Isola della Certosa, Venice, Italy, 30100
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- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Certosa Hotel
One of Venice’s more unusual accommodation options, the Certosa is on an outlying island, surrounded by the Vento di Venezia yacht marina, sailing school and boatyards. Minimalist yet comfy rooms are adorned with contemporary art works, and the breakfast room is abuzz with yachtie one-upmanship. Like Venissa, this is part of the Bisol wine producer’s Venice Treasures (www.tesoridivenezia.it) project.
If you don’t arrive in your own yacht (see www.ventodivenezia.it for mooring information), and are not opting for a water taxi, make sure you tell the marinaio on your vaporetto (numbers 41 and 42) that you’re getting off at Certosa, otherwise the boat will steam straight past. The island of Certosa (it means Charterhouse: there was a monastery here) is in the northern lagoon, about 250m off the San Pietro vaporetto stop. Beyond the bustling boat yard and the hotel building, the island is wild, green and deserted.
The 18 rooms, in sparkling maritime shades of white and dark blue, are on the spartan side of minimalist but the beds are comfortable, and the bathrooms – all with showers except rooms 20 and 29 where there are whirlpool tubs – are simple but functional. Some rooms have been decorated by contemporary artists, with a poem or poetic thought to accompany each of the works. There is WiFi through the hotel, though I found I had to perch my laptop precariously on a windowsill to get it.
The outside bar/eating area, with its huge umbrellas and great molded plastic armchairs, is a glorious place to sit in warmer weather.
When I last stayed – admittedly in the lowest of low season – the selection on the breakfast buffet was rather limited, but what there was was good. The bar-restaurant serves up modern versions of Venetian staples to hotel guests and workers/sailors at the yacht marina too, making lunch and the after-work aperitivo hour altogether jollier occasions than rather hushed dinners.
This hotel is part of a yacht marina and sailing school. See www.ventodivenezia.it for details.
Many sailors, but also travellers looking for a good deal (prices are cheap) and/or seeking a rather different Venetian experience.
Rates here are difficult to beat in this expensive city.
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