Such friendly people and such a perfect spot: three minutes walk from everything that matters (like the Basilica end of St Mark’s Square, the airport bus and the vaporetto stops). This small, unpretentious, family-run hotel, its characterful old entrance down a tiny alley, is an excellent choice if you’re visiting Venice on a tightish budget but want to be at the centre of it all. It’s been modestly modernised. Clean, carpeted bedrooms (the biggest on the corner of the building, looking onto the Campo San Filippo e Giacomo and the Calle degli Albanesi) have Venetian-style bedheads with scrolled edges and floral motifs; there are matching striped counterpanes and curtains, modern Murano chandeliers and neat shower rooms. The new apartment, a five-minute walk from the hotel, is ideal for families. Breakfast is taken at a handful of tables on the big, first-floor landing (no lift) buffet-style: breads and croissants, yogurts and fruit juice – what you’d expect for the price. And there’s no shortage of advice – one or two members of the delightful dall’Agnola family are always around.