At the end of July, my sister and I went to Venice for a couple of days. After we booked our train connection, it was time to discuss where to stay in Venice.
We both didn’t want to spend a fortune on accommodation, however, wanted to have a bit of “luxury” and a breakfast buffet.
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As usual, when I’m looking for a hotel, I opened booking.com and narrowed down the search results by applying the right filters.
A breakfast buffet, a great location, and a good price-performance ratio were some of the few hotel criteria.
In the end, only a handful of suitable hotels within our budget were left from which we decided to book the 3-star Hotel Gorizia La Valigia.
Staying at The Hotel Gorizia La Valigia
Some reasons why we chose the Hotel Gorizia La Valigia include the perfect location and the beautifully-looking rooms we saw in the photos.
Luckily, the great reviews of former guests were true and the hotel didn’t disappoint at all. But let’s start from the beginning.
I mentioned the great location above already, but honestly, it couldn’t have been better!
The hotel is located exactly between Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Both these famous landmarks in Italy were reachable within a 2 or 3-minute walk.
Since we arrived by train, we had to take a water bus – also called “Vaporetto” – from the train station to St. Mark’s Square. The ride took quite some time but it was very scenic as the Vaporetto drove along the Canal Grande.
During the journey on the water, we also passed the stop “Rialto” from where we could’ve reached the hotel too.
However, we decided to stay on the water bus until St. Mark’s Square because we really enjoyed seeing the city from the Canal Grande.
Once reached St. Mark’s Square, we used Google Maps to find the way to our hotel. We wandered through the tiny and narrow streets until we stood in front of it.
We entered the hotel and approached the small reception. After we did the check-in, we got the key to our room.
Even though the hotel looks rather small from outside, it has quite many rooms. Ours was on the third floor and we took the elevator to go up.
The room was exactly like it was pictured on the internet and how I imagined it to be.
The wardrobe, desk and double bed were in the typical Venetian style. The room was decorated with yellow flower wallpapers and old-fashioned lamps.
On the wall next to the wardrobe was a golden-framed mirror and in one corner hung a flat-screen TV.
I absolutely loved it!
The spacious bathroom included everything one could possibly need. We had a bathtub and shower in one, a toilet, and a large washbasin with an even larger mirror.
Moreover, amenities such as shampoo, shower gel, soap, and a hairdryer could be found there too.
The hairdryer was really old tho and looked weird so I didn’t even know how to use it at first. 😀
Due to the recent global situation and the higher safety measures, having breakfast in the hotel was a bit different than usual.
Every day in the evening, the receptionist asked us both what time we wanted to have breakfast the next day. In this way, they could make sure there aren’t too many people in the breakfast room at once.
Part of the breakfast was still served in buffet form, however, we weren’t allowed to take the food on our own.
We had to tell the staff what we wanted and they arranged everything on a tray – while wearing face masks and gloves.
The selection was not too bad and there was a lot to choose from – even for me as a vegan! Wholemeal bread, jam, different fruits, corn- and rice crackers, and dried fruits were some of the things I ate.
Service & Review
If you want to have a bit of luxury but don’t want to spend all your money on accommodation, Hotel Gorizia La Valigia is your place to be!
For €215 ( ~ $250) altogether, we got three nights with breakfast, a great location, and a wonderful room.
In my opinion, a very good price-performance ratio. So if you don’t know where to stay in Venice, I can highly recommend Hotel Gorizia La Valigia. You’ll get a lot for an inexpensive price.
Plus, in times like this, safety measures are very important and the hotel did a great job!
There were hand sanitizers everywhere, the staff was wearing face masks and everyone acted very responsibly.
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