Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal

VENICE IN GENERAL

Yes this hotel is highly recommended in numerous travel books. Yes it is right on the main canal and one block away from St. Marks square (San Marco). Yes it has direct access to a water taxi and boat stop, and is right across the street from Harry’s Bar (home of the original Bellini, very small but very cool). BUT, I don’t get it. I mean, I don’t get it. You give me 100 square feet with a wooden box for a bed and I’m supposed to swoon? Throwing a chandelier in a room does not make it elegant. It doesn’t even make it livable. This place is why European hotels have a bad name. Plus, the main front desk dude was kind of a dick.

Side note…the lobby and “meeting” room areas are pretty sweet. There are far far worse places for wedding receptions, etc…