Venissa

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Address: Fondamenta Santa Caterina 3, Mazzorbo, Venice, 30170, Italy

Star rating:

4.3

Foody heaven plus designer simplicity in the midst of bucolic calm on the island of Mazzorbo.

New for 2010, Venissa is a six-room marvel on the little-visited lagoon island of Mazzorbo. Though the rooms are stylish and chic, they really aren’t the main point: it’s the setting, and the excellent restaurant, that count. The hotel and restaurant are administered by prosecco producer Bisol; a rediscovered indigenous grape, dorona, is now being grown in the immense walled vineyard: I first visited as the setting sun illuminated the little plants and the brightly coloured houses beyond... this unique setting is quite magical.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

The frequent day-time services of vaporetto line LN go to Murano and then across the northern lagoon to Mazzorbo, but few visitors get off here, preferring to sail on to multi-coloured Burano. Mazzorbo is worth a visit, however, for its surprising modern housing complex, its bucolic charm and, now, for the excellent restaurant inside the Venissa hotel.

Bedrooms

The six bedrooms are designer-chic in a pared-back way: this is, technically, a hostel rather than a hotel, and the simplicity reflects its status. All the rooms are similarly, simply chic; I find the second-floor suites, way up under the eaves with magnificent exposed beams, are more striking.

Eating and drinking

Chef Paola Budel trained under Italian maestro Gualtiero Marchese and with Michel Roux at London’s La Gavroche. After several years running the restaurant at Milan’s prestigious Principe di Savoia hotel, she is now working her culinary magic here in the Venetian lagoon (see the [node:167792] restaurant review). Her incredibly light cuisine uses all the freshest of local ingredients in surprising ways. Don't be fooled, though, by the hostel-like ambience of the accommodation next door: this is serious cuisine at serious prices. The space – inside the huge walled vineyard – is wood-and-metal modern, with a large expanse of wooden decking outside for warm weather dining and drinking.

Service

Discreet.

Who stays there

As Venissa is brand new, it remains to be seen. But I would certainly return for the watery peace… and the food. I expect other foodies will make this their slightly recherché Venetian regular.

Price advice

A magnificent breakfast prepared by the chef costs 15 euros per person on top of the reasonable room rates.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Guests can cross the footbridge for a rare early or late glimpse of Burano island without cheapo lace hawkers and camera-snapping visitors
  • Style combined with great food and total calm
  • Not the place to be if you want to be at the centre of things
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