Doubles from: $57 to $158
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Locanda Silva is a friendly, family-run hotel situated near San Marco that offers clean and simple rooms, with or without private bath, at low rates.
Pros: Lovely canal-side locations. Original art throughout. Well-run. AC in all rooms.
Cons: No elevator. Simple rooms without TV.
Although the building dates from the 17th century, the hotel’s interior is surprisingly mid-century modern, and feels bright and airy. After days of “Venetian” décor, the Silva’s 20th-century design struck us as refreshingly straightforward and clean. As you climb the stairs to the reception, you’ll pass modern canvases painted by local artist Franco Castelli (who just happens to be married to Sandra, the Silva’s proprietor).
Upstairs, most of the Locanda Silva’s 23 guest rooms are simple and modern, with straightforward wooden beds, tables and chairs. Room décor is limited to brightly painted walls hung with the occasional print. Six of the rooms overlook a quiet canal. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a phone, but there are no TVs. Wi-Fi is free and works throughout the hotel.
Three rooms were renovated in 2014 and are dressed up with Venetian murals, white wooden floors, and swanky new bathrooms. (Check out our photos—you’ll recognize the new rooms!)
All but six of the rooms have private bathrooms, most of which are period pieces in themselves: 1970s-era green tile and Formica, outfitted with a shower and hair dryer. They’re dated, but in great shape. The six rooms without facilities are cheaper, have their own sinks and share spotless baths in the hallway (three rooms share each bathroom, per floor).
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in a sunny room overlooking a canal that features more of the family’s modern art pieces. Two outdoor terraces are open to guests. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Locanda Silva 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.