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Cà Sagredo Hotel - Venice, Italy | Hotel Review

The price helps you overlook some of their flaws.


Cà Sagredo Hotel - Venice, Italy - Ca Sagredo hotel in Venice is located on the banks of the Grand Canal between Rialto Bridge and the train station. This elegant property is situated at a short walk of about 20 minutes from the Piazza San Marco (the time really depends on how many times you lose your way in the narrow alleyways of Venice). Ca Sagredo is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” and is listed as a Five-Star L (luxury) hotel.

Ca Sagredo is a protected property by the National Register. A renovated 14th-century palace (like most of the hotels in Venice), this hotel has an impressive art collection. The walls of the 42 bedrooms and suites are adorned with paintings by 17th and 18th century Venetian painters, such as Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Niccolò Bambini and Pietro Longhi. All function rooms in this hotel lead off the Portego, a high beamed hall located on the noble floor. The wide gothic windows at the end of this room offer an amazing view of the Rialto Bridge. The “Trompe L’Oeil” paintings that adorn the walls in this room depict imaginary natural settings.

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First Impression/Lobby: When we first walked in to this majestic building, we were taken aback by its splendor and distinctive charm. We really felt as if we had been transported into 18th century Venice. While not ornately luxurious, the hotel’s lavish Venetian décor offered an authentic Venetian Palazzo Hotel ambience.

Reception: The check-in process was quick and within minutes we were on our way to our Canal View Deluxe Suite. The magnificent marble staircase features the famous “The Fall of the Giants” fresco by Pietro Longhi.

The Suite: Our initial reaction upon entering the Grand Canal Suite Prestige was one of pure amazement. The coffee and cream-colored walls, ivory fabrics and antique-style furniture exuded an air of refined elegance. The double height ceiling created a feeling of spaciousness. A glorious Venetian glass chandelier was hanging from the ceiling. Three tall windows opened to spectacular views of the Grand Canal. The room was well appointed with the bed on the left side. Not far from it was a work desk. On the right side of the room, a couch, side chairs and a small dining table with four chairs were arranged beautifully. Double doors on the right side of the room opened into a spacious walk-in closet. The generously sized marble bathroom was located off the corridor near the front door and had the toilet, bidet, twin sinks, a large bathtub and a small shower stall. The stuccoed ceilings, bas reliefs and elaborately painted wall friezes transported us into another world altogether.

However, as stunning as all of these sound, the suite at Ca Sagredo had a number of flaws. Firstly, the whole floor was slanted. So every time we walked around the suite, it felt as if we were on a ship that was listing to one side. Next on the list is the bed which I am sure had definitely seen better days. In fact, in no sense of my imagination could I have rated it fit for a five-star, luxury hotel. Coming to the bathroom, the shower stall drained so slowly that after a couple of minutes I was standing in water that came up almost to my ankles.

Another major drawback of the suite was the climate control panel. It simply did not work. So, I ended up calling the reception every time I wanted to turn the air condition on or off or the heat up or down. The Wi-Fi offered was slow from the start as the signal was very weak. Later on, it became quite slow and then stopped altogether. Lastly, even the cable television offered very few English channels, with almost all of them being news channels.

There is no doubt that this hotel offers stunning views of the canal. However, these are no match to the views from the hotels located closer to San Marco Square.

Room Service: We did not use Ca Sagredo’s Room Service for a number of reasons. Firstly, they charge 6.00 Euro per person for delivery; secondly, the number of items available was very limited. Moreover, room service is available during limited hours only. In fact, there is no room service after 10PM. In my opinion, these minor details make Ca Sagredo a four star hotel at best. I am actually surprised that this hotel managed to get so many positive reviews on Trip Advisor Venice.

Housekeeping: Housekeeping at Ca Sagredo did only the bare minimum while servicing the room. In our room, they just made the bed and cleaned the bathroom and nothing else.

Concierge: Ca Sagredo does not have a 24 hour concierge service. For that matter, they do not even have a part-time concierge. All requests and inquiries were handled by the front desk staff themselves. While some of the front desk staff are well experienced, others simply lack in knowledge when it comes to dining recommendations.

Restaurant: The L’Alcova Restaurant offers a magnificent view from the terrace on the Grand Canal. The restaurant offers a Venetian a la carte menu. However, the breakfast buffet was quite disappointing, as only a regular continental breakfast was available. I am quite shocked that this hotel has managed to get a 5 star rating with such lackluster food. Bar L’Incontro is a bar/lounge. It offers a lounge atmosphere for light meals, drinks and afternoon teas.

Pool/Spa/Activities: Ca Sagredo offers meeting facilities for up to 150 people. The hotel also offers exhibit space, conference rooms and banquet facilities. Other hotel amenities include event catering, wedding services and a fitness center.

Check-Out: Check-out at Ca Sagredo Hotel was efficient and quick. The front desk staff was quite attentive.

Overall Impression: The best thing about Ca Sagredo were the prices. At less than half of what other five-star hotels located around San Marko charge, Ca Sagredo did offer palatial surroundings with numerous sites to see in the hotel itself. Many of the walls and ceilings still had original painted walls and ceilings. A trip through the hotel was indeed a trip back in time.

After all of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor Venice, I must say I was expecting more from our stay at this hotel. However, apart from the price aspect, Ca Sagredo just does not measure up to other five-star luxury properties in Venice. The lack of services, more limited views, location away from the “happening” spots and sub-par food offered at breakfast give Ca Sagredo Hotel in Venice a rating of Between Bombastic and Not.

If this is your first trip to Venice, I would recommend something closer to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). If you have been to Venice a number of times, this location will force you to explore other areas of Venice.

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