“Chic B&B in a 15th-century palazzo, tucked away from the tourists yet overlooking the Grand Canal”
There are just 5 rooms. The décor in all is restrained with a real sense of place, yet refreshingly without an overwhelming dose of Venetian maximalism. Original parquet floors and exposed beams are elegantly married with misty lagoon greys and cool blues, producing calm, restful spaces.
The Moro Suite, Signora Suite and Il Nobile have views over the Grand Canal, while the 2 Charming Rooms are tucked up a steep flight of stairs in a newly renovated wing of the palazzo. In our opinion, it's definitely worth paying extra for the canal-view rooms, which also have sitting areas, unless you just want total peace, which the darker Charming Rooms offer. Note that Il Nobile's bathroom is private but not ensuite.
All rooms have air-con and dreamily comfortable beds clad in the finest snowy-white Italian linen.
Breakfast is served in the dining-cum-living room at a long table, or on small tables by the window if you want to be more private. It is a simple yet nicely presented affair with good coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, plates of ham and cheese, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and pastries. Our only gripe was the background jazz, which seemed to be on a loop throughout the day.
For other meals you'll need to head out, but Daniele and Brittany have compiled an 'Eat like a Venetian' list of their favourite nearby haunts, helpfully printed onto a map of the labyrinthine streets. Santa Croce is one of the only neighbourhoods in the city that's still home to mainly Venetian families, so there are some exceptional local restaurants.
Back at the B&B, there's a bowl of fruit as well as biscuits, plus tea and coffee making facilities for guests' use throughout the day.
Families are very welcome - the owners have young children themselves. The kitchen is a godsend for snacks and sharing takeaways. There is plenty nearby to keep young visitors amused - water buses are a novelty and one of Venice's best ice cream shops, Alaska, is around the corner.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
There are no specific family rooms but the Moro Suite can sleep up to 4 in a kingsize bed and a double sofabed, and the Signora Suite can fit a rollaway single bed. The 2 Charming Rooms are next door to each other, with a kingsize double in one room and 2 singles plus space for a rollaway single bed in the other. The Moro Suite is the only room with a bathtub.
Excellent trained babysitters available on request who show up with a bag full of activities
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
In addition to the normal breakfast array, kids are offered hot chocolate and Italian biscuits. The guest kitchen is available for families to eat a take away in or to prepare a simple snack meal. Note that you are expected to clear away and clean up after using the kitchen. There are nice family-friendly restaurants nearby such as La Zucca, Muro Pizza and Il Refolo