My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 4 nights in August and we chose the hotel based mostly on its proximity to the train station (being that we were arriving and departing via train) and price. If those are your top 2 criteria, then this is THE place for you. The hotel is a very easy 10 minute walk from the train station and given the uneven walkways, countless bridges, and the heat of August--we were thankful for the proximity to the train. As for price, they are extremely reasonably priced, especially in a very expensive city. Obviously you get what you pay for, but for this price--I was thrilled to get a spacious, clean, and beautifully furnished room--with very welcome air conditioning after a long hot day of sightseeing.
I will not complain about the fact that I had the ground floor room that others have complained about, b/c as I just said, you do get what you pay for--and I knew when i booked it that I had booked the cheapest room in the hotel. So no, there is no view of the canal from the back room on the ground floor. (if you want that you have to pay a premium).
However, there were a few small issues that did not ruin our stay....but were still enough to be a minor annoyance.
1--I do not understand why the room did not have a shower. I dont know what the bathrooms are like in the other rooms, but the one we had only had a tub and a hand-held shower head.....so needless to say, "showers" caused a mini-fllood in the bathroom every morning b/c there was no curtain or way to stop the water from going all over when you tried to use the hand-held shower head.
2-The breakfast was good but sparse compared to other hotels. You were served canal side (very nice!) a box of cereal, yogurt, and a croissant.
3--Perhaps the most annoying thing (but unfortunately common in European hotels) was the fact that the bed was 2 twins pushed together so it was a little hard for my husband and I to get comfortable with a big crack in between the two of us!
Overall, if you can overlook the minor annoyances that are actually very common in 3 star European hotels, the Ca' Dogaressa is a wonderful property, with lovely owners, clean spacious rooms, and very reasonable rates considering the high prices of Venice.
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