July 25, 2018
Hotel Review: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

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I hadn’t been to Venice since I was a child and I’d been wanting to visit again for years. I was very excited to finally see Venice again after it kept not happened for various reasons over the years.


Booking


I normally stay at Starwood or Marriott hotels but those were all ridiculously expensive in June. I booked a room at the Hilton Molino Stucky this time around. The Hilton is about a 15-minute boat ride from San Marco square. It was significantly cheaper to stay a bit out of San Marco vs booking at a hotel right in the square. The water shuttle was free and went between the Hilton and San Marco about every half hour.


Check-In



The Hilton gets slammed every morning for check-in. There’s not much they can do as they staff all the counters and summer is peak travel season. Luckily I arrived a bit later in the day so didn’t have to wait too long.


I had booked a King Deluxe room but was upgraded to King Executive room D137 because of my Hilton Gold status. As a reminder, I receive Hilton Gold status because I have the Platinum Card from American Express.


Room



The room was fine overall. It wasn’t anything overly special but it was comfortable enough for a short stay.



There was a TV and a small desk next to the bed.



There was a larger desk behind the bed’s back wall.


Bathroom



I should note I didn’t like the shampoo and soap products. They felt cheap and very low quality.


Dining



There’s a few dining areas in the hotel. There’s a restaurant in the lobby, snacks in the lounge, a rooftop restaurant, two outdoor restaurants, a breakfast restaurant, and a Nutella bar. This is the restaurant immediately adjacent to the check-in area. I had great service and food on the one occasion I ate here. The food is expensive given the portion size, but that’s to be expected at a hotel restaurant.



The outdoor Nutella bar specializes in crepes and waffles.



Breakfast was packed every single morning. It’s an extensive buffet with pretty much everything you could want. The only downside is it’s very, very busy. This was a picture during one of the few downtimes.


Fruits


Cold cuts


Scrambeled eggs



There’s was a lot more options. This is just a sample of what’s available.


Gym



The gym is divided into two separate areas. One area is exclusively cardio machines (not pictured). The other area is exclusively weights. The ground floor of the weight room is machines.



Go up a flight of stairs and you’ll find the free weights.


SPA & Pool


There is a SPA and a pool here. The SPA is right next to the gym but I didn’t try it so can’t comment. The pool is on the roof and has great views of the waterfront. There’s also a small bar/café next to the pool.


Amenities


I received complimentary premium Wi-Fi because of my Hilton Gold status. The bathroom amenities were nothing special, though they did have mouthwash which came in handy! I didn’t receive any free water in the room during my first day but it was restocked after that.


Service


Service was good overall. The staff were attentive and helpful whenever I needed anything. There weren’t any ‘wow’ moments but I wouldn’t expect that level of service at a location like this.


Overall Rating


Check-In: 4/5

Recognition of Elite status: 4/5

Room Comfort: 4/5

Bed Comfort: 4/5

Wi-Fi & Power Outlets: 5/5

Dining: 6/10

Gym: 3/5

Service: 7/10


Cumulative Rating: 7.4/10


Featured Image Courtesy of Hilton

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