Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Venice budget hotels but often includes Venice bed and breakfast accomodations. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos reviewed budget hotels or bed and breakfast accomodations. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a San Polo or Santa Croce, Venice budget hotel.
The San Polo district is the smallest of Venice’s six districts. It covers only 86 acres (that’s about 35 hectares) in the center of the city. This lovely district is home to Venice’s main market and has been for over 900 years. Its main attractions include the Rialto Bridge and several churches including San Giacomo di Rialto, said to be consecrated in the year 421 and perhaps the oldest church in Venice. Santa Croce is north and west of San Polo. You may well stop by here because of the parking lots (cars aren’t allowed in the five other districts of Venice) and bus station. But the eastern part of the district has a medieval air and is home to some tourist attractions such as historic churches and the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna whose collection includes many masters of modern art. For your convenience we have listed district 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 Acca hotel.
The Acca Hotel has only one star but may be an option for economy-minded tourists. You’ll be close to many attractions such as the San Pantalon church whose ceiling was painted by Gian Antonio Fiumani, and is said to be the world’s largest painting on canvas. Breakfast is served in the courtyard. Perhaps because the hotel has only 8 rooms and 1 suite there is no night porter. The hotel address is Calle Pezzana, San Polo 2160. The Acca Hotel website is www.accahotel.com
The Al Ponte Mocenigo hotel.
The Al Ponte Mocenigo is our only suggestion in the Santa Croce district. It’s on two floors of a palazzo that once belonged to the local Mocenigo bigwigs. There’s a courtyard for breakfast and a Turkish sauna. Access is via a private bridge with a history that you can read on the hotel website. All 10 rooms and the junior suite are non-smoking, but none of them offer a canal view. The hotel address is Fondamento de Rimpeto a Ca’ Moncenigo, Santa Croce 2063. The Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo website is www.alpontemocenigo.com
The Ca' Angeli hotel.
The Ca' Angeli occupies two floors of a palace on the Grand Canal that belonged to a famous Venetian architect who oversaw its renovation. The fine breakfast is served in a room overlooking the Grand Canal as do some of the guest rooms. There are only 5 rooms, 2 suites and 1 apartment. The hotel address is Calle del Traghetto della Madoneta, San Polo 1434. The Hotel Ca' Angeli website is www.caangeli.itAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
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