It was my first trip to Venice and after much research (thank you fellow Trip Advisor Reviewers) I settled on the San Cassiano for a four night break at the end of September. I was travelling with a friend and we opted for single rooms and were located on the third floor overlooking a bustling side canal. The rooms were small, but perfectly adequate with a comfortable bed and pillows, a modern en suite bathroom, effective air conditioning and a wonderful, if somewhat dim, Murano glass chandelier.
The staff were without exception friendly, helpful, and courteous. We arrived by water taxi late afternoon and our bags were carried up the steep stairs to our adjoining rooms without even having to ask. The breakfast in the mornings was exceptionally good: the typical continental breakfast fare was complemented by a hot food bar which included scrambled eggs, bacon and little sausages. There was a wide choice of teas and excellent coffee as well as an assortment of breads, jams, pastries and yoghurts and an efficient toaster. The breakfast room was a little narrow, and the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal only had space for two tables, but all the guests were very accommodating and there was never a problem finding a table or transporting food and drink from the server area to your chosen table.
The hotel bar was well stocked and you could also order tea or coffee here – whilst it was not always manned, the staff were happy to multitask and if you asked at reception your drink order would soon arrive.
The high point of our stay at the San Cassiano (we gave up trying to remember the full name of this lovely hotel) must be the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. After a busy day walking the streets and alleyways of this amazing city it was wonderful to return to the hotel early evening and sit nursing a Spritz, Bellini or tea/coffee on the terrace and watch the canal “traffic” before setting out to find our dinning place of choice for the night. As my friend pointed out: where else in the world would you think you had struck lucky to have a hotel with a drinks terrace overlooking the city’s main thoroughfare. It should also be mentioned that, should the canal side terrace be full, there is a delightful small sheltered courtyard with tables and chairs at the hotel’s land-side entrance.
The hotel itself is quite small and in a quiet but very convenient area of Venice. It is very old (originally built in the 14th century as a home to some important Venetian nobleman and transformed into a hotel in the 1950s) and quite beautiful with stunning furnishings an eclectic mix of wall hung paintings and fabulous “drapes”. And the bonus is that this charming hotel is no more than a few minutes’ walk to the Rialto Market (where you can take a reasonably priced traghetto, an unadorned gondola, to the other side of the canal), the Rialto Bridge is a few minutes further on and the journey to St Mark’s Square – on foot – took no more than 15 minutes. There are also some excellent restaurants within a couple of minutes’ walk of the hotel. Whilst we ventured to the tourist area around the Rialto for our first meal (the Alla Madonna) our second night we tried NoNo’s and then the truly excellent Osteria Antic Giardinetto and the equally wonderful Vecio Fritolin da Irina all of which I would recommend without hesitation and all of which are within a stone’s throw of the San Cassiano.
If I ever return to Venice, which I hope I shall, I shall break my usual rule of not staying in the same place twice and will definitely stop at the San Cassiano as I cannot imagine that there is another establishment in Venice would could better the ambiance and location of this wonderful hotel.
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- Hotel San Cassiano Venice
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