We have never used a B&B on a city break before but the pictures of the Serena had a certain appeal. Having only visited Venice before on day trips we decided the only way to see it properly was to go and stay for a few nights, and it is the best way to "do" Venice! The Serena is in the quiet, less touristy sestiere (district) of Santa Croce which has a laid-back, local atmosphere and is considerably cheaper to eat and drink after a hard days sightseeing. It is only about 10 mins walk from the bus station at Piazzale Roma and the train station across the canal (there's a bridge so no need for the vaporetto). There is a vaporetto stop close by and the Rialto area is also 10-15 mins walk. You can stroll to San Marco in 20 minutes with plenty of distractions along the way, so location-wise I'd say its spot-on. Our room, to be honest, was not what we were expecting, being small and dark and on the ground floor but it had a comfy bed, a tv, minibar (which you can also put your own food and drink in) and our private bathroom across the hall was spacious and spotless. We found we were making the bed ourselves during our 3 night stay but had this been a big issue I would have mentioned it to the owners. Caeser, the owner, and his wife were very sweet and helpful and speak reasonable english. Breakfast was typical continental fare, bread, jams, fruit, somedays salami or yoghurt and good, strong coffee. I'd say it's all you need really for a few nights in Venice as you will be out and about most of the time. Its a good base for exploring the parts of the city you'd never normally see. Its not difficult to find once you get your bearings (familiarise yourself with the districts and landmarks before you go!!) and even late at night we felt safe in the little backstreets. The Serena is converted from an old Venetian house so its pretty quaint, it doesn't have many rooms but I'd say, if you can, try booking a superior room. Value-wise it was fine for what we wanted and yes, we would probably use it again if we re-visit Venice!
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