Corte di Gabriela – Tradition combined with modernity in the heart of San Marco.
If exuberant Venetian palazzos with heavy brocade and Murano glass chandeliers don’t appeal, this luxury boutique hotel’s industrial-chic designer aesthetic just might. Expect pared-down décor in the eleven individually-styled rooms and suites, bold colors, heavy wooden beams, and original ceiling frescoes in some of the rooms, as well as plenty of designer touches such as Philippe Starck lamps and Verner Panton armchairs. The service is warm and personalized and there are some wonderful common spaces for guests to relax in, from the elegant lounge with a grand piano to the wisteria-vine-shaded courtyard. Venice’s top attractions are an easy stroll away, as are numerous restaurants and boutiques.
Corte di Gabriela – Location
- Address: Calle Avvocati, San Marco 3836.
- Nearest Vaporetto Stop: The Sant’ Angelo vaporetto stop is a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) away. It’s served by vaporetto #1, which connects this part of San Marco to Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, and Castello, as well as Lido de Venezia and Venice’s railway station.
- Area: Situated down a quiet, narrow, canalside street in the heart of San Marco, the oldest part of Venice, near the large Campo Santo Anzolo. It’s a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile) from the Teatro La Fenice (Venice’s opera house), and an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) from the Piazza San Marco, surrounded by Venice’s iconic landmarks: the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica di San Marco, and Museo Correr. There are numerous specialty shops dotted around San Marco’s squares and streets within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, as well as a number of good dining and drinking options.
- How to Get There: From Venice’s main Marco Polo Airport, take the Orange Line (Linea Arancio) of the Alilaguna Airport Shuttle directly to the Sant’ Angelo vaporetto stop (€15, around 1 hour). From here, it’s a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) to the hotel. If coming from the Santa Lucia train station, take vaporetto #1 directly to the Sant’ Angelo vaporetto stop (around 25 minutes). If coming from Treviso airport, take a direct bus to Piazzale Roma (23 miles, 45 minutes) and then vaporetto #1 to Sant’ Angelo (25 minutes).
- Handy to: Teatro La Fenice, Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace.
Corte di Gabriela – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel is aimed mostly at adults on a romantic vacation/city break, though families with children over 16 are welcome. Families with children under 16 can be accommodated in the 2 apartments owned by the hotel.
- View: Comfort rooms look over the quiet street, Deluxe rooms have either street or canal views, Luxury rooms overlook either the canal or the green internal courtyard, Junior Suites have canal views, and Suites have either street or garden views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry service available (additional charge).
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: Personalized service; dedicated 24-hour concierge who can arrange restaurant bookings, private tours of the city, etc.; iPads in rooms; open-air courtyard covered in decades-old wisteria; turndown service on request.
- When to Book: Book 6 months to a year in advance for the high season (Carnival in February, April-June, and September-October) and 3 months in advance for the March and July-August shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +39 041 523 5077
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: cortedigabriela.com
Corte di Gabriela – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No gym.
- For Disabled Guests: One room on the ground floor is suitable for guests with limited mobility. There is also an elevator.
- For Families: No specific facilities, but families with 2 adults and up to 2 children can be accommodated in either of the 2 off-site apartments.
Corte di Gabriela – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No on-site restaurant, but snacks are available throughout the day and there are numerous dining options on the hotel’s doorstep.
- Bar: Drinks are served on the wisteria-covered patio in the evenings, but there’s no formal bar.
- Breakfast: An extensive continental spread is included in the price, as are crepes and egg dishes cooked to order. Served on the patio 8-10.30 am.
- Room Service: No room service.
Corte di Gabriela – Rooms
- Room Types: Comfort Double • Deluxe Double • Luxury Double with Canal View • Junior Suite • Junior Suite with Balcony • Suite • Suite with Garden • Deluxe Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Corte di Gabriela is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: All rooms are different in design, so it depends on your preference. The Junior Suite on the second floor has original ceiling frescoes and a small terrace overlooking the canal, while the Junior Suite on the first floor comes with an unusual circular bed. If you’re looking for more space and self-catering facilities, consider the Suites in the separate building, particularly the one with a garden terrace.
- For Families: No family rooms per se, but the self-catering suites (in a separate building around the corner from the hotel) are suitable for families of up to 4 people.
