Pensione La Calcina

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Address: Dorsoduro 780, Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice, 30123, Italy

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.2

Book well ahead to secure rooms at this popular, comfortable Venice classic.

Influential Victorian art critic John Ruskin stayed at La Calcina in 1877 and the family-run hotel still exudes an old-fashioned charm – from the courteous staff to the gentle Baroque soundtrack in receptions rooms and the comfortably classic décor which emerged enhanced after a radical refurbishment a few years ago.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

In a prime position on the Zattere – the long pavement facing on to the Giudecca canal – La Calcina is handy for all the wonderful sights of the quiet, artsy Dorsoduro district, including the Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim collection. And it’s a pleasant 20-minute walk across the Accademia bridge from here to St Mark’s.

Bedrooms

Many of the 29 rooms have views across the Giudecca canal to the Redentore church: my favourites are the corner rooms (eg number 2) with windows on two sides, where the view is particularly lovely – though if you like sleeping with the windows open, the sound of voices from the restaurant and the Zattere below might annoy you. All have fine old parquet flooring and antiques which have graced this establishment for decades. La Calcina also administers four classically stylish apartments in the Dorsoduro area.

Public areas

The delightful altana (roof terrace) goes unnoticed by many: ask for the key at reception if it’s locked.

Eating and drinking

When the weather permits, breakfast is served on a deck overhanging the wide Giudecca canal. The deck also functions as a bar and restaurant, which is very popular with locals and guests alike – though whether it’s the good food or fantastic setting they come for is difficult to say: I would certainly be happy in this magical place whatever was on the plate. There are special menu deals for hotel guests.

Service

Extremely helpful, always discreetly friendly.

Who stays there

Many of La Calcina’s clients are regulars: they wouldn’t use any other hotel in Venice. It’s popular with more mature travellers, but couples on romantic getaways appreciate the beautiful canal-facing rooms.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • Art

Pros & Cons

  • Short, easy walk from nearest vaporetto stops
  • Glorious views across Giudecca Canal
  • Classic hotel in a quiet location
  • Not at the heart of the city
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