Choosing the Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice was the result of some precise online research. Finding a good, reasonably-priced hotel in Venice that’s not too far from the centre can be a challenge in itself. It’s therefore always a good idea to scrutinize the best deals that are currently on offer.
As with everything in Venice, the price you see is generally much lower than the price you pay.
We shortlisted a dozen hotels that were rated 80% plus by travellers. We then started to whittle down our choices based on location, price, number & recency of reviews, whether or not breakfast was included, and the quality of the breakfast.
Our budget for a Venice hotel was anything between €50 to €75 per night for a double room (including taxes, etc). However, as with everything else in Venice, the price you see is generally much lower than the price you will actually pay. On top of the advertised hotel price, you will have to pay an additional 10% in taxes, plus a city tax of €1.75 per person per night (low season).
Our Choice – Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice
After much deliberation, the Venice hotel we chose was Ca ’Fortuny, located in Rio terà della Mandola, just a few minute’s walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. The price here was €59 per night for a double room with breakfast. So for 2 nights together with the taxes included the final price was €137 – still within our budget at €68.50 per night.
There was much to recommend Ca ’Fortuny: A great central location, very high Traveller’s reviews, reasonable price, and an excellent breakfast (not simply croissants, jam and coffee).
Immediately after booking online, we received an email from the hotel giving us useful information and directions. We would be arriving in Venice shortly before lunchtime – our Airport Express bus was scheduled to arrive in Piazalle Roma around midday.
From there, we planned to walk to our Venice hotel, with the aid of our map (see Venice off-Season). This seemed like a nice way to introduce ourselves to the city. Since it was lunch-time, we had also ear-marked a few cafes and restaurants that we wanted to check out along our route (see Osteria & Trattoria).
It was surprisingly easy (and quick) to navigate our way to the hotel. Our room was small but perfectly adequate – nicely decorated, with a well-equipped and modern bathroom.
Venice Ca’ Fortuny
During our stay, we did begin to notice small defects: a slightly unstable wall-mounted toilet, broken peddle bin, a few lights not working, and a non-functioning flat screen TV. For us these are minor gripes, outweighed by a well-heated room and plenty of hot water for the bath – it was cold outside, so we would use this a lot.
We were also impressed by the very pleasant and helpful staff, and the great variety of fresh food on offer at breakfast.
Right next to the hotel is a small alleyway with a supermarket at the end: Useful for stocking up on Italian delicacies before heading back to the airport.
Ca ’Fortuny Hotel Venice – A great location when booking a Venice hotel