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Ca' Leon D'Oro
Ranked #65 of 473 Venice B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I can't understand how anyone could give this place less than 5*! great rooms, location, service, and breakfast! We had a slight disruption when some people came to fix the air con, and we were really tired and were desperate for a nap, but the staff were really apologetic and gave us some free drinks.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Ca' Leon D'Oro is ideally situated near the major landmark in Venice--the Rialto Bridge. The three minute walk from the Rialto Bridge takes you through a popular square. The directions to the hotel, provided on the hotel's website, are clear and easy to follow. Being our first time to Venice, we did not have a grasp of the "scale" of the city. What appeared to be long distances proved to be very, very short walks.

From the Rialto Bridge "stop" for the water bus, the short walk to the hotel takes you through a busy tourist area. It is the most direct way from the Rialto Bridge to the hotel. The next day, when we returned to the hotel from the "bus stop", we found a street next to the one given on the website that was quiet and relatively empty--allowing you to avoid the street kiosks and tourist shoppers.

If you follow the hotel's directions for the most direct route to the hotel, you climb two short sets of stairs right to the base of the Rialto Bridge--and then you take the right to the hotel. If you climb the first set of stairs and take the right, rather than climbing the second set of stairs, you will find yourself in the street which still takes you to the square (San Bartolomeo) and then on to the hotel entrance. You might want to follow the hotel directions for your first walk to the hotel but it is nice to know that there is a way to avoid the congestion in the street leading from the Rialto Bridge to the square.

The hotel's location is quiet, compared to the lively activity at and around the Rialto Bridge. There is a nice trattoria about 50 feet away from the entrance to the hotel. You can enjoy the quiet privacy of the hotel one moment and be in-the-thick of the activity at the Rialto the next.

Very handy to shopping, quick access to the Grand Canal and the public transportation offered on it--from water buses to water taxis to gondolas. Lots of places to eat and drink near the hotel to sit and enjoy the boat parade that is endless.

The hotel was very comfortable. There is a walk-up to the reception desk and the rooms but there is staff available to help with the luggage if you need it (when we checked in). If you have issues with steps, you might want to seek out another hotel--or another city for that matter. Venice, by nature of the need for bridges, and the cultural venues is a city full of steps and stairways. If you are looking for a flat city, consider Verona or Florence. Steps and stairs are a fact of life in Venice and are unavoidable. They are part of the Venice-experience.

The room air-conditioning was much appreciated. Bed was comfortable. Having access to Wi-Fi was a nice feature. The breakfast room was a nice touch--intimate compared to the typical "breakfast" areas provided in North American chain hotels. Breakfast was basic continental--adequate and enough to get another day of site-seeing underway.

For the amount of time we spent in the hotel room, we were not seeking a "view". The views and the activity are outside of the hotel--in and around Venice.

If we have the opportunity to return to Venice, we would stay again at Ca' Leon D'Oro--for all the reasons mentioned above. The price did not seem to be out-of-line with other hotels in Venice and seemed to reflect prices-in-general in the city--for food, drink, and activities.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

The location is great , but that ´s all !! A simple room with a noisy air-condition. Too many steps up to the room. No proper reseptionarea and the breakfast is bad. We stayed there for 4 nights. The staff was n ´t available when they should be, according to announcement .

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

This hotel had two good things going for it: good location near the Rialto Bridge and a pretty, friendly receptionist. Breakfast wasn't bad.
The price was steep for the quality of the room, though. No elevator, no view, loud street noise. For a little more, stay at a more modern hotel.

Room Tip: There are only 5 rooms in this small hotel. Not sure if any are worth the price.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

This property is very near the Rialto bridge and was great. Roomy and clean but lots of steps and no lift - be prepared to carry your bags.
Overall the B&B was great, we loved our stay in Venice and would stay and recommend this location to others - just keep the steps in mind.

Room Tip: Venice is amazing and the room has a great location. We stayed in the early spring and did not need...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We stayed 1 night in April 2012. Very good location, just few meters away from Rialto Bridge. Very clean, and room size was fine. Stairs to the rooms, a little difficult by luggages, but in a historical building at this location, this can not be a prior thing to think about, unless you have a disability or a disable acompany with you. Breakfast is self serving and basic.

Good price for Venice old town center, but compared to other cities/town we stayed in Italy, expensive.

Room Tip: Facilities work well. Our room was facing to another building, but ı dont think they have a good vie...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

This is a very small hotel, just four rooms, that's it. Its located very close to the Rialto bridge; we had a little hard time initially locating the hotel in the crowd and small alleys. Once we found it, we realized its basically just footsteps from Rialto. There is not always a person at the hotel, so you have to avoid arriving too late at night. You basically get a key for your room as well as the building, and you can come and go as you please.

The room itself was simple and adequate. The breakfast was pretty simple, just croissants and muffins from a nearby bakery. Of all the places we visited, Venice's hotels were the most expensive and Ca Leon was a very good value for the money given that we spent most of our time outside the hotel anyway. We crossed the Rialto several times a day; Venice is a fantastic place to walk and get lost and that's what we spent most of our time doing. Also the vaporetti stop is right next to Rialto, so it was very convenient to get around the city.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sestiere San Marco 5303, 30124 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
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Ranked #65 of 473 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Price Range: $99 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ca' Leon D'Oro 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ca' Leon D'Oro is located at the very heart of Venice, in Campo San Bartolomeo - Calle Dell'Aquila Nera: just a few steps away from the Rialto Bridge and only a 10-minute distance by feet from St. Mark's Square. Thanks to its central position, it is an ideal place to start the main sightseeing tours of the city. It is very easy and convenient to visit the Rialto Bridge, the "Mercerie" district (where the most famous italian fashion boutiques are), "La Fenice" theatre, St. Mark's Square, Marco Polo's House, the Fish and Vegetable Market, St. Polo's and the Frari's churches. Let Venice's magic atmosphere immerse you. We will be happy to welcome you and unveil to you the deepest secrets of our city. ... more   less 
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