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... the hotel windows with travertine cups an saucers! And, historically, everyone's had a go here....from the 5th and 6th century barbarian invasions (did they really play rugby back then?) that actually forced the settlement of Veneto to be established in such a (silly) water locked location..... through Byzantine rule.....the Venetian republic (726 ..... just put that in for the academics amongst our readers!).... the departure place for Marco Polo's great expedition to ...
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... so we closed these every night along with the windows and not only was it pitch black, we couldn't hear a thing from outside.
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Loved staying here
We stayed at Locanda ai Bareteri during the Venice Carnival. It is situated just near the Rialto bridge so it has a very central location and at this time of year many of the surrounding streets are completely mobbed. However, once you turn off into the tiny side street that has the entrance to the Bareteri in it, it is peaceful, empty and charming. We had a very friendly welcome by one of the proprietors of the Bareteri and the double rooms we had were spacious, clean and tastefully decorated - all marble and wood. At this time of year prices everywhere in Venice are high, but I think this place was very reasonable considering. We would definitely stay here again. I would also recommend the small restaurant that is opposite the hotel entrance for very friendly and helpful service and good food.
A Great Place to Stay
Simple but elegant decor. Very clean. Friendly welcome. Great value. Loved staying here. Children were made very welcome. Ai Bareteri is centrally located, so it's not quiet (although shutters block out most noise). No air condititioning, but even in July this was not a problem - fans were sufficient. Highly recommend.
Did not honor our reservations-- had reserved the hotel last Feb
We've stayed at this hotel several years. We reserved 4 rms in Feb 2005 for Feb 2006. We contacted them in March saying we'd take all the rms for a group of 32 people. We wrote in May and June--restating this-- there was no reply. Then when we wrote to submit a list of guests we were told not only did we not have rms for the 32 people, but our rms which had been reserved in Febr. had been given away as well.
Pleasant Place to Stay
An excellent location to explore Venice. A few minutes from St. Marks Square and the Rialto Bridge. We were on the 5th floor. No lift. We were ok but could be a problem for some people. Room clean with some interesting furniture. No hair dryer. Basic continental breakfast. But it was served on a plate. Service was fine and I was given a hand with my luggage. We were given a map and a short introduction about travelling around Venice, which was helpful. Water and soft drinks expensive around the area of the hotel but a short walk over the bridge it was much better. We did find a supermarket which was even better. Plenty of places to eat. We would stay again.
What a find! Location that can't be beaten - half way between St. Marks & Rialto Bridge, friendly staff, clean rooms.
Claudio and Sergio were great; very helpful with information, restaurant recommendations and maps. (For delicious seafood go to Acqua Pazza.)
Breakfast is nothing special, certainly not like a B&B in the US. One thing they need to improve on- wipe the walls of dead mosquitos before the next guest arrives. We found our room with a few bloody dead mosquitos on the walls and I think they should be wiped off, even the walls touched up with white paint before the next guest arrives. Otherwise, it was lovely.
The price was right- we paid 80 Euro for Sat-Tues in July for a room with private bath and AC.
Simple, clean and conveniently central accomodation.....
We found the Locanda ai Bareteri on the internet whilst searching for accomodation for our first trip to Italy in early April 2005.
First things first-location. Venice is a myriad of tiny side streets and alleyways. If you travel to Venice airport (Marco Polo) you can either get the no 5 local bus to Piazza Roma then a waterbus to Rialto or San Marco OR get the ATVO airport link bus. If you're a first time visitor, like us, it might be more interesting to get the Alilaguna water bus from the airport to San Marco which takes about an hour and costs e10. The journey provides a gentle introduction to your stay in Venice. A curious thing about the Alilaguna stop at the airport is the way that the locals just breeze past the rest of us and get on the water bus. This might be construed as incredible bad manners on their part but then we must make allowances for the way the hordes of tourists clutter up their city and otherwise obstruct their day to day progress and existence.
Directions to Ai Bareteri from San Marco-from the waterfront cross the square directly with the Bascilica to your right and the Campanile to your left. Go through the passageway which is directly underneath the clocktower (When we visited it was being renovated and was draped in a white cover with the Eiffel tower picture on it!). This street is called Mercerie or something similar!. Follow this street until it ends and you will then turn right. Follow the small passageway and bear left. There is a Cartier store on this corner.There are yellow signs directing you to Rialto. Carry on up this passage and you will reach the bridge at pont de Bareteri. Look to your right and you will see a sign saying Sotoportego de acqua or similar. Go under the covered passageway to the right where the Gondolas park then take an immediate left into the Calle de Mezzo. Ai Bareteri is to your left.