Corte di Gabriela – Local Transport
- Walking: Corte di Gabriela is located within easy walking distance of San Marco’s iconic sights: the Piazza San Marco and surrounding attractions are 8 minutes (0.4 mile) away on foot, the Accademia Bridge is a 6-minute stroll (0.3 mile), while the Rialto Bridge is around a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile). Sights in Dorsoduro – Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gallerie dell’ Accademia, and Punta della Dogana – can easily be accessed via the Accademia Bridge and are within a 10 to 15-minute walk from the hotel. Sights in San Polo and Santa Croce can be accessed either via the Rialto Bridge or via a one-stop hop on the vaporetto across the Grand Canal and then on foot. Attractions in Cannaregio are either a 20 to 25-minute walk or a short hop on the vaporetto followed by a 10 to 15-minute walk; same for Castello.
- Vaporetto: Venice’s biggest attractions in San Marco are a 15-minute, 7-stop vaporetto #1 ride away from the Sant’ Angelo stop (0.1 mile, 2-minute walk) near the hotel; it’s quicker to walk. Castello is a 25-minute vaporetto ride away, while Lido di Venezia is around 35 minutes by vaporetto. Since vaporetto #1 stops at every single stop along the Grand Canal, it’s worth walking for 7 minutes (0.4 mile) from the hotel to catch vaporetto #2 from the Rialto stop instead; it’s an express service and a quicker way of reaching other parts of San Marco, Castello, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, and Cannaregio (the S. Marcuola stop, handy for the Jewish Ghetto, is a 15-minute ride away). For Guidecca, either take vaporetto #1 from Sant’ Angelo for 9 stops or from Rialto for 5 stops to S. Zaccaria and then switch to vaporetto #4.1 or #4.2. For Murano, take vaporetto #2 for 2 stops from Rialto to Ferrovia and switch to vaporetti #4.1 or #4.2. It’s worth buying a multi-day vaporetto Travel Card online if you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing; individual tickets can be purchased at most vaporetti stops. Validate your pass/ticket before embarking.
- Water Taxi: Water taxis aren’t cheap but they are handy if you’re in a rush (since they are considerably faster than vaporetti) or have a lot of luggage. It costs around €90 from the airport to your hotel. Getting around Venice costs €15 base fare, plus €2 per minute, with a €10 surcharge between 10 pm and 6 am. Official water taxis have yellow strips with their respective license numbers and you can find them at the airport, Piazzale Roma, and at Tronchetto; your hotel can also call one.
Corte di Gabriela – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Tours by Locals – Excellent, varied tours with multilingual local guides, ranging from private walking tours of the Piazza San Marco and surrounding attractions to Venice by night tours, early morning walking tours, private food tours, and more. Starting point depends on the tour.
- See Venice – Venetian native Luisella Romeo leads engaging, small-group tours of the city off the beaten path in San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, and Castello, along the hidden waterways in less-trodden corners of neighborhoods. She also offers art, music-themed, and private tours of the Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco, and the Basilica. Departure points vary.
- Venice Original Photo Walk – Getty photographer Marco Secchi leads early morning and late afternoon small-group tours of the city, teaching you how to get the best snaps of its streets and iconic landmarks. Departure points vary.
- Walks Inside Venice – Small-group and private walking/boat tours of the city, include iconic landmarks such as St Mark’s Square, Rialto Market, and Murano glass-blowing workshops. Departure points vary.
- Monica Cesarato Food Tours – Passionate local blogger Monice takes you on specialized food tours of the city, from cicheti (Venetian tapas bars) to wine tasting, cake, and chocolate tours. Departure points vary.
