More about Ca'Dei Conti Hotel Venice
Excellent Hotel - Despite Earlier TA Reviews!
When we booked the Ca' dei Conti back in Sept '05 we were a bit concerned by the few negative (almost hostile) reviews on TA. Even reading between the lines of those reviews it was difficult to tell whether the hotel or the guests who wrote them were actually the cause of the problems! Despite this we stuck to our booking and were glad we did.
The three rooms our party had were up to the standards shown in the photographs on the hotel's own Web site, spacious and very well decorated in classic Venetian style. All the staff we encountered were polite and helpful, with the reception staff speaking very good English (they also dealt well with other English guests who were of the 'Just speak English louder they're foreigners' brigade!).
Breakfast was very good, continental (as you would expect, though some UK and USA travellers are still seem surprised that a continental hotel serves such a thing!) and the coffee was very good - we noted this as often in hotels this is a let down at breakfast time.
The rooms were kept very clean, towels changed sometimes twice a day, bed linen every day.
On our second day the hotel was changing all the TVs in rooms for wide flat screen ones so they obviously are keen to keep things up to date. For a couple of days the air conditioning did not work properly, but this was fixed before we could point out there was a problem!
All in all a very pleasant stay, we only had one very minor criticism (very minor) and that rooms only had showers, no baths - but a for a few days in such surroundings does it really matter? (No!)
What a Gem!
We stayed at the Ca Dei Conti Hotel in Venice on March 23 and 24, 2006, as the last leg of our great vacation package from Air France Holidays. The hotel was an easy five minute walk from the Vaporetto stop nearest to Piazza San Marco , and was simple to find with the help of the map and directions provided on the hotel's web site. We entered over a tiny bridge into a small but elegant lobby and were told our bags would be taken up to the room. When we entered we saw that it was not a room but ROOMS - a magnificent two room suite that included a separate living room featuring lush green brocade on the walls, a nine foot mirrored wardrobe, marquetry inlay writing desk and dresser, two full couches plus coffee tables and easy chairs, magnificent glass chandeliers and sconces, frescoes on the ceiling ( and a huge flat screen TV)!. The bedroom was also spacious, and featured king bed with canopy, sitting area, inlayed dresser. minibar in an inlayed cabinet, more of the aforementioned murano glass fixtures, giant carved mirror, and another tv. The bath was new, spacious, and very comfortable, including a modern whirlpool tub . The windows were new, double paned, and sound insulating. Ventilation seemed fine, but remember it was cool in March. The hotel had a nice "library" area with internet , but we did not use it. Breakfast in a small but nicely appointed room was pleasant, including meats and cheeses, heated croissants and breads, and coffees and cappucinos were provided on request by the friendly server. The location was superb, a five minute walk from the Piazza San Marco, and we were able to make the most of our limited time in Venice from this centrally located hotel.
Several fine restaurants were within a five minute walk, and we enjoyed just wandering around in the area.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Hint: Dont take the "alilaguna" boat to or from the airport for E16.00 . Take the #1 Vaporetto all the way to the end for E5.00, which will also give you a lovely tour of the Grand Canal. The boat lets you off at the bus station, where you can buy a E2.00 ticket for the bus directly to the airport, 15-30 minutes at most,. Save E9.00, and it takes the same amount of time.
Gorgeous Little Hotel
I stayed at this Hotel in November last year with my Husband and we absolutely loved it. It is tucked away in a small side street, with a lovely little bridge providing the entrance, but is only a few minutes walk from San Marco.
Really loved the room (luckily we were on the top floor away from the breakfast room - as rooms open right onto the dining room on the ground floor). Only downside was the heating in the room, as it was on so high, and no matter what we did we couldn't get it any cooler.
On the whole, a lovely hotel, in a great location, and can't wait to go back again.
I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend for three nights in February 2006 and have come back with mixed feelings on it.
My initial reaction to the hotel was good on entry as it is very nicely decorated throughout the hotel and the man on reception at the time was friendly and helpful. Was also extremely impressed that they present you with a map of Venice on arrival which clearly marks the tourist spots and the hotel.
