It has been decades since I was last in Venice. I didn't expect to be so overwhelmed with the crush of tourists and to be so surprised at the proliferation of tacky shops, many of which seem to be selling the same stuff. When booking a hotel I wasn't certain if it was wise to be a bit removed from the centre and to stay at the Sant' Elena. But immediately after arriving at the hotel I knew that it was the ideal choice. The Sant' Elena is an absolutely delightful hotel located in a peaceful area of Venice with easy access to the vaporettos. Everything about the hotel is good....the overall facilities, the esthetics, the rooms, the beds, the staff, the breakfast, etc. Personally and honestly, it is a perfect (and essential) oasis in Venice.