We stayed here several years ago, partly because it is nice and modern and also because it is away (though only 10 minutes by vaporetto) from the intensity of St Mark's Square.
The rooms are comfortable and quite modern, with adequate facilities for a short stay. We prefer real milk with our tea and coffee and on the occasions we asked at the bar for it we were provided with a small jug which was just what we needed.
The restaurant serves a good (and in our price, inclusive) breakfast, with some hot foods as well as cold meats, cheeses, pastries and the usual range of cereals too. We ate in the hotel restaurant twice in the evenings, partly because my wife had a cold and also because it takes the hassle out of finding something else.
We were not disappointed in anything we ate, although the hotel suffers from the same malaise as other restaurants with the multi-tiered structure of meal components that we never quite understood. Meals for 2 with wine and 2/3 courses were around €60. 2 glasses of prosecco one evening were €5 each (cheaper than the Bellini's at Harry's bar at €16.50 each!)
The wifi worked well and the bathrooms were immaculate, although as with many baths in Eurpope, it would have been a challenge to stretch out too far.
I'd definitely recommend the Sant Elena and it's peaceful surroundings, just one stop from Lido and 2 from St Mark's Square on the vaporetto, which is all part of the fun.
Negatives? The sink in the bathroom emptied very slowly and the towels were a bit tatty on the first night. If anything, the desk staff were a bit too efficient and not quite friendly enough. Just a tweak!
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