We were in Venice for Carnevale 2012 and booked a room with Hotel Becher 4 months in advance. They offer discounts for prepaid bookings but charge additional for the canal view, so it turned out about the same cost for a 3 nights' stay.
The hotel may be difficult to find at first but it has a very good location, 5 minutes from St Mark's Square, and La Fenice Theatre is just around the corner.
We arrived around noontime and check in was easy, staff were friendly and helpful, and wifi was free.
We stayed in a double room along the canal and got the room we expected. Two sizable windows which afforded a view of gondolas passing by (and they frequently do especially in the afternoon), and gondoliers singing - a nice treat. This was the cliche we were hoping for and got it. Size-wise we were happy with the room space, and the bed (which was a proper double) was comfortable. We had problems with the safe on the 1st night, and couldnt use it thereafter. The bathroom was heavily scented to our liking (fortunately this went away during the course of our stay) and occasionally there was an unpleasant smell of drainage - probably not unexpected in Venice, and this did not last.
Breakfast area was small but didn't get crowded when we went. We enjoyed their breakfast buffet a lot. This included the traditional carnevale pastry, one of the better fritellis we tried while in Venice. And their chocolate muffins were yummm! It was too cold to have breakfast on the boat landing during winter but it offered a nice place to chill out in the evening.
It is generally pricey to stay in Venice, especially during Carnevale, and Hotel Becher is no exception. Their pricing however seems at par with other hotel rooms with canal view that we were looking into. As we got the stereotypical Venetian accommodations we were aiming for we were quite happy with our stay, and would consider returning.
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- Also Known As:
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