Ca della Corte

Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy
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Ca della Corte

Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy

A friendly palazzo B&B with dazzling chandeliers, a great location, and even better value

A friendly palazzo B&B with dazzling chandeliers, a great location, and even better value

Venice can very easily feel like a maze of museums, monuments and milling masses. Thankfully, Ca della Corte is a short walk from the station, so no lugging your suitcase across countless bridges or through crowds of oblivious onlookers. Once here, in a quiet neighbourhood where true locals live, Caterina and Piero will welcome you like old friends to their 16th-century palazzo.

The 9 rooms are simple and styled in traditional Venetian chintz; not to everyone's taste, but they're clean, comfy and spacious. And, in a city notorious for its inflated prices, they're excellent value for money. There's also a pair of apartments for 2-3 if you crave privacy with a side of hotel services. As you look out over the pretty courtyard gardens below, you'll feel a million miles from the bustle of San Marco (when really it's a 15-minute walk away). Fill up on an unfussy continental spread before strolling to the floating city's top attractions and getting lost in the myriad of photogenic alleyways. Once you've gorged on enough pizza and pasta to feed the Venetian army, head up to Ca della Corte's terrace to bask in the sun's final act, casting the terracotta rooftops in a glorious golden glow. Ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Highs

  • Ideal location: 4 minutes' walk from Piazzale Roma (bus / car terminus) but in a quiet residential quarter with plenty of cafés and restaurants
  • The décor is full of classical Venetian charm, from the rich fabrics to the giant glass chandelier above the breakfast table
  • Caterina can arrange anything with a bit of advance notice, even a private chef, and is a great facilitator for small groups wanting a memorable get-together
  • Good for families, as several rooms have extra beds or space for a cot (although Venice with a pushchair can be a chore)
  • Rates offer great value in one of Italy's most expensive cities

Lows

  • It can be hard to find - you'll get a map when you book through i-escape - and don't confuse it with Casa della Corte near San Marco Square
  • The Standard Rooms are quite basic; still a good choice for a discerning couple, but we'd suggest stretching to a Superior if possible
  • Some bathrooms are rather old-fashioned and the decor feels tired in places

Best time to go

High season is from Easter to the end of June, and again from September through October. It’s popular because of the clear and warm (but not too hot) weather. Because of the increased heat and humidity (and crowds), Summer is generally mid-season, although the Redentore and the film festival are always popular. Winter is low season - and a good time to see the sites without the crowds if you don’t mind a chilly wind and the risk of acqua alta (high tides). Of course, Christmas and Carnival are the exceptions to this rule and need plenty of advance booking.

Our top tips

Take a walk around the Zattere waterfront area of Venice (over the Ponte d'Accademia in the Dorsoduro district) for the best views of the lagoon, quiet cafes and evening sunsets. The Gianduja gelato over here is thought to be the best in the city.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 9 rooms + 2 apartments
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
Room:

Rooms

The palazzo guest rooms are not the height of luxury or style, but they are perfectly clean and comfortable. Likewise the bathrooms, which are fine by Italian standards but in some cases could do with updating. But this is not a place you come for the décor - it's the friendly service and authentic location that lift it above the ordinary.

The rooms are spread over 3 floors between two adjoining buildings, arranged around the owners’ own accommodation. Most look over the gardens (which are reserved for the owners’ use) or courtyards and are very peaceful. Pride of place goes to the Junior Suite on the first floor - a huge L-shaped room with a mini grand piano, a double bed plus a sofa, bookshelves and pretty Venetian chandeliers. It’s perfect for a romantic retreat. The Superior Rooms are also well sized. Some have double aspect views while others are more cosy and secluded. Standard Rooms are smaller and pared back, but for those on a budget they're a steal.

All rooms have TV, phone, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities, breakfast table and a small, simple ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. A few rooms even have Japanese bidet toilets, if that's up your street.

Ca della Corte also has two apartments for 2-3, suiting anyone seeking a more independent stay. Minotto can be found next door and features a double bedroom, a spacious living room with a sofabed, simple kitchen and roof terrace. Corte Granda is a 5-minutes walk from the hotel, set in a closed courtyard with a single and a double bedroom, compact kitchen with seating and a small balcony.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots available
  • In-room treatments available
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Guests get a simple continental breakfast of rolls, croissants, fresh juice, tea or coffee, boiled eggs, spreads and yoghurt, which you can have brought to your room on request. Breakfast is usually served in the small courtyard downstairs or up on the palazzo's roof terrace. In less-favourable weather, it's taken in the first-floor dining room on an antique dining table beneath the most enormous chandelier. Although not offered by default to guests in the apartments, breakfast at the hotel can be arranged or in-room at Minotto.