- Gondola Rides – Gondolas are synonymous with Venice and it’s hard to think of a more quintessential Venetian experience, whether you’re being taken on a scenic spin along the Grand Canal or exploring the narrow waterways that bisect Venice’s sestieri (districts). Gondola rides cost €80 for 40 minutes (€100 for 40 minutes after 7 pm), not including tips or singing. There are numerous gondola posts throughout the city, including one in front of the Piazza San Marco on the Grand Canal. Agree on price and time limit. Cheaper shared gondola rides are available and you can hop across the Grand Canal in a gondola for as little as €2 per person. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Venice Bites Food Tours – Engaging food tours “off the eaten path” that help you uncover local secrets in Dorsoduro, San Polo, and Cannaregio. Depart either from in front of the Gallerie dell’Accademia (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) or the Campo San Giacomo de Rialto (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Trattoria Vini da Arturo – Atmospheric ‘meatery’ with a vast range of steaks and meat dishes, run by the same owner for over 40 years. Pricey but good for special occasions. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Ai Mercanti – This bistro has a romantic ambience and a short and sweet menu of imaginative fusion dishes such as duck breast with buckwheat and cumquat and teriyaki eel with black cabbage. Great veggie options, too. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Club del Doge – Elegant restaurant with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Specializes in locavore Venetian cuisine. Romantic ambience; book ahead. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Osteria da Carla – Pared-down setting – exposed stone walls and white linen – and wonderfully innovative takes on Venetian dishes, informed by the owner’s global travels. Emphasis on locavore cuisine and seasonal menu. Romantic. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Marchini Time – Great for grabbing a snack or light meal on the go, this bakery is open all day and serves everything from filled croissants to mini pizzas and overflowing panini sandwiches. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Bistrot de Venise – Romance your sweetie in this high-end bistro where Renaissance-era recipes have been revived amidst the rich fabrics and subtle lighting. Specialties include braised duck and goose with pine-nut pasta. Book ahead. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Quadri – Michelin-starred dining inside a palazzo right on the Piazza do San Marco. Tasting menus of seafood-heavy Venetian dishes in an elegant ambience. On the ground floor, there’s the more wallet-friendly Quadrino with a la carte dishes and great views of the square. Advance bookings a must. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Trattoria da Fiore – Venetian dishes driven by seasonal ingredients from small producers in and around the Veneto Lagoon, served in a rustic-chic setting. 8-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Bar Alla Tolleta – This cheap and cheerful sandwich bar specializes in tramezzini (triangular stacked sandwiches) as well as grilled-to-order panini. Ideal for quick bites while exploring Dorsoduro; limited seating. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Al Vecio Marangon – On Calle della Tolleta, this is one of Dorsoduro’s best picks for homecooked local fare. Homey interior, short menu, and classic dishes such as polpette (meatballs) and baccala montecto (whipped cod with olive oil). 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Enoteca Ai Aristi – Run by owners who really know their wines, this bistro supports small local producers and specializes in dishes made from ingredients from the Veneto Lagoon. Grab a sidewalk table if you want to people-watch. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Cicheti
- Teamo Wine Bar – Café by day and wine bar by night, this intimate place serves excellent local wines by the glass accompanied with cheese and cured meat platters. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Vino Vino – Intimate wine bar tucked away down a tiny street behind the Fenice Opera House. Numerous Italian wines by the glass and a succinct menu of light bites and internationally inspired dishes. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Black Jack – Pick a spot around the grand, horseshoe-shaped bar, and order from the menu of local wines and a range of cicheti. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Enoteca al Volto – Historic, wood-paneled bar and eatery where you can sample hundreds of wines from the Veneto region as well as some classic cicheti. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bar Longhi – You don’t have to be a guest at the sumptuous Gritti Palace to come and drink Bar Longhi’s signature orange martinis, surrounded by marble and mirrors. In warmer weather, take your drink out onto the Grand Canal terrace. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Ombra del Leone – This aperitivo bar and restaurant sits on the banks of the Grand Canal, inside the gothic Ca’ Giustinian palace, which is also used as HQ by those who organize the Venice Film Festival. You’re here more for the view than the drinks. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Harry’s Bar – Step into this legendary bar by the Grand Canal and it’s like stepping back into the 1930s – from the polished mahogany bar to the genteel clientele. Classic cocktails are what they do best: go for a Negroni or Bellini. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi (Al Bottegon) – One of many old-school bacari (wine bars) in Dorsoduro, this canalside place dates back decades. Inside, you’ll find décor out of the 1950s, plenty of regulars, and some terrific local tipples. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes, Gelaterias, and Pasticcerias
