10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"The Hotel Codega is a really great place to stay in Venice. The hotel is in a great location close to everyting. I would recommend a good map or to print one from the hotel's website as this makes the hotel a lot easier to find.
I really could not fault this hotel, the rooms were great and the staff really do look after you, nothing is too much trouble.
I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel and would stay there again if I returned to Venice."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
Confirmation of other reviews
"Extremely efficient and friendly exchange of emails when I booked 3 rooms in this superbly furnished and recently opened hotel in the centre of Venice equidistant from Rilato and Piazza San Marco.
When our arrival was delayed for 24 hours due to a public transport strike, the hotel made no difficulty, and we commiserated with the manager over one of the difficulties of life in Italy.
The rooms are fairly small, as is always the case in Venice, but perfectly adequate. The TV hidden behind a mirror is a high tech plus, and the marble-lined bathrooms are fully equipped.
Contrary to other travellers' experience, we found the hotel very easily, following the map on the hotel website, but we can confirm that the directions from Campo San Luca (keep the Burger King on your right, and turn right at the Benetton and through the archway again on the right) are correct.
Breakfast was abundant and of excellent quality.
We fully recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of December 2007
A Hidden Treasure
"We really enjoyed Al Codega Hotel. We spent 17 days in Italy and this Hotel was the best out of all the others.
It is spotless and nestled between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. 2 blocks away from Piazza San Marco and 3 blocks away from the Rialto Bridge. I traveled with my mother who is an elderly woman and she had no problems with the hotel or walking distance.
I would advise you to enter Venice from the airport on a private water taxi. We used a service called 'Consorzio motoscafi'.
The following is there website:
What a spectacular site.... to enter the city that way. First they take your luggage and you don't have to wait in a line at the airport dock..while everyone else is in line waiting for the public water transport. You can just hop on your private taxi ..they will be waiting for you. Make sure you have the hotel map which you can get from the hotel website.
The website is:
It explains how to get there.
You tell the driver to take you to the 'Testollini Dock'. Give the driver the hotel phone number and the map and they can call the hotel at your arrival...the hotel will send someone to help you find the place and also help you with your baggage. It is half a block away from Testollino Dock but, hidden in a quiet courtyard. Very hard to find.
The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The service is friendly and helpful. They have internet acess, television, a safe for your valuables, good airconditioning, beautifully decorated rooms venician style, good size bathroom with all the amenities, great breakfast consisting of the best cold cuts I have ever tasted, cereals, pastries, coffee, natural juices, croissants, other breads, pies, liverworst, fruits, various types of cheese, etc...
You cannot go wrong with this hotel. Even though it is located in the center of the city ...it is very quite in the courtyard were they are located ,so as not to disturb your sleep.
We arrived early and the rooms were not ready yet ..they took good care of our luggage.
I highly recomend you take the Gondola tour with Viator. The following is there website:
It is so romantic. You go on a gondola with a group of people (6 to each gondola) they take you through the canals at sunset and it lasts 40-50 min. They have musicians on one of the gondolas playing music and another singing arias and beautiful Italian romantic songs. It is absolutly dreamy! It feels as if you are in a fantasy world. You must try it! It is well worth the 60 bucks.
Another thing....before you go to the San Marco Basilica(this is the main church in the square..beautiful!) make sure you you reserve your entrance way before your trip(atleast 3 weeks)through there website you will not have to pay anything. I recommend this because if you do not you will be in a huge line for hours. We had a reservation and just walked in while all the others were waiting in line for hours.
This is there website:
When I go back to venice...YES! I will be staying at the Al Codega.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :-)"
- Travel date: Sat 1st of December 2007
Impossible to find but worth the trek
"We travelled to Italy for our honeymoon in October and Hotel al Codega in Venice was our first destination. It is right in the middle between St Marks Piazza and the Rialto Bridge so it was a perfect base.
It is impossible to find though. We took the wrong alilaguna line from the airport and got off at st marks so when you have cases thats a no no as there are bridges and steps the whole way. Rialto is the best stop to get off at. Hotel Map and tourist info map had hotel in 2 seperate locations.
We eventualy asked someone and we happened to be standing beside the laneway for the hotel. It is so hard to find as youve to walk down a lane and under an arch before you even see the name of the hotel.
