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“Bright & Charming B & B” 5 of 5 stars
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San Marco 2554, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 439 Venice B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Portland, OR
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“Bright & Charming B & B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2006

We join the legions of fans of the Al Teatro B & B. This small property (3 rooms) is personal, spotlessly clean, and perfectly located in a quiet spot across from the New Opera House that is still only minutes away from great shopping, restaurants, and St. Marco’s (Mark’s) square. The rooms themselves are extremely clean, cheerful, have nice natural light and comfortable beds. The air-conditioning units are fantastic, a big plus during a July which broke heat records. The bathrooms are modern, have great water pressure and space to spread out. We stayed in both the green and the amber rooms, each having their advantages.

As others have mentioned, this is Eleanora’s home, but I never felt uncomfortable or as if I were intruding. Eleanora is helpful and knowledgeable, a great resource about the nuances of Venice and Venetians. Al Teatro was always a comfortable and welcome respite at the end of what can be the chaotic energy of Venice. We only ran into other tenants at breakfast—which was the perfect way to start the day with a wonderful selection of cereal, fruit, cheeses, meats, bakery products, hot drinks to order and the company of other travelers. Additionally, Eleanora provides a cooler with extremely moderately-priced drinks and snacks, a perk we thoroughly enjoyed and used.

Al Teatro is easy to find once one has the lay of the land of Venice, but our arrival was a bit stressful in terms of figuring out how to park, catch the correct vaparetto (we did not), and negotiate the narrow streets of Venice, so we ended up calling for help once we arrived. Eleanora kindly sent Valentina after us, and in minutes we were at Al Teatro.

We highly recommend Al Teatro B & B. The price/value for the rooms is very high.

Here are a few pointers that might help a first-time traveler to Venice: Park in one of the main parking structures on the island if you can afford it (Rick Steves recommends parking off the island, but the small savings doesn’t seem worth the hassle to me), then walk across from the structure (we parked at Trancetto) and catch the vaparetto as Eleanora directs. Get familiar with the vaparetto maps, and don’t panic if you walk down streets and get lost, this is the fun and adventure of Venice. Around the next corner you’ll find your way. Be sure the vaparetto you board is going the entire way (we caught some that didn’t), and that it is going in the correct direction! Also, be sure to double-check the fare with any water taxi you board … Eleanora ordered one for us that was supposed to be 50 euros, but when we arrived at our destination the driver told us the “tariff” was 65 euros. At that point one has no choice but to pay.

  • Liked — The light, personal nature and cleanliness of the property--and Eleanora's beautiful daughters!
  • Disliked — Can't think of a thing.
  • Tips/Secrets — Book early, this is the best value I found in Venice!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Burlington, Canada
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28 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2006

We had a wonderful time and loved the room. (All the rooms are great but the balcony room is incredible!!!)

We would definitely recommend friends and family to stay here because of the room, the location and the great breakfast.

Peter & Laura
Canada

  • Liked — The room and the location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Christchurch
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2006

We arrived late at night with Eleonora waiting up for us thank god!

Her instructions were impeccable, very easy to locate by water bus.

The room was simply stunning, everything we had hoped for, the cleanliness and attention to detail was exceptional.

The breakfast was lovely, far more than these Kiwi stomachs could handle.

We spent two nights here but could have stayed forever!

The property is very quiet but very close to everything Venice has to offer.

Excellent value for money, especially in Venice.

  • Liked — High Standard of Housekeeping and quality of Rooms
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Enjoy
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chester, VA
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2006

My family (2 adults and a teenager) stayed at this B&B for just one night. It is in an ideal location. We used it as a base and walked all over Venice. Overall we had a good experience. Here are the details:
Positives:
- Location
- Great price
- Free Internet
- Very good breakfast (fresh fruit, croissants, and sweet breads)
- Our room had a balcony which was nice; my husband compained that when the door was open you could smell boat fumes, but I enjoyed seeing the gondolas pass by and one gondolier was singing - that was really romantic (what I pictured Venice to be)
- Clean room/bathroom
- Kept our luggage well past check out

Negatives:
- Mixup with our reservation (athough it ended up not being a big deal); months after we reserved, the hosts e-mailed to say that they couldn't accomodate us; this was one week before our trip; we scrambled and found another B&B; then the hosts e-mailed us to tell us they made a mistake and they could accomodate us after all
- We didn't find the hosts to be particularly welcoming or friendly; they answered questions when asked and that's about it
- We've stayed at lots of B&Bs before, in this one you definitely feel like you're staying in someone else's home. Outside of your room, there is no common area. Example - we came down to the breakfast area at 8 (breakfast is at 8:30) to use the Internet, but were told that they needed the room to set up for breakfast
- B&B is located in what looks like a large appartment building; the first impression is not great; when you first walk into the building you see a dingy room with old furniture and you definitely smell the canal. That was alarming; however, we later figured out that the first floor is not occupied (it might flood too which would explain the smell).

Overall, I'd stay here again and would recommend it to others because of the location, clean room, and good price. My husband is not as sure though.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2006

This was a great place to stay and centrally located within walking distance of San Marco Piazza. Having a view of the canal was great and it was fun listening to the serenading on the gondolas. The room was modern, exceptionally clean and very comfortable. The owners and staff were especially friendly and helpful to us. One of our pieces of luggage didn't arrive and the hosts helped us to locate it with the airlines and were there for the delivery of it. We also had a problem with our backpack and Valentina fixed it for us. We would have had a great deal of trouble trying to travel through the rest or Italy without her help. We would stay in this B & B again and would definitey recommend it to others.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2006

We just returned from a wonderful stay in Venice at Al Teatro. Great location on a quiet canal. We had the "pink" room, which is huge and has 3 windows for watching gonalas in the evening. (see picture from our room).

Eleonora and staff/family are great. Terrific breakfasts!! We loved the salami, rolls, cheese and fantastic croissants. everything was so fresh and wonderful. We would defintely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2006

If you want a central location that's romantic and in a quiet location, you wouldn't go wrong by booking at Al Teatro. We booked two rooms, but we stayed in the Amber Room with a balcony with views of La Fenice and the Grand Canal - quite magical.

Al Teatro is traditionally furnished, yet offers a friendly family welcome and we enjoyed clean linen and towels daily! The breakfasts are excellent and provide enough energy for your excursions around the city.

We were so impressed we are booking again for next year. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Marco 2554, 30124 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #12 of 439 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Al Teatro Bed And Breakfast
Al Teatro Hotel Venice

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