Venice can be a puzzle for first-timers. It is a jigsaw of little paths, bridges, and canals with almost identical architecture throughout the city to confuse you geographically. Unfortunately, the fear of the unknown sometimes stops tourists from visiting anything but the main tourist attractions, leading much of the hotel reservations to be made at places near the tourist hubs. Luckily, when it comes to finding a place to stay, there’s a beautiful little hotel a few blocks away from the bustling Saint Mark’s Square that can provide you with an experience a bit closer to true Venetian lifestyle.
The Hotel Colombina looks like something out of a fairy tale. Its simple white walls are dotted with windows and flower baskets boasting beautiful violet lilies. Looking at the building is as much of a treat as actually staying in it. The hotel has a myriad of room options to suit your needs. From a basic studio to an elegant suite, Colombina knows how to accommodate any family. Stay in a hotel along the famous Grand Canal and you’re looking at quite a bill when you leave for the airport. The Colombina is relatively affordable and is walking distance to both Saint Mark’s Square and the picturesque Rialto Bridge over the famous waterway.
If you are going on a mediterranean cruise, the Colombina will gladly accomodate you. They have a water shuttle that is only a few extra bucks that will take you to the port right up to your ship. These shuttles also run to the train stations and to a bus stop that goes to the airport.
Arguably the most attractive feature of the hotel is its quaint decorations. The inside is cozy, resembling a typical venetian house with antique furniture. There is a small courtyard with a soothing fountain and beautiful gardens lining the border. The service is exceptional, with employees ready to meet your every need. Best of all, the rooms are large and spacious for a city that feels so narrow.
If you are heading to Venice (for either business or leisure), make sure to check out the Colombina. You can book via their website here: http://www.hotelcolombina.com/