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Alla Saute da CiCi in Venice: my opinion

Old Nov 13th, 2004, 02:39 PM
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Alla Saute da CiCi in Venice: my opinion

This hotel was not a pleasant stay for me and my husband when we were on our honeymoon. I found the hotel by
going through the TripAdvisor listings. TripAdvisor had other, better reviewed
hotels in my price range, but they were already booked for the days I wanted. I
was skeptical of this hotel based on the variability of the reviews, but I
decided to go for the Salute based on location and price (other hotels near
train station were cheaper, but I wanted to be near San Marco). We payed 90
Euros a night, cash...they hit you up for another 10 Euros per night if you want
to pay with credit card.
Bad points:
-Room was not completely clean and furniture and rug was old and worn out.
-We opted for the shared bathroom, and consequently were treated like second
class tenants. We were only given small hand towels(I know that others were
given larger towels, because someone that shared the bathroom would leave their
extra-large towel disposed of on the floor each morning).
-Mosquitos, mosquitos, mosquitos infestation. Where they came from I don't
know, since we always kept the windows closed.
-Unfriendly guy at front desk, the older guy (the owner?)I asked him about Aqua
Alta, and where to find a internet cafe and he was not very pleasant. Acted like
I was bugging him. Plus, he had the nerve to ask me on two differnent occasions
when we would be leaving so the maid could clean the room (this is after the
maid walked into our room in the morning while we were sleeping without hardly
knocking) And he also was very rude when we did not know we needed to leave our
key at the front desk when we went out and demanded the key from us(apparently
in Italy you have to leave your key at the front desk, and I had no idea). The
rest of the staff was pleasant, though.
The good:
-The location. Very close to vaporetto stops and walkable to different sights.
-Breakfast was so-so. I got cappuchino and rolls with a selection of jam.
Obviously this was a cheap-o breakfast, but better than nothing.
Tips: I would advise booking early in Venice to get the best deal in the best
location. If I ever go to Venice again, I will take my chances elsewhere.

note:my husband posted a review on Tripadvisor (see Flophouse, http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR...eneto.html)and the crazy old guy that heads the front desk went back through his records and found my e-mail. He sent me a very mean, harrasing e-mail berating me and accusing me of lying. Very weird.
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 03:05 PM
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A friend and I stayed at the Alla Salute in early October. We paid E112 for a 1 bedroom with ensuite and a garden view.

I agree that the decor was a little faded and worn. The bathroom was fine but the garden view was not sufficient to entice me back. No mosquitos for us. However we found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating, including the older gentleman.

The breakfast is a very typical Italian one, except we found the coffee to be weak and not the usual fabulous strength we had been enjoying elsewhere.

We too loved the location. This was my second time in Dorsoduro and it reinforced how much I like this sestiere. I too would stay elsewhere next time. The Hotel Galleria was unavailable (another friend and I had stayed there last time, and loved it.

Next time I'd try the Hotel Seguso, right next to La Calcina, and less expensive. There are several other hotels we located that looked wonderful too - we just opted for the Alla Salute. Live and learn.

Cheers,
Linda


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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 03:08 PM
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Eeks, I wish the Alla Salute cost E112 but it actually cost E140!

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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 06:47 PM
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BowenLinda,
If Hotel Seguso and Pension Seguso (at Zattere al Gesuati 779) are the same places, I would strongly advise against staying there. We stayed at Pension Seguso--were booked for 4 nights and left after the first night (were lucky to get into Hotel Flora--lovely place). We even lost money on the deal, but didn't care--Pension Seguso was a disaster--cramped, shared bathroom (which we hadn't agreed to), slanted floors, dark, dingy, etc. etc.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 07:39 AM
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>Breakfast was so-so. I got cappuchino and rolls with a selection of jam.
Obviously this was a cheap-o breakfast, but better than nothing. <

This is a typical Italian breakfast.

It is also a typical French breakfast.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 01:52 PM
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Ira-
you are correct, I am sure this is like the typical Italian breakfast. I was just comparing the Salute breakfast to the other hotels I stayed in when in Italy... Rome, Capri, and Florence hotels that we stayed in. All offered meats, cheese, eggs, juice, rolls, pastries and assortment of jams, buffet style, all you can eat.
I realize this is a budget hotel though, also and certainly was not what soured me to the Salute. It was mostly stuff I listed in my Bad column.
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Artlover, you've devasted me about Pensione Seguso! That bad? Did you have a chance to peek into the rooms with ensuite bathrooms?

Thanks for your comments,
Linda
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Linda,
Sorry for the bad news, but that was OUR experience. We had requested a room with a bathroom, but for whatever reason, ended up with another, so they probably didn't have any. They were quite nasty about us leaving too--and we had paid for 1/2 board (which we didn't get). Maybe others have had a different experience--that happens--but ours was unfortunate and I'd hate to see others go through this if it could be avoided.

Hope this helps.

Paula
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