We paid e480 for three nights in a double room with en-suite bathroom. This may be considered a little on the high side for a room/hotel of this type. The room was simply furnished but scrupulously clean and pleasant with two large windows overlooking the street outside. The owner was very welcoming and provided lots of useful information for us. The room also had a mini bar and air conditioning. I did not notice a lift in the building.
A buffet breakfast was served in the small dining room every morning consisting of tasty warm croissants, various breads, fruit juice, yoghurts, coffee etc. Just enough to get you started for the day.
I have read many travel reports about Venice and often they say things like, keep away from the tourist areas or don't go where the tourists go. This seems to suggest that tourists are second class citizens but, in my view, unless you live there you are a tourist and there is nothing wrong with that. A good tourist will enjoy all that the country has to offer whilst giving something to the locals (i.e income/jobs) and making minimal impact otherwise. I am no expert on Venice but some useful tips are;
From the UK ---- now fly to Venice.
Avoid restaurants that display "Tourist menu". Tourists deserve the same respect and service as everyone else and so should not be marginalized in this way.
Venice is expensive for eating. Use the sandwich shops that can be found in various places. You will read in guides that you should not sit down to eat in such places as it is very expensive. What rubbish. We used one just near the Rialto water bus stop and lunch time snacks of two large and tasty hot sandwiches and two coffees at a table with very efficient service could be had for e15 which isn't bad value.
Restaurants can be expensive and as stated, avoid the ones near San Marco with the dreaded "Menu Touristico". Across from Ai Bareteri is Al Gazzettino, a small trattoria with a very pleasant atmosphere and equally pleasant, helpful and friendly staff. Pay no heed to the displayed menu for when you enter the waiter will simply ask you what you would like to eat and then reel off a long list of what is on offer. The quality is excellent and the prices are reasonable for Venice. You are advised to book as the place is on the small side.
algazzettino has its own website, do a search..
Incidentally, they also have a small hotel beside the restaurant.
Transport, don't be conned into going on tourist trips to Murano. Just jump on the ACTV waterbus at San Marco. Incidentally, you can buy 24hour tickets for the ACTV waterbuses for e10 so you could span two days with one ticket eg noon til noon.
Entry fees to attractions we visited, Campanile e6 well worth a visit on a fine day for the view alone, Doges palace, e11 I think again well worth it, the Basilica is free entry to the main body of the building with fees charged for certain other sections.
Of course there are many more attractions. If you don't want to splash out on a Gondola then take a crossing of the Grand Canal on a Traghetti as used by the locals. They are situated at various points on the Grand Canal and a crossing is 50 cents.
A visit to the fruit and fish market in the morning (just across the Rialto bridge) is well worth a visit just to see what we should be eating instead of the rubbish we are forcefed by the supermarkets in the UK.
Also after your evening meal you can take a stroll in the piazza San Marco and listen or perhaps dance to the orchestra which play outside the more expensive restaurants.
If visiting between November and early April, check for aqua alta (high tide !) as this may otherwise be an unwelcome surprise for your visit !
Great location and value for money
Just got back from a short stay at this great little hotel/B&B. The owner is welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The room just right - simple, spacious, immaculately clean and really warm to get back to (early March and there was still snow outside!) 3 nights for only £200 - terrific value considering the location. Only a few minutes from San Marco and the Rialto, with a picturesque little canal just a few yards away at the end of the alley.
We'll certainly be returning.
Fine hotel, excellent value
The Locanda ai Bareteri (note it's misspelled with two T's in its listing here) is a fine value. The location, midway between Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square, is ideal, but it sits on a quiet, almost forgotten "middle" alley, so you'll need a bit of luck or good directions to find it.
Our room during the last week in August was only 90 euros per night, which is a deal in Venice. All the rooms are non-smoking, and ours (and presumably all of them) have been recently remodeled. The room was spotless and comfortable, of a good size, with a private modern bath and a tiny balcony overlooking the "street" below.
The service is good and very friendly, and the included breakfast is adequate. A lot of stairs to navigate.
We would certainly stay here again. Being able to step out the front door and be at the Grand Canal or the Square or window shopping within a minute was a great attraction for us. Hard to beat for 90 euro/night.