..as I sit here exhausted and giggly, I have to share our hotel with you. I do actually read ratings on sites like bookings.com, so I have to confess that I’m perplexed. It has a satisfaction rating of 8.1.
I’ll certainly grant it a point for location. I think that’s it.
The rooms are actually located around the corner from the hotel, if that makes any sense. In fact, it’s a completely different building with the entrance on a different street. This is not highly unusual for hotels in larger European cities, but one doesn’t usually wade through a miasma of sewage to get to the stairway. After climbing umpteen stairs, you emerge from the fuliginous stench. Thankfully, the rooms are not on the odor level.
The rooms themselves are plain. I take it back. Every wooden surface has been stenciled within an inch of its life. There are four beds in each room, with mattresses that are shaped to your body…or not, depending on your body’s shape. The hills and valleys remind me of the Carpathians.
Each room is fully equipped with a sink. Thankfully, since the bathroom is down the hall. The bathroom is fully equipped with – air freshener. No soap, no towels. I did go by the lobby to request soap and shampoo (gasp!) and was greeted with a mystified look. The receptionist scurried around and dug into the stash under the stairs, and finally came up with 6 packets of shampoo. When I pointed out that there were 7 of us, he dived back into the cupboard and finally emerged with a seventh. Just in time, since I was ready to equip an expedition to find him.
But, we’re tired, we have accommodations, and we’re in…Venice! So we’re happy. Actually, the kids are having a blast because I’m allowing them to jump on the mattress, under the logic that it won’t do any additional damage.
Oh, did I mention the TV? It’s a full 14-inches, color, and has ONE CHANNEL!