Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort

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Address: Santa Croce 927, Campo San Simeon Grande, Venice, 30135, Italy

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

Contemporary design meets 18th-century elegance in this boutique with Grand Canal-side garden.

Inside an 18th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, Ca’ Nigra offers a (not always convincing) blend of contemporary design and historic elegance. The formal garden facing on to the Grand Canal – almost unique in Venice – is utterly charming.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
2.5
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

Make your low-season booking well in advance to secure the best rates here.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • Art

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
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