In terms of the room and breakfast, this hotel was far and away the most luxurious we stayed in during our 18 day stay in Italy. The room was quite large, with sort of an entrance hall and bath to the right and bedroom a couple of steps up to the left.
We neglected to print the map and got on the wrong vaparetto, so we didn't get off at the Rialto stop as directed by the hotel. (It is actually incredibly EASY to get to the hotel from Rialto, not so easy from the San Marco stop.) We felt hopelessly lost and called the hotel. They sent someone to pick us up and we were actually only about two more turns from the hotel.
The staff was wonderfully helpful and professional. The breakfast was, again, by far the most decadent of any of our four hotels. Cheeses, biscuits, eggs and ham, breads, fresh fruit, and wonderful looking desserts were all available. (They also served breakfast later than any of the other hotels – up until 10:30.)
While we were there, Venice flooded because of a combination of rains and high tide. You could tell the locals from everyone else because the locals were wearing tall, rubberized boots. We saw many tourists walking about in bare feet and rolled up pants – I thought they were surely insane because it was far too cold for that! We also saw tourists wearing disposable waders. The next day, as we were checking out, I was talking to Salvatore about the flooding and he mentioned that the hotel had them available for its guests. So, if there's a flood while you're visiting, be sure to ask for some of them. It actually looked kind of fun for the folks who had them.
The hotel staff gave us wonderful recommendations of things to do. I wanted to shop for wineglasses on Murano and they suggested that my husband go to Burano because of its beautiful, colorful houses and to Torcello. He had a terrific day and took some gorgeous photos. We asked for a restaurant recommendation one night and just loved the seafood restaurant that they recommended.
The hotel and courtyard really are as beautiful as they look in all the pictures that reviewers have posted. I'd highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Venice.
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