After a wonderful 10 day, 3 city tour of Italy, my traveling companion suffered a medical emergency at the Venice airport and had to be admitted to a local hospital just 3 hrs before we were to fly back to the US.
I should add that neither one of us speaks Italian and since we were headed home right before this incident occurred, I was almost completely out of Euros. Thankfully, I had travel insurance and their contacts advised me to keep track of all my receipts (preferably charge) so they could review and “consider” reimbursement, so I depended heavily on my charge card from that point on.
My priority, going forward, was to find a place to stay near the hospital. Since it was difficult to predict when she would be discharged, I felt I needed to book a hotel in 2 day intervals, then found that even hotels 15 kilometers from Venice close to the hospital (in Mestre) book up pretty quickly in September. After the 1st hotel during my "extended" stay in Mestre sold out mid-week, I booked a B & B that I chose to leave after the proprietors insisted on cash for additional nights (after booking with charge online), although I desperately tried to explain that I wanted to use my charge to avoid heavy cash advance fees. I was then lucky enough to book the Best Western Plus Quid Hotel Venice! I couldn’t have been happier!
I can’t say enough good things about it! From the minute I arrived there, at the Best Western, I felt like I was home, as it had quite an American feel. It was, by far, the nicest of all the 6 hotels I'd stayed at while in Italy, including what they call "4 star" hotels in Rome, Florence & Venice. Of course I was able to charge my hotel stay!
In addition, I was able to walk to the hospital in the mornings (about 1.3 miles), saving myself about 15 euros for transportation. For an additional 6 euros a day, the continental breakfast was the most extensive I've seen in any of the hotels I've stayed at; there were even 2 automatic cappuccino machines...delish!
My room was clean and the bed was very comfy. I even found complimentary bottled water in the room! And of course there was a room safe for my passport.
Since there was a group staying for a conference, the hotel was heavily booked and had a wait list after my 1st 2 nights there; after explaining my circumstances, however, the front desk staff was very accomodating, and fortunately, they were able to retain the room for me for the 3rd night...thank goodness!
I should mention that less than a mile away is a nice shopping mall, Auchan, which actually includes a grocery store and some restaurants. I found I could arrange a taxi back to the hotel from there, as I'd be returning to the hotel around 10:30 pm.
The only thing I was somewhat unhappy with was my dinner experience at the hotel. The last night there I decided to try out The Mover restaurant; although it was plentiful, unfortunately, the salmon I had was dry. Hopefully, it was an isolated experience, but really can't say for sure.
Overall, I was very happy with my stay at the Best Western Plus Quid Venice...thank you for your hospitality, and your understanding! less