Upgrade from ordinary seaside resorts to La Calcina, with breezy roof-garden breakfasts, a canal-dock restaurant, and panoramas of Palladio's Redentore church across Giudecca Canal. Antique armoires and brocade bedspreads come standard with airy, parquet-floored guestrooms. Bathrooms are clean though tired and uninspiring. Book ahead for waterfront rooms – especially No 2, where John Ruskin wrote his classic (though inexplicably Palladio-bashing) 1876 The Stones of Venice.
The rooms feature parquet floors and wooden furniture. Each room comes with air conditioning and satellite TV, and some offer canal views. Each also has a private bathroom, external or en suite.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant or out in the terrace overlooking the Giudecca island. It consists of a generous buffet with sweet and savoury food, including homemade cakes. The restaurant specialises in local cuisine.
La Calcina Hotel is set in a historic building of 4 floors. The nearest water bus stops are Zattere, for lines 5 and 2, and Accademia for line 1.
The half-board rates include a glass of wine per person per meal.