We recently stayed at Palazzo Guardi for five nights in a "junior suite". The pluses are strong: a superb location in Dorsoduro, right alongside the Trovaso Canal, very good breakfast choices, well-maintained by a helpful staff. As other reviewers have noted, the main hotel is on a single floor up three steep flights of stairs or accessed by the slowest miniature elevator I have ever been in. Some of these rooms overlook the canal and all of them are just off the breakfast area. We were in the Annex, which is accessed right off the canal and next door to the Taverna SanTrovaso, a good, if not historic restaurant. The entrance is unmarked but opens into a lovely old lobby area (unmanned) and rooms up one easy flight of stairs. Here again, some rooms are just off the breakfast area (but slightly more removed than at the hotel). Our junior suite wasn't one, really. It was a decent sized room with a small loveseat, table and two chairs and a desk. The furnishings are nice, in antique style. In the summer, this could be quite noisy as the two windows open right onto the canal where there is quite a bit of foot traffic, but we enjoyed seeing the small boats coming and going and hearing the buzz of activity (two excellent wine bars down the street, too). For the price we paid, I would not rate the value as high due to this being a nicely sized room rather than a junior suite, very poor internet connectivity during almost all of our stay, a small TV with no English channels at all, and a very dated and difficult to access hair dryer attached to the wall of the bathroom in an awkward location. We did note that the there are now shower curtains and the shower (over tub) was fine.
All hotels in Venice are expensive and it might be hard to find such a great location at a lower price but I would suggest going with your expectations under control.
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