We eloped to Venice in April 2012 to get married, and decided against the 'western-style' mainstream hotels - we prefer to immerse ourselves in 'real' places, not some sterile soul-less hotel room - and after some research we opted for 5 nights at the Locanda Leon Bianco.
It takes a little finding, but once you know where it is, it is PERFECTLY placed - very central, near to Rialto bridge and the market, and 10mins from St Marks Square.
Our initial thoughts on arrival were - argh, the steps!! As we had lugged our suitcases including wedding dress, suit, and all the paraphanalia from the bus station, we were pretty knackered, but the owner Stefano soon came down the stairs to help us with our cases. The steps may be a chore when you're tired, but we felt it just added to the charm of the hotel...and incidentally, we have a stunning wedding photograph posing on these very steps!!
We needed spacious rooms, so we requested Room 3 and our friends stayed in the adjoining Room 2, both of which have a FABULOUS view of the Grand Canal. Ok, you hear the hustle and bustle of life outside and the Rialto market opposite, but that is all part of the experience - just soak it up and enjoy it!! The double-glazed windows kept the noise out perfectly at night-time, all we heard was the occasional vaporetto.
Breakfasts were simple but adequate, with coffee, croissants and melba-toasts, jam, fruit juice, and all served in your room by the large windows, which we loved.
Stefano and his staff was very helpful, friendly, and he was more than willing to let us use the hotel water-entrance (although I decided against paddling down steps with my wedding dress, and caught the taxi just outside on the main taxi stop instead!)
All in all, a fabulous place to stay, yes its a little rustic and maybe the plaster is peeling in places, but that's all part of the charm (and the chandelier was gorgeous!)
We would not hesitate staying here again - hopefully very soon!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda Leon Bianco Venice
- Locanda Leon Bianco Hotel Venice