The pluses: very clean (see exception below); really central & convenient; wonderful mattress; very good chambermaid service; decent (if not great) breakfast; warm room; small but good bathroom; decent quality towels; free use of safe - much appreciated.
The minuses: we paid for an upgrade but would rate the room as regular, not superior; VERY hard pillows! (but we slept well anyway); dusty artificial flowers & plants in lobby and breakfast room (though hotel v.clean apart from this) - Italians usually have excellent taste and this struck us as odd and very unattractive; another matter of taste - the room was furnished with unmatching items of many colours & a most unaesthetic formica wardrobe which jarred horribly with the decor - Antico Panada owner: please replace that! The room overlooked indoor small courtyard - absolutely no view, but of course a room with a view in Venice is very expensive so we understood this; smell of drains in lobby (not in the room, which was fine) but we felt this was temporary due to some work being done. However, no apology or explanation offered for the smell! Shortage of receptionists when needed at front desk and there was often a queue to be attended to.
This sounds as if there were far more minuses than pluses but I believe they came out equal. I wouldn't go back to the Antico Panada because of the dodgy taste exhibited in various ways (the formica wardrobe together with what purported to be mostly period furniture nearly gave me a coronary), but we did sleep very well and the location is brilliant.
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