Ca’Sagredo, Venice

Opposite the famous fruit and veg market near the Rialto Bridge, Ca’Sagredo is the easiest hotel to spot in Venice – look for the giant hands clasping the corner of a building and you’ve got it. Highlighting climate change and the rising sea level, these large hand sculptures are the creation of artist Lorenzo Quinn.

On foot, the hotel is walkable to a host of decent restaurants, recommendations which we nick from this article with Russell Norman (he’s the chap who co-owns Polpo). For cheap and cheerful cicchetti: All’Arco; a gloriously grotty Spritz: Caffè Rosso; fresh seafood: All Testiere; and the best meatballs in Italy: Alla Vedova.

The hotel entrance is quite understated, the real beauty comes when you go exploring. There’s a giant staircase with an even bigger ceiling covered in an angelic mural. A grand hallway leads to two breakfast rooms which have enough gold leaf to make Liberace look a little plain and ordinary.

Breakfast is thoroughly decent. A buffet of silky scrambled eggs, frankfurters and bacon just greasy enough to squelch your hangover is made a little fancier by a juicing station with an assortment of fresh fruit n veg.

Our room, a Sagredo Venetian Double (no 312), has plenty of Venetian charm and it’s a generous size (Venice hotel rooms are notoriously pokey). Murano Glass chandeliers from nearby Murano Island are particularly nice to see.

We’ve a canal view if you lean out the window far enough but it’s mostly the Venice rooftops which are both dreary and beautiful in equal amounts. Venice is filled with so much character everywhere you look.

The bathroom has a bath/shower combo with strong water pressure (oh how I long for a standalone bath!) and plentiful fluffy towels. You can’t fault any of it. We stay for one night and it’s the perfect bolthole.

Ca’Sagredo is definitely worth booking for a few days in Venice. It’s just a short walk from St Marks Square so you can go exploring this incredible city with ease. And Venice truly is an amazing place.

Would we go back? Yes
We stayed as guests of the hotel