We spent 3 enjoyable nights in this small (9 rooms) very Venetian hotel before catching a cruise. A water taxi is the best option from the airport (110 euros, but a great introduction to Venice and land taxis drop you off several blocks away) to the hotel's dock on the Grand Canal. It is impossible not to be won over by the friendly, helpful staff and and the old world elegance of the hotel. We felt as if we were being welcomed into a family home. Every staff member called us by our first names as they gave us a quick tour and took us to our spacious room decorated with antique furniture and fine fabric wallpaper with direct views across the Grand Canal. Our room (109) was at dock level. We couldn't see very far up and down the canal because the adjacent building on our right and room 108 across the hall jut out further towards the water, but we still had a great view.
The king sized bed was "European firm", but not rock hard like some other Italian hotels. The bathroom was not large, but was modern and well-maintained.The shower was small with folding door, but it had a multiple heads and worked quite well. Breakfast on the terrace with panoramic views of the Rialto Bridge and The Grand Canal was a treat. The location is an easy walk to all the main attractions and shopping areas. The owner, Matteo, should be congratulated for assembling such a wonderful, caring staff. Rosalba in the restaurant, Oliver, Robert, Lorenzo and everyone else went out of their way to meet our every need. If you want to experience true Italian hospitality in a one-of-a-kind setting, you will love this hotel.
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