Little Gem in the heatr of Venice!! Great location!
Venice is small enough for everything to be within walking distance, but the beauty of the location of Ca' dei Dogi is that it's only a minute walk away from the main canal & water bus stop. Walking with your baggage through crowds of tourists on cobbled streets is not something I'd recommend and you can easily get from the airport or train station to the S.Marco water bus stop and Ca'Dei Dogi is only a minute's walk away.
As if the location wasn't enough to recommend this hotel, after our ease in finding it we were met by Stefano, the owner, who was v polite & helpful. Our room was beautifully decorated in a rustic "wooden beams across the ceiling" way, and although rooms are small, they are v well equipped (mini-bar & snacks, plasma TV, plenty of towels etc).
Upon check-out the girl at the front desk was very helpful and told us exactly where to go for the water bus to the airport, printed us the timetable, and gave us a few hints as to how to survive the locals who can tend to be a bit "over-enthusiastic" shall we say, when getting onto busses.
I would recommend this hotel to any traveller in Venice. We had come from Rome where we stayed in a 4 star hotel, and it offered nothing more than Ca' De Dogi, other than a little bit more space.
Little Gem in the heatr of Venice!
Doge Next Door
You get two reviews for the price of one here as my parents stayed in the superior room on the top floor, and we were below in the double. I won’t hark on about location for long as everyone else has pretty much covered it. Ca dei Dogi is reached from the Palazzo Ducale / San Zaccaria pavement by a surprisingly narrow (and not particularly inviting) pair of alleyways. If this was New York, you’d have turned back and checked into another hotel before even reaching the second passageway, but I doubt there is a single darkened corner of Venice to be wary of. Continuing down the second alleyway, stretching your neck carefully around the corner and over the canal water will reveal a view of the Bridge of Sighs that few will experience.
Ca dei Dogi is somewhere between a hotel and a bed & breakfast, with only six differently themed rooms, but also having the elegance of professional, well-designed accommodation. Tripadvisor is full of people berating hotel rooms any smaller than Wimbledon Centre Court, but Ca’ dei Dogi was on the limits of even my reasonable tolerance. From the reception to the bathrooms, everything is verging on the claustrophobic. Taking the Palm d’Ors for smallness are the bathrooms, which although well designed and fitted, wouldn’t look out of place on Tom Cruises canal boat. Sitting on the khazi, your knees will almost rub on the opposite wall. Seriously.
It might be small then, but Ca dei Dogi is (almost) perfectly formed. The rooms have been well furnished with an Italian / Asian slant to them. Expected practicalities come in the shape of comfy beds, efficient A/C, reasonably priced mini-bar, and plasma TV. Both rooms (double & superior) have small private balconies, but the rooftop terrace is a better place to sit, with views of the adjacent gardens, the back of the Doges Palace & dungeon, and peeking into sight the gold statue topping the Campanile, which I’m sure slowly rotates throughout the day. Comfortable for only 4 or 5 people, the terrace can quickly become crowded, but as the hotel only has six rooms, it’s more than likely you’ll have it to yourself.
Breakfast was the Venetian standard of coffee, yoghurt & bread, with a fruit salad and an omelette (made in the same proportions as the bathroom), which the waiter strangely never seemed too keen to offer. However, with two of the most affable hotel owners you’ll ever meet, you’ll never be short of tips, information, and someone to phone in those Italian restaurant bookings on your behalf.
We’ve now stayed in two terrific 4 star hotels in Cannaregio (furthest north west point on the island), and on the Lido, and this rates as the best yet. For CENTRAL, VALUE-FOR-MONEY, well-serviced accommodation you won’t find better than Ca dei Dogi. It surely has to be the closest hotel to the centre of Venice, wherever that point is in St. Marks Square.
We booked direct through the hotel (cadeidogi.it - the hotel website has been VERY professionally photographed and designed. Read into that what you will), paying a justified little extra for the superior, due to the additional room space, windows & view you’ll receive. Overall price was 190 euros a night for superior / 180 double. As of June 2007, Ca dei Dogi is 13th on Tripadvisor and a quick look at its neighbours (12th & 14th) will reveal hotels that are nearly 4 times as expensive.
Fully recommend the Secret Itinerary tour of the Palazzo Ducale (don’t bother with the official website, the most frustrating site you’ll ever use, just call (+39) 0415209070 to book in advance. Tickets 16 euros each, and strictly limited each day), a drink on the terrace of the Hotel Danieli (3pm-6pm daily, beer 11 euros / cocktails from 17), the corner of which can be seen from the Ca dei Dogi rooftop, and a meal at Il Nuevo Galeon (Castello 1308, Via Garibaldi), a top seafood restaurant with great steaks. Oh, and you can’t beat arriving from Marco Polo airport in a water taxi. It’ll set you back 90 euros, but with the Alilaguna water bus costing 12 euros each, if there’s more than 4 of you, it makes little sense to be stuck on a slow, sweaty boat for 75mins when you can skim across the lagoon surrounded by walnut & leather for not much more. Taxis are nearly always available at the airport pier so no need to book - we were quoted a cheeky 160 euros to book in advance.
