Pensione La Calcina
Dorsoduro 780, Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice, Italy, 30123
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing
Expert review of Pensione La Calcina
Influential Victorian art critic John Ruskin stayed at La Calcina in 1877 and the family-run hotel still exudes an old-fashioned charm – from the courteous staff to the gentle Baroque soundtrack in receptions rooms and the comfortably classic décor which emerged enhanced after a radical refurbishment a few years ago.
In a prime position on the Zattere – the long pavement facing on to the Giudecca canal – La Calcina is handy for all the wonderful sights of the quiet, artsy Dorsoduro district, including the Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim collection. And it’s a pleasant 20-minute walk across the Accademia bridge from here to St Mark’s.
Many of the 29 rooms have views across the Giudecca canal to the Redentore church: my favourites are the corner rooms (eg number 2) with windows on two sides, where the view is particularly lovely – though if you like sleeping with the windows open, the sound of voices from the restaurant and the Zattere below might annoy you. All have fine old parquet flooring and antiques which have graced this establishment for decades. La Calcina also administers four classically stylish apartments in the Dorsoduro area.
The delightful altana (roof terrace) goes unnoticed by many: ask for the key at reception if it’s locked.
When the weather permits, breakfast is served on a deck overhanging the wide Giudecca canal. The deck also functions as a bar and restaurant, which is very popular with locals and guests alike – though whether it’s the good food or fantastic setting they come for is difficult to say: I would certainly be happy in this magical place whatever was on the plate. There are special menu deals for hotel guests.
Extremely helpful, always discreetly friendly.
Many of La Calcina’s clients are regulars: they wouldn’t use any other hotel in Venice. It’s popular with more mature travellers, but couples on romantic getaways appreciate the beautiful canal-facing rooms.
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- Dorsoduro 780, Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice, Italy, 30123
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service