I can’t fault Residenza d’Epoca San Cassiano for its location. Perched right on the Grand Canal facing Ca’ d’Oro, a seven minute walk to Rialto Bridge and 15 minute walk to Piazza San Marco. It was only two stops on the Number 1 ferry also, though for a one way ticket you pay 7.50 euro regardless even if you’re only going one stop.
Not that I’m an expert on 4 star hotels, but if you are booking one, then you have certain expectations and the double room did have basic toiletries and mini bar but lacked a welcome folder, robe, slippers, chocolate (see my review of Hotel Corona d’Oro in Bologna). The furnishings left a little to be desired and there was a mirror that was so old the glass had started turning black.
But the WiFi was fast and you can forgive a hotel anything if they give you a room facing the Grand Canal. Even if there’s a dehumidifier going, the plumbing is a bit dodgy and there’s a whiff of lagoon every time you step foot outside your door. It is Venice after all, it comes with the territory.
One advantage this Venice hotel on the canal did offer though was the ability to be dropped off directly by private water taxi right at the back door. If you’re travelling with a lot of luggage then this saves you from lugging suitcases over three bridges and trundling down back alleys. It’s only a four minute walk from San Stae stop but I wouldn’t want to try and find it in the dark.
Residenza d’Epoca San Cassiano is the former home of 19th century artist Giacomo Favretto who died at only 38 years of age, and famous for his every day scenes of Venetian life. There’s a short bio about him in the lobby and a photo tile inset into the bottom of the staircase. The first floor lobby has several artworks from various artists which precede the entrance into the breakfast room. This in itself is tiny for the amount of guests that the hotel caters for. My suggestion would be to go early or late to avoid the traffic jam at the buffet station.
The breakfast room is really light and bright which was a contrast to my somewhat gloomy room that the Murano glass light fittings struggled to illuminate even on a sunny day. The upper floors may have been more cheerful. Still, it’s Venice, and you don’t come there to spend the day in your room. Head out to explore armed with a map from the front desk, and make sure you have good walking shoes, you’ll need them if you want to avoid paying 7.50 euro each time you set foot on a vaporetto.
(Residenza d’Epoca San Cassiano has a rating of 8.5/10 on Booking.com)