We traveled to Venice in mid-September 2013 and wanted to be away from the maddening crowds of St. Mark's Square. We decided to stay in the Cannaregio section for three nights pre-cruise. Yes, there are bridges to cross and crowds to deal with, but the service and location of Ca' Gottardi was above our expectations. Two minutes from the Ca' d'Oro stop and within walking distance of a real grocery store!!! (more about that to come...)
Of course we Americans will have to understand that most European rooms will be small (by our comparisons) but we spent the extra for a room with a view of the canal and we were not disappointed. I believe there is an annex with larger rooms, but we were very pleased with ours. I can't remember which number it was now, (either 110 or 220 not sure) but it was in the same hall as the sitting room with the computer, just right of the check in desk.
Despite having to go upstairs, we never had to carry our luggage, and the daily breakfast was substantial and tasty. Meats, cheeses, fruits, yogurts, specialty coffees and teas, and a little crock pot thingy with hot water to make your own soft or hard boiled eggs. Be warned that the dining area can get very busy post cruise morning, but turnaround time is pretty quick and there's a nice little sitting area to have coffee or tea while waiting for a table. This alone made it worth staying, since each morning we got a nice breakfast that kept us enduring the long walks around Venice for hours and hours. It was also nice to have free wi-fi access.
Just outside the entrance there is a little cafe where DH and enjoyed the most terrific pasta with squid in ink sauce and seafood chichetti. Some of the reviews for the "Pasqualigo" Ristorante were not so favorable, but we ate there twice in our 3 days in Venice and were not disappointed as we could even see where "our table" was from our room window! Face it folks-- EVERYTHING in Venice costs more.
The thing I was most impressed with was the fact that the staff allowed me to take a teapot of hot water into my room each evening to make a couple cups of tea. DH tells me their espresso and cappucino coffees were delicious, but I am not a big coffee drinker. I can tell you that even the "regular" coffee at breakfast was very good, because I liked it too despite my likeness for all the flavored teas there. There is always hot water available and if you really wanted coffee or a cappucino in the afternoon, I'm fairly certain they would accommodate.
Someone was available at the desk at all hours, and staff were polite and accommodating. The only sort of complaint I had, was when trying to use the "business" computer discovered that the keyboard was "Italian" and was not conducive to most English writers. No worries. If you need something printed up (i.e. boarding pass, tour receipt, etc.) just ask at the front desk.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful, with a special shout out to Fabio! We asked, and he got us a private water taxi to Murano (at no cost) but beware that the private tour guide sticks by your side the whole time. No real high pressure sales tactics, but I got the feeling he expected us to buy something. I finally just asked him to show us the "lower-end" priced items, and that basically ended our tour. Still it is a MUST-SEE because of the beautiful blown glassware and we enjoyed walking around Murano as well. The downside is we had to take the public vaporetto back to the hotel, but we just made a fun afternoon around the island and the Grand Canal.
On our return back to Venice post-cruise we stayed at another location, and there was no comparison. If we are ever lucky enough to visit Venice again, we will most definitely stay at the Ca' Gottardi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Venice, just around the corner from Ca' d'Oro and the Casino, Ca' Gottardi's superior location is one of the best. Its rooms and ambiance aspire to be one of the most sophisticated structures in Venice where traditional art and innovative design combine in a rare elegance. Ca' Gottardi provides charming accommodations, each unique, in the most elegant Maison de Charme style. Its interiors are the result of an attention to details with regard to materials and techniques and a heightened sensitivity in approaching forms and volumes in accordance with Venetian artistic tradition. Clean and modern design is reflected in the entrance stairway of pure white marble and balustrade in crystal, where light creates unique effects. In addition to the piano nobile, guests are welcomed with a unique elegance, in which the creativity of Italian design enriched by a touch of luxury that is typical of the great patrician residences. Ca' Gottardi occupies the main floor of an antique Venetian palace from the XV century, then known as Ca' Priuli. Ca' Gottardi overlooks the Rio de Noal with a balcony covered by a beautiful late 17-th century quadrifora window. From here, you can admire Ca' Pesaro to your right, today the home of the Modern Art Gallery. Here are Ca' Gottardi's rooms, a world of class and refinement, for an unforgettable stay. Furnishings have been crafted by experts, in the classical Venetian 18th-century style, and evoke that noble elegance that has made Venice famous throughout Europe. Fine brocade curtains and carpets provide a warm contrast to a light-filled ambience created by the high ceilings and large windows. The world-famous art of glass is displayed in the chandeliers, the appliqués and in the gold-framed mirrors. Parquet floors in African woods in warm tones of red and brown are laid with rich soft carpeting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ca` Gottardi Hotel Venice