The apartment-hotel Suite in Venice Ai Carmini, very close both to Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia railway station, lies in the sestriere (= district) of Dorsoduro along the Fondamenta del Soccorso, a street along a canal deriving its name from the hospice and school founded at the end of the 16th century by the Venetian poetess Veronica Franco.
It is situated at number 2604, between Palazzo Zenobio (Armenian College) and an ancient building belonging to the Moro family (at nr. 2615) and known as “Othello’s house”, where Shakespeare set his famous tragedy.
In the immediate surroundings lie the church of the Carmini (Lorenzo Lotto, Cima from Conegliano), the School of the Carmini (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo) and the churches of Angel Raphael (Francesco Guardi) and S. Sebastian (Paolo Veronese). Just a few steps from S. Sebastian church starts the charming walk along the Fondamenta delle Zattere, on the Giudecca canal. In few minutes’walk you can find Ca’ Rezzonico, the museum of Venetian 18th century, and the galleries of the Accademia.
All the apartments of the building look on one side onto Rio (= canal) S. Margherita, which takes its name from the near-by square, one of the liveliest meeting-places in Venice both day and night thanks to its several cafes and restaurants. On the opposite side the building looks onto the 16th-century Cloister of the Carmini, now National Institute of Art.
From the lobby on the ground-floor, with wooden beams and a typical well, a bright staircase leads to the apartments, arranged on four floors. They are all the result of a recent restoration which has made comfortable and functional every single unit, though respecting the ancient structure of the building.
Yet every apartment has its own peculiar features, such as the elegant second floor, with wooden beams and marble decorations, and the attic on the fourth floor, born as an artist’s atelier, with a long terrace onto which look all the rooms.
Another friendly and sunny terrace, at our guests’disposal on the top floor, offers an incomparable panoramic view on Venice roofs.