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“BEAUTIFUL HOTEL DIRECTLY ON CANAL”
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Hotel Canal Grande
Ranked #10 of 387 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 September 2012

Before I get into the details of the Hotel Canal Grande (which was great, by the way!), I thought it would be useful to mention some factors that make Venice unique and require special consideration when choosing your hotel. Venice is, as you no doubt know, built on multiple islands, so once you cross the causeway into Venice on your car, bus or train, your options to get to your hotel are limited to (1) walking, (2) Vaporetto (public boat transit) or (3) water taxi. Options 1 & 2 require schlepping your bags on crowded streets and boats and often include going over arched bridges with multiple steps to reach your destination. Option 3 will get you right at or close to your hotel but they are extremely expensive – we’re talking 80 euros plus baggage fees. The obvious solution to this dilemma is to pack light. Wheeling one reasonable size bag along with a handbag is certainly doable, but if you, like us, have more bags, then factor Venice’s unique problems into your hotel selection.
We were going on a cruise out of Venice and decided to arrive a few days early to visit the city. Thus we had to pack for a cruise vacation and about 15 days- worth of clothes, so the “pack light” recommendation was not feasible. When looking for a hotel, I narrowed my search to an area near the Piazzale Roma, which is the arrival square for public transportation and near the people mover that takes passengers out to the cruise ship area. I reasoned that a hotel in this area would enable us to walk to our hotel and then back to the people mover when we started our cruise. I did realize the challenge of toting bags, so I limited my choices to hotels that were well reviewed by Trip Advisor and within a 15 minute walk of the Piazzale Roma.
Hotel Canal Grande immediate caught my attention and seemed to meet all my requirements, so we booked there, opting for a canal-side room. Communication and reservations with the hotel were prompt and easy and I had a good feeling about the hotel even before arriving. Navigating the narrow streets and alleys of Venice is a challenge, but with the help of Google Maps, I plotted my walking course in advance for the estimated 12 – 15 minute walk.
We arrived at the Piazzale Roma by airport bus as scheduled, but worn out by the rigors of the overnight flight, subsequent connecting flight and the bus transfer to the city. Unfortunately, our challenges were not over at this point. The hotel was, in fact, only a 10 -15 minute walk, but that assumes that you are just walking there. We had 2 airplane-max weight bags (50#) that we could hook together, a 25# roll-aboard suitcase and two hand bags. Negotiating level ground with this combination was not a problem, but once we go to our first bridge, the challenges started. I did know that there were bridges between the Piazalle and the hotel, but for some reason, I assumed they would be level or at the least have some sort of smooth pavement for handicap persons. Well, we all know what “assume” stands for! The bridges were arched with only steps. So getting all our bags over the bridges required multiple trips carrying the bags rather than pulling them. Multiply this by 4, throw in the crowds on the bridges plus the unseasonable hot weather in Venice (90 degrees +), and by the time we got to the Hotel Canal Grande, we were “all give out” as we say here in North Carolina. My faithful traveling partner and good sport, Barbara, was ready to divorce me at this point, had we been married!
Once we entered the hotel, however, all was well. We were ushered into a lounge and given cool drinks while we waited for the receptionist to finish assisting other guests. The hotel is located right on the Grand Canal, next to a scenic plaza and blends in perfectly with the historic Venice buildings. Once inside, however, it is all modern. Marble floors, attractive furnishings and tasteful décor greeted us, along with the much needed air conditioning. Mercifully, our room was ready on arrival, and it was a beautiful one. We stayed in the Doge room on the third flow, which was a corner room with views of the Grand Canal out of the side and front windows. The room was light and airy and decorated in a Venician style. I was bit concerned about noise coming from the activity on the Grand Canal, but the room had modern, double pane windows that shut out the noise just about completely. Room costs included unlimited WiFi (not common in Venice), and a very nice breakfast buffet. Perhaps the best feature of all, however, was the cheerfulness and helpfulness of all staff members we came in contact with.
I always try to point out negatives in a hotel since few are perfect, but I really had to think to come up with something along these lines for the Hotel Canal Grande. About the only thing I could come up with was that the air conditioning had some problem keeping up with the record Venice heat in our third floor room that got lots of sun, but closing the drapes in the morning when we left kept the room in the comfortable range.
The Hotel Canal Grande sported a “Trip Advisor” award plaque on its check in counter and it is richly deserved. You can eliminate the bags problem by packing lighter or taking a water taxi which will take you right up to the hotel front door. Yes, the water taxi will cost you a bunch, but the Hotel Canal Grande is worth it.

