Leading off in the direction of the Grand Canal from the glam designer shops of Calle Largo XXII Marzo is narrow Calle Bergamaschi where this 43-room hotel is located. St Mark’s is five minutes’ walk away, but though thronging XXII Marzo is just metres off, this is a quiet little corner, delightfully situated overlooking Ca’ Contarina Fasan, the Grand Canal-side palazzo which locals – for no particular reason – refer to as the house of Desdemona, the cruelly wronged wife of Othello in Shakespeare’s play.
Although all of the Flora’s rooms have been given the individual-but-similar classic Venetian décor treatment, sizes and standards vary wildly: contact the helpful staff to make sure you really are going to get the accommodation you’d like. Standard doubles can be so small that even opening the wardrobe is difficult, and the bathrooms are barely large enough to dry yourself when you sidle out of the shower. Larger garden-facing rooms are the most sought-after, both for the view and for the quiet.
The long, leafy garden courtyard with its pretty fountain is a great place to have breakfast, a drink or light snacks whipped up by willing bar staff. Inside, the diminutive bar is a welcome haven.
Eating and drinking
Your selection from the excellent breakfast buffet can be consumed out in the pretty garden courtyard. There’s no restaurant as such, but it’s usually possible to have a snack prepared at the bar.
The Flora’s gym and fitness centre is remarkably well equipped for a hotel of this category, with steam bath, cardio-treadmills and, on request, the services of a personal trainer.
Very friendly, very professional.
Who stays there
Perhaps because manager Gioele Romanelli has young children himself, families with small kids are particularly well treated here: one child up to 12 can stay free with parents in a double room, and a free children’s tea is thrown into the package. Family rooms with cots, changing tables and high chairs can be provided. But the Flora attracts all kinds of travellers – many of them returning for a second (or more) stay – who like to be in the centre of things.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Extremely central but relatively quiet
- Friendly atmosphere and a pleasant Venice experience
- Smaller rooms will have you doing contortions to squeeze about