My partner and I stayed here for 3 or 4 nights. We loved our time in Venice and this hotel was mostly part of the nice experience.
The staff were friendly and even though our reservation (from Hotels.com) said check-in time wasn't until 2 pm we we checked in at around 1 pm without any problem. All the desk clerks were very helpful and friendly with directions or any help they could give and all spoke good English, which was good for us since we attempted to speak some rudimentary Italian, but wouldn't be able to get very far with it.
We had a room near the elevator on the top floor that had a nice balcony that overlooked the garden in the middle of all the houses. The bed was not exactly super-fluffy luxurious like in the high-end US hotels, but it was just fine. I find I sleep just fine as long as the bed is not too hard.
One day we were incredibly tired from our travel schedule and slept through breakfast and everything was already cleared away, but Maria was very kind to give us some food and even make us espresso, even though we were hesitant since it was our own fault for missing the meal time.
The bathroom had a comically narrow toilet and bidet, but it all worked out just fine.
We absolutely loved this location near the south side of the island since it was close enough to many things to do and wasn't too much of a bother to get anywhere, yet it was far enough away from both the train station and Piazza San Marco that we weren't inundated with the bustle of the area around the train station or the relentless annoying herds of tourists all the time. It was probably only a 15 or 20 minute walk to Piazza San Marco. The southern promenade near the hotel also was enjoyable to walk along and it was very close to a Vaporetto stop. There is a grocery store along the promenade around the corner from the hotel and a lively neighborhood with interesting nightlife and places to eat north (or maybe north north east) about 5 or 10 minutes walk.
The price for this hotel was very reasonable for Venice compared to things I saw online in other nice neighborhoods there. We were there over part of the holiday weekend before May day and it was hard to find reasonably priced rooms, but the price and the experience were both mostly good.
The only bad part of the hotel was the typical European habit of never, ever believing in screens on the windows. You really don't find them anywhere and in Venice it's extra bad because there are mosquitoes that are waiting to drink your blood if you leave the window open, even for a few minutes to cool off.
This was a problem because the hotel was not running any kind of air conditioning. It's totally understandable not to run it since the day wasn't too hot and the evenings were pleasantly cool outside. However, this is a big problem with a room with no air circulation on the top floor and all the heat rising. Without the windows open, it was ridiculously hot and stuffy; and with them opened enough to cool off, we were dive-bombed by mosquitoes all night and woke up with a number of itchy mosquito bite welts. Not a very pleasant choice: either roast to death from the heat and not sleep or have mosquitoes buzz by your ears and bite you and wake you up.
I'm sure the situation would be different at a time of year when the air conditioning was on, but the hotel either needs to provide some kind of screen to allow people to cool off without the mosquitoes getting in or circulate some kind of cooler air, even if it's just cool outside air run through the air conditioning system. (We tried running air but it just blew hot air which made things worse.)
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