“Admirable Art Deco design in a medieval palazzo right next to the Accademia”
This is where Ca Pisani really comes into its own. Slide your fish-shaped wooden ‘key’ in front of your hieroglyphic door number, and the inlay-patterned door will buzz open to reveal a calm study of cream, beige and brown. The floors are mostly polished wood (parquet / bamboo), apart from a few examples of Venetian terrazzo (mosaic-effect stone), with tiger-striped bedside rugs. Translucent blinds reveal double-glazed windows which open 2 ways - or not at all, if you prefer air-conditioning. There’s not much of a view, except from the third floor rooms.
Beds are curved Deco pieces in dark, smooth walnut wood, with pillows atop linen sheets. You’ll find switches for lights, curtains, blinds and radio dotted about the place (although take the time figure out how they work before drifting off to sleep).
There’s also a sitting area dominated by a silver-leafed cabinet, which cleverly conceals a TV, minibar, safe, writing shelf and a light (that turns off automatically when you slide the shelf in). The steel and leather chair is a delightfully simple Mies van der Rohe design, while alongside are 1 or 2 large orange armchairs.
Pride of place goes to the bathrooms which have enough gadgets to feature in an episode of Star Trek. Ours had no less than 9 buttons and 12 levers scattered around the room. Deco Superiors and above have shower cubicle with a huge overhead sprinkler, 4 lateral jets and a hand-held shower, as well as a separate Jacuzzi tub alongside. Where they’re not mirrored, the walls sparkle with a rather glitzy marble-glass-resin mixture, shaded purple or white, and specially commissioned. It’s just a pity that they still couldn’t manage to check whether the toiletries had been removed by the previous guests.
Junior Suites have large sitting areas separated by a sliding door (in walnut, of course), while Duplex Rooms have a sitting room and bathroom downstairs, and fan-shaped glass-and-steel stairs winding up to a sleeping platform. Deco Deluxe Rooms also have plenty of space, and often more character. There are good-sized Deco Superior Rooms and Family Rooms, while the rest are classified as Deco Standard Rooms: meaning a smaller space and a shower or bathtub, rather than both.
On the ground floor, and spilling onto the pedestrian street outside, you’ll find La Rivista. It calls itself a wine and cheese bar; in reality it’s more of a restaurant, as well as the venue for a buffet breakfast which, by Italian standards, is ample. Design-wise, this is probably the weakest element of Ca Pisani. Instead of the sleek look seen elsewhere, the eatery is filled with a starker selection of canteen style tables and canary yellow seating which jars with the Art Deco wood panelling and vintage bar.
That said we suspect that a summer time meal outdoors would be a wonderfully relaxing way to watch the Venetian world go by. Cheeses, cold cuts and pasta dishes make up the majority of the menu, and there’s a comprehensive wine list, too. By Venetian standards, a dinner here is reasonably priced.
If you prefer to dine out - and you should on at least one evening, for the flair and finesse of some Venetian restaurants - then the several good restaurants can be found around the Accademia. For a taste of iconic Venice, head to the Piazza San Marco to dine outdoors at Caffé Florian (Italy's oldest café), or visit the famous (and outrageously expensive) Harry’s Bar for world-class Bellinis and Carpaccio.
As for breakfast, the buffet is pretty good: various cereals, yoghurts, fresh and tinned fruit, pastries and toast, scrambled eggs and bacon on the hotplate, and tea, coffee, hot chocolate from a machine or brought to your table. In summer there are parasol-shaded tables on the street. Or you can be decadent and have a tray brought to your room for a charge.
Children are welcome and babysitting can be arranged upon request.
There are a couple of Family Rooms which sleep 3 people, and many rooms interconnect.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots and high chairs are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
La Rivista can prepare child-friendly options.