Staying in a 15th Century Palace on the Grand Canal in Venice was a dream come true. Ca’Sagredo Hotel offers more than just a 5-star experience, it gives guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in a lasting piece of history. Part museum, part hotel, part art gallery, Ca’Sagredo transports you back in time.
The Ca’Sagredo Hotel Story
Ca’Sagredo Hotel as it appears today is the result of many years of painstaking restoration work, commitment and care. Built in the 15th Century, the Palace was purchased by Venetian nobility, the Sagredo family in the mid-17th Century. Although it is now home to a luxury hotel, the palatial feeling, reminiscent of its past is is still very much alive. From the moment you step inside from the tourist crush you are transported to another era. The hotel is peaceful and it’s beauty almost overwhelming.
The cheeky cherub watches guests as they climb the stunning marble staircase, Lo Scalone Dei Giganti, guiding them from reception to the noble floor and the salon, Il Portego which overlooks the Grand Canal. No doubt you’ll be mesmerised by the perfectly preserved 18th Century frescoes decorating the walls and the ceiling that envelope the stairs.
Il Portego’s shiny stone floors bounce soft yellow light from Murano glass chandeliers above, illuminating the large, wide space and the 18th Century artworks painted by Andrea Urbani, running the length of the salon walls. Windows at the far end frame a view of the busy canal below.
The Music Ballroom was the standout as my favourite room in the hotel. Gaspare Diziani frescoes colour the walls and the ceiling. With acoustics musicians dream about, nationally treasured artworks adorning every surface, chandeliers dripping with gold leaf and even a hidden door (a sign of one of the many secrets the room must hold), it’s no wonder the enchanting space is still used for weddings and other formal events, today.
Staying in a 15th Century Palace
Each of the 42 rooms and suites at Ca’Sagredo has been thoughtfully decorated to reflect its historical significance and standing as an Italian National Monument. A palette of soft pinks, pastels, browns and creams with golden accents is carried throughout from the upholstered arm chairs and lounges, to heavy window dressings and hand painted antique wooden pieces. Our room was large and luxurious, featuring a stunning white marble and gold bathroom and glimpses of the canal from our bedroom window.
Dining at the Ca’Sagredo Hotel
Enjoying a drink on the terrace at L’Alcova Restaurant was a fitting welcome to Venice. Sipping on prosecco in the sun while watching Vaporettos, water taxis and gondolas cruise the busy canal was a very Venetian moment. L’Alcova Restaurant is the perfect romantic spot to savour Venetian cuisine. The restaurant’s food philosophy is shaped around celebrating fresh, seasonal flavours locally sourced from land and sea.
La Sala Del Doge
Sitting at one of the cute, round tables dressed with a pink tablecloth in La Sala Del Doge, opera drifted in from the Music Ballroom next door. A buffet of eggs, bacon, salads, cold cuts, cheeses, fresh fruit and cereals and fresh brewed coffee was the perfect accompaniment and made for a very relaxed and very civilised start to the day.
Rooftop Bar Overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal
After a day of sightseeing, wind your way back to the hotel and head straight to the rooftop terrace. Enjoy a healthy, fresh green juice, afternoon cocktails, a romantic dinner for two or even host en event in the intimate space with an expansive panorama of the Grand Canal and the market across the water.
Ca’Sagredo Hotel, Venice
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