Less than five minutes’ walk from St Mark’s, and with no steps to drag your luggage over if you’re arriving at the nearby San Zaccaria vaporetto stop, Ca’ dei Dogi is remarkably central and convenient. But though you feel you can reach out from the rooftop terrace and touch the campanile in St Mark’s, the location, just off narrow Calle degli Albanesi, is amazingly tranquil – all the more so as the hotel overlooks the garden of a convent.
Ca’ dei Dogi offers six bedrooms (one per floor, with no lift) and an apartment (up six flights of stairs): though the staff will help you with your luggage, this is definitely a hotel for fit people. The rooms are small, even by Venetian standards, but they have been done up ingeniously, and each has an LCD TV and very effective air-con. The décor is understated, stylish and contemporary, and the bathrooms are well-appointed. The top Jacuzzi room has – as its name implied – a Jacuzzi; guests using the roof terrace in the evening might disturb light sleepers bent on an early night. The Batik room also has a small terrace. The hotel also offers an apartment with self-catering facilities.
There’s a computer for guests’ use in the tiny lobby and a roof terrace which is an ideal spot for relaxing after a day pounding Venice’s pavements.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast – served in a little garden courtyard when the weather permits – is particularly generous, with lots of fresh fruit and cereals, and great omelettes to order. The owners' 180-seater restaurant, the Taverna dei Dogi, offers hotel guests a ten per cent discount and though the cooking here is competent, it's a bit of a feeding factory, and you might prefer to explore further.
Stefano and Suzanna couldn’t make guests feel more welcome.
Who stays there
Family groups appreciate the hotel’s apartment, which can sleep four. Dedicated sight-seers appreciate being in the thick of things.
Prices climb with demand. There’s a minimum seven-day limit for renting the self-catering loft apartment.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
Pros & Cons
- Couldn’t be much more central
- Attention to detail and an overall stylishness
- Very small bedrooms