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carrie Dec 27th, 2002 07:55 PM

Arcadia Hotel in Venice - nice?
I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the Arcadia Hotel in Venice? I'm researching a trip for my parents and saw this hotel which looks really beautiful (it's a renovated 17th century palace) but is quite cheap, so I wonder if it's a bargain or a slum? It's next to the casino and close to the train station, which seems like a good location, but maybe that's why it's cheap? I don't know, but I'm tempted to book them there because it's so beautiful. Thanks in advance for any advice!

Holly Dec 27th, 2002 11:00 PM

Hmmm... Might be a new hotel. Hence, not mentioned previously on this board. Website, Carrie?

carrie Dec 28th, 2002 11:42 AM

I saw it on Choose Venice, then 2 star hotels. The pictures make it look gorgeous, but that may be misleading.

Holly Dec 28th, 2002 07:07 PM

Hotel and location look okay to me, but at those prices, and the fact that they don't mention private bathrooms, my guess is that all the rooms share bathrooms down the hall. Your folks may not like that arrangement. If they'll need a private bath in the room, why don't you give us a price range and see what suggestions you get.

carrie Dec 29th, 2002 09:40 AM

A private bathroom is a must, as is a location where they don't have to walk too far to get to where the sights are. They wanted to stay under 100 EUR per night, but it seems they may have to go a little higher in Venice, and that's okay. They'll scrimp elsewhere.

Holly Dec 29th, 2002 09:52 AM

What time of year will they be traveling?

carrie Dec 30th, 2002 03:27 PM

They are planning on going during the last week of March. When they go is not set in stone yet, but the conditions of their package say they have to leave between March 1st and 31st. They don't want to be there for the Carnival because it'll probably be too expensive and packed with people, but I think that's in February so it doesn't really matter.

Lesli Dec 30th, 2002 04:01 PM

Carrie -<BR><BR>Most, if not all 2 star hotels *DO* have private bathrooms (but often are without an elvator.) Since there is no mention of the bathroom situation in the hotel description, I would take this to mean that there are no rooms *without* private facilities.<BR><BR>If you do a search on Google or another search engine for &quot;arcadia hotel venice&quot; you'll come up with a few hits, among them, one for another website (the hotel's own?) where you can check rates &amp; availability:<BR><BR>Also, links to some positive reviews:<BR><BR>There are phone numbers and an e-mail address ([email protected]) in the info in this second link. You should contact the hotel directly to inquire about the facilities.<BR>

Holly Dec 30th, 2002 09:43 PM

I agree with Lesli that you should contact the hotel directly regarding the bathroom facilities, since my assumption is that - absent any mention of the situation on their website - means that the rooms do not have private baths. Contact the hotel to answer the question once and for all.<BR><BR>The good thing is that your parents are traveling in March, which is the shoulder season. Hotels are a lot more affordable then than they are during high season. Even better if they're going to be there during the week, and not on a Friday or Saturday night.<BR><BR>Another alternative would be to rent an apartment. There are lots of apartments that will go for $100 or less per night during March, though they will likely require a minimum 3 night stay, with even better rates if they stay 7 nights. Let us know if you want to pursue that avenue.

2starGirl Dec 31st, 2002 10:06 AM

I respectfully disagree with Holly, and agree with Leslie. I actually stay in 2 star hotels more often than not, and ALWAYS have a private bathroom. <BR><BR>It is sometimes true that the singles don't have private facilities, but that is mentioned in the hotel's room descriptions, if that is the case. I think some of the people giving opinions here are 4-5 star hotel types, who've never set foot in a 2-star. <BR><BR>I've looked at the website, and I'd be extremely surprised to hear that the Arcadia does not have private room favilities. Prices are very good for Venice, but not dirt cheap, and the place looks too nice to scrimp on plumbing. <BR><BR>Someone check it out and let us all know!

Holly Jan 2nd, 2003 01:38 PM

The word from the Arcadia is: 14 rooms with private bath, 4 without.

2StarGirl Jan 2nd, 2003 04:12 PM

Thanks, Holly, for sharing the info! I'm going to keep this place in mind for my next trip to Venice.... Meanwhile, if anyone actually stays there (or even stops by to take a look), give us your impressions.

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