Hotel La Calcina
Fondamenta Zattere Ai Gesuati, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $112 to $248
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A romantic canal-side sleeper, the Hotel La Calcina offers 27 antique-filled rooms, many with views. But even without the location, this three-star spot would be a classy night’s rest. Factor in the water and the breeze, however, and you have something truly memorable (and splurge-worthy).
Pros: Wonderful canal-side location. Lovely rooms. Great views. Helpful staff.
Cons: Some rooms are quite small. Often pricey.
Half of the Hotel La Calcina’s guest rooms look out on the sweeping Giudecca Canal, which marks the southern border of Dorsoduro. On sunny days, light bounces off the water, illuminating the view of Giudecca Island. Obviously, you're going to pay a little extra for all of that twinkling sun.
The rooms themselves are old-fashioned, with parquet floors, antique furniture and the occasional portrait. All are air conditioned and equipped with a cable TV, safe, minibar, telephone and free Wi-Fi. The private bathrooms are outfitted with a makeup mirror, hairdryer and either shower or tub.
We loved the marble staircase that winds upstairs from the Hotel La Calcina’s ground floor. Our favorite detail of the hotel, however, is up on the fourth floor. There, a tip-top terrace provides a sunny spot to relax, enjoy an aperitif and gaze out to the canal.
The Hotel La Calcina is located a short walk from the Accademia Bridge and galleries galore, yet far enough from the crowds to provide a peaceful ambiance. The Szemere family has been in charge since the 1960s, and they keep this early 19th-century building in great shape. The hotel’s restaurant, which stretches out to a canal-side terrace and serves Venetian-style dishes, provides a special dining experience.
Not only does the hotel provide comfortable digs and lovely views, but it’s also a notable piece of history: A limestone warehouse (the origin of its name) in the 17th century, it slowly became lodgings, and in the late 19th century was the home of writer John Ruskin.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
With room rates starting at €90 a night for a double (and quickly climbing from there, especially in high season), the Hotel La Calcina is not a cheapo pick. However, it’s rates are often reasonable for the area, and definitely worth the splurge for the fantastic experience.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel La Calcina neighborhood
Located across the Accademia Bridge from San Marco, Dorsoduro is the largest neighborhood in Venice, not to mention the centuries-old home to starving artists and romantic hipsters. Ha! Dorsoduro boasts the Accademia art museum, the Peggy Guggenheim museum, numerous galleries and waterfront cafés. The University Ca’ Foscari is smack dab in the middle of the 'hood, and the city’s late night scene is clustered around Campo Santa Margherita.