This refurbished jewel is located in a quiet area of Castello, and gives you a rare opportunity to stay in palatial rooms for a fair price in Venice. We read other reviews, and were fully prepared to get 'lost' but it was easy to locate from the Vaporetto stop (Celeste). One tip is to look for a 'Campo' or square and work your bearings from there. From the Central Train station, walk out and look on your left for the vaporetto stops for lines 4.2 or 5.2 (the .1(anti-C) or .2(Clockwise) indicates whether the vaporetto moves anti clockwise or clockwise around Venice) which are beside the bridge across the canal. Then hop on, tell the crew to stop at 'Celeste' and on disembarking, just walk straight to the nearest 'Campo' which is a lovely church square (St Francesco della Vigna) and look/ask for Salizada St Guistina. The hotel is at the corner marked by a small statue on the corner of the wall.
The other (more stylish) alternative is to hail a water taxi and get to the 'front' door from the adjoining canal.
The place is full of character, and we loved the spaciousness of our apartment room. The view of the canal from the large windows made sure that you knew that you were in 'real' Venice. My only gripe was that the beds were too firm (for my slight frame) although we did sleep well. There was no kitchenette but a fridge with complimentary water (for the first day) and a kettle for a cup of (instant) coffee or tea. We ordered breakfast and it was worth it, just having a meal upstairs in sybaritic surrounds. Huge common sitting room with an adjoining smaller room allowed for some privacy.
There were a few shops and a mini market nearby. Lots of decent restaurants within 10-15 minutes easy walking. We felt safe, even in the evenings, walking in the alleyways of Venice, happily getting lost and finding ourselves again. The great thing was having the feeling of being in a less touristy part of Venice, yet St Mark's Square was only an easy (~20minutes) walk away. A jewel of a place if only the beds were a tad softer (for me)...
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