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“Exceptional Little Charmer” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ca' Dogaressa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Fondamenta di Cannaregio 1018, 30121 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)   |  
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Ranked #34 of 383 Hotels in Venice
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Exceptional Little Charmer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Well, Trip advisor community you didn't let us down. This little charmer is set right in the Jewish neighborhood, right on the canal. No it isn't the Grand Canal, but just as cool without the crowds. We stayed in a junior suite, canal view. We decided to pay a bit more, because to come all the way to Venice and not have a beautiful view, didn't make sense to us. The room is beautiful, I'm sure you can see from the pictures. We stayed in the top floor suite (gold room). The pictures are not even as pretty as the wow factor when you open the door for the first time. The room was spotless all the days we stayed. Beautiful marble floors throughout. Venetian glass fixtures. There is a frig in the room, so you can do a little shopping. The T.V. doesn't have many channels, but we didn't come all that way to watch T.V. The wi fi is free and great connections. We even did web cam with out kids. When you open the windows (so cool) the view is incredible. It was hard to believe we were there. We ate breakfast there every morning. It was the same every day, but it was a great start to the day. With the expense of coffee in Italy, it was wonderful to have three cups (american size) every morning. It was too cool to eat outside, which would have been so wonderful. Also the terrace on the roof is not open now because it is too cool. Carlos and all his staff are very helpful and friendly. We asked for some hot water in the evening to make some coffee, and they were more than happy to do that. This inn is very easy to find from the train station and very walkable. Just follow the directions they provide you and you should be able to find it easy. Take note of the picture of the outside of the building seen in Trip advisor and you'll be able to know when you are close. Take note that the entrance is around the corner from the front of the building. We came by train and left by airplane. To get to the airport you can pay about 14 euro each and take the airport boat to the airport. It stops very close to this Inn. There are a lot of water bus boats that stop very close to the Inn. I would recommend a one, two, three day pass on the water bus boats, so you can jump on and off at any point (a three day pass is 35 euro each). Water taxi's are very expensive. You could easily pay 100 euro to get to the airport. The folks at the Inn are very willing to help. Note there may be a price break if you stay more days. Ask them for those details. If we every come back to Venice, we would stay here. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: Top floor Jr. Suite. It would be quieter.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

I agree with most of what has been already written about this hotel, so I will avoid restating many points already mentioned. I will add that we did enjoy the location, the vaporetto stop is close for transfer not only to St. Mark's, but to Murano (not really worth the trip, much like Venice but smaller) and Burrano (a real charm, brightly painted homes, quaint canals, lace and restaurants, very unique!). There is shopping, a grocery market and everything needed just around the corner. The hotel itself is wonderfully quiet with its windows and traditional shutters. (We stayed in a junior suite for 4 nights in September).
The hotel fell short in being able to recommend a decent restaurant in Venice. When we asked we were brushed off and told that there were many restaurants around the corner, which was true, however they were horrible tourist traps with bland, mushy, greasy barely edible food. We spent hours trying to locate something of value and taste, and consequently our dining experiences in Venice were mostly disappointing. Secondly, we found the rooftop terrace disappointing. It consists of the cheapest plastic tables and chairs. That is it. The tables are low, the terrace walls high and there is no view while sitting. There has been no effort to make this the magical space it could be, not one plant, no design or decoration attempt.
Finally, the breakfast really was poor. I understand that for Italians breakfast is unimportant, however after travelling throughout Italy for a month we found other similarly priced small hotels offered so much more than 1 croissant , a cheap yogurt and dried prepackaged cookies etc. The coffee was sometimes luke warm, mostly foam and ordering a second cup took so long I began to practice of ordering 2 first thing.
Overall, the hotel experience was moderate, and I would explore other accomodation options if returning to this amazing city!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The staff at this small hotel are wonderful. They are so helpful and nothing seems to be a problem for them. We were asked if we would like to sit inside for breakfast or by the canal and we opted for the canal (a great place for people watching).

The water taxi's are very close by and the railway station is a short walk away. There is some lovely bars down the side streets in this area which are very reasonably priced (one was 80 euro cents for a bottle of beer).

The room was very venetian and beautifully decorated. There was free WIFI in the room too. We have recommended this hotel to our family but its always fully booked and at the price they charge for a room I’m not surprised. Next time we visit Venice we will be checking availability for this little gem of a hotel. Who needs hotels on the grand canal when you have this one.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights in November 2012 (including 2 days of serious aqua alta!). This is a great location. Unless you have mobility problems there really is no need to be close to St Mark's Square. This area is less touristy and has some great local bars and restaurants and offers better value for money. We stayed in a ground floor annexe room in a separate building across from the lobby which I think must be a new acquisition because I don't see it within any of the hundreds of photos have been posted by others. A vast room with top quality bathroom fittings and a view over the canal. It was great to have such space in a Venice hotel room.Really good value for money. This is a family run hotel by people who care and it shows - as others have said. However, if you want a hotel with communal areas, a bar, restaurant etc. this is not the place for you. But it suits us and will be our first choice for future visits. However, from searching the hotel booking sites it seems getting a room here in the future will be very difficult.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hotel is clean and is in a great area, the jewish Ghetto, just far enough from the noise but close enought o get to everything. Hotel is family run, the staff and reception were super friendly and helped us with all our needs.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spend 3 days in Venice this past October. Wonderful small hotel, with great staff. We were late in arriving since we missed our connecting flight. I emailed them from CDG airport telling of our late arrival and he was waiting for us outside the hotel. Very easy to get to the hotel using the Vaporeto. Nice breakfast by the canal. All and all a very clean and beautiful hotel. Highly recommended.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My family stayed in this hotel for several nights this summer. Accomodations and service were exceptional. The location was very convenient - its not in a tourist district but you can easily access all of the popular sights from here. The best of Venice is off the beaten path and this location was perfect for just that. Breakfast right on the canal and a rooftop deck for evening cocktails. Kids, grandparents and forty-something me loved everything about this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Fondamenta di Cannaregio 1018, 30121 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ca' Dogaressa 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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