If you want to eat out, Antiche Carampane is very nearby (although ask for directions as it can be tricky to find); it’s a friendly, family-run establishment with incredibly delicious food - the best of our trip - sourced fresh from the Rialto Market that day. This excellence hasn’t gone unnoticed so ask someone at the B&B to help with booking a table. At lunchtime, grab a bite at one of the city’s barcari - small bars with even smaller dishes called cicheti (mini sandwiches, salads, cured hams and cheeses). They’re fast paced and often filled with locals; we were sat next to a gondolier on his lunch break.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Kids' meals
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Take to the water! The vaporetti (waterbuses) are a cost-effective and practical way to see the city, while the gondolas offer a quintessential (if pricey) Venetian experience. For something in between, hop on one of the traghetto, which commuters use to cross the Grand Canal
  • For something a little more immersive, take a rowing lesson on a gondola and the chances are you’ll have a charismatic teacher who'll give you a guided tour while you’re at it
  • Take a short walk to the Rialto fish and produce Market, for fresh, edible offering of all shapes and sizes, a little beyond this you’ll find the iconic Rialto Bridge
  • Venice's churches are myriad and stunning; the Frari church is very close by, and we highly recommend spending an evening at the Chiesa di San Vidal, where Vivaldi recitals are held amongst Renaissance masterpieces
  • Marvel at St Mark's Square: it’s the centre of the action with the glittering Basilica di San Marco, the historic Palazzo Ducale, and the Museo Corror lining its tourist filled centre
  • Exercise your flexible friend - San Polo's shops are great for clothes, leather goods (bags, gloves, etc), tasty treats and Venetian masks
  • Take a waterbus to the nearby islands of San Michele (a huge cemetery park), Murano (famous for glass-blowing), Burano (fishing, lace-making and gaily-coloured houses) or Torcello (with 7th- to 13th-century architecture, Byzantine mosaics and a tiny resident population of some 80 people)
  • Or just explore the labyrinth of narrow alleys and little hump-backed bridges - getting lost is all part of the fun here and it's very easy to do!

      Activities on site or nearby include:

      • Boat trips
      • Historical sites
      • Museums / galleries
      • Shopping / markets

Kids

Venice can be a tricky place to take kids: we took our baby and found hefting our pushchair up a million steps a day far from relaxing (bring a backpack if you don't want to suffer the same fate). That said, Italians love babies, and we were warmly welcomed wherever we went.

Toddlers will need an extra eye on them at all times but bigger children will enjoy the watery city as much as anyone (especially if they have a taste for gelato). Ca' della Corte's owners are very happy to see children and babies.

Food is easy (unless you're unlucky enough to have a child who doesn't like pizza and pasta) and the city's main attractions have family appeal - boats, beaches, grand art galleries and museums and wide piazzas.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Note that the Main Palazzo has a lot of stairs and no lift - not ideal with a pushchair. One of the Main Palazzo's Superior Rooms has a mezzanine-level bedroom which makes it a fun option for families.

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

English-speaking babysitter can be arranged with advance notice.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • Stroller
  • Backpack
  • Bottle warming

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The B&B serves a simple breakfast with pastries and juice. Feeding children in Venice is easy; tearing them away from the gelateria, not so...

Families Should Know:

Steps up to the B&B aren't ideal if you have a pushchair and heavy luggage - there's no lift. Bring reins if you have a toddler who might run into the canal. Venice's many bridges are all stepped, and it is hard work with a pushchair.

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Location

Ca’ della Corte's Main Palazzo is in the Dorsoduro district, about 3-4 mins’ walk from Piazzale Roma - the bus / car terminal and a main stop for waterbuses. It’s not that easy to find the entrance so follow the map that i-escape sends you carefully. If you’re staying in the Corte Granda apartment, the owners will escort you there (a 5 minute walk).

By Air
Fly into Venice Marco Polo (13km) or nearby Treviso Airport (34km), which is further into the mainland.

From the Airport
Visitors arriving in Marco Polo Airport can either take a private water taxi or the Alilaguna shared taxi-boat straight from the airport. It's also possible to take a bus/taxi to Piazzale Roma and walk or take a vaporetto (waterbus). There are regular bus services from Treviso Airport (approx 40-minute drive). If you have bags, catch the waterbus to the Ca d’Oro stop, then walk along the Rialto to Calle Priuli (2nd left).

By Train
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, you can reach Venice quite easily with the Eurostar from London, changing in Paris. See the excellent Seat 61 for details.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com

More on getting to Venice and getting around

Airports:

  • Venice Marco Polo 13.0 km VCE
  • Treviso 34.0 km TSF

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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