Just a few minutes’ walk north-east of St Mark’s square, along a quiet side-street and across its own bridge, Casa Verardo manages to combine being in the thick of things with remarkable quiet.
Casa Verardo’s 22 rooms and suites (plus a further three in a nearby annexe) are mostly of reasonable size by Venetian standards, and are furnished in classic style with antiques and brocade. Some particularly quiet rooms overlook the courtyard; others have views over a little canal. My personal favourite is the rooftop suite with its own little balcony. But there’s also a section of roof terrace open to all guests.
The stately salons on two high-ceilinged nobili floors show the 16th-century palazzo’s aristocratic origins. Extending from the first-floor salon – where breakfast is served – is a pleasant terrace overlooking a small canal.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in the first-floor salon, or out on the first-floor terrace, weather permitting. There is no restaurant, but drinks can be had throughout the day at the charming little bar, complete with comfortable nooks, just off the reception area.
Discreet but unfailingly helpful.
Who stays there
The rooftop suite with its balcony looking across to St Mark’s is popular with newlyweds. Otherwise, it’s perfect for travellers seeking proximity to the sights but without the bustle; its rather hushed – though warm – atmosphere attracts a more mature clientele.
Casa Verardo is remarkably good value for money, offering excellent facilities for a three-star. On the other hand, prices for suites can be high in peak season.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Quiet, elegant and understated
- Very central
- Very classical, so don’t opt for this hotel if you’re seeking cutting-edge style