Room Tip: Splurge and get a canal view room.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Convenient location, especially if arriving or departing by train, All major sites accessible on foot or by the water bus - two stops nearby. Despite being on the Grand Canal itself the rooms were well sound proofed and air conditioning worked fantastically despite the August heat. Recommend a bottle of local Prosecco on the small terrace - only 20 EURO - much better value than 1 Bellini in Harry's Bar.

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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Again we chose this location based on Trip Advisor recommendations and were not disappointed at all. Well located relatively close to Piazzale Roma and right on the Grand canal. We arrived from a cruise at an early hour; they stored our luggage and delivered it to our room by the time we returned. We had a suite right on the canal with blue trimmings. Very solicitous about assisting us with advice about the city. We had a wonderful drink on their deck on the canal as the sun set and the full moon rose; they recommended a restaurant almost directly across the canal which we loved. Breakfast was good and we were off to the airport via a water taxi. 110 Euros for us and our luggage to the airport; they offered a connector service at the airport which we declined, but then when we got to the dock there were about 10-12 stairs and we agreed to the offered porter service which worked well for another 25 euros. I believe the hotel's package would have saved 10 euros.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We had a second floor Grand Canal view room called Dogaressa. It was just as the website, light and airy with windows on two sides. The yellow damask fabric did not make the room at all stuffy. The bathroom was well equipped with full bath, hand shower, overhead shower and bidet, something for everyone including a view on the grand canal. Adjacent was a sitting room, which could be closed off from the hall to form a suite. Everything was in excellent condition and very clean. The ambiance of the hotel was stylish and not too formal. The flooring everywhere was beautiful.

We too experienced the offer of a room at a 'sister' hotel. Why did we go and look at it? Perhaps because it had a balcony on the grand canal for 60 euros less. The other hotel, closer to the station was not on a par. It was rather cramped with less finesse, no comparison. We had planned our trip (40th wedding anniversary) months in advance and should have said no from the outset and should not have gone to see he other hotel. During our stay we overheard other people being offered alternative rooms. It's a pity they do this as it detracts a bit from their otherwise very welcoming and professional service.

We were offered a welcome glass of Prosecco, but they delivered a bottle of Asti Spumanti, which was a nice gesture, though we couldn't finish it! The breakfast was pleasant and varied, buffet style, which made for a relaxed start to the day.

As to the location, it was a bit of a hike to the various places we wanted to visit, but after mingling with the crowds near the Rialto and San Marco we were rather pleased to return to a quieter area to look and linger and take photos of the smaller canals. We would have no hesitation in returning to stay here. We particularly liked the fact that the hotel was small enough to enable the staff to give a personal and attentive service.

Room Tip: The rooms on the grand canal are very light and airy and the passing boat traffic entertaining. The...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Canal Grande for one night after a Mediterrean cruise. We were given the gorgeous Pietro Loghi room, a corner suite with fantastic views of the canal. We fell in love with the hotel and room and will definitely be back.

We took the People Mover Monorail from cruise terminal to Piazzale Roma for 1 euro each and then the No.1 vaporetta to Riva di Biasio (2nd stop). The hotel is a short 5mins walk away. The fare for the vaporetta was 7 euros each good for one way and one hour. It's best to buy and multi-day unlimited pass to get around town to all major tourist attractions. If you're in the mood for exercise, it's fairly easy to walk to the rialto bridge, saint mark's square (20-30 mins) When it came time to transfer to the airport, we took the reverse route back to Piazzale Roma on vaporetta where we caught an express shuttle to the airport, cost of shuttle was 6 euros. It was surprisingly easy to transfer to and from the hotel with our luggage. If you are travelling with many suitcases, you might want to consider water taxi which is a much more expensive alternative. My husband and I had one suitcase plus a carry on each.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Additional Information about Hotel Canal Grande

Address: Santa Croce, 932 | Campo San Simeone Grande, 30135 Venice, Italy
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Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 387 Hotels in Venice
Price Range: $193 - $708 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Canal Grande 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Canal Grande is a charming boutique hotel located in Ca' Polacco, an elegant little palace which has just been restored. The furniture of the hotel is characterised by the elegance of Rococo style, typical of 18th century Venice. The lobby with its rose marble fireplace, the breakfast room with its golden mirrors, and the bar with its Venetian red velvet armchairs overlook the Grand Canal and are the best places where to begin and end a day! The small terrace on the Grand Canal gives our Guests the possibility to have a drink in a special setting and to "breathe the air of the canal"!! ... more   less 
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