Some people visiting Venice want to stay no more than a few feet from Piazza San Marco, and who can blame them? Until my last trip to Venice, I put myself firmly in this category. I love the proximity to the stunning Basilica di San Marco, and until this last trip I accepted the crush of other tourists in the area as the price of being so near to the church. But for my future visits to Venice, and for anyone else who prefers a bit of solitude around their hotel after swimming upstream against a proverbial sea of humanity all day, there are plenty of discount hotels in Venice on quiet side streets and little-used canals throughout the city’s less-visited districts. I found one of those hotels during this last trip to Venice, and even though it’s in a peaceful area it’s only a few minutes’ walk from the train and bus stations.
The entrance for Hotel Dalla Mora is at the end of a tiny passage – the “street” just sort of dead-ends at a quiet canal near the edge of the Santa Croce district. This one-star hotel offers the distinct perk of having a terrace overlooking its quiet little canal, and some of the rooms overlook the canal as well. There are only 14 rooms in the entire hotel – six in the main building (where reception, the breakfast room and the terrace are), and eight more in a building just in front of the main entrance. All the rooms in the main building have en suite private bathrooms, while some of the rooms in the other building make use of shared bathrooms. All the rooms are blissfully television- and telephone-free, so you can really relax during your vacation!
Rates at Hotel Dalla Mora include breakfast, bed linens and towels, even in the rooms without en suite bathrooms, and all guests can make use of the terrace in the main building, even if your room is in the other building. The hotel’s rates may seem high for the average one-star hotel, but Venice is in a class by itself – and during the low season there are special offers which cut the hotel’s already reasonable rates even more. If you’re looking for a small and charming family-run Venice budget hotel, the Hotel Dalla Mora is just about perfect.
L-R: The Hotel Dalla Mora from across the canal, terrace visible on the left; view from the terrace
Address: Salizzada San Pantalon, Santa Croce 42, 30135 Venezia
Closest Vaporetto Stop: San Tomà or Ferrovia
Rooms: 14 rooms – 3 double and 3 single rooms in the main building, 8 doubles in the other building (4 with sink and shower in the room, 4 with only a sink in the room)
Rates: (2008 prices; all prices are per room, not per person)
Rooms with only a sink (shower and toilet down the hall) – €80 double/twin; €95 triple; €105 quad
Rooms with a sink and shower (toilet down the hall) – €83 double/twin; €100 triple
Rooms with private en suite bathroom – €70 single; €100 double/twin; €120 triple; €142 quad
For special seasonal rates check the special offers page of the hotel’s website
What’s Included: breakfast, bed linens, towels
Check-in/Check-out: Check-in at 12:00, check-out at 11:00; you can leave baggage at the front desk if you arrive before check-in time, and baggage can be left until 23:00 on the day of departure
More Information: Tel. +39 041 710703, Fax +39 041 723006; [email protected]; http://www.hoteldallamora.it/