Posted December 8th, 2017, 12:35 PM
I enjoy searching for hotels that have some local character when I travel, as well as being well located. For me, it's very important to be IN the center of wherever I'm staying, not out in the periphery somewhere. On my first trip to Venice many years ago (with my parents) we stayed in Mestre and I vowed never again.
I just got back from a trip to Venice about a week ago. We considered Palazzo Stern but ended up staying at the Palazzo Sant'Angelo, which is on the Grand Canal about equidistant from Rialto and San Marco. There is a vaporetto stop within 50 yards of the front of the hotel, with no steps, and Alilaguna's orange line also has a stop there which makes it a cinch coming in from the airport with luggage.
The hotel itself is run by an Italian company and we thought the staff were charming. Our room, was oversized (as was the bathroom) by European standards and well appointed in Venetian style. There was a desk and chair, two additional chairs and a cocktail table, as well as a separate closet area. We didn't opt to pay for a view on the Grand Canal as we were out and about all day (and most evenings). Breakfasts were very good, and the front desk also gave us some recommendations for nearby restaurants.
All in all, we thought it was a great hotel and at a reasonable (for Venice) price, albeit in the off-season. I almost hate to recommend it as I'm sure it will become very popular and the prices will go up!