Ca' Pisani's location on Rio Tera Foscarini cannot be beat. It is a straightforward 5 minute (or less) walk from the Accademia or Zattere vaporetto stops. Zattere is also a stop for the Alilaguna airport boat shuttle (Blue Line) so your luggage-laden journey to and from the airport will be short and easy, particularly as there are no bridges to cross (something that should never be underestimated when it comes to Venice)! There are also nearby ATMs: one on RIo Tera Foscarini between the Accademia vaporetto stop and the hotel, and a few more along the Zattere.
We found the staff to be helpful with just the right amount of friendliness and our room was clean, quiet and spacious. The breakfast buffet was laid out by 7am (the lady in the breakfast room that others have mentioned is still there) and included cold meats, fruits, cereals, pastries and a couple of warm dishes. Although there was a wide selection, most of the choices did not vary daily, except for the pastries and occasionally, the fruit. Consider yourself warned: if you liked that day's pastries, be sure to eat your fill because you might not get the same ones the next day!
The one quibble we had with this hotel is that a few of its design decisions are impractical and took us a bit of getting used to. For example, the pullout shelf that functions as a desk is a lovely idea except that in order to turn off the desk light, you have to push the shelf back in, which means of course that you cannot leave items on the shelf if you want the light off. After a long day of sightseeing, the first thing we wanted to do was drop our things and flop into a chair, it took us awhile to remember not to drop our things on this shelf because we would only have to clear it away later in order to turn the light off!
Another example: The curtains in our room consisted of several slim pieces of fabric that needed to be lined up _just so_ if we wanted to properly close them. This meant that instead of being able to swish the curtains shut in a snap, I was constantly having to fiddle with the fabric pieces to make sure that all gaps were covered. There was a switch that controlled black-out blinds but lowering them took just as long.
It was things like these that prevented us from immediately feeling right at home in Ca' Pisani. We do appreciate intricate detailing and the idea of a design hotel (we have stayed at several before). However, we'd like to suggest that design should always take a backseat to practicality and comfort.
That said, Ca' Pisani has many positive things going for it, and if you're willing to put up with a few design quirks, do consider it for your stay in Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ca' Pisani, the first design hotel in town, opened in December 2000 after almost 3 years of restoration works. it is a stone's throw from the Grand Canal and the Guggenheim collection, and is located in an original late 16th century building. inside, art deco atmosphere and modern comfort, including free wi-fi connection. Family owned and run by a Venetian family whose members have been hoteliers since 1908. ... more less
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