San Polo 240/A, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $87 to $180
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Perhaps a bit of a cheapo splurge, the lovingly-run Guerrato offers 20 spotless rooms furnished with antiques and curiosities from far-flung travels. Throw in a location near the Rialto Bridge, and you’ve got one popular place.
Pros: Fabulous location. Friendly service. Fastidiously clean.
Cons: Can be pricey. Fills up fast.
Hailed by guidebooks and legions of past guests tourists, the Pensione Guerrato (also known as the Albergo Guerrato) won us over years ago. It’s a friendly sort of place, with character to spare. It’s also a feast for the eyes, offering the most fabulous and flamboyant collection of Venetian antiques and curiosities we've seen outside a museum. Your eyes will have more than they bargained for.
The building is a palace (and ex-convent) dating back to 1287. Brother owners Piero and Roberto have packed the great hall with furnishings, creating a look that’s part grandmother’s house and part Dolce & Gabbana ad. There are original Venetian floors, Oriental carpets, tchotchke shelves and lots of Murano madness. ("It's called 'kitsch'," Piero explained to us.)
The 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.”) Free Wi-Fi works throughout the albergo.
Bathrooms vary in size, although some are quite large, with double-wide showers. Almost all rooms are equipped with private bath, although the three cheapest rooms at the Albergo share a bath and go for €60-100 a night, depending on the season.
A large buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and served in a spacious breakfast room under an impressive Murano-glass chandelier.
The Guerrato is 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.
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 private 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 send their rates sky-high. And year-round, those looking to splurge on an extra-special treat would not go wrong here.
Also note that, although the hotel does offer online booking through our partner, its availability might be limited. Thus, if you’re seeing “No Availability” above, it wouldn’t hurt to contact the hotel directly to double-check.
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
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.