Monday, 30 May 2016

Hotel and Inn Review: Hotel Plaza Venice (Venice, Italy)

Date of Stay: May 30-June 1, 2016

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: ******
Value for Money: *******

Hotel Plaza Venice

About 50 m. across from Venezia Mestre Train Station (we did not have to walk far with our luggage), this contemporary, 4-star hotel is 9 kms. from the Venetian Lagoon (a 10-minute bus or train ride away to Santa Lucia Station) and 13 kms. from the iconic Saint Mark's Basilica. The 226 airy, elegant, spotlessly clean and spacious rooms, which range from classic and ornately decorated to sleek and modern, feature classic furnishings in warm colors. They have three different kinds of rooms: Classic (22 sq. m.), Executive (30 sq. m.) and Club (40 sq. m.).
Hotel lobby

They offer free wi-fi (you need to get a fresh user ID/password every third day from the reception), wall-mounted flat-screen TVs (about 40 channels, half of them Italian), work desk, magnetic key locks, fully-equipped bathroom with modern shower (some rooms feature marble bathrooms) and ample toiletries (they even provided a toothbrush) and hair dryer, electronic safe in the closet, coffee-making facility, and minibar.  Room service is available. The beds were very comfortable, with good quality sheets.  The carpeting was clean and the room was smoke free.

A free and extensive, Continental-style 
breakfast buffet, including eggs (scrambled or sunny side up), ham/bacon, yogurt, chocolate croissants, cereals, chocolate and cream brioche, fresh and canned fruit, tea, fruit juice, sausage, several kinds of cold cuts and cheeses, fruit salad, coffee/espresso (from a self-serve machine) and a variety of pastries, sweet pies and tarts, is served daily. 

The 24-hour trendy, eclectic ground floor Soul Kitchen Italian restaurant, with its bold, artsy d├ęcor, boasts an eclectic menu of Italian and international dishes. This doubles as bar in the evening. The smartly dressed staff, at the front desk, were very friendly, if a bit formal, spoke very good English and were professional.  Everyone, from the maid to the receptionist and the bell boy, were very helpful.
Buffet breakast

The hotel also has 3 meeting spaces, 2 small lifts and luggage storage room. There were several internet stations available for use in the lobby and the mezzanine floor. Pets are allowed with prior notice. 

Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs EUR 14 per day. There’s a large supermarket 5 mins down the road where you buy cheap snacks and drinks. There are several bus stops also across the street including bus #2 that will take you to Piazza di Roma in Venice. A public bus to Marco Polo Airport (a 20-min. drive) stops 100 m. from the hotel, while Treviso Airport is 25 kms. (a 40-min. drive) away.  
Soul Kitchen
Hotel Plaza VeniceViale Stazione, 36, 30171 Mestre, Venice, Italy. Tel: +39 041 929388.

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