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.
The hotel sits on the mainland part of Venice, across the bridge from the historic downtown crisscrossed by water.
How much does it cost?
Anywhere from 60-300 Euros or 18-40k Hilton Honors points.
I paid about 25k Hilton Honors points.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Please let me know if I missed anything!