This Hotel was very good BUT Please don't expect modern, it's no,t it is exactly like Venice old, clean, historic, quaint, interesting and lovely people. This place was wonderfully central which made it soooooo easy to get to EVERYWHERE. The Staff were so helpful and friendly and all the Staff we came across spoke either good or reasonable English (Still think we British should try harder to speak other languages but hey ho) Our room was quite small and quite old fashioned with reasonable air conditioning (which believe me we needed) The bed was comfortable and the linen was nice and clean. The bathroom, again a bit dated but clean and serviceable. There was TV but we didn't put it on. The one thing I didn't like was the fact that the room was very dark and we needed to keep the lights on even in the middle of the day, not that we were ever in in the middle of the day but you get the picture ! I was a little disappointed with this UNTIL I realised that unless you have a room overlooking one of the canals, ALL rooms in Venice are dark. Stands to reason really - all the buildings are so close to each other that I expect most windows look out onto a wall ! I am sure that not all the rooms are quite like ours so it might be worth asking the question when booking. The dining room was outside in a lovely courtyard and we enjoyed continental breakfast there each morning. There was a reasonable selection of fruit, bread, eggs, ham etc. each morning. Dinner is also served there but we chose to eat in a different restaurant each night so I cannot comment on the food, although I expect it was good. We were told that we should expect to be 'bitten' to death by mosquitos whilst we were there as where there is water there are mosquitos !!! Total rubbish, we were there end of July into August and we saw ONE fly and ONE wasp !! We were told that Venice would 'smell' in high season - rubbish there was NO smell whatsoever ! The place is old (that's why we go) but very clean. I would say if you are looking forward to a gondola ride BOOK IT WHEN YOU GET THERE AND CHOOSE YOUR GONDOLA. Most gondolas are beautiful and Gondoliers excellent, we booked ours in advance and I cried when we got off, not for a good reason ! The gondola was the 'old wreck on bricks' and the gondolier wasn't in the lovely uniform and never got off his mobile phone ! We paid for a private ride (4 of us) and he set off then went back for 2 more people! We had paid for a serenade which I thought would be on our gondola but they are between 4/6 gondolas that travel together - our guy 'lost' the serenade because he went back ! BE WARNED - A good one is well worth the money (not cheap) but ours certainly wasn't !
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