If you are traveling to Venice and can’t afford to stay near St. Marks Basilica then consider the Locanda Ca’ Le Vele. It’s perfection away from the crowds. The hotel sits along a quiet walkway just a few minutes walk from the Ca’ d Oro vaparetto stop. The rooms all have classical Venetian decor with colorful silky fabric wall coverings, Murano glass chandeliers and Murano glass mirrors. The bathrooms even in the smaller rooms are quite large all have strong running water though the shower. Intricately painted armoires had complimentary safes in them.
The staff went out their way to make you feel at home. Always available to answer any questions you may have on what to see and do, history of Venice, or just chat in general. They do not have a dining area in the facility but we enjoyed having breakfast brought to our room. There is a nice antique table and chairs to sit at and when you finished they will come pick up the trays. Breakfast was typical with croissants and other pastries or breads, jams, cheese spread, coffee, tea or chocolate (excellent chocolate).
We booked a smaller room that was nice but since the doors were open to the suite next door (it was not occupied) I went to take a peek. The suite was huge and had a balcony that overlooked a small canal. The Venetian bridge below is charming and so characteristic to what you dream Venice is like. If you have the spare cash its worth it to stay in the suite but you still won’t go wrong with the less expensive rooms.
We absolutely loved the location, there are plenty of restaurants and pubs to explore, even a McDonald’s is right around the corner for those who miss American fast foods. We found a little gyro restaurant in the area that would outdo any expensive restaurant in taste. The seasonings were out of this world! Sorry I don’t remember the name of it but it’s the only gyro place we saw. There are plenty of shops to browse thru also. A supermarket is less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel, the perfect place to pick up bottled water, sandwiches, and local foods. We would pick up our own sandwich items, and salads and find a scenic area to sit and eat.
The street with shops and restaurants will also take you on a fun little walk all the way to St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the rail station. You must stop and look into some of the historical churches and buildings along the way, you will find beautiful ceiling frescos, marble sculptures, and ornate artwork.
If you plan to take a trip to Murano, Burano or any of the smaller islands it’s about a 5 minute walk to the Vaparetto and it will save you about 30 minutes of travel time or more from this stop. Go a little early and visit the church by the dock it’s spectacular.
The Locanda Ca’ Le Vele was a beautiful hotel and great location; we would definitely stay there again.