This was a absolutely lovely hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was beautiful.
We stayed in the Canova room which is a "GRAN CANAL PRESTIGE DOUBLE ROOM". This room is not facing the canal but faces the square beside the hotel. However the windows still gave a very nice view of the canal. When we were shown the room we were disappointed that it did not face the canal and that it was so small. However, this is the only room with a patio (approx 10x8 feet) so the space you give up indoors you get as an outdoor space. Turned out that this was really nice and we were grateful we kept the room. Indoor-space wise, it is a very small room (not much larger than the bed) so there was no place to set our suitcases. We kept having to put them on the bed to get into them. That said, we would stay in this room again. And (my wife says I must put this in) the shower was FABULOUS! (no tub) The shower had rainshower, body spray and hand held and you could turn on all three at the same time. It was very nice.
Location: So this hotel is away from most of the attractions in Venice. It is basically at the opposite end of Venice from St. Marks. It is about a 15 minute walk to the Realto bridge and about 30 minutes to St. Marks. Now that is of course if you don't get lost. It is however just a bridge across from a main shopping / restaurant street that was a lot of fun. For us this location was great because we did not spend a lot of time in the "tourist" areas (of course the whole place is "tourist" but you know what I mean). However, for folks mainly interested in being able to get to St. Marks, the Realto or La Accademia quickly and easily this might not be the best location.
So another word about the staff. They were really great. We showed up at 9am tired from our red-eye flight. They sat us down on the outdoor balcony at water level and plied us with food and coffee. They also had our room ready around 10 and allowed us to check in and make ourselves human again. Service at breakfast each day was friendly and fast (can get as many espressos as you could desired (skip the american coffee and do as the locals do)). The front desk staff was also friendly and helpful with directions and suggestions.
All in all, we would totally stay here again and would request the Canova room again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canal Grande is a charming boutique hotel located in Ca' Polacco, an elegant little palace which has just been restored. The furniture of the hotel is characterised by the elegance of Rococo style, typical of 18th century Venice. The lobby with its rose marble fireplace, the breakfast room with its golden mirrors, and the bar with its Venetian red velvet armchairs overlook the Grand Canal and are the best places where to begin and end a day! The small terrace on the Grand Canal gives our Guests the possibility to have a drink in a special setting and to "breathe the air of the canal"!! ... more less
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