The hotel I stayed in Venice left a warm, yet intricate fuzzies inside of me despite the winter season and chilly Adriatic wind. The thought of being in this renaissance-rich city while having the delish breakfast and cappucino was vacation-perfection. Everything was indeed perfect that it left this memorable impression.
When I was in Venice for a winter road trip, I stayed at Hotel San Gallo for one night. A short, sweet and pleasant stay. When we arrive there, it was already dark at around 7 PM.
Location Is The Winner
Being in Hotel San Gallo feels like you are in a museum, as to me, Venice itself is like an open museum (so does Rome, Firenze and many cities in Italy). Hotel location is splendid, just less than 100 meters to Piazza San Marco, which means it is right in the middle of Venice touristy places- the Rialto Market, Grand Canal, Hard Rock Café and Le Mercerie Shoping Street.
I thought I was lucky to travel with a backpack instead of large trolley suitcase. The hotel check-in situated at the first floor of the building, and the stairs is rather narrow, just like the entrance, by a narrow alley. The front concierge was friendly and attentive, and check-in process was fast and smooth. We booked via Booking.com, and we also email the hotel separately for confirmation of the booking, the date, room preferences and we let them know our estimated arrival time. This is so that there will be a staff to standby for our check-in, and so that they will not release our room considering our late arrival time
There were four of us, so we booked a room for three plus one extra bed (large bed and one single bed, plus one extra bed)
The room was lovely, beautiful, clean, and it’s deco was European and Venice-like, with Murano glass chandelier, fabric-lined wall with baroque motif, large wooden-carved headboard, golden accent consistent throughout the room from the wall to furniture and fixtures to the beddings. When I got into the room, I was literally admiring it.
Ensuite bathroom are clean too. Room and bathroom are surprisingly large enough for us, we walk and move around the room easily. There was in fact a significant amount of empty floor space, which is rather surprising, as it’s widely known that majority of budget hotels and boutique hotel in Europe are tiny, and I expected the same for Venice which is scarce for land area. Certainly not a disappointment in term of the floor space.
I love the breakfast here so much! We are Muslim so we opt for no meat when we travel abroad. There are plenty of food options and they are filling too. Cakes, bread and butter, fruit jam, Nutella, bun, tarts, cereal, pies, pastries, yogurt, croissant, eggs, fruit juice, milk, coffee, and tea. We could choose what type of coffee or teas that we want. I had cappuccino. I actually wished we had more time to devour the breakfast, but we were rushing out (check out my Venice story here and why we were rushing).
Overall, it was a delightful stay. I will definitely come back and I will stay longer in the hotel, and in Venice! Please, if you come to Venice, stay longer, do it slow, if you are into history, architecture and lifestyle.