As the title suggests, this was our first time in Venice.
After reading numerous reviews about this hotel, I was growing suspicious that nowhere could be this good. I'm pleased to say I was wrong.
From the moment we drew up at the dock to the second we left, we were treated fantastically. The staff at the Canal Grande are so attentive. On arrival we told them this was our first time in Venice so they gave us a complimentary map, marking the hotels' location, explaining briefly where the nearest vaporetti stops were and clearly marking points of interest and giving us an overview of the North/South divide that happens this time of year, ( resident Venetians all clear out of the South into the North to escape tourists! ). We were handed a card with a mini map on the reverse and the hotels' contact details and address on the front. A small, but well thought out gesture.
All rooms in the Canal Grande are named - we stayed on the first floor in the Rosalba Carriera suite which had an excellent side-on view of the Canal and the nearby street. It doesn't get noisy outside the room despite the pedestrian entrance being underneath and the Canal being opposite. In fact, my wife and I opened the windows on our first evening there and sat and enjoyed watching the world go by.
Our room was immaculate........and when I say immaculate I really mean it. There was not a spot of dust or dirt anywhere. The room had a decent sized bathroom with an excellent shower and was adjoined to the main body of the room by a small passageway with a couple of chairs at the window, again giving a good view of the Canal.
Breakfast was continental style and again was superb. If you do get the chance to take breakfast outside in the small seating area, it's probably best to do this early as it can be quite busy later as there's only 3 tables. We were very fortunate with the weather and had three days of glorious unbroken sunshine from sunrise to sunset, so it was very pleasant to be sat next to the Canal.
The hotels' location is also very good as it's close to all main transport links but also secluded enough so that it's not bombarded by foot traffic. We did see the occasional tourist wander up to the waters' edge and sit by the Canal but it doesn't get the footfall that other places in Venice might see.
The main tourist attractions of St.Marks Square, the Basilica and Rialto Bridge are closer than you think. On our first day we sorted our luggage and went for a wander through the streets and before we knew it, we were at Rialto Bridge! Getting around on foot is by far the best option, so take comfy footwear and if you get lost you can easily find the hotel by following the signs to Piazzale Roma.
Overall, our trip to Venice was just about perfect and made even more special by the hotel and it's location but more importantly, the staff, who will welcome you warmly, make you feel comfortable and give you just about all the information and service you could possibly want. I say it was a near perfect trip because we had to come home!
First time in Venice? You must stay here!
- 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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