Ca' Pisani Hotel
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... much smaller than those in Rome. The kids liked Venice but it was a bit different to what they'd imagined. They didn't think there would be any footpaths, and Laura couldn't remember any of of it from 10 years ago. Back to the bikes. The causeway seemed a lot shorter on the way back with a tail wind. The only footpath was on the wrong side of the road and we weren't quite sure what to do when it ran out, but biking against the traffic wasn't an option. ...
... just like a regular city bus. Took quite some time to get back to the ship. There, I laid out on the deck, and waited for Michelle to arrive.
I had just gone back to the room when Michelle came in. She had taken the train from Milan, and walked from the train station to the ship. At first they told her she was not on the list to board the ship – yikes! But eventually they let her board. We went up to the deck and did a bit of relaxing and lunch in the sun. It was ...
... even tinier kitchen, cold dining table AND poor wireless signal. I think the lugging of my backpack up from San Zaccaria pier/boat stop and the steps and bridges everywhere was enough to make me exhausted. The moment I got to my room I just didn't feel like doing too much else and fell asleep pretty fast. Unfortunately that meant no dinner and falling asleep in the clothes I came in, no shower and no brushing of teeth. Pretty gross huh. SO I feel all of this ...
... higher. St Marks Square is often flooded and many of the shops on the square and around have special steel covers made for their door ways. They are fitted into special slots in the doorway and stop the water coming in. Some of the other buildings along the canals are not so lucky and they first level can have water in them quite often. we saw even on a normal tide the water lapping inside the front doors of many places. There are only about 60000 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ca' Pisani Hotel Venice
For those that do not have to stay next to St. Mark's Square, Ca Pisani is perfect. A small quiet hotel close to San Marco that is modern, clean, and very comfortable. Similar to the Morgans Hotel in NY. The staff was very helpful and their resturant suggestions were wonderful. If you stay you must eat at Ai Gondolieri, only about a 3 min. walk. Our room was so quiet that sleeping in was not a problem. My wife is use to 5 star and she adored our stay. Good luck!
Lived up to other reviews (generally!)
Location is excellent - away from the madness of San Marco but 2 mins walk from the Accademia Bridge and Vap stop. Design is what this hotel is all about; and Venetian it is not (a big plus in our view). Our room (standard) was not huge (but celings are very high) with a view of the back wall of the Accademia Gallery. It was however very comfortable and bathroom was stunning, but -biggest negative - no bath (just an excellent shower). As we had obtained a very good discounted rate by booking directly with the hotel just 2 weeks before our stay, we could not complain - we got what we paid for which, for Venice, was incredibly good value. Breakfast was above average for Italy and staff all friendly and helpful. We ate in the restauarant the night we arrived and in our opinion it was overrated and expensive - or maybe we just ordered badly. As an alternative walk 5 mins to the end of the avenue (away from the Bridge) and go right round the corner onto the Zaterre where there are a handful of decent-looking places populated by locals. Overall highly recommended.
Great sized rooms for Venice!
We spent 2 nights at the Ca Pisani. We had 3 rooms. Two of the rooms seemed to be set up as handicap accessible. A bit of a mess to take a shower since the water is not exactly contained within the shower base-- we learned to make a barrier wall with towels to prevent the water from travelling throughout the bathroom. Rooms were larger than most hotels in Venice. We happen to like the Dorsoduro area and usually stay in this residential area. Our 3rd room was perfect!! Had a regular glass enclosed shower. Staff were generally helpful and friendly. We would definately stay here again.
A Great Stay
Stayed at the Ca'Pisani in early September and found that it more than lived up to the reviews . Offered a reasonable price on one of the first floor suites which gave us a separate area for our 9 year old - the room was comfortable and stylish. Great location that's close to main tourist drags but peaceful enough to recharge . Great dinner in the courtyard at the Agli Alboretti opposite . Breakfast was fine and the staff were very professional and friendly . Would return .
Great Honeymoon Spot!
We stayed at Ca Pisani Sept. 12-19th 2003 for part of our honeymoon and it was excellent! We had a room in the front of the hotel that had a view of the Grand Canal. The sheets and towels were clean and always well stocked. The service was excellent! The service speaks almost any language. With the "computerized" lock system the hotel has, the service staff knows when you are in your room, and therefore do not bother you until you leave the room. We especially enjoyed the mechanical blinds that blocked out all the light (believe me...it was totally dark in our room at 2pm) and almost all the noise. The bathrooms were very up to date; something most other establishments did not have. It is modern, and if you want an Italian flavor to your hotel room, then this is not the hotel for you. However, we enjoyed the "modern" hotel after full days in the typical Ventian and Italian culture. This hotel is in the less noisy, "more romantic" area of Venice, and was a great spot for us honeymooner's. Everyday breakfast was included and it was very plentiful! We would definently stay here again!
