PHOTO: Shutterstock

Fodor's Expert Review La Calcina

Zattere, Dorsoduro 780, Venice, Veneto, 30123, Italy See on Map Fodor's Choice

Right near the Zattere vaporetto stop in the quiet sestiere (neighborhood) of Dorsoduro, waterfront La Calcina, on the Giudecca canal, has a homey charm. It’s far from luxe, but it’s a relaxing place to sit in the large lobby and drink or eat at the outdoor bar or restaurant—and if you can snag a room with water views, this could become your favorite place in Venice.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s no lift here, and while hotel staff will help with luggage, climbing stairs after wandering Venice all day is not for everyone.

room

Guest rooms, ranging from tiny singles to good-sized doubles, have wood floors and standard furniture. The most desirable rooms are definitely the doubles with unbeatable canal views.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While rooms are comfortable, they’re also a bit old-fashioned and in need of a refresh, so don’t go expecting Italian glitz and glamor.

bathroom

The white-tiled bathrooms are small and basic, and could do with some freshening up.

lobby

The elegant, renovated lobby is all dark woods and comfortable places to sit, with a small bar that makes tasty drinks.

For a special experience, ask to rent the rooftop terrace for an hour—for free. You can even order up drinks and food from the restaurant.

dining

Restaurant La Calcina has an enviable terrace stretching out on the Giudecca canal, and serves well-regarded Venetian/Mediterranean cuisine.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The Zattere vaporetto stop is only a 2-minute walk from the hotel; from there, you can sail to the San Marco Giardinetti stop, as well as elsewhere around Venice. Alternately, the Accademia vaporetto stop is only a 5-minute walk or, if you prefer to walk rather than boat, you can cross the Pont dell’Accademia (Accademia Bridge) over to San Marco; it's about an 18-minute walk to Piazza San Marco.

Restaurants

Charming La Bitta (9-minute walk) serves market-inspired cuisine including pasta and meat (no fish)—and don’t miss the panna cotta for dessert. Osteria alla Bifora (12-minute walk) serves large platters of meats, cheeses, salads, and more in an atmospheric setting in bustling Campo Santa Margherita.

Bars

Osteria al Squero (3-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. Lively wine shop/bar Cantine del Vino già Schiavi (5-minute walk) has no seating, but serves up inexpensive wines with interesting small bites

WHY WE LIKE IT

La Calcina feels more like a home away from home rather than a hotel. It’s comfy and casual, and so well-located in a peaceful area that you can forgive its faults (such as scuff marks in the rooms and small bathrooms). Though getting to Venice’s main sights can take a little longer than if you stayed in, say, San Marco, you’ll feel very happy to return here after a long day away.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Intimate
Central
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 041-5206466

What’s Nearby

People also liked

Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia

$$

Hotel Ai Cavalieri—set within a 16th-century palazzo—drips with Veneti... Read More

Palazzo Paruta

$$

Charming. That’s likely the first word that will come to mind when you... Read More

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

$$ | Isola delle Rose (Sacca Sessola), Laguna di San Marco, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy

Set on an exclusive island called Isole Delle Rose, the JW Marriott is... Read More

Palazzina G

$$ | Ramo Grassi, 3247, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Modern design fans may swoon at the sight of this Philippe Starck-desi... Read More

Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo

$$ | S. Marco, 3878b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Grand Canal position: check. Cute rooms with character: check. Bar to... Read More

The 5 star Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel is centrally located in the heart of traditional Venice.

Palazzo Venart

$$ | Calle Tron, 1961, 30135 Santa Croce

One of the newest hotels in Venice, though set inside a gorgeous 16th-... Read More