Created from a small 14th or 15th century palazzo, this hotel is nothing short of mesmerising. It sits in what could be seen as the best situation in Venice, in Dorsoduro, the artistic, more local quarter of Venice. From our duplex room, more like a studio flat, it was possible to see both the Grand Canal and the Canale di Giudecca, each just a minute or two away. Everything in the hotel is made and finished to the truly highest standards. It amazed us that every object seemed to have been designed and made specifically for the hotel, in which the mediaeval interior was very carefully refurbished using a very authentic art deco style, with both styles sitting comfortably together. The attention to detail is remarkable and the lighting fully complemented this.
The staff all were so welcoming and friendly without being too obsequious. We were led to our room without fuss to be greeted with a complimentary spread of cold meats, cheeses, salad accompanying home-made jams, together with a bottle of prosecco, all presented from La Revista, the hotel's restaurant. We arrived in the evening and it was a thrill to be able to open the tall double windows and listen to the quiet sounds of the street.
The hotel's front is onto a Rio Terra, that is, a filled in canal, which is a fairly busy thoroughfare, though nothing like the tourist routes through say, San Marco. It can be lively but hardly noisy and the sound insulation, plus the blackout blind which can be operated from the bed, make for a dark and peaceful room, if you need it.
The buffet breakfast is a splendid feast of more or less anything one could want, from cold meats and cheeses, fruit, breads, cereals and dolci and the busy staff always seemed on hand to supply another tea or cappuccino.
The room was always cleaned perfectly. My wife's nightshirt was even neatly folded and placed under a pillow.
There were plenty of facilities which we didn't use and perhaps the only reason why the hotel isn't five star is because there is no pool/gym, which we would be unlikely to use, and there is no watergate, meaning that there is a little walk from the water taxi/Alilaguna quays to the hotel, but Accademia on the Grand Canal and Zattere by the Canal di Giudecca are a mere couple of minutes away (with no bridges to cross) on either side; the hotel staff are more than willing to help porter cases.
There is little to fault. The ancient construction of the hotel and its preservation means that the original beamed ceiling does not allow for much sound insulation from the floor above. Our bed, superbly modern, cosy and comfortable, was immediately below the bathroom above. On the first night the guests in that room above clearly had to catch an early flight and I was woken at 3.40am and kept awake till they left at about 5.00am. It is a bit of a problem which I'm sure the hotel is aware of and I sympathise that there is no easy solution.
The bathroom and its complimentary toiletries was luxurious, though one morning the water was a bit tepid. My wife would have liked to have had a mirror by the bed on the mezzanine and we both would have liked more drawer space. There are two tables by the bed, one for the TV, which could be replaced by drawers. We had no interest in watching the TV or listening to the radio, though I did try the latter. It provided only four rather badly tuned pop stations and I didn't bother again. However, these are very minor things.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ca' Pisani to any discerning traveller and would like to thank everyone there for a very enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ca' Pisani, the first design hotel in town, opened in December 2000 after almost 3 years of restoration works. it is a stone's throw from the Grand Canal and the Guggenheim collection, and is located in an original late 16th century building. inside, art deco atmosphere and modern comfort, including free wi-fi connection. Family owned and run by a Venetian family whose members have been hoteliers since 1908. ... more less
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- Ca Pisani Hotel