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Hotel Principe

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Visited Venice in August and wow!!after reading some of the reviews we weren't quite sure what to expect, however from finding the hotel,to checking in was so easy. Staff at reception were very helpful and the porter took us and suitcases to our room. We had our room upgraded by our lovely travel agent so we were over looking the grand canal which was out of this world. The room was beautiful and spotlessly clean. Breakfast had a great selection of hot and cold foods. It got busy a couple of mornings but staff ensured there was enough food at all times and you could sit outside in the mornings we didn't due to the pigeons. We loved sitting outside on the terrace in the evening though with a glass of wine watching the world go by though. Bar staff were excellent in fact every member of staff were friendly and helpful. Hotel was centrally located with lots of shops bars and restaurants close by and just a short walk to waterbus stops and train station or take a taxi straight from the hotel. Thank you Hotel principle for giving us an amazing holiday we will definitely be back and I will be recommending to all my family and friends

We arrived late a night and we were checked in no problem the porter took our cases up to the room which was a bonus. We had a room on the first floor overlooking the grand hotel which was great, our room was a junior suite and had two bathrooms in and was pleasantly decorated. Breakfast was good with pancakes on offer and lots of delicious coffee. It was good to sit and eat breakfast overlooking the canal. The staff were really nice and the hotel is in a great location, there are lots of shops around the hotel with a delicious pizza shop opposite. If we came back to Venice I would certainly stay in this hotel again.....Thanks

We booked the hotel for 4 nights through Jet2 City Breaks, flying in on the early (8.00am) flight from Manchester, to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary in a unique city we just love - the choice of the Hotel Principe was determined through the ‘treat’ of having a breakfast experience al fresco whilst overlooking the Grand Canal, the classic design of the building and its interior, location and naturally excellent ratings on TripAdvisor. Our flight arrived on time and we made the 25 minute transfer on the frequent ATVO bus facility (well it’s a coach actually with luggage storage underneath) - just €8 each for a single trip (or €30 Euro for a joint return trip). Tickets are available just as you leave the Arrivals Hall (most helpful staff too) and then walk outside to the bus stop (a bit chaotic loading luggage and getting a seat but no real problem). Of course the bus trip terminates in Piazzale Roma but it is an easy walk to the hotel which is brilliantly positioned for the bus and railway stations - the only thing I’d point out is that you have to cross the new bridge (Ponte della Constituzione) to get onto the correct side of the Canal Grande - not a real issue as it is visible from the bus terminus but it is not well designed for wheeling suitcases as it is stepped (albeit small ones) across the whole span (not a great design feature!). Nonetheless we soon arrived at the hotel, look out for the overhead sign as you walk up the pedestrianised street, walk through the glass doors and you arrive at reception. Reception was efficient in checking us in, though we had arrived early and our room wasn’t ready - not a problem we went out exploring after depositing our luggage. We were allocated a room on the second floor with 3 windoes overlooking the Canal Grande which was a lovely experience, though we don’t know if this was an ‘upgrade’ in recognition of our anniversary or pure chance. The room wasn’t huge but certainly big enough, with good wardrobe space, a TV with a few English channels (mostly News) and a massive bathroom all clean and in good working order. We were happy with our room, especially looking out in the morning and night at the ever busy canal - so much to watch, so much going on every day on Venice’s ‘streets’. We were very lucky that on one day of our stay there was a Regatta with colourful boats creating a magnificent spectacle on the Canale Grande. Breakfast was good though not spectacular - very nice Café Crème available (from a machine) if you like your coffee strong to compliment fruit juice, a small selection of cereal or fruit, scrambled egg / bacon as well as a small selection of pastries and a pancake making machine. We ate outside each morning which was nice but do beware the menace of pigeons - the odd one pecking about for crumbs is one thing but occasionally it was like a scene from Hitchcock’s “The Birds” - one gentleman left his plate of hot food for just a few minutes whilst going to get a coffee and the table was besieged by pigeons aka vultures around a carcass! The waiters do their best to scare them off with a water spray which is effective (but not for too long). Just be mindful, or eat indoors which is pleasant enough. At this point I should mention Erika, engaged by the Hotel to help their clients with anything really concerned with and requiring an expert local knowledge of Venice but very much so to make bookings on their behalf to music concerts, excursions, restaurants etc. We found her genuine and most helpful and she made some suggestions that helped us to optimise our time in Venice - certainly worth a chat to over breakfast where she circulates most days, if not every day. A number of previous Reviewer’s mentioned Reception service and we can concur that the experience varies – the man (bearded) that checked us in was polite, efficient and helpful throughout our stay - not attributes shared by his colleague (an imposing bald man without a name badge) who was abrupt to the point of rudeness, often ignoring the client in front of him by staring undistracted into a computer screen – simply not good manners and behaviour you would expect in a 4 star hotel, perhaps a good customer care course or a quiet word from management would hopefully resolve or at least improve this issue. So, after 4 lovely nights in the Hotel Principe and a glorious stay in Venice we checked out after our final breakfast, paying the unavoidable ‘tourist tax’ which is in place in Italy - €36 for us based on 4 nights at €1 per person per star rating of the hotel. We enjoyed our stay in Hotel Principe and would recommend it for location to transport routes, plentiful restaurants, bars and ice-cream shops outside the door and just a 30 minute walk to San Marco Square via Rialto. There are cheaper, probably more than adequate hotels in the Cannaregio area but for a nice treat it was worth it. Arriverderci Venezia.

