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“It's a Yes from us!” 4 of 5 stars
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Rio Alto Small Charming Inn
San Marco 5466, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)   |  
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Ranked #176 of 439 Venice B&B and Inns
Brisbane
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12 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“It's a Yes from us!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

For our first time in Venice we chose this affordable Inn with Canal views. It took us a little while to find it but that was due to our ignorance of Venice streets and alleys. We were very happy with our triple room + canal views. It was clean and airy with two windows looking out to a little bridge outside. We were actually surprised when our daughter had her OWN little room. a bit of privacy, at last, which was excellent when considering rates. Shops and restaurants all around. Rio alto bridge a few steps away. We even witnessed a young man propose to his Bella on a gondola right outside our window. True, breakfast is in another building, but we don't care much for 'those breakfasts" opting to eat out. Mind you we did take advantage of it on check out day and yes although being a small area and it being basic, it does offer a start to another amazing day in Venice. We bought wifi, I think 12 hours. But every time you log off the clock stops so we found it to be good value. Very happy trio.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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319 reviews 319 reviews
67 hotel reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Location: great location, 5 mins from Rialto Bridge, on the main walk between Rialto and Piazza San Marco
Hotel: 5 rooms across 3 floors, affiliated to the larger hotel in vicinity
Room: our room was on the topmost floor and had an unpleasant odour, no air-con
Positives: wonderful location
Negatives: smelly room, no lift, breakfast in another building 50m away

At the outset, let me be honest, hotels in Venice aren’t cheap and we were on a budget. Due to delays in booking, Rio Alto was one of the few hotels/b&b which fit our budget & location requirements. The room was small and located on the 2nd floor of a small apartment which had in all 5 rooms belonging to Rio Alto. They used the reception and breakfast area of Hotel Bartolomeo. We booked a non-canal view room, which ideally meant that we had no view at all; if we looked outside our bedroom window we saw another room a few meters away. For some reason their air-conditioning unit was being switched from summer setting to the one for winter and hence all through our stay we didn’t have the facility of cooling the air, which meant that we had to keep the windows open and subject ourselves to the unpleasant odour from outside. This didn’t help much as the room was still muggy.

The bathroom was adequately sized, nothing exceptional; they did provide toiletries.

We had to go to Hotel Bartolomeo for our daily breakfast which ideally meant that you can’t eat whilst your companion is bathing and then have a shower yourself unless you want to go back and forth. The breakfast was served in a slightly cramped area and the spread was the usual selection of cereals, breads, cheeses, spreads, and tea/coffee.

The reception staff was helpful and helped carry our bags to our rooms, also offered help with directions and the likes.

I think had the air-con been working and we weren’t subject to the odour/suffocation I would’ve given a 3 as this hotel is very well situated. You get what you pay for, but sweating it out isn’t fun. May be the canal facing rooms would've been better.

Room Tip: Don't get the no-view rooms. Ensure that they have the air-conditioning system working.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Few things in Venice have proved more challenging than trying to find somewhere to stay - they all same look the same, are a similar price and... well, that's Venice. One size fits all type of tourist.

Luckily I left sorting the accommodation for this part of our trip to my friend, I have to say, despite accidentally booking the 'romantic suite' i.e. a one bed, double bedded room, she did a pretty good job.

We checked in to the hotel, which is connected to Rio Alto though not physically. Then we took a short walk through the narrow streets to our room. A burst of cold air greeted us as we walked through the front door - when you've been travelling in 30oC+ heat, anything that brings slight refreshment is a welcome pleasure. The bedroom was a good size, plenty of storage, four poster bed, clean, tidy and with a great bathroom; but the best part were the windows, which I opened with total joy and watched everyone got about their business on the small bridge below.

We didn't avail of our breakfast much, preferring to be lazy. Though on the last day we did do the short walk over to the hotel and up to the breakfast room. It was quite narrow, but the breakfast was fine. Standard of that part of mainland Europe. It was all self-service and very relaxed, the customer service was good but not over the top - just what I like.

