Hotel President4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I'll start by saying I have been fortunate enough to visit a variety of countries around the world. I've never experienced a place as depressing as Mestre. We arrived at the hotel and we were politely attended to by a gentleman called Fabio. The hotel itself was fine if not a bit dated. There was no atmosphere in the hotel and we actually laughed and joked that no one else was staying there as we didn't see a single other person for the first 24 hours of our stay. The hotel is about a 5 to 10 minute walk to the bus/tram station for transport in to Venice which was convenient. I would recommend buying a tourist travel pass if you plan on making this journey more than once as you can also use this on the Vapporetto's in Venice. On our first night there the weather was pretty bad. Not a problem, there was a leaflet in our room saying the hotel had a bar which was open from 12pm. There is no such thing. In the hotel room we had an adequate size bathroom and bedroom area. Breakfast was provided every morning which was adequate. All in all the hotel was ok but Mestre leaves a lot to be desired.
I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a week visit to Venice, and then Florence and Rome. I read a lot of reviews before going and was expecting a poor hotel. It is on a main road but to be honest there is very little traffic that we heard or saw from our walks. The hotel is about 150 metres (right out of the hotel and right at the lights) from the tram and bus Mestre Central station. The room was small but had a good shower, toiletries that were stocked each day. There was a hairdryer in the room and 3 plug sockets for charging. There was also enough hangers in the wardrobe. The bedroom was nicely tidied and cleaned and our bed clothes nicely folded for us. We found the staff really nice and helpful although the breakfast staff were a little less smiley. When we smiled and said hello they responded warmly. The breakfast choices were a bit limited from our experience of other European countries with only cooked eggs and bacon for hot choice. The hot drinks were a bit dire. However, everything was well presented and well stocked. This is a small family type hotel so don't expect a hotel chain experience. We walked into Mestre town and found Pizzeria Garibaldi on the other side of the main square. This was a great find on our first venture out after we arrived and has had good reviews elsewhere on this site. Well worth trying. Tip - if you need bottled water (we drank tap water) then there are numerous supermarkets dotted about on the road to the train station and towards Venice. I can't comment on the bar as we didn't ask about it. The lift issue - the floor from the reception into the lift is a little lower (about a centimetre) which clunks as you step in. I am not sure what people expect in a hotel like this. We managed to get a wifi signal in our room although it did dip from time to time. We have stayed in large chain 4 star hotels with worse wifi signals. In terms of access to Venice (frankly why else would you stay in Mestre) this is a great location. You can buy a tram/bus single ticket from the newsstand which is on the main road up from the hotel just in front of you as you turn right at the lights. The bus is quick into Venice (15 mins) and stops right at the main bus/tram/vaporetto points in Piazzale Roma. This hotel was the cheapest in terms of tax compared to Florence and Rome.
This was a great base for getting into Venice. A handy 48 hour ticket gives you access to all buses and water buses. We had a wonderful time exploring all the sights and attractions. Our only criticism of the hotel was that it was on a main road, but was sound proofed and had good air conditioning, so not a real problem.
If you are looking for a trip to venice please consider this hotel- ok it's basic but it's one of the most friendly hotels I've stayed in-Mestre must be the most underrated places, it is worth a trip without visiting Venice and this hotel is perfectly placed to serve your needs- the staff are so friendly and helpful especially by speaking really good English -you can even buy travel passes from the reception- bus 4L is the bus to catch for Venice and it's 5 minutes walk from the hotel to the bus stop- the breakfast is a typical continental affair plentiful and fresh -the rooms are basic but it's perfectly ok for sleeping in-the shower cubicle is snug but the bathroom is clean and is cleaned every day- all in all this hotel is a lovely little place-only advice to offer is take your drinks back with you as there isnt a kettle in the standard room
Hotel was basic and getting a beverage meant exiting the hotel and taking a short walk to purchase a drink. Bar was never open. This is totally unacceptable for even the most basic B & B. Much more important was the fact that one of the lifts was broken but there was no warning sign of this and I stepped into the lift as the door was open but the lift was several inches below floor level, and not noticing this I .pitched forward into the tiny lift hitting my head on the wall of the lift and collapsing in a heap. My husband needed assistance so ran back to reception and asked for the manager, explaining what had happened. A hotel worker came and helped my husband lift me up out of the lift. The manager eventually arrived and was totally unconcerned that I'd fallen and simply said "well you'd better use the other lift". two things: I'm a 75 year old woman AND no warning signs had been placed IN FRONT OF THE DANGEROUS LIFT. Anyone choosing this hotel will hopefully take note of the common theme running through the negative reviews and be judicious in absorbing the rose tinted reviews. Terrible.
But only three. A 4 star hotel wouldn't offer only a shower cabin in a worse state than the one I had in my student room (took pictures of it), or a picture above the bed post where there was white because of people resting heads, or not even real coffee at breakfast but an instant one! Otherwise, good location, near to bus and tram, nice friendly staff (not screaming at all at customers, as another review said), they do sell tickets at the hotel, but buy from ATVO a carnet or a Venezia Unica Card (depending on how long you stay).
If you're looking for a basic quiet clean place to stay approximately 20 min from Venice by bus, this hotel is highly recommendable. Clean sheets, clean towels, Good breakfast. 4 min walk from the busstand. Bus leaving frequently. Some good restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Travelling solo on a three day budget trip to Venice, given to me by my daughter for my sixtieth birthday, and having read some of the reviews of the hotel I was expecting something substandard, but was very pleased with the hotel. While not situated in an attractive area - Mestre itself is not a holiday destination after all - the T1 tram link to Venice is quick - a seven minute walk to the Manuzio stop (for a sixty-year old!) and a seventeen minute ride to Piazzale Roma. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room large, comfortable and clean, and the breakfast was a good start to the day. I left the room after breakfast and came back after a long day in Venice, for a good sleep in a comfortable bed. I didn't come to Venice to watch television, so was not concerned at the lack of English speaking channels. Yes, it is great to stay in a hotel in Venice itself, but I know from experience (four previous visits) that it can be very expensive, and finding a cheap place to eat can be a challenge. Mestre is less expensive, and there are decent restaurants used by the locals. I found a very pleasant trattoria by the Sansovino tram stop (three stops away from Manuzio), not fine dining by any means, but decent, simple, reasonably-priced food, among local people. I would happily stay here again.
The hotel is dark and dingy nevertheless clean The reception staff were ok cordial The room was very poky and basic There are no english speaking channels on TV There is no tea making facilities and no bar for you to even get a hot drink in the evening. The location is inconvenient nothing available just on main road You have a 15 min walk to get to the few shops and public transport not acceptable for anyone with limited mobility Breakfasr acceptable The only good thing was free internet enabling us to book another hotel neat St Marks square MORE A 2 STAR NOT 4
I would not say this is 4 star, the rooms were petty small and basic, no tea making facilities, no bar but it was in a good location. Venice was only a 15 min bus ride away, and there were plenty of restaurants and shops about a 10 min walk away. Breakfast was continental, cereals, rolls, cheese, meats, scrambled egg, bacon, yogurts cake and some fresh fruit. Is fine for short stay.
- Free breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
Hotel President places you within 2 miles (3 km) of San Giuliano Park and Porto Marghera. This 51-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. St. Mary of the Friars and Forte Bazzera are also within a 15-minute drive.
Start your day off right with a free breakfast served from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.
All of Hotel President's 51 soundproofed rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and free newspapers. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and satellite TV. Other standard amenities include hair dryers, safes, and phones.
At Hotel President, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas and express check-in. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the area.
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56% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 349 reviews