price and great location, charming, friendly. My complaint is that the room was very, very small and the shower was the smallest I've ever encountered. An overweight person would have real trouble fitting in. My room was on the fourth floor with no elevator. After a long day of sightseeing in Venice (lots of walking, lot of little bridges with stairs), the 4 flight climb to a tiny shower got old really fast.

By , from Denver, CO on Jun 29, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 3, 2017

Thank you for your most recent stay and thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We will work very diligently to correct these deficiencies.

5

awesome place for a couple to stay.

Couples

Very cute! Great location. Friendly english speaking staff. Good breakfast included. Great restaurant at the bottom of the hotel. Only gripe was that the WiFi was painfully slow. Good value for the money.

By on May 20, 2015

5

short 2 day visit after hiking in alps

Singles

Venice is very confusing because of the canals and narrow walkways which are oriented in all different directions. I got lost and very frustrated trying to find hotel but once I arrived, it turned out to be a good location to see pretty much the whole city. As in many European cities, there were no elevators so it was up and down 3 flights every time I came or went. No problem for me but could be tough on older people. Room was lovely with glass chandelier and window looking down on canal. Breakfast was great-hot and cold choices, interesting conversations in multiple languages. Personable and very helpful staff.

By on Apr 6, 2015

4

great hotel with good breakfast

Singles

Hotel has good service and breakfast. The location is also a good point because in the center of Venice. The only difficulty is to find the hotel because is not a easy advertising to indicate the location. But in general for single traveler is one of the best options.

By on Nov 22, 2014

4

i would recommend!

Couples

We enjoyed our stay. The room is small, but comfortable, and nowhere near as small as other places I've stayed! The Venitian decor is mostly trite, but the wallpaper matches that in the Pallazzo de Doge just about perfectly. Breakfast was adequate, the coffee first rate. The location can't be beat. And do eat at the restaurant downstairs--their period 14-16 century food is amazing!

By on Aug 25, 2012

3

vacation

Singles

very clean! good location, but little small room. The staff is helpful.

By on Jul 2, 2012

5

amazing stay, amazing location

GetawayWithFriends

Had the most incredible experience in Venice and staying at this hotel just made it even better. Friendly and helpful English speaking staff, high speed internet in the room, and fantastic location. Would stay here again no question. When faced with the decision of where to stay in Venice- this is the place to be!

By on Dec 12, 2011

4

fantastic location!

Families

This was our first trip to Italy. My sister, daughter and I stayed in a room together on the top floor. It was a little difficult to handle the luggage up three flights of stairs but we managed. We had 3 twin beds. We could look out our window straight down into one of the numerous canals. We watched the tourists in the gondolas. We could see a cute little rooftop garden. The breakfasts were wonderful! It was a very short walk to St. Mark's Square. We had a wonderful time and would stay there again.

By on Aug 8, 2011

4

great location.

Couples

Location was great as it was 5-10 minutes to the Rialto Bridge or San Marcos square. 5 minutes to the water taxi. Included nightly shows as Gondoliers passed below our window view of a canal. Singing and laughter was great. Would recommend to others. Only downside, was it could get noisy at night with the windows open, but well worth the experience.

By on Oct 25, 2010