Oh well situated hotel right on the Grand Canal a really fantastic setting the hotel itself was fantastic the staff were impeccable and we had a great time there and would recommend it to anyone . Looking to stay in Venice this is the Hotel

The room was small but was facing the Grand Canal. Beautiful view! Large clean bathroom with tub which was great to soak in after a long day wandering around Venice. The breakfast was really good except crowded with groups from large tours.

We have recently returned from a wonderful 3 night break with friends in Venice, staying at the Hotel Principe. We booked deluxe rooms with views over the Grande Canal. Our rooms, 122 and 123, were wonderful each with a terrace overlooking the Grande Canal. What an amazing experience, sitting on our terraces each evening, sipping wine and watching the world go by on the canal below. The rooms were well equipped and spacious with lovely décor. The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and helpful too. Thank you for making our holiday so special.

This hotel was a pleasure to stay in all the staff where very friendly and helpful. Its a great location just 5 minutes walk from the bus depot great views from the terrace bar rooms were clean and comfy we will be bavk

Great location only 2 mins from S L station and 5 mins from bus terminal. Staff very helpful and friendly. Had a late booking deal but would certainly not pay normal rates. Hotel was opulent a long time ago. Somewhat sad now and in need of a makeover. Had a room overlooking the grand canal. Very picturesque but extremely noisy with boats traversing the canal all night. Room adequate. Shower door had a gap at the bottom. No mixer just hot and cold taps to try to adjust.

5min walk from train is the only good thing I can say. We have a room at the end of a long dark dinghy corridor that smells of mould & sewerage. They try to mask smell with room spray which is awful. The shower is so tiny I could only wash my legs 1at a time...forget washing yr hair as u can't lift arms up. No where to put suitcases in a TINY room nothing like the internet shows. We have a queen bed booked but ended up with 2 single beds pushed together. The bed & pillows are the hardest I've ever slept on. I had to use my travel pillow. No wifi will work with iPhone (will work with Samsung) in room 136 so I had to sit in awful smelly hallway to access wifi. In Ginos restaurant across walkway we could access great wifi from hotel BUT NOT IN OUR ROOM. We are also next to storeroom of cleaners & room opposite is where the staff keep their belongings so it is so loud & busy 24:7. I asked to change rooms only to be rudely told no. I asked for a late checkout as our flight wasn't till 8pm & said NO without even checking if room was needed. I asked them to confirm our flight..said NO. The staff in restaurant are so rude & arrogant we never ate there. The main man in charge at breakfast pushed past me & split my hot coffee over me. The hotel foyer is beautiful but that's the only positive thing I can say. I have traveled all over the world & stayed in all sorts of varied accommodation but found Hotel Principe to be the rudest & smelliest of all. Would NOT recommend to anyone.

Hotel is located on the Grand Canal, so it has a wonderful view. The hotel is old and the rooms differ from one another as far as size, and furniture. Initially, we were given a room at the top floor, which requires the elevator and then some stairs. Room was tiny for two people and shower was smaller then a closet. We asked to change rooms and the front desk was very accommodating. Breakfast was a nice selection, but got crowded quick. The hotel is located on a street with shops, and many places to eat. If you walk out of the hotel and go right, over approximately three bridges there is a grocery store. We did this a lot, to get bottled water, and cheap wine! Also, it is a short walk to train station or bridge that gets you to a road for cars. Therefore, I'd say this hotel is in a good location.

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2088 reviews