Turn off the busy Strada Nuova into Campo Santa Sofia to find this pink Grand Canal-side palazzo. It’s in the Cannaregio district, north of the canal and a 15-minute walk from St Mark’s, yet very definitely in the centro storico and well placed for some excellent restaurants, not to mention sights. From the restaurant and public rooms, the view across the canal to the bustling market opposite is charming.
The 42 suites and rooms are decorated in plush Venetian style, many with beautifully restored 18th-century decorative moldings and some very impressive frescoes.Three stunning suites – the Presidential, Library and Four Windows suites – overlook the Grand Canal directly. Bear in mind that rooms called ‘water view’ are not Grand Canal-facing: they may involve some complicated hanging out of windows for a glimpse of the water. Note, too, that front rooms overlook the Ca d’Oro vaporetto stop, which can be noisy if you prefer to sleep with windows open.
Eating and drinking
Many guests rave about Ca’ Sagredo’s elegant L’Alcova restaurant, where traditional and revisited Venetian specialities are served up with a view over the Grand Canal. I have to admit that the huge choice of interesting little eateries in the vicinity would lure me out of the hotel most mealtimes… but that’s because I always feel that almost all Venice’s best culinary experiences are to be found outside its hotels.
Generally charming and helpful.
Who stays there
Ca’ Sagredo’s guests are prepared to go out on a limb, seeking quality but without sticking to the tried-and-tested St Mark’s area. Its gorgeously frescoed suites make it popular with honeymooners: there are special wedding offers, with receptions organised in the magnificent salon on the piano nobile.
In the low season double rooms and suites are a bargain. However, these prices leap when the city is packed.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- The decorations and artworks are spectacular
- Every inch a grand Venetian palazzo
- Perfectly located for exploring more out-of-the-way sights
- A hike from the more obvious sights
- Spaces can feel rather empty and intimidating when the hotel is quiet