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.
- Also Known As:
- Al Teatro Bed And Breakfast
- Al Teatro Hotel Venice