Ultra-romantic and incredibly luxe, this pint-sized boutique hotel in the quiet sestiere (neighborhood) of Dorsoduro doesn’t fail to charm. It’s right next door to the Santa Maria della Salute church and a short walk to Punta della Dogana and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, plus galleries and restaurants away from the usual Venice crowds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is really designed as a retreat for adults, so you may want to leave the kids at home. There are also lots of steep, narrow stairs and no elevator, so you’ll get a workout getting to your room (which you’ll either love, or hate after a long day of walking around Venice).
Even the most basic rooms (called “deluxe rooms”) include damask wallpaper and beamed ceilings. But the pièces de résistance are definitely the five concept rooms; the blood-red Doge’s Room is especially romantic, while the gold-hued Oriental Room has a gorgeous original Palladian stone floor from the 1700s.
Though some bathrooms are on the small side, with showers only, the luxe Gilchrist and Soames products are a welcome touch.
With beamed ceilings and chairs embroidered in purple paisley velvet, you’ll get a sense of the eclectic hotel décor when you walk in. Though the lobby’s too small to really hang out in, the adjacent Lounge Living Room, with its fireplace and comfy armchairs, invites you to kick back Venetian-style.
If the weather’s nice, head to the Moroccan-themed terrace to enjoy the glass of Prosecco you’ll get when you check in.
To get over to San Marco, you’ll need to cross the Grand Canal with a boat from the nearby Salute vaporetto stop (about 10 minutes to Piazza San Marco). Or you can walk over across the Ponte dell’Accademia, but it’s a bit of a hike.
Charming La Bitta (13-minute walk) cooks up market-inspired cuisine including pasta and meat (no fish); don’t miss the panna cotta for dessert. Osteria alla Bifora (17-minute walk) serves large platters of meats, cheeses, salads, and more in an atmospheric setting in bustling Campo Santa Margherita.
Lively wine shop/bar Cantine del Vino già Schiavi (9-minute walk) has no seating, but serves up inexpensive wines with interesting small bites. Osteria al Squero (10-minute walk) is a casual bacaro (wine bar) with tasty cicchetti (bar snacks)—especially the panini and cheeses—with a fine selection of wine by the glass.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This isn’t a cookie cutter place to stay—Ca’ Maria Adele is intimate and full of charm. The concept rooms are utterly unique and incredibly romantic. Though it lacks the amenities (gym, spa, restaurant) of larger hotels, the property makes up for it with personalized service, a relaxed vibe, and a peaceful location away from the hordes yet near the important things: water and art.