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Mestre: Hotel Bologna

Via Piave 214

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Reviewed by: LisaT from FL, review #1453

When: March 2006

Recently renovated hotel across from train station offers large family rooms. {4 stars}

Hotel Bologna Best Western in Mestre is a short taxi ride from the airport and is also located directly across the street from the train station.

The hotel has been in business for many years; I saw some interesting black/white photos on the walls at the hotel. They showed the hotel and guests dressed in clothing circa late 1800's. The train ride to Venice over the causeway is 1 euro and takes about 10 minutes. Trains do a constant shuttle back and forth all day. We originally searched diligently for accommodations in Venice to fit our budget and needs. We booked the Hotel Bologna early with intentions of continuing to search for something in Venice and cancelling our reservations if we did. We wanted something very easy to find after traveling over 24 hours on flights from home to Marco Polo. We needed extra space for our family of four, parents and older kids.

We knew we couldn't budget 200-300 per night for 2 hotel rooms as we had to budget for 18 nights in Italy. Our total bill for 3 nights was 350; this included a huge breakfast each morning. Our family room was on the third floor and consisted of 2 large rooms connected by double pocket doors and a large bathroom. The hotel has recently been renovated and updated. The floors are light wood plank and the decor is contemporary in light woods.

The first room where my daughters slept had 2 twin beds, desk and chair, dresser and undercounter fridge. Our bedroom had a queen bed, dresser and chairs, night tables, TV. The bath was sparkly clean and posh. Huge shower, jacuzzi tub, nice sink, hairdryer, and plenty of towels with towel warmer.

The windows in all of the rooms were very large and could be opened either horizontally or vertically, which I did to get fresh air circulating. The hotel lobby has a library area with newspapers, magazines, paperbacks guests have donated, and internet point. There is a restaurant and bar at the hotel and dining room area where breakfast is served. Each morning breakfast choices included coffee or cappuccino, about 8 different juices, milk, scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, english muffins, boiled eggs, meats, fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, pastries, etc. We usually were not hungry again until mid-afternoon. We had two days to explore Venice. The first day we came back to the hotel in early afternoon to take a nap and returned to Venice late afternoon. The last day we spent the whole day in Venice.

We dined all three evenings at Columbus' Pizzeria about 6 blocks from the hotel. We just loved this place! It is a small family run restaurant very popular with the locals. We were the only tourists all 3 evenings. We ordered pizzas (excellent) pasta dishes, mixed grills, veal dishes, house wines, etc over three nights and our highest bill for our family of four was 40.

The staff at the hotel took a lot of pride in their jobs and were pleasant, friendly, and helpful with answering questions. Each evening when we returned to our room the sheets had been changed and beds made and towels replaced. The first morning my youngest daughter and I arrived at the bar before the breakfast dining room opened and the gentleman behind the bar insisted on making us each fresh squeezed orange juice and poured me a cup of coffee (no charge).

I would have loved to have stayed in Venice, but as an alternative this hotel was very pleasant and served our needs and budget.

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