As Venice is a tourist city, there’s an abundance of hotels to stay in. I ended up at the Hotel Rialto, an elegant 4 star hotel with arguably the best location in Venice.
The Hotel Rialto has the most enviable location in Venice as it’s situated right at the foot of the Rialto Bridge (Ponte de Rialto). Getting to the hotel is simple, with a water bus (vaporetto) stop located just 20 metres from the hotel. Most major landmarks and attractions are within walking distance; Saint Mark’s Square is a mere 5 minutes away.
I booked a Single room but was upgraded on arrival to a Double Classic. Getting to my room required several flights of small stairs and passageways that snaked around the hotel, a slight inconvenience for me. There’s was a double size bed, writing desk and free WiFi in my room.
The décor in the rooms will have people divided. For some, the old world charm, complete with gold trimmed furniture, will be a beautiful hark back to the renaissance. If, however you like your hotels shiny and new, then you will most likely be put off by the gaudiness. Being a romantic, I am most definitely in the former camp.
The bathroom, fortunately, is not from the renaissance period. It comes complete with a heated towel rack and even, a bidet. Toiletries are hotel branded and cover all the essentials plus a few extras like a sewing kit.
Hotel Rialto serves up a continental breakfast buffet with a few Italian items like a chocolate cornetto (no, not the ice cream). You can order a pot of coffee or tea from the waitstaff, while juices are stored in self serve dispensers.
When I entered my room, I found a box of biscuits were waiting on the desk along with a note from the hotel. I always appreciate small gestures like this especially when they are edible. The baicoli biscuits were so good, I finished the whole box in a day (don’t judge, I was hungry).
If I ever visit Venice again, I’ll be staying at the Hotel Rialto for the location and the charming rooms. I mean who wouldn’t want the most famous bridge in Venice right at their doorstep.
Let me know, in the comments below, if you have visited Venice!
This review was based on an independently paid stay.
Riva del Ferro 5149
Venezia VE, Italy