More like a boutique B&B than a hotel, Ca’ Gottardi is set in a 15th-century palace and has a traditional vibe mixed with modern art, giving it a unique feel unlike any other place in Venice. It’s a bit off-the-beaten-path, in the residential Cannaregio neighborhood, but only a short walk to the Grand Canal, from where you can pretty much sail anywhere.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you have issues with stairs, you may want to stay elsewhere, as you’ll need to climb to reach the reception as well as the rooms.
Many of the rooms are small but cute, in rich colors and fabrics and with chandeliers and parquet floors. They still look Venetian but with a more contemporary touch—perfect for those who don’t like the more traditional heavy-handed style.
Some guest rooms have no views, so check before you commit.
Bathrooms are pretty standard and include hydro-massage showers.
Ca’ Gottardi’s lobby, with beamed ceilings and modern art on the walls, is a good intro to the mix of traditional and contemporary you’ll find within.
Ca’ Gottardi doesn’t have a restaurant, but a full buffet breakfast is served in the modern breakfast room.
A ferry from the Ca’ d’Oro vaporetto stop (3-minute walk) will drop you off in San Marco and other locations around Venice, or you can hop on a traghetto from the nearby Santa Sofia stop (4-minute walk) that takes you directly across the canal to the Rialto. Plus, San Marco is only a 15-minute stroll.
Charming family-run Vini da Gigio (1-minute walk) offers tasty pastas and seasonal dishes with a great wine list. Cozy Osteria Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova (3-minute walk) is known for its polpette (fried meatballs) and local vino. Reserve in advance for a great selection of traditional dishes—especially the seafood—at Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi (5-minute walk).
El Sbarlefo Cannaregio (6-minute walk) offers delicious cicchetti like the classic sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), plus a good choice of wines and cocktails, while petite wine bar Un Mondo di Vino (8-minute walk) is a great place to enjoy aperitivi (wine or spritz and bar snacks).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Ca’ Gottardi is a bit different from other Venice hotels, with its modern Venetian look in a charming small package. If you want to stay somewhere intimate, with personalized service, in a serene location, give it a look.