Fodor's Expert Review
For affordable accommodations in a 15th-century Gothic-Byzantine palazzo—once home to the Gritti family—Hotel La Residenza is a prime pick. The hotel has a quiet location on Campo Bandiera e Moro in the residential Castello district, but lively attractions are close at hand: It’s just a few blocks from the lagoon, nearby to Arsenale, and a short walk to Piazza San Marco.
You Should Know There’s no elevator, so you’ll need to take one flight of stairs up to reach the lobby.
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Guest rooms are clean and simple, with red-and-cream colored fabrics and traditional Venetian-style furnishings; some rooms have chandeliers, beamed ceilings, and stained glass.
Tip Opt for a room over the quiet square for the most atmosphere.
Tiled bathrooms have showers only, no tubs.
The lobby/salon is a fabulously decadent place to hang out, with carved ceilings and walls, pretty rugs, paintings, chandeliers, Venetian-style sofas, and a grand piano.
There’s no restaurant, but a very simple breakfast is served in the outstanding breakfast room, outfitted with carved walls and ceilings and hung with original paintings.
It’s only about a 5-minute walk to the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop, plus all Venice’s main attractions in San Marco and elsewhere are within walking distance.
A cozy place with ultra-modern and affordable tasting menus paired with unusual wines, CoVino (1-minute walk) makes a great stop for lunch or dinner. The classic Venetian recipes at Al Covo (2-minute walk) have won over diners for years. Il Ridotto (7-minute walk) is one of the tastiest modern Italian eateries in town, with innovative dishes and a great wine list.
The wine bar Aciugheta (7-minute walk) specializes in cicchetti (bar snacks)—don’t miss the anchovy (aciugheta) mini-pizzas—paired with a large selection of local vinos. El Rèfolo (8-minute walk) pairs wine and beer with charcuterie and cheeses in a lively outdoor atmosphere.