I booked this hotel on the strength of a friend's recommendation and the favorable reviews in tripadvisor. We stayed here for 3 nights in mid-October and were quite satisfied. More relaxed atmosphere than in the San Marco area, which you can walk to in 15 minutes. Online booking on the hotel website was trouble-free. Charming old-world decor in the rooms. Easy walk to the hotel from the Accademia waterbus stop on the Grand Canal, and with a longer walk you can also use Zattere on the Giudecca Canal, a stop on other vaporetto routes. So it's really quite a convenient place from which to navigate Venice and the other islands.