In Venice, Italy we stayed at an affordable boutique hotel called Hotel Riva. Our Venice hotel was my favorite place we stayed while we were in Europe. Everything about it was old and quaint.
It was a little hard to book because you have to email them wait for them to respond and then give them credit card info. So, I had to call over there to give them that, because I sure wasn't going to put it in an email!
Once we were there I knew we had picked a great place. It was right on the water. We had requested an air conditioned corner room with a view of the water and that's what we got. Our room was huge and we had a pretty good view. They also provided a small breakfast each morning. Just plain pastries with different spreads. It was also super close to St. Mark's square and not far from the Rialto. For the most part everything is very close together because Venice is small.
Paul is leaning out one window to take my picture and then I took his!I can't even guess how old the furniture was!
We thought the key was funny and a little hard to use. We had to use it to get in and then again to lock the door once we were in. These are the stairs leading up to our floor. They use lots of marble in Venice because of flooding. I guess it with stands the flooding better then other materials.
Here is Paul at breakfast. A nice gal ran the little breakfast and made us coffee each morning and brought us the pastry of the day. Not the most grand breakfast but it was good! Every morning we had Cafe con leche, which is the only way I will drink my coffee in Europe.