The best thing about this hotel has to be it's location (one of the only things that isn't lied about on their website). It is literally a three minute walk from St. Mark's Square and is close to a handful of pleasant but expensive restaurants.
I would also have to agree with the other reviews about the bathrooms because it is true that although quite small, they are clean and elegantly decorated with marble.
The room we stayed in on the top floor was also clean, the beds were made each morning and turned down each night and the towels were changed every day.
It is also true that the rooms are equipped with plazma TVs.
However, my list of things that were good about this hotel shall end there!
My main annoyance was the blatant lies that were told on the hotel's website!
Our room was less than "SPACIOUS", you wouldn't have been able to swing a hampster let alone a cat in there! And the hotel's idea that the rooms are "SOUND-PROOF" is laughable! We could hear all of what the french family next door was up to, including them showering and using the toilet!!! When we went to mention it to the man on reception, we were told that if we wanted to swap rooms we would have to pay 30 euros for the priveledge! The yapping dog in the alleyway that our room overlooked also provided some wonderful background noise all the live long day!
There was also no sign of slippers and bathrobes mentioned in other reviews or the friendly staff! The man we encountered on check-in was the only polite one in the whole of Venice i think!
The air-conditioning in our sweltering hot room (strange considering it was minus degrees outside)was as someone mentioned in another review blowing out hot air when on cool. My boyfriend who is an air-conditioning engineer couldn't figure out how on earth that was possible unless infact it wasn't air conditioning as stated! The heat in the room and severe lack of ventilation meant that the window had to be open at all times which made the yappy dog even more audible!
Other lies on the website include mentions of padded headboards and chandeliers in rooms! Might be true of other rooms but certainly not ours, metal bedstead and lightbulb would be more appropriate!
On the whole, this hotel was disappointing but if you're looking for convenience and a clean place to sleep it's ok.
Highly Recommend this hotel
Location is excellent, just 5 minutes walk from San Marco, yet hidden away in a quiet backwater. Has its own entrance bridge over a canal.
The hotel is in two houses joined togther through a small courtyard. There is a lounge on the top floor of the first house with a roof terrace. There are two breakfast rooms, one for each house.
Some previous reviews mention bedrooms entering straight onto the breakfast rooms, and before I went to the dei Conti hotel, this concerned me. However in the 'first' house the breakfast room is big enough for it not to be a problem, and in the 'second' house there is only one room off the small breakfast room. I think I would prefer not to have that room.
We had a very lovely, large room on the top (3rd) floor of the seond house, which had a whirlpool bath! This was considered 'standard'. Very well furnished and in tip top condition - if a little dark.
Breakfast is very good. Hot croissants, fruit etc. Self service. Even provide tea in a pot for the English!
Reception staff very helpful and pleasant.
Can't fault it. Highly recommend the hotel. Good value for money in Venice, especially in the low season.
better than average
went for valentines weekend with my girlf. absolutly loved the original decor, really added to the whole venice feel, everything is really ornate and classical. Absolutely perfect location.
was stayin on the ground floor, had tv with 3 or 4 english stations, room was really clean, bathroom was great, clean and not at all cramped.
also found room really hot, but as it was really cold at night this was not a problem.
only gripe was as room on ground floor lots of noise from reception, drunk guest/friend of staff(?) shoutin in italian at 2 in the mornin. didnt realise there was an additional internal door, that solved the problem for the second night. staff generally very polite and helpful (especially when compared to the average venetian - if there is such a thing)
on the whole the hotel played its part in a "magical" weekend. Venice is amazin and I recommend it to anyone who likes good food, amazing culture, historical architecture and one of the most unique settings on this planet.
travelled with ryan air to Treviso airport, which is bout an hour bus ride with the ryanair shuttle bus, then jumped on a water bus to the hotel.
2nd stay, still outstanding
Location: From the hotel, there are two ways to get to Piazza & Basilica San Marco, both great, both take about 5 minutes. No complaints whatsoever.
Reception: Swift, courteous, professional. Love their keys.
Room: Oh, honey. We're talking roomS.
