With a fab location between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, and very close to renowned La Teatro Fenice opera house, petite inn Locanda Casa Petrarca is a solid choice for Venice visitors on a budget. Though amenities are few, breakfast is included, and there’s also an elevator, a rarity for hotels of this category in Venice.
The helpful owners provide sightseeing suggestions if you want them.
The seven guest rooms are on the small side, and décor is fairly standard, with white walls and either wood, tile, or terrazzo floors. They do all have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and small fridges.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though most of the rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning, two rooms share a bathroom and only have ceiling fans (though they do have sinks and hairdryers in the rooms), so read the fine print when you book.
Tile bathrooms are tiny, and all have showers.
The tiny lobby is more practical than anything, with a check-in desk and a few places to sit.
You’re so centrally located that you’ll probably just want to walk everywhere. But if you feel like taking to the water, both the Rialto and San Marco vaporetto stops are short strolls away.
Ai Mercanti (1-minute walk) is a haven for inventive dishes at a reasonable price. Though the San Marco area has lots of same-same ultra-touristy places, nearby Osteria Enoteca San Marco (3-minute walk) is an exception: an elegant and contemporary Italian bistro with a fine selection of wines. For a splurge (though reviews can be mixed), the refined Italian cuisine at Michelin-starred Ristorante Quadri (4-minute walk), smack in the middle of Piazza San Marco, deserves a stop.
For some cicchetti (bar snacks) and wine, Enoteca al Volto (3-minute walk) is a great place to go. Enjoy wonderful Piazza San Marco views at Caffè Florian (5-minute walk), or try a Bellini cocktail at the place it was invented, Harry’s Bar (5-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want to stay somewhere extremely central without shelling out the big bucks, it’s hard to top Locanda Casa Petrarca.