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Hotel Campiello, Hotel al Piave, Pensione Accademia, Venice

Has anyone stayed at any of these three hotels? My family of 5 ( 2 adults, 2 teens and 1 child) are going to Venice. All three hotels are in Rick's book. I booked at all of them , but need to cancel 2 of them. None have canal view, but don't break the bank, and seem to be highly recommended. I just don't know which has the best location, or may be roomier, or any other factors that would make one preferable to the others. We will be staying in the same room in all of them, (less expensive than booking two rooms). At the Campiello, we would be staying in their apartment.
Thanks

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I stayed at the Pens. Accademia and loved it. It is an old embassy and has some very large rooms. There are rooms in the main part of the hotel and also rooms built around the garden in the centre of the hotel. These looked to be like family accomodation. It's really central to everything - about 2 minutes walk to the vaporetto and quite easy to get to from the Accademia vaporetto stop. Easy walk to St Marcos square and really nice area to stay in. The staff were excellent and breakfast plentiful and lots of variety. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Great value.

Canal view is overrated I think. I had one but the only time I looked at it was when I opened my shutters in the morning to see what the weather was like. You'll be out exploring the city - much better than sitting in a room looking at a canal.

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Charity.. My husband and I stayed in the Campiello in May and loved it. Our room was a standard double and small, but had a lovely bathroom with a fancy shower with multiple jets.Although it has no view, it has lots to recommend it...1. a huge breakfast that can last even teenagers almost day,2. a computer to check your email and check on what is going on at home,3.it is close to everything especially the boat docks so it is easy if you are coming from the Venice airport, and so easy to go up and down the canal4. it is very safe. They buzz you in and out.5. It has an elevator and air-conditioning. When we were there in early May the air-conditioning had not been turned on yet ( the government stipulates when the air-conditioning can be used) I think it is May 15th to I don't remember. Venice is hot and if you are going in summer you will need it.One of the things I would think would be nice for a large family is that it is so close to everything, yet down a tiny quiet calle or street.

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Sorry I am so wordy.. If you come out of the Campiello and turn left you are about 1oo feet from the docks and then close to the very touristy San Marco Square. If you wan to explore the back canals etc, turn right out or the door and another right . If you go straight and then right along the tiny canal there are restaurants and shopping.Have fun wherever you stay. We were in Italy a month photoghaphing and loved every moment. Take your cameras and wear you money belts.

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In June, my friends (a married couple) and I stay in a suite at Al Piave. We decided it was the best hotel during our entire trip. The room had an entry, two separate bedrooms with doors (one with refrigerator) and a great bathroom which we shared. It was set up like an apartment. The staff is just incredible, making calls for us, reservations, etc at any time. They never seemed bothered by our questions. The breakfast is excellent with constant attention! The hotel is away from the crowds, but it is close to San Marco and Rialto. We loved the location.

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For our upcoming trip to Italy in August we have booked one of the apartments at Hotel Campiello for our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teen sons. They look very nice and are new just this past April. When are you planning your trip for?

This is our 3rd visit to Venice in 5 years and we have stayed at Hotel Rialto right on the Grand Canal which was very fun for our first visit there. The 2nd time we stayed at Albergo Guerrato, which is in the Rick S. book. This was very nice and a few steps from the Rialto produce market. Unfortunately, it was fully booked when I sent them an e-mail several months ago. I have heard good things about Hotel Campiello and the apartments look very nice and the location is very, very close to St. Mark's Square.

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My wife and I stayed at Al Piave for the third time last April. A few years ago we stayed there with our 3 children. We must have gotten the same room as a previous post with the two bedrooms, one a double bed the other 3 singles with a shared hallway with refrigerator and a large beautiful bathroom. I chose Al Piave after extensive research, every time we stay there it is like a home away from home. The central location and more than attentive friendly owners and staff make it a pleasure to be there. The breakfast is as good as anywhere I have ever had in Italy. You really could not go wrong staying here. Enjoy your trip.

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Hi Charity.. I vote for the Campiello. Althoughwe hae never stayed in their apartment, we did stay in one of their doubles. It had a little balcony and a wonderful shower. As the previous post stated , when you get off the boat, it is very easy to get to right down a short calle. Will you be eating breakfast there? It is wonderful... it will keep you full for quite a while. It is a large buffet and you can go back as many times as you want. There is a computer in the lobby for you to check your emails or email someone at home. If you come out of the Campiello and turn right instead of left towards the docks, you will find lots of restaurants etc. It is so easy to get to the boat docks and go to Burano or anywhere down the canal.