I chose this hotel based on other reviews and we were not disappointed but I can't give it a 5 for a couple of reasons. As everyone says, the location is wonderful (right by the Rialto bridge but also an easy walk to St Mark's). (Because of a water taxi strike, we had to walk in from the Vaporetto stop in the rain and we walked right past the laneway of the hotel the first time because there is no sign off the main street and it is a very discreet lane.) But definitely in the centre of things. The staff are very friendly and attentive and there are nice touches like guide books that you can borrow in the small lobby. We had one of the rooms just off the breakfast room/bar which looks out over the Grand Canal. Small details that could be improved to make the (very large) room really comfortable - proper reading lights over each side of the bed, a second luggage rack or bench, a safe with a number code rather than a very easy to lose key, softer bathrobes (the terry cloth robes must have been air dried which is ecological but makes them like sand paper), some throw cushions and perhaps a throw rug on the sofa. I also found the bed too hard. We visited in November so the weather was cool and while one or 2 brave souls had their breakfast on the wonderful terrace over the Canal, most people opted to be inside but with the doors open to the terrace all the time, the breakfast room was really uncomfortably cold.
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