Castello 4356 - Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo, Venice, Italy
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Comfy rooms, reasonable rates and a super-central location make the two-star Hotel Rio a property to consider. And we mean central: St. Mark’s Square is less than a minute away.
You'll find few traces of the "old days" at this two-star hotel, even though the building dates back to the late 1700s. The open, airy lobby is right off of the bustling Campo Filippo e Giacomo, and exposed brick sets a warm feel as you head upstairs to rather modern rooms.
Pros: Unbeatable location. Basic but clean.
Cons: Slightly shabby. Limited reception hours. No elevator.
The Hotel Rio’s 30 guest rooms are comfy and bright. Those located in the main building have clean, pastel-painted walls and minimal yet functional furnishings. They look out to the Campo and are equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, a phone and minibar.
Like so many Venetian hotels, the Rio offers additional rooms located behind the hotel in its “annex.” These are quieter and cheaper than those facing the Campo, although some may be put off by staying in what’s basically a private apartment building.
During our most recent trip to Venice, we spent three nights in the annex. Our large double room featured a comfortable wooden bed, simple desk and chair and two windows opening to a small courtyard. We didn’t have a television.
In both the main hotel and the annex, the modern private bathrooms offer plenty of space. Our bathroom in our annex room was equipped with a tub (unusual for a budget hotel in Venice), bidet, toilet and sink. A hair dryer is also provided.
Fun fact: Some of the rooms at the Hotel Rio were once occupied by famed composer Antonio Vivaldi. The staff is friendly and helpful, but not always present at the desk.
Breakfast is served in the bar/restaurant downstairs, but is only sometimes included in the room rate (check when booking). Internet access is not available at the hotel, nor is there an elevator.
Reviewed by: Annie Shapero, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
Castello 4356 - Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo
Castello, Venice, Italy
About the Rio Hotel neighborhood
The largest of the six "sestieri", Castello is divided into Castello and Castello Alto. Castello Alto borders San Marco and is home to innumerable cheap sleeps, as well as the Arsenale Naval Museum. The largely residential area doesn't boast much in the way of dining or nightlife, but its vicinity to San Marco and its overall convenient location makes Castello Alto a savvy alternative for budget-minded Cheapos.