We visited Venice for my wife's 30th birthday - and this hotel was a major contributing factor in making the trip really memorable. In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel whatsoever; if you're considering booking a room here then GO FOR IT! It's definitely worth it.
Not only was the hotel itself fantastic but the staff were incredibly helpful; they simply could not have done more for us. Upon arrival we were immediately made to feel welcome and everything was explained to us to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. We arrived at around 4:30pm and so had a good amount of time to explore once we'd checked in. Once we returned to our room later in the evening, we found that the hotel had left us a birthday cake for my wife. What a wonderful gesture!
Breakfast was lovely and we sat outside each day that we were at the hotel. It was a lovely way to start our day: with a magnificent waterside view.
As others have said, the hotel is supposedly 'off the beaten track'; it isn't at the heart of the most touristy areas. However, such is the size of Venice that it really isn't far to get anywhere - a mere 20 minutes walk or so to Rialto and another 5-10 minutes to San Marco. This was absolutely perfect for us. What we found was that it forced us to explore the whole city - and I don't think we'd have done so in quite the same way if we had stayed nearer to San Marco. Also, the city is really well sign posted (you'll see what I mean when there) meaning that it is REALLY easy to find your way around. Besides, getting lost and exploring is all part of the charm! The location of Canal Grande allowed us to make the very most of our stay. We wouldn't have wanted to stay any closer to the busier areas.
My wife and I absolutely loved our time here. It was completely a stay to remember. Thank you so much to the hotel and its amazing staff!
- 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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