We were overwhelmed by options when trying to find somewhere to say in Venice. We thought you could either
* stay miles away, on another island or even the mainland, to try to get a decent price
* stay in Venice itself but (judging from the reviews) only in a room that would be tiny, filthy, boiling hot and massively overpriced.
So...we were overjoyed to discover Ai Bareteri. Certainly not the cheapest place in the world, but VERY reasonable for Venice and absolutely perfect for what we wanted. It's down one of the tiny little alleyways that criss cross the city, PERFECTLY located between the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square. It has everything you might need from a hotel while you are staying in this beautiful place, without any of the frills that you aren't going to use anyway. After all, you aren't going to Venice to sit around in the hotel, are you?
We arrived at Treviso airport fairly late in the evening, so had an hour's transfer to Venice, then took a vaparetto to the Rialto, and walked the two minutes to the hotel. We were welcomed by the friendly receptionist, and shown up to our room. It was a decent size, with a very comfortable doubled bed (well, twins pushed together and made up as one) with a nice picture over the bed (see picture). There was a desk and wardrobe, which was plenty of storage space for a long weekend. Best of all, we had air conditioning, which certainly doesn't seem to be a given in Venice, even when it's really hot.
The bathroom was quite long and narrow, but very modern, spotlessly clean and nicely decorated with lovely glass tiles (see pic). There was a washbasin, shower, loo and a bidet.
Breakfast was provided between 8 and 10 each morning in the bright breakfast room (see pic), with the friendly staff asking you for your choice of hot drink. The breakfast itself was a self-serve buffet of fresh fruit, yoghurt, rolls and butter, and sweet croissants with jam and chocolate spread. Continental breakfasts in these B&Bs can be a bit hit-and-miss, and sometimes not worth hanging around in the hotel for. This one was definitely worth having.
We picked up maps and got some advice on transport from the receptionist, which was very helpful. It is a B&B though rather than a hotel, as the reception is usually only staffed from 8am till 8pm but we didn't find that to be a problem.
There are only really two downsides to this place, but I think these would quite possibly be issues right across Venice. Firstly, there were a lot of stairs to get up to our third floor room, and no lift. Secondly, it was quite noisy with people walking past in the alleyway below our window. Still, once we closed the window you couldn't hear anything. I slept like a log every night.
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