The only time we have stayed in Venice was in the early 1970s when booking hotel rooms was quite different to today. In the 1960s work started to clean up Venice and one can see now the enormous improvement since then, particularly to the buildings.
This hotel has been number one on TripAdviser every year since it opened. I think most people must like the same things that we do such as friendly staff, immaculate rooms with character, gorgeous modern spacious bathrooms and excellent breakfasts. The only savoury food for breakfast were triangles of cheese spread and Philadelphia cream cheese, (it didn't matter to us that the hotel breakfasts did not include any cold meats), gorgeous fresh fruit salad, small cereal packets of Coco-pops, muesli and cornflakes, Nutella, honey, jams, rolls, delicious pastries, muffins, tea, and any sort of coffee.
Having read most of the over a thousand TripAdviser reviews I didn't bother to check out any other hotels as I knew this one would be the perfect hotel for us. As regards the hotel's star rating, Walter told me that they chose to be a two star hotel. A star rating can also go up according to whether, for instance, the hotel employs a permanent porter which, as far we are concerned, would not fit in with the personal attention guests have from the super owners Sandro and Walter who alternate at the reception desk for the whole day every day. There is someone at reception day and night. In the main part of the hotel, reception and three bedrooms are on the ground floor and there is only a first floor with the other bedrooms; we had our suitcases carried up to the first floor for us anyway which I am sure happens to every guest.
Rooms 1, 2 and 3 downstairs have showers and are standard rooms. Room 4 has been converted to a breakfast room next to the lovely courtyard area where one can also eat breakfast outside. All the rooms upstairs are superior with a shower over a bath tub. Room 5 is a delightful double room with a balcony overlooking the canal; room 6 can sleep 3 people with a canal view but no balcony; rooms 7 and 8 are doubles; room 9, which is the bedroom we had, can sleep 4 people and room 10 is a suite which can sleep 3 people. On reading the latest reviews I now remember some comments made about the beds; our bed was perfectly comfortable. Room 9 has two large windows and two small windows either side of what must have been originally a fireplace. Through the small windows one looks down onto the alleyway which we walked along from the San Stae water stop to the back door of the hotel. Another great asset to the hotel is that it is extremely easy to reach the hotel from the airport with the Alilaguna water bus orange (arancio) line to the San Stae stop. In the airport, near the luggage carousel, there is a ticket a machine for the Alilaguna water bus; a return ticket costs 27 euros.
I noticed that not only were all the staff very friendly but this friendliness seemed to permeate through the whole hotel to the guests as well. It can be compared to a first class bed and breakfast establishment. Thank you so much Walter and Sandro for the wonderful few days we spent in your hotel. We hope to come back next year.
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