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 luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. 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, Venice luxury 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. It’s home to Venice’s main market and has been for over 900 years. The main attractions are 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. 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 Hotel Oltre il Giardino Casaifrari.
The Oltre il Giardino Casaifrari can be a fine choice if you are looking for peace and quiet. You may even have trouble finding this little hotel hidden behind a brick wall. Alma Mahler lived there in the 1920s after her husband Gustav’s death. The centerpiece is the garden where breakfast is served, weather permitting. All 4 rooms and 2 suites overlook the garden. By the way, you can’t believe everything that you read. Quoting their website, “The house… has now been turned into an exclusive but homely retreat.” This place is anything but homely. The hotel address is Fondamenta Contarini - San Polo 2542. The Hotel Oltre il Giardino Casaifrari website is www.oltreilgiardino-venezia.com
The Hotel Locanda Sturion.
The three star Hotel Locanda Sturion was used by the Doge of Venice to house foreign merchants selling their wares at the Rialto Market more than 700 years ago. The decorations have been updated to the Eighteenth Century. The breakfast room and reading room overlook the Grand Canal. The onsite restaurant offers a historic menu, with dishes and delicacies dating back to the Fourteenth Century, reinterpreted for today's tastes. Be warned, the stairs are steep to this fourth and fifth floor hotel and there is no elevator. There are 11 rooms. The hotel address is Calle del Sturion, San Polo 679. The Hotel Locanda Sturion website is www.locandasturion.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
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