This tiny and delightful B&B (with only three rooms) near La Teatro Fenice opera house is wonderfully located at the confluence of several small canals. During breakfast, friendly owner Eleanora will sit with you and mark her choices for the best local restaurants and hidden sights on a map, giving a true insider’s view on Venice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have to navigate a set of stairs to enter the B&B, so look elsewhere if climbing may be an issue.
The three charming rooms are furnished with Murano glass chandeliers and typically Venetian terrazzo floors.
The Amber room has a balcony where you can see—and hear—gondoliers serenading their guests as they sail from the Grand Canal.
Tile bathrooms are all equipped with showers.
It’s just a place to check in, not to congregate.
From the Santa Maria del Giglio vaporetto stop, only a 3-minute walk away, you can sail up and down the Grand Canal and into the lagoon. Or if you’re a walker, the hotel is so central that it’s just a short stroll to many of Venice’s main sights.
Though the San Marco area has lots of same-same ultra-touristy places, nearby Osteria Enoteca San Marco (5-minute walk) is an exception—an elegant and contemporary Italian bistro with a fine selection of wines—and Ai Mercanti (5-minute walk) is a haven for inventive dishes at a reasonable price. For a splurge (though reviews can be mixed), the refined Italian cuisine at Michelin-starred Ristorante Quadri (8-minute walk), smack in the middle of Piazza San Marco, deserves a stop.
For some cicchetti (bar snacks) and wine, Enoteca al Volto (6-minute walk) is a great place to go. Try a Bellini cocktail at the place it was invented, Harry’s Bar (6-minute walk), or enjoy wonderful Piazza San Marco views at Caffè Florian (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Staying at Al Teatro is a true Venetian experience, from the lovely owner (a Venice native) to being able to wave to the gondoliers sailing by. Plus getting to stay right by the canals, on a quiet side street but extremely central to all of Venice’s offerings, is an experience you won’t soon forget.