- Anne Hanley, Destination expert
A bridge-free stroll around the corner from the San Stae vaporetto stop (the Alilaguna airport service also stops here), the Cima Rosa is in the northerly Santa Croce district – surrounded by great eateries, a not-too-strenuous walk from many sights, and handy for the station too. The only noise disturbing the quiet at this B&B is the lapping of the Grand Canal outside its front windows, and boat traffic on that magnificent waterway.
Style & character
An effortlessly elegant mix of antique and modern, the five-room Cima Rosa is the extremely stylish creation of an Italian architect and American decorator couple. Don’t be surprised to find this upmarket B&B full of returnees: guests have a habit of making their way back here whenever they can.
Service & facilities
There’s a lovely courtyard by the entrance. The ground-floor living room – where breakfast is served in the morning – is filled with light reflecting off the Grand Canal right outside the windows. A little kitchen for guests’ use has a constant supply of biscuits, the wherewithal for making tea and coffee, and a fridge. Owner Brittany and her international, all-female team are perfect hosts, sharing their Venice knowledge with charm and enthusiasm; even before arrival guests are advised and bookings – for restaurants, tours and courses – are made. Lone women travellers will feel extremely safe, but the same warm welcome is extended to everyone, including family groups.
The five well sized rooms and suites are all beautifully decorated in Farrow & Ball pastels that pick up Venice’s water colours and enhance the classic-contemporary elegance. The sateen bed linen is luxurious; the well equipped bathrooms are delightful. Three rooms have Grand Canal views: if you’re a very light sleeper, the early-morning traffic may disturb you, but the extraordinary panorama merits a little discomfort. Extra beds can be added in two of the suites to sleep three and four people. One room has a (private) bathroom across the corridor.
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Food & drink
The breakfast served in the Grand Canal-facing living/dining room is generous, fresh, healthy and more than sufficient to set you up for a day’s sightseeing. A kitchen for guests’ use means you can keep your wine chilled for evening aperitivi, and make tea and coffee whenever you like.
Value for money
Double rooms from €145 in low season; rising to €310 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Extra beds can be made up in two of the suites, at €20 per person.