Budget-friendly Gem in Venice
While travelling I always look for budget-friendly accommodation in or as close to the city centre as possible. Gone are my years of hostel dorm rooms so when looking for affordable, centrally located hotels and Bed and Breakfasts can turn into quite the hunt, especially in Europe’s key cities during peak season. But when researching a place to stay in Venice for my big solo adventure last year I came across Hotel San Salvador.
Centrally located in the heart of Venice, Hotel San Salvador is a great base to explore Venice’s narrow alleyways and bridges. The hotel is a five minute walk from the Rialto Bridge and less than a ten minute walk to the iconic Piazza San Marco, as well as close to the Rialto vaperetto stop, you can’t find a better location. Even though they don’t serve breakfast the hotel is surrounded by fabulous restaurants, cafés and geltaterias. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, access to a terrace and rooms with shared bath or private en-suite. Rooms are clean and small, but completely adequate. Beds might look a tad dated with linens reminiscent of my Italian grandmother, but remain comfortable and charming.
Prices range from €54 and up
As I made my way towards the hotel that first day I missed the sign propped up against the alleyway’s entrance from the Campo San Bartolomeo but quickly back tracked and caught sight of it. Halfway down the passageway I came to the door and buzzed to be let in. The door unlocked and there before me was an incredibly narrow and very steep set of stairs. Thank goodness for packing light! I certainly wouldn’t want to try lugging a full-sized suitcase up there.
Upon reaching the summit I was greeted by the most friendly, sweet and absolutely nicest person working in any hotel I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. She showed me to my room, where I quickly cleaned up and got ready to start exploring. I couldn’t help but be awed by the stunning mirror and chandelier made from Murano glass. I was impressed by the cleanliness of both the room and modern en-suite.
During my stay I was unable to connect to the Wi-Fi from my room but was able to use it easily from the terrace. The terrace is a covered outdoor patio with big, comfy chairs and every time I used it, which was every evening, I had it all to myself.
Would I stay at Hotel San Salvador again? I most certainly would! It’s budget-friendly price might have drawn me in at first but it was the staff, full of recommendations, smiles and joy, the clean rooms, and fabulous location that will bring me back. Would I recommend it to fellow travellers? I totally would!
Where’s your favourite place to stay in Venice?
I was in no way paid or compensated for my review and as always all opinions are my own.