This B&B was exactly as advertised and deserving of all the positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Unless you are a high-maintenance traveler (in which case you should probably be looking at big hotels, not B&B's), do not be scared off by discussion of the courtyard and stairs.
Location: Very close to the Rialto and fruit/fish markets, and a pleasant easy walk to St.Mark's Square. This was our first trip to Venice and we were a little worried about staying somewhere which looked like it was not super central, but we learned Venice is so small; the location was absolutely fine and convenient. We had no trouble finding the place using the directions from the website, and they give you a good city map when you arrive, so we never had problems finding it.
Exterior: About the courtyard: this is a B&B in an original building in a historic city, so yes, the entrance involves walking up an old courtyard past entrances to apartments. There is no grand lobby. But to us, it felt like accessing a secret door just off the street, going through a living building where people actually live, to a charming B&B at the top. The courtyard is communal for the building, so there were bins for garbage and recycling, but they were neat and there was no odor or loose trash at all. About the stairs: Staff were eager to help with bags although we packed light and didn't need help. There is the simple fact that there are 3 flights of stairs, so it certainly doesn't qualify as wheelchair accessible. However, for most people who will be walking through the city and navigating all the bridges and uneven terrain, it should not be a problem. We didn't even think twice about it.
Staff: The hotel manager, Barbara, may come off to some as a little brusque, but to me overall seemed uber-efficient and went out of her way to help make our whole visit pleasant. She sat down with us when we first arrived to go over our plans and see if we needed any help. Even when she wasn't on site, she made herself available by cellphone in case we got lost or needed recommendations. The other staff person, Sunil, was also very pleasant and helpful, and he is always onsite for emergencies. Overall he and the housekeeper were helpful, but not obtrusive. They let us leave our bags the day after checkout because we had a late train out, which was also super helpful.
Interior: Ours looked exactly like the photo on the website, and bathrooms were *clean.* Noise level was minimal. We heard no street noise; we could hear the noise of like, the adjacent shower, toilet flushing and the family in the adjacent room using the bathroom, but only from our bathroom. It wouldn't have woken us up. The tradeoff with the quietness is probably that there was no view to speak of, just adjacent homes, but we only used the room to sleep. The common breakfast area is bright and clean.
Breakfast: cereal, pastries, yogurt, fruit, hot drinks to order, juices. It seemed like a perfectly fine selection to us.
We met lots of other Americans who were there having found it on TA, and from the stickers on one of their windows they appear to get lots of mentions from similar sites in other European countries like France. Would definitely consider staying here again.
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- Also Known As:
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