We stayed at Ca Barba for three nights, and could not expect a happier stay! The B&B is located near the Realto Mercato and we can easily walk to everything; yet it is tucked away in a small quiet alley such that we get peaceful sleep every night. Others have commented on all the wonderful aspects of this B&B: location, room, uninterrupted wi-fi, splendid breakfast / coffee… but to us, the most distinguishing feature of Ca Barba is its hosts: Alessandro and his girlfriend Laura! We have Rick Steve’s Italy book (which is great) and we collect information on the internet, yet we found the advice from Alessandro and Laura is GOLD!
We had several email exchanges with Alessandro before we arrived in Venice. Alessandro gave us clear and detailed direction on how to get to the B&B from the airport, and offered to meet us at the vaporetto stop if we could text / call him upon arrival at the airport. Since we did not have a cell phone at that time, we figured we just find the B&B on our own. That turned out a bit tricky, since we were never in Venice – we got to the general area (Calle del Campaniel) with no problem, but then we missed the right turn and ended up in an alley behind the B&B. Just as we were confused about why we do not see the correct house number, we heard a friendly voice, “Are you looking for Ca Barba?” That was Alessandro’s girlfriend, Laura, coming to our rescue: apparently, she was looking out for us and heard the clucking sound of our luggage! As Alessandro could not be there that afternoon, Laura helped us settling in, and gave us a number of good advice from where to get dinner to the pros and cons of the two major cell phone companies.
The next morning, we met Alessandro at breakfast! Yes, breakfast is wonderful, and Alessandro makes great cappuccinos, as other reviewers commented. Over breakfast, we asked Alessandro for advice on things to do and see other than the most standard touristy sights. Not only did Alessandro have ideas to offer, but he also gave us suggestions on an efficient routes! We ended up taking his suggestion, and enjoyed a peaceful escape visiting Burano (pastel houses) and Torcello (a peaceful escape). Another suggestion, both by Alessandro and by Rick Steve’s book, is to go up the bell tower at San Giorgio Maggiore – it has a great view of Venice and has no line! However, Rick Steve’s Italy book stated that the bell tower only opens until 16:30 in October, while Alessandro thought it would be open until 18:30. It turned out that Alessandro was correct; so we were able see Burano, Torcello and San Giorgio Maggiore all in one day! (Please do not get me wrong: we found Rick Steve’s Italy 2012 book to be invaluable, but things do change after the book goes into print.)
For dinner, we enjoyed Cicchetti the first night (based on Laura’s recommendation) – we tried three excellent bars that are within 5 minutes from the B&B: Do Spade, All’Arco and Do Mori! The second day Alessandro recommended Al Bacco in Carnnaregio district (Jewish district) because we wanted to try squid ink – the clam pasta and squik ink with polenta were superb, and the price cannot be more reasonable!
In summary, we certainly value the nice room, breakfast and location of B&B Ca Barba, but having hosts like Alessandro and Laura, who took interests to help us personalizing our visit has made Venice tremendously more enjoyable!
We had room 102. The room is clean and spacious, with a nice bathroom and a Jacuzzi shower. The bed is the most comfortable of all five B&B’s (all quite wonderful) we stayed in Italy on this trip. It does require climbing up a flat of fairly steep stairs. Laura and Alessandro helped us with our luggage. Others have commented on all the wonderful aspects of this B&B: central yet quiet location, uninterrupted wi-fi, splendid breakfast / coffee
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ca' Barba, a few steps away from Rialto, is quite special. Jacuzzi baths and showers in each bathroom. Vintage, restored furniture. Original 19th Century pictures of Venice. Wood-beamed ceilings in each room, which is also equipped with safe-boxes and Wi-Fi access. No detail is overlooked: professional coffee machines for breakfast. Fresh-baked croissants, bread, fruit, yogurt, biscuits and an overall atmosphere, at once discreet and comfortable, encompassing the essential elements of travelling: beauty, informal - yet professional services, an attention to detail and a feeling of well-being which makes one truly feel at home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ca` Barba Hotel Venice
- Ca` Barba Bed And Breakfast