Dorsoduro, on the southern bank of the Grand Canal, is a quiet, arty area, home to the Accademia gallery, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Punta della Dogana gallery and a host of lovely churches including the magnificent Salute. From Ca’ Zose it’s no distance to the Accademia and Salute vaporetto stops, but I find it’s much more fun to hop on the traghetto when I need to cross the canal from here to St Mark’s.
Spotlessly clean rooms, many with exposed wooden beams, are decorated with prettily painted furniture and brocade bedspreads and curtains. The beds are firm-to-hard; the bathrooms are small but well-appointed though the showers are rather tiny. Rooms on the canal side of the building are generally larger but if you’re a light sleeper, you may find the delivery boats disturb you in the morning.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in the neat dining room off the reception. It’s rather unfortunate that the pastries tend to be pre-packaged and the selection of fresh fruit, yogurt etc isn’t great. Still, there are plenty of good cafés in the area to compensate for this.
Friendly, helpful and very well informed.
Who stays there
Visitors who value Ca’ Zose’s proximity to great art – classical, modern and contemporary – dominate. But the attentive sister-owners make this a great place for women travelling alone too.
There are plenty of last minute, long stay and early booking deals throughout the year, so chances of getting a good deal are high.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Ideally placed for reaching major sights without being in the middle of the tourist mass
- Breakfast is disappointing given the attention to detail in other aspects of the hotel
- Canal-side rooms can be a little noisy