Venice’s twisting alleyways are never easy to navigate but this 15-room inn takes the prize for the city’s most difficult-to-find hostelry. In fact, it’s two minutes’ walk north of St Mark’s, making it ideal for reaching most of the city’s major sights with little effort. (Just go through the iron gate facing the church in Campo San Gallo and turn left into an even better concealed corte and you’re there.)
The 15 elegant bedrooms have playful murals inspired by Venetian masks, lots of shiny wood panelling and deep, rich colour schemes. Rooms overlooking the Rio Orseolo canal tend to be brighter (I like top-floor room 34), and allow you to study gondoliers’ antics and watch water-borne deliveries, though light sleepers might find this irksome. The courtyard-facing rooms are definitely quieter. Note that rooms are on three floors, with no lift.
With their shiny wood panelling and deep red colour scheme, public spaces in this locanda are welcoming and plush. Model ships give it a nautical touch.
Eating and drinking
The breakfasts provided by the Peruch family – both here and at their other hotel, Al Ponte Antico – are the stuff of Venetian holiday legend. Besides a splendid buffet, Barbara will whip up delicious pancakes or eggs done any which way.
As at their other hotel, [node:164696], the Peruch family sets a difficult-to-match benchmark for hospitality. You’ll be addressed by name from the moment you cross the threshold, and consistently be made to feel like an honoured friend of the family.
Who stays there
Just about anyone who can get a booking at this popular place. If you’re seeking anonymity look elsewhere. But couples, singles, young and old travellers are all made to feel special here.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Extremely central but quiet
- Extraordinarily good service
- Rooms on three floors with no lift