Although familiar with Venice from past trips we had not stayed here before. We were looking for accommodations for a few days prior to boarding a ship. We booked directly with the hotel online based on the recommendation of acquaintances and thought the rates looked reasonable given the location.
We arrived in the middle of a driving rainstorm and although water taxis can dock at the rear of the hotel the water levels were too high to permit clearance under some of the bridges so we were dropped at the Rialto Bridge. While the hotel is relatively close we managed to get completely turned around and spent an hour slogging up and down bridges, listening to directions that weren't wholly accurate and getting thoroughly soaked. Finally we arrived to a warm and friendly welcome. Once you're situated in the hotel it's easy to find your way around, it's just getting there on foot that can be a problem.
We had a great room, spacious and spotlessly clean. Internet access was problem free. Breakfast was excellent. Staff were all friendly and very helpful. As said before we've been to Venice in the past, know our way around, like to explore on foot, so found this location really convenient in terms of getting around the city. The good news was that when we were ready to leave the water levels had dropped and the water taxi was able to pick us up behind the hotel (so much easier).
Next time in Venice wouldn't even think about booking anywhere else. Two thumbs up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in the heart of the romantic city of Venice, in a very quiet position just 200m from the beautiful St. Mark’s Square and the famous Rialto Bridge. It is the ideal starting point to set off through the alleys to discover the wonderful monuments and typical shops which hide all the ancient, fascinating mysteries of Venice. The hotel takes its name from the famous Venetian artist, Antonio Canal, who was known as Canaletto. The rooms where the artist used to live (1697-1768) have now become our elegant hotel rooms. A friendly, elegant, romantic and quiet atmosphere furnished in typical 18th century Venetian style, with stucco work, damask, hand lacquered and gilded furniture, Murano glass mirrors and lamps. All rooms are soundproofed and have private bathroom with shower or bath, air conditioning, telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, minibar, sat TV, hair dryer and safe. There are also our superior rooms with views of the canal or the typical square with the well-curb. The elegant public rooms (breakfast room, bar, TV room, internet point and Wi-Fi access) are all decorated with stucco work and the antique smoothed lime finish, and have some lovely reproduction of Canaletto’s works on the walls. ... more less
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