Castello 4356 - Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $125 to $299
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Rooms with modern décor and a super-central location make the two-star Hotel Rio a property to consider... if you have the cash. The once-budget hotel is located on the bustling Campo Filippo e Giacomo, less than a minute from St. Mark’s Square.
Pros: Unbeatable location. Renovated and well-equipped rooms.
Cons: Has become expensive.
The Hotel Rio’s 30 guest rooms are comfy and bright. Those located in the main building have been recently renovated with modern wallpaper, mod furnishings and wood floors. Take that, Venetian decor! They look out to the Campo and are equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, a telephone, minibar and tea kettle. Free Wi-Fi works throughout the building.
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.
In both the main hotel and the annex, the modern private bathrooms offer plenty of space.
Breakfast is served in the bar/restaurant downstairs, but is only sometimes included in the room rate (check when booking).
With new owners and a fresh décor, the Rio is quite a bit more expensive now than when we first listed it several years ago. With off-season rates approaching €175 a night, it’s no longer a hotel for budget travelers.
Fun fact: Some of the rooms at the Hotel Rio were once occupied by famed composer Antonio Vivaldi.
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
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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.