Hotel La Residenza

The lobby of the Hotel La Residenza, Venice
The lobby of the Hotel La Residenza, Venice.

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

If there's one place in Venice where you can almost feel as if you're living like a Doge without exceeding your budget, it's this little pensione installed on the piano nobile (the second floor, where the noble family once lived) of the 15th century Palazzo Gritti-Bader.

The façade—one block off chichi Riva degli Schiavoni—is the sort other tourists will stop to take pictures of—all pointy Gothic windows and 10th century Byzantine sculpture—and the reception/shared living rooms is a massive, dim, echoing hall slathered in 18th century plaster frippery, 17th century paintings, and crowded with antique furnishings.

The rooms themselves are a bit more low-key—though spacious, hung with Murano chandeliers, and furnished with a bit of class.

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Hotel La Residenza
Campo Bandiera e Moro 3608 (Castello)
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria or Arsenale
tel. +39-041-528-5315
www.venicelaresidenza.com

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  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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Details
Hotel La Residenza
Campo Bandiera e Moro 3608 (Castello)
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria or Arsenale
tel. +39-041-528-5315
www.venicelaresidenza.com

€€
» book
Nearby
Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco (square)
★★★ St. Marks' Basilica (church)
★★★ Grand Canal (canal)
★★★ Palazzo Ducale (palace)
Campanile di San Marco (bell tower)
Museo Civico Correr (museum)
Bacino Orseolo (gondola parking lot)

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise (meal)
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
★★ Osteria a la Campana (light meal)
★★ Vino Vino (light meal)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni (light meal/snack)

Hotels nearby
RR Hotel Danieli [splurge]
RR Hotel Metropole [premier]
RR Foresteria Valdese [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Gritti Palace [splurge]

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