FIRST A WORD OF CAUTION - There is a listing for "CA' Sagredo al Ponte" which appears to have photos and reviews for this hotel and in fact i posted a review on that listing by mistake, having spotted my mistake too late I asked tripadvisor to move it to here but that doesnt seem to have happened. You'll notice the map is incorrect on that listing. This is the address of the hotel we stayed in: CA' SAGREDO HOTEL *****L
Campo Santa Sofia 4198/99 - Ca' D'Oro - 30121 Venice – Italy
We booked our anniversary trip here after reading endless reviews and looking at websites and made the perfect choice.
We liaised with the hotel by email before booking and our questions were answered promptly and efficiently. We booked the private boat taxi which though expensive (E200.00) was the perfect start to our trip. The boat journey takes about 25 mins and only a short part is through the canals. Only the last couple of minutes is on the grand canal.
We were welcomed and escorted to our room with a guided tour of the majestical staircase and frescos. We were upgraded to room 114 which is one of the historical suites.
A big thank you to all the staff and especially Monica who looked after us so well.
The room has a separate lounge area, plus a further lounge in the bedroom, small dressing area and bathroom. The bath has an overhead shower, there is also a bidet. The 2 windows overlook the street but with the shutters closed at night ( turn down service done for you) we couldn't hear any noise from the street in the morning. Given there is a main water bus stop right outsidethe hotel i imagine it could be noisy in the mornig as the diesel engines make quiet a racket. There are 3 TVs including one in the bathroom but only CNN and Sky news in English though you can purchase movies in English. There is no tea or coffee making facilities in the room which is a shame but there is a minibar. If you want a coffee in the hotel the bar on the ground floor will serve you one for Euro 6.00. There is free wi-fi but reception in our room was only available in the first Lounge area, but fine in thereat of th hotel and better than to have to pay for it. Many resturants also offer free wi-fi as well, usually signposted.
Breakfast is served on the 2nd floor and the rooms and ceiling frescos are spectacular. You'll find the ballroom next to the dining area and the paintings are amazing (see photos) . The rooms and frescos have information plaques so you can read the history.
The fresco above the grand marble starircase was finished in 1732.
Breakfast is standard continental fare with a small selection of cooked items including scrambled eggs and sausages. You can order fried eggs but at extra cost. Coffee delicious and serving staff helpful and warm.
On the second floor there is a balcony from where you can watch the boats on the grand canal and take photos.
Don't be put off by the hotel not being near San Marco plaza it's only a 15 minute walk and you'll walk past a whole array of shops and vendors, and walking along the narrow winding streets is half the fun and charm of visiting Venice.The Rialto bridge is only 10 mins walk and along the same route. We were worried about getting lost but there is no chance of that. The road behind the hotel is the main route from the railway station to he plaza so there is a constant stream I'd day trippers walking to the plaza so just follow the crowd.
Outside the side entrance of the hotel is a gondola station. You pay Euro 2.0 per person for a ride to he opposite side. The fish and vegetable market are worth a visit on this side and try the restaurant behind the fish market for delicious fresh food (but be willing to wait- it took 45 mins for our order as they cater for tours and are bust at lunch). It's also less crowded on the other side, souvenirs are slightly cheaper if you hunt around and you can easily get to the Rialto bridge from this side as well.
We didn't try the Vappreto service but there is a stop right outside be hotel. We did use the Water bus service to travel back to the Airport. Catch the Orange line from the stop at Rialtto ( there are2 stops and it's the stop further away from the bridge). You can buy tickets at the booth and they cost Euro 9.00 per person. Service runs every 30 mins - check the online timetable ( http://www.venicelink.com/?lang=english ). The boats are well marked and slightly smaller than the normal water buses. At the airport there is a 7 minute walk to the terminal through a covered walk way. It's a nice way to travel back and much cheaper than a taxi. Give yourself an hour journey time. Once through immigration there is a good selection of designer boutiques and resturants but prices are expensive like the rest of Venice. If you re flying within the EU you can't buy cigarette cartons in duty free.
If you need a supermarket ( we only saw one) when you come out of the hotel and turn left towards the railway station and its on the right about 3 minute walk.
Do a bit of hunting for your souvenirs as prices do differ especially if you get of the main tourist routes. We found things a bit cheaper on the other side of the grand canal.
The charm of this hotel is having the history and beautiful art work but also staying in luxury and wonderful service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ca' Sagredo Hotel is Venice new luxury boutique hotel on the Grand Canal. A 15th jewel in a magical city, where the building's history intertwines with that of the Famiglia Sagredo one of the most important in The Republic, whose destiny was bounded to the Doges and the city itself. The hotel offers 42 guestrooms, most with magnificent panoramic view over the Gran Canal, a trendy restaurant with outdoor terrace over the water and banqueting/meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casagredo Hotel Venice