Anyway enough of that - The hotel itself was fab. Room was spotless - We had a Classic Suite. Our room looked onto the courtyard so there wasnt a sound day or night. Covers changed everyday and they also came back in to pull the covers back in the evening. The staff were all so polite and a huge spread each morning for breakfast. Would definitely recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of November 2007
100% YES, A+, Fill in your own superlative!!!
"For first timers to Venice: it is a warren of corridors. Things are very hard to find. This hotel is probably at the top of that list as it is in a courtyard not really on any maps! Go to the website before you arrive and print out their map!!!
Now that is said, this is a GREAT hotel. It is located in a courtyard with other apartments. It is very quiet for Venice and you actually get that "what, who, and when did stuff happen here" as opposed to the hustle of venice's tourists. The courtyard is a huge plus becuase you can decompress immediately.
The staff is great. They are very helpful, speak English, and maintain a very professional hotel.
The rooms are large (ours overlooked the courtyard), and even had a sitting area. The bed was comfortable and the furniture was very well appointed.
The location is amazing: less than five minutes to Saint Mark's.
I heartily reccomend this hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of September 2007
"Just back from a fantastic week in Venice - and this hotel made for a perfect base being ideally situated between San Marco and the Rialto. The staff were efficient, friendly and very helpful. The room (a double superior) was lovely, and worth spending a little more for the extra space - we had a sitting area in addition to the bedroom. The bathroom was well kitted out - with fresh towels/toiletries daily, and the room benefitted from a safe, A/C, flat screen TV, direct dial phone and ample storage space with plenty of clothes hangers! We found the breakfast to be good - typical continental style - rolls, croissants, meats/cheeses, yoghurts, jams, range of fresh fruit, cakes/biscuits, fruit juices, tea/coffee. We will be recommending this hotel to friends and family and would definitely stay here again on a return trip. DIRECTIONS: (the map link is wrong...)
It is very straight forward to find, and is shown on some street maps: take the vaporetto to Rialto. As you get off, turn right along the Riva, and go over the bridge (only one to cross!) Keep going until you see alley on left called 'Calle del Carbon' and go down this - you come out in 'Campo S. Luca'. Facing the Burger King, take the alley running down the left side of it. At the Armani Shop, turn right, then 1st right again into a small courtyard - the hotel is ahead of you. Takes approx 5 mins to walk (without suitcase!) TIP: Don't get a no.1 Vaporetto - it stops everywhere, and tends to be very crowded. Get the no.82 instead!"
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2007
Updated, clean, and great location
"We stayed 4 nights and had a good experience. The hotel was very clean and updated. Our room was very nice and super clean with lovely textiles and good quality furniture. It was obvious that it had been decorated by a professional. The bathroom was all marble and very modern, but a bit small. The towels were large and thick. The AC worked well. The breakfast was a bit sparse, but not a big deal. The hotel was hard to find since it is located in a courtyard off of one of those tiny streets that doesn't show on the map, so be prepared to call the reception desk for directions. Someone from the hotel was nice enough to meet us at the Burger King right around the corner to escort us to the hotel. It was in a great location just a few minutes walk from St. Mark's Square. The location was also very quiet. We couldn't hear our neighbors either. This is a smaller hotel with not as many amenities as some of the other 4 stars, but it was worth the stay."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
nice hotel nice location
"This hotel is nicely situated in between the two biggest attractions of Venice (the San Marcos Plaza and the Rialto Bridge). Accommodations are quite nice, breakfast is modest. Be warned that the hotel is almost impossible to find, off a minor alley which is off another minor alley, as if the curvy main paths are all that easy to navigate themselves."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of August 2007
A really great surprise
"We tried to book late online. We needed two rooms and had trouble finding accommodation. Eventually we phoned Thomsons and they came up with Al Codega so we booked without knowing anything about it. What a great surprise. The location was fantastic close to St Marks Square and the Rialto Bridge. The hotel was extremely clean, the staff very pleasant and helpful - we stayed five nights and could not have done better. We would recommed this hotel to anybody
The Thompson deal also included private water taxi from the airport.. What a great holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of May 2007
"This is a very good hotel, great location. We found the hotel without difficulty having downloaded a map from the hotel website. Overall recommend this hotel highly."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of May 2007