Despite its name, Ca’ Nigra is not on the Venetian lagoon (and it’s not a resort, if for you that word conjures up rows of beach umbrellas… ): a little downstream and across the canal from the railway station, it’s set slightly back from the Grand Canal, with a rose-filled garden separating the palazzo from the water. Major sights are a half-hour hike or a scenic vaporetto ride away, but the immediate area conceals any number of lesser-known gems.
Room decor ranges from minimalist-contemporary to fairly classic Venetian with the odd twist; many of the 22 rooms and suites have lovely oriental antique pieces. Ground floor rooms can be very noisy as kitchen staff rattle about preparing breakfast. Ultra-modern see-through chrome-and-glass bathroom cubicles – most with wonderful huge showerheads but a few with Jacuzzis – are fun… though they left me craving a little privacy. The Loggia suite with its balcony is particularly pleasant.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served, weather permitting, in the garden overlooking the Grand Canal: a hopelessly romantic setting if ever there was one. The bar dispenses snacks for most of the day but there’s no restaurant.
Rather frosty staff, especially on the front desk, can be off-putting.
Who stays there
Travellers looking for a compromise between the grand palazzo and the design experience like Ca’ Nigra, as do newlyweds for whom a celebratory bottle of champagne in the rose garden overlooking the Grand Canal is a must.
Make your low-season booking well in advance to secure the best rates here.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Proximity to the railway station and piazzale Roma ensures easy arrivals and departures
- The canal-side garden is a huge bonus
- Rather impersonal, unlike many other boutiquey establishments in Venice