Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Venice luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Dorsoduro, Venice luxury hotel.
The Dorsoduro district is in the south of Venice and includes two islands south of the city. It’s on relatively high land. Its attractions include several churches and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection located in an unfinished palace that boasts works by Picasso, Dali, Magritte, and many others. You may want to read the interesting story about the bronze statue in front of the museum. For your convenience we have listed district hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Hotel La Calcina.
The Pensione La Calcina has an interesting history which is described on their website. Special attractions include an Altana (wooden rooftop terrace), breakfast on the Altana, a non-smoking area in the bar, and a restaurant with a terrace. Do I need to tell you that the wine list is Italian only? There are 27 rooms and 5 suites. Be careful, one of the rooms has no private bath. There is no elevator. The hotel address is Zattere, Dorsoduro 780. The La Calcina website is www.lacalcina.com
The Hotel Palazzo Stern.
The Hotel Palazzo Stern is a Moorish Fifteenth Century palace overlooking the Grand Canal. This beautiful building was renovated by the Stern family, well-known art collectors, who added two floors and a rooftop Jacuzzi. There are 24 rooms including 5 junior suites and one suite, and a breakfast room. The hotel address is Calle del Traghetto, Dorsoduro 2792. The Hotel Palazzo Stern website is www.palazzostern.it
The Ca Maria Adele.
The Ca Maria Adele has been called Venice’s most elegant small hotel. Of course it is beautiful. You may want to stay in one of its five “concept rooms”, such as the Doge’s Room. Those Venetian Doges really knew how to live. It is located near the tip of the district but if you can afford to stay here you can afford transportation to wherever you want to go. In any case the distances are relatively short. There are 12 rooms and 4 suites, plus a breakfast room. This hotel is not particularly recommended for those with small children. The hotel address is Campo Santa Maria della Salute, Dorsoduro 111. The Ca’ Maria Adele website is www.camariaadele.itAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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