Surely there is no better way to approach a hotel than travelling up the Grand Canal in the beautiful city of Venice. Our destination was the CaíSagredo Hotel, formally a 15th Century palace now declared a national monument housing a five star establishment.
Our water taxi was greeted at the hotelís private dock by a staff member who led us into the reception area, where we first took sight of the opulence the interior of the building housed. The initial impression of the hotel was mesmerising, and as we were being shown up to our room there was just so much to take in. The majestic marbled staircase, artworks abound, and the exquisite lighting all along the hallways; it was clear this was no ordinary hotel.
Within the room itself, the experience of grandeur continued, periodic furniture together with quality decor added to the sense of indulgence. Our windows afforded views of the Grand Canal looking up towards the Rialto Bridge. We partook in the complimentary ďProseccoĒ left in our room, contently sitting back watching the array of vessels using this most beautiful of water ways.
The communal halls of the hotel were astonishing, a surreal atmosphere for a public place. It felt like walking around a museum with the hushed silence and the leisurely viewing of an array of art, sculptures and architecture. The difference being these items were accessible by taking just a step out of your room. Large murals, frescos and masterpiece paintings from artists such as Bambini, Ricci and Longhi adorn the walls and whilst taking breakfast you can admire the painting “Tribute to Venice” by Giambattista Tiepolo on the ceiling right above you. The large collection stems from the Sagredo family’s love of art and their acquisitions collected throughout the centuries.
The hotel is in an excellent location too, just a short walk through the fascinating back streets of Venice to the main tourist area of Piazza San Marco, with plenty of bars and Restaurants en route. Right outside the front door is the Traghetto Gondola crossing, mainly used by locals to cross the canal to the bustling Rialto market on the opposite bank. Just further down from the hotel is the Ca’ díOro Vaporetto stop, allowing you to catch the frequent water buses to various points around the area.
The Ca’ Sagredo also houses its own restaurant the “L’ Alcova” offering top class Venetian cuisine with the added allure of incredible views of the Grand Canal from your table.
The Caí Sagredo fully deserves its luxury tag; it not only fulfils the objective of providing excellent accommodation in a ideal location, but it also gives the opportunity of experiencing living in the extravagance of days gone by.