The setting, for me, is perfect: in a 16th-century palazzo not far from the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, this hotel isn’t easy to find – and there are a few bridges to haul luggage over if you’re arriving by vaporetto rather than pulling up to the private water entrance in a water taxi – but once there, you’ll appreciate being quite so close both to St Mark’s and the Rialto area, but in a quiet corner of town.
Room décor is standard Venetian ‘settecento’ style, with terrazzo floors and flock wallpaper. Unless space is an issue, the classic or moderate doubles are just fine; I find that larger suites can feel a little bare. Some rooms can be rather dark: for more light, opt for a courtyard-facing room.
The rooms are distributed around a pretty, flower-filled Gothic courtyard.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in the courtyard when the weather permits.
Service isn’t always as friendly as it could be but it’s very professional and many staff members are quite charming.
Who stays there
Mature travellers feel quite at home in this reassuring place, though negotiating bridges to get here may be an issue for some. Culture-seekers appreciate the locanda’s proximity to major sights, while suites which can sleep up to five people are perfect for families.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Helpful staff
- Lovely courtyard
- Very central but very quiet
- Some less friendly staff members
- Nearest vaporetto stop is several bridge-climbs away