Locanda Orseolo

San Marco 1083, Corte Zorzi, Venice, Italy, 30124

Price from: £125

Locanda Orseolo - bedroom

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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expert-rated hotels in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
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Bedrooms:
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Eating/drinking:
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Public areas:
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Leisure facilities:
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Service:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, History, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of Locanda Orseolo

Hard to find but worth the search, this charming, central Venice inn guarantees a warm welcome.

Though it’s no distance at all from St Mark’s, you’ll struggle to locate this delightful 15-room inn, in a tiny hidden courtyard. Once there, however, you’ll be made to feel like an old friend.

Location: 

Venice’s twisting alleyways are never easy to navigate but this 15-room inn takes the prize for the city’s most difficult-to-find hostelry. In fact, it’s two minutes’ walk north of St Mark’s, making it ideal for reaching most of the city’s major sights with little effort. (Just go through the iron gate facing the church in Campo San Gallo and turn left into an even better concealed corte and you’re there.)

Bedrooms: 

The 15 elegant bedrooms have playful murals inspired by Venetian masks, lots of shiny wood panelling and deep, rich colour schemes. Rooms overlooking the Rio Orseolo canal tend to be brighter (I like top-floor room 34), and allow you to study gondoliers’ antics and watch water-borne deliveries, though light sleepers might find this irksome. The courtyard-facing rooms are definitely quieter. Note that rooms are on three floors, with no lift.

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Public areas: 

With their shiny wood panelling and deep red colour scheme, public spaces in this locanda are welcoming and plush. Model ships give it a nautical touch.

Eating and drinking: 

The breakfasts provided by the Peruch family – both here and at their other hotel, Al Ponte Antico – are the stuff of Venetian holiday legend. Besides a splendid buffet, Barbara will whip up delicious pancakes or eggs done any which way.

Service: 

As at their other hotel, Al Ponte Antico, the Peruch family sets a difficult-to-match benchmark for hospitality. You’ll be addressed by name from the moment you cross the threshold, and consistently be made to feel like an honoured friend of the family.

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Who stays there: 

Just about anyone who can get a booking at this popular place. If you’re seeking anonymity look elsewhere. But couples, singles, young and old travellers are all made to feel special here.

Pros: 
Extraordinarily good service
Extremely central but quiet
Cons: 
Rooms on three floors with no lift

More information on Locanda Orseolo:

Price from:
£125
Type:
Hotel
Address:
San Marco 1083, Corte Zorzi, Venice, Italy, 30124
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
San Marco

Have you been to Locanda Orseolo? Would you recommended it?