No matter what kind of tourist you are, you will spend a lot of your time and money on hotels. Check out this article and companion articles for information on Italian tourist hotels and Italian boutique hotels. Make sure to start your plans early. The best places fill up quickly. You may do better in the off season. Check out our companion articles on winter, Carnival, and spring festivals, events and attractions all over Italy.
The Castello district is the largest of Venice’s six districts, locally known as sestiere. It’s in the east of Venice and, unlike some of the others, people actually live there. This is the least touristy part of Venice, which may be an attraction for many. The area includes many historic churches. For your convenience we have listed these hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Hotel Ca' Formenta.
The Ca’ Formenta was an unimpressive Fifteenth Century building completely restored into a hotel in 2003. There is a rooftop terrace. I’m told that the restaurants and coffee houses in the neighborhood are filled with Venetians rather than tourists. If you don’t speak Italian bring your phrase book. The street Via Garibaldi, named after the Italian national, was laid over a stream. The hotel address is Via Garibaldi, Castello 1650. The Ca’ Formenta website is www.hotelcaformenta.it
The Hotel Londra Palace.
The Hotel Londra Palace was originally built in the mid-Nineteenth Century. Among its famous guests was Tchaikovsky who in 1877 wrote the first three movements of his 4th Symphony in room 106. The hotel has a bar and an upscale restaurant. There are 36 rooms and 17 suites. The hotel address is Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4171. The Hotel Londra Palace website is www.londrapalace.com
The Hotel Metropole.
The Hotel Metropole The Metropole, like the Hotel Londra Palace, has a music connection. Antionio Vivaldi taught music there. Try to get a rooftop room, or at least stop by the rooftop terraces. The place is just packed with antiques and beautiful curios many of which can be viewed on their website. The hotel boasts a Michelin two-star restaurant. There are 67 rooms and a total of 22 suites. The hotel address is Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149. The Metropole website is www.hotelmetropole.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
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