Not sure how some people could have had the "most marvelous experience ever" at this palce, unless perhaps they were paying 1200 euros a night and the staff treated them accordingly - and are being asked to write favorable reveiws by management.
If that's the case, fine, I understand - but believe me when I tell you, this is a terribly run, and run down hotel.
Check-in is horrible - rooms don't get cleaned until 4 pm - few exceptions, so if the place was somehat full the night before, you can guarantee yourself that you won't get inside a room until after 4 pm. Venice is an expensive place - everyone knows, but simple cocktails at the bar are 18 to 22 euros - about $25 to $30 - and the service is lousy - bartender stands therepoliching stemware pretending not to see you sitting at the bar just 5 feet away.
Worn carpets, and not the greatest of locations - blocks from the action of the canal - crawling with tourists - can't even move outside - and many of them come in to see the lobby - dozens and dozens coming in taking pictures walking around - far from a relaxing vibe - more like a hotel lobby at Disney.
We were there for 3 nights during which time we stumbled accross similarly-priced places (i recognized them from when i was planning the trip) and had cocktails in their lounges - and could tell immediately that service, oppulence, cleanliness and maintenance were all superior to this place.
For half the price, you could look past some of this stuff and think of it like a grand and old faded dame - which could have it's own quirky charm - but not at these prices, which are some of the highest on the island.