We had been looking forward to our third visit to Room 108 even before we turned on PBS last week and saw our room, Matteo, and the breakfast terrace on the latest Rick Steves Venice show. So, like planetwalking below, I was disappointed to find the Rialto Bridge view blocked by the construction next door. Noise is not a problem, but the obstructed view will last into April 2013. Matteo was totally understanding, and sent us to look at several other hotels with wonderful views (and higher prices).
But we stayed, because in the end, this is still the best hotel room in Venice. Even without the Rialto Bridge, the view in the other direction, straight down the Grand Canal toward Ferrovia (see photos), is the best show in town. You can sit for hours and watch the water traffic go by. Gondolas pass five meters in front of you. The tourists on the number 1 vaporetto take your picture and you feel like a local. Other hotels may have nice views, usually through small or high windows, but there is nothing like this 12 foot wide wall of windows that go down almost to water level and open to let in fresh air and the lapping sound of the waves.
When we walked over by San Marco, we stopped by the sister property, Locanda Orseolo, to use the rest room, Alex offered us complimentary tea and cappuccino, which arrived with little pastries. Next to the laundry bag in the room there is no inflated price list, because if the staff is available they will do it for free. Such warm hospitality and consideration from Matteo, Barbara and their people makes each return to Venice like coming home.
I can’t dispute some of planetwalking’s other comments. This is a boutique hotel in a building that, 500 years ago, was not designed as a hotel. It could use some touching up. You can stay in one of the big hotels near San Marco and get better towels. But you won’t find gondolieri eating in the restaurants they send you to, like we did at lunch today. You won’t be welcomed like a long-lost member of the family.
And you won’t have the best window in Venice.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.