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San Cassiano Residenza d'Epoca Ca' Favretto
Ranked #93 of 384 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Venice is timeless. But if you want to experience what it must have been like before it was taken over by the world's tourists, you will find it at Hotel San Cassiano.
This small hotel sits on the Grand Canal. You can approach the hotel's tiny private dock / deck from the water, if you take a private water taxi from the airport. It costs more - 100 euros, one way, or 190 euros, return- but if you are 4 or more people traveling together, this is your best option. The cheaper way is to take a water bus called Actv from the airport, which costs only 16 euros per person, but it drops you at San Stai, the nearest public water-bus stop. But do this only if you are willing to walk a short distance, through a labyrinth of lanes, up and down two bridges,hauling your luggage. You will probably get lost ( we did, twice), but you will eventually reach the hotel through a small sunny walled court yard, where seasonal flowers are in bloom.
The reception is on the ground floor, and is full of character- tapestry hung from the walls, framed pictures and paintings, and a long dark-wood counter behind which stand the smiling, dignified gentlemen receptionists. They speak excellent English, and are most helpful with maps and directions to nearest eating places. We were even pointed to a couple of neighbouring cafes (reviewed separately) which gave 10% discount if you showed them the hotel's visiting card. Although the staff will help you with maps and directions, for all their good intentions, you are still going to be lost in the quaint lanes and canals quite a few times. But then, that's what Venice is all about.
The hotel itself is housed in a largish private home that dates back to the 14th Century. Although it has all the usual facilities, the feeling that you are in an old-world house, is very present. The hotel was once home to prominent Venetian families, and was finally the home of the Venetian painter Giacomo Favretto (after whom it is named), until it was transformed into a pension in the late 19th Century.
The ground floor also has a bar, and a computer room.You have 1 hour free internet each day, and the wire-free works even in the rooms.
We had a canal facing room. You have to ask for it at the time of booking, and they charge a little extra for those rooms, but they are worth it. You can see the Grand Canal, and lying in bed, you can watch the reflection of the light off the water dancing on the walls and ceiling.The extra charge is worth it.
Our room was large, bright, with terrazzo marble walls. The headboard and the bedside tables were hand gilded in gold paint. The bathroom, like most bathrooms in old European hotels, was tiny. There was a half-tub, more like a hip bath, the likes of which I had seen in a hotel in Athens, Greece. Despite the tiny space, they still fitted in a bidet, an un-eliminatable European toilet fixture. There was a welcome hair dryer, but the TV in the room had only a pay per view facility. The mini-bar was not overpriced, and the food and drinks in it generally cost the same as outside.
Breakfast is served in a long, bright room on the second floor, which has two tables in its balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. So if you aren't a large group, and get there early enough, you can sit out and eat a leisurely breakfast looking at the happenings on the Grand Canal.The breakfast is excellent. Apart from the usual cereals, breads and juices, there are scrambled eggs, bacon and cut up sausages, fresh fruit, yogurt and pastries. Tea comes from a selection of tea bags, and fresh coffee is on the brew.
The best part of the hotel was its boat deck. For me the highpoint of each day was when we sat out on the small wooden deck, sipping a glass of wine or downing a beer, looking at the boats, and listening to the lapping water, as evening fell. All that remained was the last drink of the evening, and a walk to the nearby plaza for a dinner under the stars.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Grand Canal.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Ca Favretto was built in the 14 th century and was once home to Venetian artist Giacomo Favretto famed for his realist art. It is how a boutique hotel exuding the charm of a historical Venetian home. Ca Favretto is tucked away in Santa Croce, an older part of Venice on the other side of San Marco square, with a Grand Canal frontage. It is about a 10 minute ride by water taxi from Venice's Santa Lucia station. The water taxi, costing ca. Euro 60, drops you right at the doorstep and is a neat way to start a holiday in Venice!

We had booked the Grand Canal view room which turned out to be on the first floor with an enclosed balcony providing great views of waterway. One of my favourite pastimes while there was looking out the window at the boats going by and letting the sound of tolling bells into the room. Our room, furnished with antique pieces and beautiful coloured glass chandelier and light fittings, was welcoming and clean. It accommodated us comfortably with a queen bed and two singles for our family of four. There was plenty of storage space and a modern en-suite.

Ca Favretto does not have an in- house restaurant but the room tariff came with breakfast served in a second floor salon offering cooked and continental options. There is a small bar on the ground floor with inside seating or choose the outdoor area overlooking the canal. A short walk will take you towards a range of restaurants and pizzerias. Prices vary but the places where we stopped by were generally good.

Staff at Ca Favretto were friendly and efficient. I commend them for their attitude as they did go out of the way to help with a request of mine.

I highly recommend Ca Favretto and I hope that your stay will be as memorable as ours. Note that the hotel is out of the main tourist drag and this is an added bonus.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the Grand Canal are definitely a must.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This place is so cool! This is the second time we stayed here. Last time it was 14 years ago, and it is even better. Beautiful old house , right on the Grand Canal. Comfortable, clean and totally authentic.
You can't beat the location... Santa Croce/San Polo is a beautiful area, quieter even at the peak tourist season with wonderful restaurants and vistas. Yet, a five minute walk to Rialto and another 5 minutes to San Marco (where the tens of thousands of tourists have displaced the pigeons)
All the guys in the staff are incredible polite and helpful.
Again, this is a gem!

Room Tip: Third floor (top floor) on the Grand Canal side.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We were given a room on the second floor near the breakfast room. This is perfectly fine if you would like to be woken up at the crack of dawn by staff talking, phones ringing and plates & dishes being banged about, the room we had was 221 and it was right next to the kitchen ! The room itself was dark, dingy and very small with a tiny window looking over a small side canal, if you strained your neck leaning out you could just about see the Grand Canal. Breakfast was ok, nothing special. Easy to find from Vaparetto stop San Stae.

Room Tip: Any other floor but the second !!
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

THis place rocked. The service was great and the breakfast was good. They had the best cappuccino I have ever had there. The water taxis are expensive but what isnt in Europe or in Venice? For some reason in Venice alot of the places to eat do not except credit cards so ask before eating.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Santa Croce 2232, 30135 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#81 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#101 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range: €94 - €641 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — San Cassiano Residenza d'Epoca Ca' Favretto 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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