Antica Locanda Sturion

The view from the Hotel Antica Locanda Sturion in Venice, Italy
The view from the Hotel Antica Locanda Sturion in Venice.

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

This wonderful little inn has been taking in paying guests since 1290, making it one of the oldest hotels in Venice (it even appears in some of the Renaissance paintings in the Accademia Galleries).

There is a prodigious number of steps to climb up to get here, but it's worth the haul. Thoroughly renovated with modern amenities and furnishing in the ever-popular 18th century Venetian style by Scottish-born Helen and co-owner Flavia.

Though it is right on the Grand Canal, sadly only a pair of the 11 rooms—heavily requested—actually offer views over the canal to the Rialto Bridge (and, subsequently, cost a bit more—but they're also sizeable, able to accommodate three or four people each).

The rest of the guests can be satisfied with rooftop panoramas from their bedroom, and the Grand Canal view from the breakfast room.

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Hotel Antica Locanda Sturion
Calle dello Sturion 679 (San Polo)
Vaporetto: S. Silvestro or Rialto Mercato
tel. +39-041-523-6243
www.locandasturion.com
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Rialto Bridge [bridge]
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Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
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★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/light meal]
Pizzeria Da Sandro [meal]
Pizzeria Ae Oche [meal]

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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 Antica Locanda Sturion
Calle dello Sturion 679 (San Polo)
Vaporetto: S. Silvestro or Rialto Mercato
tel. +39-041-523-6243
www.locandasturion.com
€€€
» book
Nearby
Sights nearby
Rialto Bridge [bridge]
I Frari [church]
★★ Scuola Grande di San Rocco [museum]
Ca' Pesaro [palace/museum]

Where to eat nearby
Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
Vini da Pinto [meal]
★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/light meal]
Pizzeria Da Sandro [meal]
Pizzeria Ae Oche [meal]

Hotels nearby
RR Albergo Pensione Guerrato [cheap]
RR Hotel Ca' Favretto-San Cassiano [moderate]

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