Locanda La Bricola is a bit hard to find, even with a Google map print-out, but once you locate it you realise you are in the heart of St. Marco's square. Our room (101) overlooked a small alley, so the only thing we could hear was the noise waiters made in the mornings, when opening up the nearby restaurants.
The room was great, sizable and warm, with baroque elements in the interior. No complaints whatsoever. Spotless clean, with towels being changed daily.
Downsides: Breakfast, although tasty, very basic. Cheese, ham, bread, butter and some marmalade. And the same every morning. We stayed for 4 nights so needless to say how fed up we were with the "selection" by day 4. TV had only Italian channels. Furthermore, nobody seems to speak any English in the hotel, so if your Italian is rusty, good luck. Also, i didn't like the fact that there were no maps of the city in the hotel, which is a standard practice really, so we had to buy one. Internet was a puzzle, they said there is no wi-fi, and indeed there wasn't any for 3 days, but then all of a sudden it appeared out of nowhere.
Add 2,5 EUR per day/per person to the room price for a tourist charge.
Final word of advice: beware of the La Bricola restaurant (trattoria) downstairs - OVERPRICED piece of .... In fact, avoid trattoria's and restaurants altogether. Opt for ostaria's instead, that's where locals go for chiccetas and wine. In my opinion, Cannaregio is the sestiere (borough) with the best food for lowest prices. Bad taste in my mouth from 3 days of horrific food was washed away by visiting Alla Vedova restaurant on Strada Nuova, strongly recommend it.
Loved Venice, liked the hotel, loved Murano & Burano, but not the kind of place i would go back again to, felt like a fool everyone tried to squeeze money from. I liked Sicily far better for it's homey atmosphere, Venice seems a bit like a film studio with no character. Famous past is unattainable i guess.
Oh – and if you don’t mind walking, avoid the water buses, they are a rip-off for 6,5 EUR per single ticket. Walking is really fun, and the city is not that big really. Plus getting lost is part of the Venice experience. And try the black pasta made out of cuttlefish boiled in its ink - delicious!