Hotel Cavalletto e Doge is in an excellent location, close to Piazza San Marco, and looking over a basin or parking area for Gondolas. One of my highlights was gazing out from my breakfast table to watch the Gondolieri come to work, and get ready for the day and start leading tourists out along the canals. The hotel staff were all friendly and helpful. The hotel is in need of an upgrade, and is rather faded, and the room itself looked like it could use a makeover. Somehow, this made it very like the faded glory of Venice, so we got used to it.