Stayed two nights in early July 2013. Arriving by train, the hotel is brilliantly located directly opposite Santa Lucia, and is right on the Grand Canal itself. This does mean lugging your cases over the bridge, but this is definitely better than one of the many (many) helpers offering to take your cases, and money.
The hotel itself is what you would call "traditionally Venetian" i.e. in a very old building and without the usual mod-cons of 21st Century hotels. However, it does have its charm and has a good bathroom with bath and shower.
The garden used for breakfast is a lovely setting and have fun getting acquainted with the various birds cheekily approaching your table for crumbs. Breakfast itself is a standard selection of bread, pastries, jams and so on. Good coffee.
Location wise, if you like sightseeing on foot, any part of the main island is accessible, including St Mark's and Rialto. Whenever you lose your bearings, just pick up signs for Ferrovia and you'll be back on track.
For a more unusual and typically Venetian activity, pick up a leaflet in the hotel lobby for mask painting at a workshop near St Marks. This was a brilliant way to spend an hour or so out of the stifling heat, getting creative! It also gives you a personal souvenir, instead of one from the countless tacky stalls.
Finally, get prepared for all types of, let's call them "salesmen" offering everything from bouncy balls to roses. A simple "No, grazie" will move them on, usually!
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