In an architect’s former residence converted to an intimate guesthouse, Ca’ Angeli has a tranquil San Polo location next to the Grand Canal and close to the Rialto Bridge. With only six rooms, guests are ensured personalized service and a sense of glimpsing the “real” Venice away from the tourist hordes.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though rooms are decorated in Venetian style, they’re very understated, so if you’re looking for over-the-top glitz, this won’t be your place.
The guest rooms are trussed up in blue and gold, with damask bedspreads and curtains, and either patterned carpets or terrazzo floors. Some rooms have views of the Grand Canal.
The rooftop room is on the small side, but its huge outdoor terrace with lounge chairs makes it incredibly romantic.
Tiled bathrooms have either showers, combo bath/showers, or Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers—so ask if you’re looking for something specific.
The charming lobby showcases Venetian paintings and traditional-style antiques, but it’s more a place for just stopping by to chat with the helpful staff rather than for lingering.
Ca’ Angeli doesn’t have a restaurant, but a tasty complimentary breakfast is served in the charming breakfast room, with wood-and-red patterned furniture, rich red rugs, an antiques collection, and a small selection of books.
Located in the San Polo neighborhood, away from many of Venice’s crowds, it’s a relatively peaceful area to stroll around shopping and enjoying the fine restaurants in the neighborhood—plus the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square are just short walks away if you’re after more action (and crowds). The San Silvestro ferry stop is only a 4-minute walk if you’d rather travel by water.
Try the renowned Antiche Carampane (4-minute walk), which serves up some of Venice’s finest seafood, or partake in elegant modern Venetian cuisine at one Michelin star Osteria Da Fiore (4-minute walk). For a lively atmosphere near the Rialto Bridge, dishes using fresh market ingredients, and a fabulous canal-front terrace, Osteria Bancogiro (6-minute walk) can’t be beat.
Vineria All’Amarone (3-minute walk) is a delightful wine bar that specializes in glasses from the nearby Valpolicella region. Don’t miss the snacks (called cicchetti) and wine at Cantina Do Mori (5-minute walk), the oldest bacaro (wine bar) in Venice. For something stronger, enjoy an Aperol Spritz and some cicchetti with Grand Canal views at Naranzaria (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
At Ca’ Amadi, you truly feel like you’re staying at someone’s home—which, in a sense, you are—and it has an intimacy and romance missing at some of Venice’s larger hotels. Plus you get that all-important proximity to the Grand Canal while staying away from the main tourist fray—which you can still visit at your leisure before returning back to your tranquil San Polo “home.”