Right behind the Accademia gallery, and a short walk from the Peggy Guggenheim and Punta della Dogana modern and contemporary art collections, Ca’ Pisani is a bridge- and step-free few metres from the Accademia vaporetto stop. Cross the Accademia bridge, and it’s 15 minutes on foot to St Mark’s.
Mezzanine rooms can feel a little oppressive but this is definitely the only negative point among the 29 accommodation options at Ca’ Pisani. Each room is individually designed, with some lovely furniture – authentic and reproduction – from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. I love the nice touch of doors with inlaid wood motifs inspired by Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero. Rooms are large by Venetian standards, as are the marble-clad bathrooms. Up under the eaves, romantic room 30 has a wonderful view across Venice’s rooftops.
With furniture inspired by – among others – Charles Rennie Macintosh and a real Art Deco feel seamlessly inserted into a 16th-century palazzo setting, Ca’ Pisani is certainly striking. The solarium on the roof is a dramatic spot for watching the sun set over La Serenissima.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s owners, the Serandrei family, are constantly seeking to upgrade what already ranks as an extremely generous buffet breakfast by Venetian standards. Newest additions to the spread will be an orange squeezer and juicer to allow guests to concoct the perfect morning drink. Ca’ Pisani’s La Rivista restaurant serves Venetian staples with a twist; its pavement tables are a great spot for people-watching.
There’s a Turkish bath to relax in after a long day’s sight-seeing, and guests have free access to a gym just along the road.
Professional and attentive.
Who stays there
Lovers of both Renaissance and more modern art are perfectly located here, with the Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim and Punta della Dogana collections close at hand. Honeymooners are particularly well treated, and anyone seeking something more stylish than the classic Venetian hotel feels quite at home.
Mid-week in May I was offered a standard double for well below the official rate.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Professionally run establishment where guests’ comfort and enjoyment are paramount
- The electronic wizardry might annoy some people (I took forever to work out the light switches)