You can also buy 12 or 24 hours of wifi, which can be used on any of their premises. If you're an Internet junkie like me, do it. I was there for three nights and found the 12 hours of wifi for I think 4 or 5 euro of great help.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I stayed here at the Rio Alto for 2 nights, the photos don't look like the "professional ones taken by Mgmt" but nevertheless they are not bad for European/Italy standards and the price it's fine. I had no problems with the room. The breakfast is not for me, nothing is fresh and very basic (don't expect fluffy scrambled bacon + eggs), there some crackers, milk, not very appealing toast. There are no elevators so if you have lots or heavy luggage maybe request for a room on lower floors. The hotel tourist tax I recall being 10Euros for 2 nights.
Thank me later for this great Venice Tip that I wished somebody told me before. If you want to save $$$ don't bother paying for the regular large boat that goes in the area (it's white and usually hauls a lot of people on it - basically it's their local water bus). My bf and I notice nobody checks for tickets and everybody just hops on and off very freely, we would have saved 40Euros. (Depending which service you opt for ours was for 20hrs as I recall at 20Euros each). Unless you plan on going to further island like Lido (which there isn't much there to be honest). The food is very expensive in dining/restraunts make sure before going into a restaraunt you check prior for the cover charge / service charge, one place charged us both for a dinner bill of normally 50Euros after the cover/service charge came to extra 12Euros (scam). Hope this review will help some of you.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room opt-out for the rooms facing canal (it's nothing special) and you have...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We were not sure whether this hotel would live up to the reviews, but it certainly did!
The English-speaking concierge took us to our room just a few calles away from the Bartolomeo. The four-poster bed was beautiful with gauzy draperies and the air conditioner could be adjusted. The room certainly set the wow factor for our stay in Venice. It was very clean and comfortable, and absolutely in the heart of everything, overlooking a small canal, with a niche holding a saint just opposite our bedroom window. (Oh the romance!) We heard boats slipping past in the night, and even heard music from one of them. It could be a bit noisy at night and first thing in the morning, but that's part of the charm. The en suite bathroom was larger than expected and well appointed with generous towels and toiletries.
Breakfast at the Bartolomeo was very crowded but good and wholesome, and the staff at breakfast and on the desk could not have been better. Beware the slippery stairs - we crashed down on our leave-taking but told the concierge and he said they intend fixing them. He was good at directing us to a locals bar and helpful at locating the nearest internet cafe. All in all, probably the nicest place we stayed at in 5 weeks away from New Zealand.

Room Tip: Look for a room overlooking the canal to appreciate the ambience but be aware of the noise factor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

6/28/11: Mateo was a great help, went out of his way to find transportation info for us.
Room #3 top unit, windows facing inside, is quite. Watch out for mosquitoes though. We got a few shots leaving the window open instead of using the AC. Check in instruction was clear, breakfast got boring on your third day, without fruit, and in need for some change, thou it gets us start out the day. Wi-Fi is 2e for 4hours, not a bad rate. Cleaning staff is quick and efficient. Pretty basic room, the price could be a little bit lower from what we're used to, but it's in the smack of town. The tourists will wake you up.

Property Characteristics
Cleanliness of rooms - 7
Welcoming - 10
Quietness of rooms - 10
Spaciousness of rooms - 7
Public areas - 7
Staff competence - 9
Quality of service provided - 9
Hotel surroundings - 8

Does the hotel web page correctly describe the property?
Prices quoted - 9
Services and facilities offered - 9
Photographs - 7
Location as indicated on maps - 9
Type and number of available rooms - 6

General Review
How would you rate your overall stay? - 9

Value for money
How do you rate the relationship between price and quality? - 7

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Marco 5466, 30124 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
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Ranked #176 of 439 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
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Number of rooms: 5
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