Yes, the staff is wonderful, clearly proud of the boutique hotel they have created from a grand palace. It would not be as spectacular a place if it were not for the incredible location and the cozy terrace. The pictures do not do the location justice, as it is the sounds of the gondoliers, water taxis and water buses making their way down the Grand Canal that add the character a photo cannot capture. If you are lucky, you will even see an "ambulanza" speeding down the canal, leaving rocking gondolas and taxis in its wake.
Breakfast is served (weather permitting) on the terrace, with gorgeous views of the Rialto Bridge. Matteo whips up a delicious omelet (ham, cheese and tomato was our favorite) accompanied by made-to-order coffee and a buffet of fruits, juices, breads, meats and cheeses. A wonderful way to start the day.
The location is also great because there are signs everywhere guiding you back to the Rialto Bridge, so when you get lost (and you will get lost) it is easy to find your way back to the hotel. There are many shops, bakeries and restaurants right out the front door. Very easy walk to St. Mark's and the water bus stop that takes you to Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Drinks are served on the terrace any time of day, but after a long day of touring this spectacular city, a glass of vino bianco is a great way to end the day. My only suggestion for improvement might be some simple afternoon snacks of cheeses and antipasto of some sort.
As for the room, we stayed 3 nights in room 102, very comfortable and the best location in the hotel, 10 steps from the terrace. With the shutters closed, very little noise from the canal is heard. It was nice to have the extra space that the suite provides, but at 490 euros per night, I would probably not choose the room again. Most of our time was spent on the terrace so a smaller, less costly room, would have sufficed. The bed is pretty firm but we certainly were not miserable sleeping on it. There is a TV in the room but we never turned it on. Wifi worked fine. Shower is very small indeed.
I would not hesitate to stay here again. The terrace alone is worth the price.
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