Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
ABOVE: Most of the Carlton's rooms have
views of the Grand Canal. INSET BELOW: Outdoor tables on the
fondamenta side of the hotel.
Location: On the Grand Canal, across
from the train station.
arriving or departing by train at
Santa Lucia Railway
Station. (The hotel is also close to the
Piazzale Roma, which has
land taxis, and the
People Mover to the
The hotel boasts of its "hundred views on the Grand Canal," which is
another way of saying that many of its 150 rooms have canal views.
(Warning: If you're a light sleeper, you prefer a cheaper room away from
the water traffic.)
Guest rooms at the Carlton on the Grand Canal are decorated in Venetian
style, sometimes to the point of being gussied up with arches and
columns that could be a hazard to sleepwalkers. Public rooms are both
elegant and spacious, and there's a courtyard where breakfast is served
in nice weather. The hotel also has a bar and a dining room with outdoor
tables next to the canal.
The first satellite image shows the railroad station
at the top, with the Scalzi
Bridge leading across the Grand Canal to the fondamenta
or waterfront promenade where the hotel is located. (The hotel is
just to the right of the words "Sestiere Santa Croce" on the
southeast side of the canal.) On the left, you'll see the Piazzale
Roma, which is the city's gateway for buses, taxis, and cars. (Free
port shuttles often run between the Piazzale Roma and cruise ships;
the People Mover tram departs from a station between the garages
near the left edge of the photo.)
In the second photo, which was taken from above the
station, you can see the Ponte degli Scalzi (a.k.a. the Scalzi
Bridge) and the Grand Canal. The Hotel Carlton is behind the words
"Simeon Piccolo" near the top of the frame.