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Cannaregio: La Forcola

Strada Nuova, Phone: 041.5241484
www.laforcolahotel.com

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Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #834

When: December 2004

Pleasant hotel, great value, good location, good breakfast. {3 star}

I booked this hotel at 47.50 per night through RyanAir Hotels.

My single room was small, but very clean. It had matching wallpaper, chair upholstery, and bedspread. It had hardwood floors. There were matching dark wood wardrobe, desk, chair, and bed.

The ensuite bathroom might be a bit quirky for American preferences, but it worked fine for me. As in many European hotels, there's not a separate shower enclosure, and I've found these a bit of a challenge in the past. But I figured out that if you shower while standing over the bidet, the water will not leak into the bedroom (plus I rolled up a towel and put it outside the bathroom door, although that turned out to be unnecessary). The bidet and toilet are actually combined, and you lift the bidet cover to use the toilet. All in all, a clever use of limited space.

The breakfast was very good compared to what I have read of typical Italian breakfasts. There were fresh rolls, croissants, tortes, butter, jam, nutella, different selections of yogurt, juice, coffee, and cappucinos available on request. As throughout much of Italy, they played English-language pop music during breakfast. I seem to recall hearing several Beatles Christmas songs among others.

The staff was friendly. The location was walkable to anywhere if you wanted, or you could walk about 100m to a vaporetto stop (San Marcuola). Of course there are tourists everywhere in Venice, but I found this area in Cannaregio had a pleasant mix of locals and fewer tourists. The grocery store Billa was not too far.

The only reason I would stay elsewhere would be to try a different neighborhood of Venice.

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