San Polo 240/A, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $134 to $194
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Hailed by most guidebooks, the Pensione Guerrato (also known as the Albergo Guerrato) won us over years ago. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the pension is a special spot. It’s located mere minutes from the Rialto Bridge, as well as the erbaria—a food market by day and strip of hipster “aperitivo” strip by night.
Pros: Oh-so-charming. Fabulous location. Friendly service.
Cons: A bit spendy. Can pick up street noise.
Hotel and history
The Guerrato is a feast for the eyes, offering the most fabulous and flamboyant collection of Venetian antiques (and curiosities) we've seen. Your eyes will have more than they bargained for.
The building is a palace (and ex-convent) dating back to 1227. Brother owners Piero and Roberto have packed the great hall with furnishings, creating a look that’s something between your granny's house and a Dolce & Gabbana atelier. The Guerrato mixes original Venetian floors, Oriental carpets, tchotchke shelves and Murano madness. ("It's called 'kitsch'," Piero explained to us.)
The Albergo Guerrato’s 20 guest rooms feature parquet floors, Fortuny lamps, antique furniture and pieces brought back from the brothers’ travels to Bali. Rooms are equipped with a telephone and air conditioning, but no TV. (Piero added, “Bring a book, please.”)
Bathrooms vary in size, although some are quite large, with double-wide showers. Some rooms have private baths, while the cheapest share facilities.
The Albergo Guerrato is a friendly sort of place, with character to spare. Its storied history is reason enough to pass a night or several here, and some of the original details can still be seen.
A large buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and served in a spacious breakfast room under an impressive Murano-glass chandelier.
And pet-lovers rejoice: The Albergo Guerrato is not just “dog friendly.” It actually offers a €5 discount for guests who bring a dog along.
With low rates starting at €100 a night for a double room with a shared bath, the Albergo Guerrato cannot really be called a “Cheapo hotel.” However, its rates remain fairly steady throughout the year, making it a fabulous value in high season, when many cheaper hotels raise their rates. And year-round, those looking to splurge on an extra-special treat would not go wrong here.
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
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- Breakfast Included
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Internet Station
- Luggage Storage
- No Elevator
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Soundproofed Windows
San Polo 240/A
San Polo, Venice, Italy
About the Pensione Guerrato neighborhood
North of the Rialto Bridge, Venetian life is a bit more relaxed in San Polo. Streets are not as packed, restaurants have more local flavor, and prices tend to be more affordable in general. By day you’ll find open-air markets and fish markets ("herbaria"), decked out in frescoed porticos. By night the area is home to hipsters for late-night "cicchetti" and great wines by the glass. You can easily walk to and from the area around the Rialto Bridge to San Marco in t10 minutes.