ABOVE: The Hotel Messner is on the
Fondamenta de Ca' Bala, which runs along the east side of the Fornace
Canal. INSET BELOW: A close-up of the hotel's Venetian Gothic
architecture, and outdoor tables at the Messner's restaurant.
Location: In the eastern half of
Dorsoduro, near the
Santa Maria della Salute Church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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want to stay in a Champagne neighborbood at prosecco rates.
The eastern section of Dorsoduro is mostly a quiet, upscale neighborhood
where you're more likely to find art galleries and antique dealers than
souvenir shops. The Hotel Messner is a rarity in such surroundings: an
affordable hotel that's just a short distance from some of Venice's best
views (such as a panoramic view of the
Piazza San Marco, the
island church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the island of
La Giudecca from the
Punta della Dogana at the
tip of Dorsoduro).
hotel began its life in 1940, when Maria Messner turned her small
palazzo into an inn for students, teachers, and travelers. Over
the years, the inn became a guesthouse and then a hotel, with a
restaurant for hotel guests and residents of the neighborhood.
Today, the Hotel Messner has single, double, triple, and quad rooms, all
with private bath. Some rooms face the canal, others have views of the
palazzo garden, and the cheaper rooms are in an annex with no
views at all. (If you're looking for a romantic experience, you'll be
happiest in a superior room or junior suite.)
In the first satellite image, look for the
Fondamenta de Ca' Bala in Dorsoduro (the land mass that comes to a
point on the south side of the Grand Canal). The Hotel Messner is
about a third of the way down the canal. Other major landmarks in
the photo include the
Accademia Bridge (left) and the
Piazza San Marco (upper
In the close-up photo, which looks to the east,
you'll see the Fondamenta de Ca' Bala near the bottom of the frame.
The hotel is behind the word "Bala." To the north, you can see the
Santa Maria della Salute Church and the Punta della Dogana with its
spectacular views. The nearest vaporetto or waterbus stop
is Salute (next to the church), which is one stop away from San
Marco on the opposite side of the Grand Canal.