“Grand design in an intimate hotel - an decadent and sexy little number in the heart of one of the world's most romantic cities”
There are just 14 rooms divided into 4 categories. Expect a kingsize bed and at least one window with a view (there are more than 80 windows between the rooms!). All are full of bygone decadence while still offering a fun and dramatic take on the Venetian style.
The Concept Rooms are the most striking and are all individually decorated and named. You’re welcome to choose your favourite and they'll do their best to honour it. The Sala del Doge is fit for a Venetian king: clad in red velvet from floor to ceiling with a huge glass chandelier that was specially designed for the room. It also has a Jacuzzi tub and views onto the church. Sala Noire is perhaps the sexiest, its dusky walls and black chandelier creating a cosseting sense of decadence! It has views over the streets of Dorsoduro and the canal, and a dark mosaico bathroom with a big shower. The opulent Sala dei Mori is resplendent in blue, the Sala Orientale gleams with gold and spicy browns; and the Sala del Camino, with its pale cream walls and whitewashed floorboards, is a more soothing experience.
The Deluxe Rooms are plush and comfortable, with damask walls, traditional tiled or carpeted floors and simple antique pieces. Ours had an exposed beam ceiling, and stunning views of the Salute church. There’s considerable variation between the rooms sizes, but you’re guaranteed a spacious bedroom and shower room with all the comfort and attention to detail you could wish for. The Suites are hidden away at the top of the palazzo with dramatic vaulted ceilings and pared-down cappuccino décor. One has a separate living room and a private terrace, while the other has and in-room ‘chromotherapy’ bathtub and stunning views of Madonna della Salute and Giudecca.
In 2013 the hotel expanded into the nearby Palazzetto 113 building, where 2 slightly more affordable guest rooms are regally decorated in rich purples and golds. There’s a delightful terrace overlooking the Salute Church and breakfast is served in the bedroom. We haven’t seen these rooms yet, but the added privacy (combined with proximity to the main hotel) sounds perfect for slightly more independent travellers and honeymooners.
Some bathrooms have a tub or Jacuzzi tub, but most have showers (with a cymbal-sized head), so if this is important to you, please specify when booking.
Ca Maria Adele provided one of the best breakfasts we had in Venice; the Italians are not famed for their morning meals but Ca della Corte has broken the mould. The experience begins the night before when menu cards are left in your room at turn down (they also include a helpful insight into the next day’s weather forecast). You can choose what you’d like and hang the card on the door ready to be collected in the morning, or call in your request when you wake up the next day.
The selection on offer is marvellous: pastries and bread with several jams and honeys, fruit, cereal and mueslis, yoghurts and freshly cooked eggs and bacon to order. There’s also Prosecco should you wish to start your day with a more than just a caffeine kick.
It's all served in an extremely stylish but rather hushed breakfast room, with large windows facing the church. There’s a huge chandelier, and the friendly staff serve until a generous 12 noon, although the bells will have awakened you long before that! In the summer the doors and windows are thrown open onto the small balcony, but guests often choose to dine out on the terrace at this time of year. Of course, if can’t bear to tear yourself away from your room, you can always have breakfast brought to you. Guests staying in Palazetto 113 are always served breakfast in their room.
For other meals, you can walk to Accademia (10 minutes), where several good restaurants can be found. We recommend asking for advice at reception as it can be difficult to judge the quality of Venetian restaurants on their looks alone -we received some excellent suggestions. Staff can also make reservations and arrange for water taxis to collect you from the hotel’s canal-side entrance. For a taste of iconic Venice, dine outdoors at Caffé Florian (Italy's oldest café) on the Piazza San Marco, or head to the famous (and outrageously expensive) Harry’s Bar for world-class Bellinis and Carpaccio.