Hotel review: Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano

Venice is one of those must-see, otherworldly places.

As touristy as it is, I don’t think there is any place like it.

I posted a photo story here if you’re interested.

Like the city it’s in, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice seems to get stampeded year-around by visitors.

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The hotel sits on the mainland part of Venice, across the bridge from the historic downtown crisscrossed by water.

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How much does it cost?

Anywhere from 60-300 Euros or 18-40k Hilton Honors points.

I paid about 25k Hilton Honors points.

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The cash price more than doubles when the summer kicks in:

It looks like Hilton’s new award pricing system has kicked in, because the current points price is way below the 30-40k point range of its category 5 status:

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How’s the proximity to downtown Venice?

It’s very close, just a 10-minute bus ride across the bridge.

There’s a bus stop at the hotel, and you can buy bus tickets from the front desk at the hotel for a few Euros.

How was the room?

The room felt pretty well-worn as you might expect, but it was nice enough.

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I’m really sorry for this horribly blurry iPhone photo.

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Did you get a room upgrade?

I think so?

It wasn’t a suite, but it was the only room with a ridiculously large pool-front deck attached to it.

My Hilton Silver status from my Hilton credit card may have been responsible for the room choice.

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Any good food in the area?

We GPSed to a nearby restaurant that got rave reviews, but it was inexplicably closed, so we returned to the hotel restaurant.

The hotel is in a residential area, so there didn’t seem to be many restaurants nearby.

The hotel restaurant was nice, but they forgot to put in our food order, so we sat there for a long time pretty hungry.

A manager asked me if I wanted to order what I thought was a compensatory beverage, which I did, but the drink ended up on my bill anyway. Oh well.

When my pizza finally arrived, it was delicious.

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Parking and Wi-Fi?

The Wi-Fi worked well, and the hotel parking is free.

Here are some photos of the rest of the hotel:

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The hotel restaurant from the outside pool area.

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Please let me know if I missed anything!

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