I was a little confused when the porter led us from the reception area, out the back door, and across a narrow alley. Then I realized, we had half of a lower floor of a building to ourselves, complete with kitchenette and outdoor, enclosed patio (our own!). Let's begin the tour, shall we?
You take the first key and open the alleyway door, which leads to a small mirrored hallway. On the right is the door to another "room". Ours was straight ahead.
Push the door open, and the smallish, yet beautifully done bathroom is on the left (I have a HUGE beef with the half-shower door however. Their designer should be SHOT for making guests have to mop the floor after they take a shower, and there's no way to prevent the bathroom floor from flooding unless you lie in the tub while showering. Better yet, take a bath because it's a jacuzzi-- Yes!).
OK, we've checked out the bathroom, return to the front hallway and find a mirrored closet containing the safe. To the left is a small bench, and a cool writing desk and chair with a great mirror in front of it.
You make a left from this hallway and see the small kitchenette on your right. There are a couple of burners on the stove, but no cooking equipment or utensils. The frigo bar is stocked, though, and the stained-glass window over the sink opens up to umbrella covered patio outside. Ahhhh.
Leave the kitchen, and you'll see a small sitting are with green leather coach and beveled-mirror walls amidst the wood paneling throughout. Cute little paintings of old Venice, a lovely cedar-lined armoire with a full-length mirror.
To the right is the bedroom, which can be closed off from the rest of the place by two great pocket doors with stained glass. Light switches everywhere provide different ambience. Great wallpaper, great trimwork, lovely, lovely place. Sumptious. The windows had three layers of curtains, which made the room silent as a tomb. TV card didn't work at first, but they immediately remedied the situation after a call.
The other door on the bedroom leads to the private patio, which has nice plantings and a great teak patio furniture set.
Beds were turned down each night, and the room was tidied up despite our "do not disturb" sign on the door, but that was OK.
All in all: A lovely, lovely stay. An ideal location. Alas, I probably will not stay there again, because frankly, I don't spend enough time in the room to properly enjoy it, and I'd rather spend my money on tours, food, etc. But I highly recommend this place to anyone who has the cash to spend and ahem, is looking to spend some romantic time in Venice.
We stayed in annexe out the back. Fabulous. Luxury bathroom and kitchen area. Three minutes from St Mark's and is everything the romantised view of Venice would have you believe. We could not fault the accomodation. The reception staffed helped us book a classical concert and were considerate. The hotel is no use for wheelchair users.
this is truly a magnificient find! It felt like we were staying in a five star hotel. The room was huge and beautifully furnished. The bathroom was luxurious and everywhere was immaculate.
The staff were lovely and really helpful.Breakfast was fresh, tasty and substantial.
The icing on the cake is the fact that you are only two minutes walking distance from st.M's and if time is limited you don't want to spend it on transport.
Nice little restaurants just around the corner with reasonably priced menus.
Can't say enough nice things about it,just that if we return to venice we will definitley stay here again.
Metropole vs Ca Dei Conti vs Hotel Marconi vs Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
Im thinking of coming to venice in march and im planning to propose to my girlfriend while im there too.
Which one of the above hotels would you guys recommend to stay at in terms of view, location, price and quality?
Where would you rank them 1-4?
Has anybody from this forum stayed there and have any views pls?
RE: Metropole vs Ca Dei Conti vs Hotel Marconi vs Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
Can highly recommend the Locanda Vivaldi. Stayed there year before last for our 25th wedding anniversary - was an unforgettable experience. If you decide on this place make sure you ask for a room at the front overlooking the lagoon. There is so much going on out of the window, including huge cruise liners coming past first thing in morning and leaving at night.
We wanted to stay somewhere special and were intially looking for a room in a hotel overlooking the Grand Canal. Then someone mentioned that rooms on Grand canal can be noisy with it being relatively confined. I don't know of the other hotels you mention so cannot do any comparisons but if going back I would definitely stay at the Vivaldi again. It's a family run hotel, very clean and tidy and staff were very friendly and helpful.
Enjoy your stay wherever you end up.