What We Love
- Fantastic central location overlooking the Grand Canal
- Original frescoes and mosaic floors will thrill history and art enthusiasts
- The hotel has its own vaporetto (water bus) stop: Ca’ d’Oro
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $6.50 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Not all rooms have Grand Canal views
- Remember your Do Not Disturb sign; maid service can begin early
- This historic hotel offers Old World elegance, not cutting-edge design
- Free WiFi
With its pink façade rising majestically above the Grand Canal, Ca’Sagredo, a 14th-century noble residence turned five-star hotel, is hard to miss. This unique property offers a chance to experience Venice’s rich history firsthand. Step off the boat at the property’s very own vaporetto stop and into the marble entrance, which has welcomed distinguished Venetian nobility for centuries, and you’ll be greeted by a grand staircase, ornate chandeliers and museum-worthy antiques.
Bed and Bath
You could take the elevator to your room, but climbing the grand staircase and admiring the hand-painted frescoes on the walls is a far more enticing option. All 42 rooms and suites define Old World elegance, offering such ornate touches as plush dressing areas, gilded headboards and antique furnishings. Like Venice itself, the rooms have an unmistakable air of romance. The decor is elegant without being stuffy, ancient but full of luxurious upgrades — in short, Venice for the modern traveler.
Days begin with an elegant breakfast buffet, opera playing softly in the background. After a day of exploring the city on foot, a refreshing cocktail in the Incontro bar might be in order. Anyone with a serious interest in food should request the tasting menu at L’Alcova, the ground-floor restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal, which serves up dishes with ingredients from Venice’s own lagoon. Ca’Sagredo grants you a window into the lives of Venetian nobles. Step onto the ornate stone balconies to take in the very same Grand Canal views the Sagredos once saw. You’ll walk the same marble floors, feast beneath the same dramatic frescoes and admire the same sculptures as the privileged nobles who came before. You could get used to this.
In the Area
Even the ride from the airport feels like sightseeing when you board a water taxi, which will bring you through various small canals to the private entrance of Ca’Sagredo. Gain another perspective on Venice by climbing to the top of the campanile in the Piazza San Marco to gaze out over the red rooftops. Wander through the Rialto fish market early in the morning to watch chefs and locals bargain for seafood and produce. Taste dishes from executive chef Michele Potenza, cooking in back-to-nature style with local products such as lagoon clams.
How to Get There
We stayed in a double deluxe room for three nights.
The location of the hotel is ideal for exploring Venice on foot as it’s on Grand Canal.
The entrance, breakfast rooms and the long reception room in the first floor are beautifully restored and we enjoyed an art exhibition that was held there during our stay.
The room was well sized and clean. In terms of small things that could be improved upon; there’s no coffee making facility in the room and I think that a 5 star hotel should cater for that. Furthermore, the toiletries (cotton buds etc) were provided for one day, after which the guest could purchase more from reception. Again this is something that should be provided and replenished daily in a luxury hotel.
The breakfast selection was perhaps somewhat limited in selection.
We arrived after the holidays, but in time to see the palazzo fully decorated for Christmas. The holiday décor was abundant and stunningly beautiful. We were upgraded to a suite on the Grand Canal, and when we discovered it did not have a bathtub, we were generously offered the opportunity to move to a different Grand Canal suite. Perfect views with very little traffic noise. The welcome amenities and notes were very nice. Furnishings and linens were luxurious. The suite was expertly serviced at least twice a day, and daily touches were left to make returning to the room after a day of exploring Venice truly warm and welcoming. We ate one dinner at L’Alcova restaurant. The setting in winter is intimate; a luxurious salon with rather few tables (terrace available in season). The menu is expansive and varied from traditional dishes to more modern fare. Staff made good wine recommendations and the martinis were excellent. Daily breakfast buffet offered many different selections, from hot items to fresh-squeezed juices and Prosecco. Although the buffet offerings did not change significantly from day to day, the abundance of choices kept breakfast interesting nonetheless. Gluten-free offerings. The house-made baked goods were particularly delicious. Breakfast à la carte items could also be ordered (excellent omelets). The staff at breakfast were exceptional; all very kind, warm and dedicated to providing a great dining experience. As is Laura, the Guest Relations/Services Manager, who welcomed us to the hotel and escorted us to our suite. Staying at Ca’ Sagredo is like living in a different period in time; a stay in a museum in all the best ways. In the common areas are discreetly placed placards that illuminate the history, artistry and story of the palazzo. The location is excellent. Steps away from a vaporetto stop (Ca’ d’Oro) and traghetto service (Santa Sophia). Centrally positioned to explore Venice in all directions. Staff arranged our departure water taxi for us and leaving immediately from the hotel’s Grand Canal entrance was both convenient and special. Our four-night stay was delightful and we look forward to returning. Thank you to the staff of Ca’ Sagredo for making it so special; for enhancing so perfectly the beauty of the palazzo itself.
We were upgraded to a magnificent suite on the Grand Canal. Views were very alive and marvelous. Because we are here in the winter the hotel was quite empty- saying that the service was absolutely top-notch.A great experience.
Just returned from a 4 day stay at this beautiful hotel. Many 5 star things to recommend it. Perfect situation and amazing, caring staff. My husband was taken ill and everybody could not have been more helpful. . Thank you to everybody at the ca sagredo. We stayed in the beautiful library suite which I highly recommend. We will return again and recommend it for a
sophisticated place to stay.
Overall the hotel is beautiful and charming. I think that staying in such types of historic hotels in Venice really makes a lot of sense and enhances your time travel experience bringing you 500 years back when the city was flourishing.
However, given a high price tag especially during high season, the hotel has definitely some issues to work on to make your stay smooth and enjoyable. So here are my observations and potential room for improvements, based on my visits to other refurbished historical villas/hotels in Italy:
- no proper sitting/relaxing/waiting space in the reception area. A couple of sofas for guests could easily solve that and make it more welcoming.
- was very cold in the common WCs on the ground floor in December. In general, the equipment quality in this area was very poor and not matching a 5-star level. Of course, this was not 15th-century equipment, but keeping refurbishment like it was 20 years old also doesn't make sense.
- breakfast average, not a big diversity
- low soundproofing in some rooms (better ask separately for this).
All in all, the hotel is great, but I would stay here only at a special price offer to avoid this overpaying feeling and the feeling of unmatched expectations.