Stylish, friendly, quiet, delicious!
Having visited Venice dozens of times (Cipriani, Europa and other hotels), I was delighted to find Ca'Pisani. Beautifully designed in a 16th century house, I found the staff of the hotel to be helpful and friendly. Its little restaurant La Rivista served a delicious breakfast every morning, and offers excellent fusion lunch and dinner. The hotel is just behind the Accademia, and only a five minute walk to Nico's, the best Gelateria in Venice, frequented by the locals on the Zattere.
If you are looking for a hotel with a good location (on the Dorsoduro) chic design, and a lovely refuge from the zoo-like atmosphere of San Marco, give this hotel a try!
I stayed at the Ca Pisani from 8/3 to 11/3 (Room 27). To say the room was a 'superior' I thought it was rather small and with hindsight would have gone for a 'standard'. The room was full of gadgets, was very fashionably decorated and was comfortable. I knew we wouldn't have a canal view and thought this wouldn't matter but once I got there I realised that having a canal view would've been great. If being trendy is the most important thing for you then you'll love the Ca' Pisani but if you're after something which is more traditionally Venetian then look elsewhere.
Ca'Pisani Hotel is located right behind the Accademia, in the Dorsoduro district. Unlike the San Marco area, one can explore the quieter neighborhoods and relish some solitude in one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Overall, I would say that this is a beautiful hotel, albeit slightly functionally challenged.
Three of us visited the hotel in early Jan. 2003, and had the pleasure of trying out 3 different rooms, which the hotel claimed that every one is unique. Each room has beautiful bed linen, drapery, furniture, and marble-decorated bathrooms. Have you heard of 'aqua alta' in Venice? It's the high tide that floods parts of Venice throughout the year (esp. in winter). While we were mentally ready to tackle the flood outdoors, we weren't quite ready to observe aqua alta in our own bathrooms. Granted, the first room was equipped with handicap access, and a flooded floor can be explained away. However, the second and third rooms were obviously designed with beauty over functionality. The glass-enclosed shower did not have the necessary rubber stopper beneath the shower door, and our multi-headed shower system quickly flooded the entire bathroom floor. [When we talked to the front desk upon checkout, the concierge acknowledged all these problems, citing a decision to observe design over slight functional inconvenience.]
Setting aside this high tide issue, we were thoroughly pleased with our concierge's recommendation for dinner, sightseeing spots, and service. Many restaurants were closed during the Christmas/New Year period, and the concierge was able to recommend some true gems and spots for us to try out. All three of us agreed that one meal (fish only) was by far the best seafood we have ever had!
What a marvelous refuge amid the hard stones of Venice!
The ultra-modern Ca'Pisani may not be everybody's fantasy of a Venetian pile, but after a hard day of museum and church going, and marching up and down the many bridges of Venice, it is divine to retreat to a perfectly quiet, comfortable room and enjoy a jacuzzi. The facilities could not be more modern and exquisitely designed. In fact, the high-tech challenged might be a bit flummoxed by all the knobs, dials and a phone so sleek it's hard to figure out how to hang it up. But the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. They looked genuinely happy to have us there and went out of their way to answer all our questions about Venice and even nearby Padua. (Their restaurant recommendations were great.) The breakfast is fine. The Dorsoduro location is superb. I'd stay there again in a minute.
Different and excellent
Ca'Pisani is a new Hotel in central Venice built in the shell of a 16th century house. Billed as a "design" hotel but we not talking minimalism here. They have gone for a 30s feel with a modern twist. The effect is calm and luxurious. Overall Id say that this is an excellent hotel, built to a high standard with staff as good as they come.
Im not just saying this because they gave us a free upgrade to a suite for a week. Our room was large by Venice standards, with a good firm bed, a walk in wardrobe, leather armchairs, inlaid wood floors and B&O electrics. The bathroom could have happily hosted a Busbey Berkley musical such was the glitz it contained no less than 15 wall switches and 15 knobs to turn! Of course this being Italy the odd thing was a bit bust but Id have happily stayed in there for the whole trip. However this would have been a shame as the hotel is in a great location, close to all attractions yet far enough from the tourist scrum that is San Marco square for one to get some peace.
East of the hotel are small quiet alleys and canals. West takes you into the Dorsoduro district proper, with its multitude of churches, the university and squares full of locals. 100m south and you are on the massive Canale della Giudecca with its throngs of boats of every size. North, just past the adjacent Accedemia (which is signposted everywhere making it easy to find the hotel on your return) and you are on the Grand Canal with the bridge over to San Marco.
It is not cheap, but nothing in Venice is. Better to pay a huge amount for something superb than a lot for something dreadful.