Hotel San Cassiano Ca' Favretto ★★

A room at the Hotel San Casiano C'a Favretto
A room at the Hotel San Cassaino, with Grand Canal views in Venice.

Best views of any hotel in Venice

Call this red palazzo on the Grand Canal the working-man's splurge.

About half the rooms here look across the Grand Canal to the gorgeous Ca d'Oro.

The consolation prize for most of the other rooms is that they at least open onto a side canal.

Built into a 14th-century palace and steeped in dusty Old World elegance, the rooms are outfitted with antiques and reproductions, some under gorgeous wood-beamed ceilings.

There's also a dining room porch overlooking the Grand Canal.

Pricing.. now that's where it gets tricky. In the off-season, you can get a double room for as little as €81 (and Grand Canal-view rooms from €171). In high season, however, doubles can start as high as €206 and range up beyond €400!

In other words: definitely check it out to see if you can get a deal, but be warned that sometimes, while still a stellar hotel, it can get to be a bit overpriced (yes, even for Venice).

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Residenza d'Epoca San Cassiano - Ca' Favretto ★★
Santa Croce 2232 - On Calle della Rosa
Vaporetto: Rialto Mercato or S. Stae
tel. +39-041-524-1768
www.sancassiano.it
€€€
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Nearby sights, dining, hotels

Sights nearby
Ca' Pesaro [palace/museum]
★★ Ca' d'Oro [palace/museum] ª
San Simeone Piccolo [church]
I Frari [church]
★★ Scuola Grande di San Rocco [museum]
ª Just across the Grand Canal

Where to eat nearby
Vini da Pinto [meal]
★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/light meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
Pizzeria Ae Oche [meal]
Pizzeria Da Sandro [meal]

Hotels nearby
RR Albergo Pensione Guerrato [cheap]
RR Antica Locanda Sturion [moderate]

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  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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Details
Residenza d'Epoca San Cassiano - Ca' Favretto ★★
Santa Croce 2232 - On Calle della Rosa
Vaporetto: Rialto Mercato or S. Stae
tel. +39-041-524-1768
www.sancassiano.it
€€€
» book

Nearby
Sights nearby
Ca' Pesaro [palace/museum]
★★ Ca' d'Oro [palace/museum] ª
San Simeone Piccolo [church]
I Frari [church]
★★ Scuola Grande di San Rocco [museum]
ª Just across the Grand Canal

Where to eat nearby
Vini da Pinto [meal]
★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/light meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
Pizzeria Ae Oche [meal]
Pizzeria Da Sandro [meal]

Hotels nearby
RR Albergo Pensione Guerrato [cheap]
RR Antica Locanda Sturion [moderate]

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