- Caffe Brasilia – Tucked away down the narrow Rio Terrà dei Assassini, en route to the Rialto Bridge and near Campo Sant’Anzolo, this café serves 3 Venetian coffee blends, fresh pastries, and light bites. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Caffe Lavena – Yes, this café’s location on the Piazza San Marco ensures crowds of customers and high prices, but sipping an espresso or a caffe correcto (coffee infused with liquor) at Lavena’s mirrored bar or on the terrace is a classic Venetian experience. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Do Leoni – Tucked away behind the Basilica di San Marco, this compact, casual café/bar is a good spot for an espresso. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Declare – Contemporary bags, totes, and clutch purses made from Tuscan leather in all types of hues and colors. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Fabio Gatto – Just off the Campo Sant’Anzolo, this store features streetwear for men and women by Venetian fashion designer Fabio Gatto. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Ottica Carraro – Limited edition ‘Venice’ line of designer sunglasses and custom sunglasses as well. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Venetian Dreams – Near the Campo Sant’Anzolo, this shop sells aquatic-themed jewelry and freshwater-pearl-encrusted handbags by renowned local designer Maria Convento. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- L’Isola – If you’re looking for some unique Venetian souvenirs, look no further than these decorative and functional pieces by Murano modernist glass master Carlo Moretti. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Arcobaleno Pigmenti – Right near the Santo Stefano church, on Calle de le Botteghe, this store sells art supplies to enable budding artists capture Venice cityscapes in all their hues. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Galleria La Salizada – Venice is a remarkably photogenic city and this photography gallery specializes both in rare vintage prints and very affordable works by contemporary photographers. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bortoletti Fonderia – Gorgeous stationary shop where you can pick up anything from a goose quill writing set to leather diaries and Murano glass rollerball pens. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bevilacqua Fabrics – This store specializes in the rich fabrics for which Venice is famous and are still produced on 18th-century looms by master craftsmen, such as silk-velvet brocades. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Fiorella Gallery – Boutique locally renowned for high-end rebel couture for decades. If money is no object, go for one of the striking jackets. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- L’Armadio di Coco Luxury Vintage – Coco in question is Coco Chanel, of course, and in this vintage shop, you can browse for vintage cashmere coats, classic dresses, and limited edition accessories. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Mercatino dell’Antiquariato – Held several times a year in Campo San Maurizio, this flea market is a good place to browse for Murano glassware, vintage postcards, and more. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Teatro La Fenice – This incarnation of Venice’s Opera House dates back to 2003, when it was rebuilt after a fire, but it was originally built in 1792 and some of the world’s greatest operas were premiered here, including Verdi’s Rigoletto. Even if you don’t attend a performance, check out the sumptuous interior with an audio guide. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Palazzo Grassi – Giant sculptures flank this 18th-century neoclassical palace that sits on the banks of the Grand Canal. This gallery showcases a rotating collection of provocative contemporary art; don’t miss the wonderful ceiling frescoes. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Ponte dell’Accademia – This elegant footbridge, designed by engineer Eugenio Miozzi, is one of Venice’s most beloved landmarks. It connects San Marco to Dorsoduro, spanning a particularly picturesque section of the Grand Canal. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Museo Correr – Comprising Napoleon’s former palace, this museum flanks the western side of Piazza San Marco. Highlights cover sumptuous palace rooms, including Empress Sissi’s suite decked out in luxe fabrics, the ancient sculptures in the Archaeological Museum, and the 16th-century library covered in frescoes by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Gallerie dell’Accademia – This fine arts gallery displays pre-19th-century art, including masterpieces of Venetian painters. Don’t miss Jacobello Albergno’s Apocalypse in the grand gallery, the Titian and Tintoretto paintings in Room 10, or the original convent chapel (Room 23). If you’re lucky, you might get to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Piazza San Marco – Venice’s iconic square, flanked by the city’s top attractions: the Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, and the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie. It’s overlooked by the Campanile, the basilica’s 99m bell tower that you can climb for unparalleled views of the city. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Ponte di Rialto – The 16th-century Rialto Bridge is one of Venice’s most iconic landmarks. It spans the narrowest part of the Grand Canal and is covered by elaborate stone reliefs depicting St Mark, St Theodore, and the Annunciation. It’s a favorite with photographers at sunset. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Basilica di San Marco – In a city of many incredible churches, this cathedral is the grandest. Dating back to 1094 AD, it features some remarkable dome mosaics, marble-clad walls, an elaborate golden screen studded with precious stones behind the main altar, and a treasury full of priceless artifacts from the Crusades. The venerated tomb allegedly holds the mummified remains of St Mark, smuggled by Venetian merchants out of Egypt in 828 AD. Book your entry ticket online or be prepared to queue. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection – The palatial former home of heiress Peggy Guggenheim is home to an unparalleled private collection of contemporary Italian art. Abstract expressionism, surrealism, futurism, and other genres are well represented in a gorgeous setting. Don’t miss the sculpture garden or temporary exhibits. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Palazzo Ducale/Doge’s Palace – This elegant Gothic palace has been the seat of the Venetian government for over 7 centuries. A standard ticket gives you access to the grand state rooms, armory, and prisons, but it’s worth splurging on access to the splendid doge’s apartments, while other rooms, including the attic cell from which the famous lover Casanova managed to escape, can only be seen as part of a guided tour. Book tickets online to skip the lines. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Nonno Bepi – Small and rather pricey grocery store, just off the Campo Santo Stefano. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- I Tre Mercanti – Gourmet food shop, just off the Ponte de la Guerra bridge, selling high-end Italian ingredients and wines. Try different flavors of Tiramisu here. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Rialto Market – Open from 7 am to 2 pm daily, this lively produce market has been on the same site for centuries. Check out the fishmongers selling soft-shell crabs and baby octopus from the Venetian lagoon and piles of regionally grown fruits and vegetables. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).