This is a small but absolutely nice hotel. I was pleasantly surprised from the moment I walked in. The beautiful mid age Italian lady at the front desk, who spoke clear English with that charming Italian accent, was really nice and welcoming. I thought I already had a great bargain but, with a wonderful smile, she immediately offered me an upgrade free of charge. The hotel, apparently the former residence of a Venitian aristocrat, feels very homey unlike most commercial hotels. The rooms are exquisitely decorated. Mine had a very romantic soft red theme all throughout (walls, rugs, elegant window draperies, bedside lamps). Very comfortable and decent-size bed. Flat screen TV on the wall with tons of channels available (none in English though). Elegant and well equipped bathrooms. The room was squeaky clean and, not sure whether it was deodorant or encens, but it smelled exquisitely good. It was also extremely quite and peaceful, thanks in part to the residential neighborhood and also the small size of the hotel (which must be no more than a dozen or so rooms). The free buffet breakfast was pretty good (eggs, fruits cocktails, cereal, assortments of delicious croissants, selection of cheeses, juices, yoghurt, and you can even order expresso or cappuccino at no charge from the very nice and professional Sri Lankan server). The only potential downside is that the hotel is a good 30 mn walk from San Marco, but it's a nice walk through some of the liveliest and most beautiful streets of Venice. I escaped to Venice for only a short visit while on a business trip to Rome and I wasn't really sure whether this city would live up to all the hype. It really did. I fell in love with this wonderful city (if nothing else, being from traffic-crazy Washington DC, I couldn't stop marveling at the idea of going a whole day without seeing a single car! But that's just icing on the cake- there is so much more to the charm of this place) and I also fell in love with this charming little hotel. For less than half the price of the 4-star Sheraton I stayed in Rome, it was actually actually twice as good and far more enjoyable. I will definitely be staying there again next time I visit Venice, and hopefully for a much longer stay.
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