Ca' Sagredo Hotel
Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
| +39 041 241 3111
Mystery and Allure at Ca SagredoSeeing our jaws drop as we entered Ca’ Sagredo's posh lobby, a concierge tried to put any illusions to rest. “There's only one palace in Venice and that's the Palazzo Ducale,” he alleged. We'd admired the Venetian flair of the pale pink Doge's Palace, but the opulence before us seemed palatial, if not a worthy rival for what was once the most powerful half-acre in Europe and the seat of Venetian power.
Past the stately columns and dark woodwork of its lobby, we climbed to Ca' Sagredo's piece de resistance: an imposing marble stairway framed by a trio of arched Gothic windows, two chubby cherubs and ceiling-high frescoes. In the ornate Music Ballroom we discovered the trappings of 18th-century Venetian nobility in gilded furnishings, antique chandeliers, plush draperies, and trompe l’oeil paintings that dramatize the walls and seem to extend to the heavens.
Once the residence of an 18th -century Venetian doge as well as a 19th-century Italian senator, Ca' Sagredo is now a private luxury hotel and National Monument that doubles as a museum replete with stunning works by 17th- and 18th-century artists. Its pink Byzantine-Gothic facade overlooks Venice's spectacular Grand Canal, offering guests postcard-perfect views of the busy channel where gondoliers ply their trade. While we never argued with the concierge about how many palaces Venice boasts, Ca' Sagredo provided many regal backdrops for a photoshoot with costumed participants of the annual Carnevale de Venezia.