ABOVE: The Hotel Rialto, viewed from the San Polo side of the Grand
Canal. INSET BELOW: The hotel's location next to the Rialto Bridge, and
the open-air restaurant facing the water.
Location: At the foot of the Rialto
Bridge, on the San Marco side of the Grand Canal. Closest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
You want a first-class hotel in Venice's most central location, with
immediate access to water buses and major walking routes.
For sightseeing convenience, the Hotel Rialto scores 10 on a scale of
10: It's smack in the middle of Venice's historic center, next to the
Rialto Bridge and just
across the Grand Canal from the
Rialto food markets.
ACTV water buses,
the Alilaguna airport boat, and a
water-taxi landing are close to the hotel entrance, and the
Piazza San Marco is less
than 500 meters (about a third of a mile) from the hotel via the city's
lively--and often crowded--Mercerie or shopping streets.
But convenience isn't all the Hotel Rialto has to offer. It's a
full-service four-star hotel with 79 rooms and suites, including 28 that
have views of the Grand Canal. In good weather, breakfast is served on
the hotel terrace, which faces the Rialto Bridge.
Note: The hotel restaurant is open
only from April through October (not a major hardship, since there are
plenty of restaurants and wine bars in the neighborhood), and the hotel
didn't have free Wi-Fi the last time we checked.
In the first satellite image, you can see the Rialto
Bridge in the upper left corner. The Hotel Rialto is just below the
bridge, and the Piazza San Marco is near the bottom of the frame.
In the close-up photo, the Hotel Rialto is the dark
rose-colored building just to the right of the bridge. (Note the
waterbus platform near the edge of the picture.) The Rialto food
markets are on the left, in the foreground.