In a quiet corner of the southern Dorsoduro area, Ca’ Maria Adele is perfectly located for visiting the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the Punta della Dogana and the Accademia gallery. It’s one stop on the vaporetto, a traghetto ride, or a half-hour walk to St Mark’s. There’s a private water entrance if you’re arriving by water taxi.
Two suites - one with a gorgeous terrace - five themed rooms and five deluxe rooms make up the accommodation options in this opulent boutique. I love the dark-blue arabesqued Moor’s room with its little balcony overlooking a quiet canal, and the red-velvet-and-gilt Doge’s room with its magnificent Murano glass chandelier. The unthemed deluxe rooms are done out in restful sandy-cream coloured brocades. All rooms are equally quiet: this isn’t a heavily trafficked area at all.
The fur-lined lounge with its black marble fireplace by reception is deliciously decadent, the Moroccan-inspired roof terrace is sheer magic. Note that the hotel has no lift and there are steps to climb.
Eating and drinking
The 1950s-style breakfast room (if you choose to eat there - the staff will happily serve breakfast wherever you like) has a view over the Salute. There’s a wonderful à la carte breakfast menu. During the rest of the day, drinks and snacks can be ordered.
Attentive, discreet and helpful: the Campa brothers and their staff will make you feel at home without encroaching on your personal space.
Who stays there
Honeymooners and couples on romantic breaks love this place.
Any room in this lovely boutique feels rather special, so whether you’re going for an unthemed deluxe double or the plushest of suites, you’ll never feel short-changed - and a free minibar helps too. That said, rates here are on the high side.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Wonderfully quiet location
- Extravagantly stylish decor
- A friend of mine who stayed here found the (very traditional) ‘blackamoor’ statues in the Moor’s Room (she asked to be moved) and lounge off-puttingly un-PC