The hotel is small and charming, in a FABULOUS location. It is around the corner from the Bridge of Sighs and minutes away from San Marco Piazza. The staff is very friendly and helpful. When I go back to Venice, I will stay here!
We LOVED Ca Dei Dogi
After reading so many great reviews about this small hotel, we decided to book it and are so glad we did. We had the superior room on the top floor. It was small but nicely decorated with a small sitting area and terrace. The bathroom was beautiful and clean and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. We were given croissants and yogurt every morning with our cappuchinos....delicious omlettes followed. Besides the location (which can't be beat), it's really the staff that makes this place so great. Both Stefano and Susanna were just the nicest hosts we encountered during our two week stay in Italy. Every night they recommended great restaurants and gave us detailed directions on how to get there. Susanna also helped us choose a spot for a gondola ride and made sure we were aware of the details of the vaporetti schedule. We would not hesitate for a moment to stay here again when we return to Venice.
Fantastic stay with a very firendly staff
My husband and I stayed at Ca dei Dogi in early July of 2007 and had a fantastic stay!! As all the other reviews have mentioned, the staff is the most friendly and helpful we encounted throughout our stay in Europe. The room was very clean and modern, although (as the 2-twin bed room on the ground floor) a bit on the small side. We loved the rooftop patio with a view of the (practically next door) Palazzo Ducale. It was perfectly centrally located. Breakfast was great too- fresh omelette, fruit, pastry, yogurt, and great cappuccini. We cannot recommend it enough, and will definitely stay there again!
My husband and I stayed in this bed and breakfast for three nights in July. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly reccomend it to anyone! Marco was a wonderful host and gave us terrific restaurants to try. We loved having Spritz before dinner and would not have known about this drink if Marco had not told us. We were given perfect directions to use the Vaperreto to go to Murano and Burano from Susanna. The hotel is decorated beautifully!!!!! Breakfast was great! If you go to Venice stay at this bed and breakfast!
Ca Dei Dogi makes you feel like you live in Venice. It is a tiny six-room hotel that has excellent hosts who welcome you in their city like family.
It is located in an amazing location, off some small alleyways near St. Mark's Square and from there everything is in walking distance. There is a water bus stop right at the end of the alley, so access to the airport and train station is also easy.
I stayed in the single room which was tiny, barely enough room to walk. But for the price in Venice, it was fine.
Breakfast was included and a good chance to relax. Likewise, the hotel has a rooftop garden that is a nice place to relax from the heat of Venice.
The hotel does not have an elevator, but they help you with all your bags. Venice is an amazing city and Ca Dei Dogi makes it even more enjoyable. Pick this place--you will not regret it.
A small gem next to the Bridge of Sighs
We were delighted with our stay at this 6-room hotel located across the canal from the Doges Palace and right behind the Palace's old prison building. We made our reservation directly with their web site after reading several good reviews on TripAdvisor. We arrived at 9 am after disembarking from our cruise ship and hoped they would keep our luggage until we could check in later that day. Taking our luggage was no problem, but first the manager wanted us to have coffee and offered us a table in the small dining room where we talked with two other couples staying there. After we finished our coffee and conversation, we were told our room was ready and our bags were carried upstairs for us. The room was spectacular - modern and clean with tiled bathroom and comfortable furnishings. The hotel's roof-top patio has shaded chairs and a table and gives a great close-up view of the east side of the Doges Palace, about 100 meters away. The only drawback is the lack of a lift which is a factor for anyone with physical disablilities if your room is on the third or fourth floors.
For intimate, personalized service and helpful advice from the English-speaking staff, this hotel can't be beat. The location is perfect for sight-seeing in the St. Marks Square and Rialto Bridge area, and the San Zaccaria vaporetto station is less than a 100 meters walk to the narrow street that leads you from canal-side Riva Degli Schiavone to the hotel .
If you want to avoid the big chain hotels and enjoy a truly friendly and comfortable small boutique hotel, the Ca Dei Dogi is highly recommended by us.
Fantastic place for a romantic break
This was a bit over my normal budget but I booked the hotel on the strength of their beautiful website as a surprise wedding anniversary treat and was not disappointed. We took a water taxi from the airport - well worth the cost as you speed virtually up to St Marks Square like film stars! The hotel is tucked down an alleyway but is fantastically located right in the centre of things. We had the superior room which is at the top of the building (and there is no lift). It is modest in size but luxuriously appointed and very comfortable. There are small balconies overlooking gardens and access to a communal rooftop terrace. An oasis of calm just a few steps from the buzz of St Marks.
This hotel is amazing. The location is wonderful. The Bridge of Sighs is at the end of the street and St. Mark's Square is a 2 minute walk away. The rooms are very clean and modern. They are small, but the space is used very creatively and economically. The staff if brilliant. They can help you find ANYTHING! Also, the breakfast is lovely. It is freshly made each morning. My mouth still waters when I think of the freshly baked fruit filled crossiants. Also, they are EXTREMELY accommodating. When we were leaving Venice, our train left before the restaurant opened for breakfast. So, the front desk arranged to have the breakfast chef make us an early breakfast!
This hotel is truly a gem, it is one of those places that you want to tell everyone about (but a little piece of you wants to tell no one about it because you want it to continue to be a secret)!!!