Cheap hotels in Castello, Venice
The largest of the six "sestieri", Castello borders San Marco and becomes more residential (and, we think, interesting) the farther away from the packs of San Marco’s tourists you go. The district is dominated by its naval shipyards, the Arsenale, which were once the largest on the continent (and today has an excellent museum). Other sights include the impressive Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, the tranquil Campo Santa Maria Formosa, and the Biennale Gardens. We find the district’s biggest draw, however, to be the tranquility of its narrow streets and hidden courtyards, and the clusters of locals chitchatting on the street and corner bars.
Sleeping in Castello: Hotels in the Castello district are often a better value and a bit more relaxed than those in the dead center of Venice, and this is especially true the farther you get into Castello. Note that most of the picks below are located on the border with San Marco, and thus they’ll be convenient to central sights, although more expensive and busier. However, we think that the charms of Castello really become apparent the deeper you get into the district. Even if you don't sleep deep inside Castello, try to visit it during your stay—you'll be surprised how suddenly you escape the crowds.
Our favorite hotels from the list below include the Albergo Doni (cheap, with character), the Al Leon (a lovely splurge), and the Locanda Silva (art-filled and simple), all located near the border with San Marco. Another interesting option is the Casa per Ferie Santa Maria della Pieta, a mouthful and former orphanage with large rooms.
Address Castello 4410, Calle del Rimedio (Castello)
Situated in a fabulous palazzo with more than 600 years of history, the Bed and Breakfast Corte Campana feels like a real home, complete with a friendly owner who grew up in the place.
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Address Castello 4356 - Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo (Castello)
Situated a minute away from St. Mark's Square, the two-star Hotel Rio offers comfy rooms and reasonable rates.
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