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“Fantastic spot in Venice” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Canal Grande
Ranked #11 of 386 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Port Macquarie, Australia
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61 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic spot in Venice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Found this little gem when we decided to go to Venice for the weekend at the last minute. We got the last room available which was quite small but delightful. Tiny view to the back street but very well appointed. Bed was firm but comfortable and everything in the room worked well. The welcome at reception was the best in Italy do far. Really friendly staff and so helpful. Breakfast was nice and we enjoyed sitting on the little verandah outside the breakfast room with a bottle of wine in the evening watching the boats in the canal. Easy walking distance from Santa Lucia station. Fantastic weekend. Would definitely recommend this hotel. I would think one of the front rooms with a view of the Grand Canal would be amazing.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kent, UK
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55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

We spent two nights at the Hotel Canal Grande and it is truly lovely. We had a ground floor room that also had facilities in the en-suite that allowed for disabled access. The decor is stunning, and we had a large super king sized bed which was very comfortable. The breakfast selection was lovely: very fresh and plentiful with a very wide choice of cakes, breads, cereals, fruits, yogurts,cold meats and cheeses, even salads, pickles and olives. It was also possible to pay for an omelette if you wished.
The staff are so friendly and kind, nothing is too much trouble for them. When we had a query with our room they came to help immediately. When we asked if they could take a photo of us on the waterfront balcony it turned into a mini photo-shoot to make sure we got a really lovely photo.
Finding the hotel was a little tricky. From the bus terminal Piazzale Roma look for the trees, and walk through them and across the little stone bridge, then turn left along the canal side, following the path round and all the way along to the next large stone bridge (the Scalzi bridge) but don't cross it. Burger King and the Mephisto shoe shop are the shops to your right, and there's a path between them that you need to walk along. Then take the next left, follow it over another bridge, past a church until the path goes under a short covered walkway. You are now in the square where you will see the hotel bordering the canal.
If all else fails and you're completely lost, go back to the bus terminal, cross over the new glass & metal bridge (lots of steps), walk straight ahead, past the railway station which is on your left. Walk to the first bridge (Scalzi bridge), cross over it to the Mephisto shoe shop, straight ahead up the side of the shoe shop, then first left and keep walking over a little bridge, past the church to the covered walkway which is the square where the hotel is.
Don't bother buying a map of Venice: reception provided us with the most comprehensive map as soon as we arrived.
This really was the loveliest hotel, and in a great part of town. The shops and restaurants were plentiful and cheaper than those around St Mark's Square. Easy to get around, either by foot or by Vaporetto or water taxi. We would definitely recommend this hotel, and we look forward to going there again.

Room Tip: We didn't have a view, but it really didn't matter. I don't think there is a bad room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

This hotel has to be the place to stay whilst in Venice. On arrival at the front desk the staff were friendly and welcoming, everything had a personal touch... which is refreshing in the corporate domineering world that we live in today.

The rooms were spotless and definitely grand. On our first evening when we arrived back from our evening out, we were welcomed back with opened doors, greeted by staff who were interested in our evening.

There is nothing I could mark this hotel down on and I would recommend to anyone going to Venice. The hotel was superb, the rooms were superb, the staff superb and the breakfasts in the morning... superb too. Fantastic!!! We spent a long time booking our trip to Venice and we definitely hit the jackpot with this hotel. I think the reviews speak for themselves.

Room Tip: We had the canal grande room which had a private terrace.. great for afternoon wine and olives.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights, our first time in Venice, and we were really impressed!

The hotel is situated right on the Grand Canal but in one of the quieter spots so there certainly isn't a noise issue to worry about. It's also extremely easy to find; we got the Aerobus from Marco Polo Airport to the Piazzale Roma, which is right on the Western edge of Venice, and the hotel is literally no more than 5 minutes walk away (though be prepared to haul your luggage over a bridge to get to it).

The rooms are very decorative and evoke a traditional, more regal period of history with padded wallpaper and ornate furniture. We didn't have any sort of view from our room as we were inwards facing, but overall the room was comfortable for the short amount of time we spent in it. The only very slight issue was a lack of storage space; just one wardrobe and a desk drawer.

In other aspects; the staff were polite and helpful at all times, the breakfast provided a good range of options from fresh fruit to bacon & eggs, and the hotel overall was very clean and tidy. I would also recommend the hotel's terrace bar; while the prices may not be particularly cheap, the views are great and it's extremely relaxing to sit up there and watch the sun come down over the horizon.

Highly recommended, and we would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Inside facing rooms will be quieter than those facing the canal.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

Words can't describe this hotel. It's right on the Grand Canal by the train station. Vaporetto stop nearby. The room was stunning and well decorated. The tv is in the mirror. Breakfast was excellent and the staff were very accommodating. They recommended a great local restaurant for us. I felt like royalty staying there. Each room is named and there is a picture of that person in your room. Definitely worth it.....just for the views.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Oaks, Minnesota
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for evening piece and quiet while still being on the Grand Canal. The hotel staff is friendly, polite, and helpful. Although Venice looks imposing on a map you can walk just about anywhere in 30 minutes. It is easily accessed by vaporetto from the Rive de Basio stop if you have heavy baggage and do not want to walk from the train station.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Beautiful hotel , stunning room , wonderful Grand Canal view , staff polite and helpful . Couldn't ask for a better Hotel. Venice speaks for itself , this hotel is in a quiet area but just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Venice .

Room Tip: Chosen for us by Planet Rail
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Canal Grande
Address: Santa Croce, 932 | Campo San Simeone Grande, 30135 Venice, Italy
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Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Santa Croce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 386 Hotels in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Canal Grande 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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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