La Calcina is a perennial favourite – Victorian critic John Ruskin opted to stay here – but remains great value at quieter moments. The open vistas of the Giudecca canal provide the backdrop for meals taken on the terrace of this hotel, a view shared by the bedrooms at the front of the building.
With an air of civilised calm, La Calcina is one of the best-value hotels in its category. Rooms have parquet floors, 19th-century furniture and a refreshingly uncluttered feel; one single is without private bath. There is an altana (suspended roof terrace), and a number of suites and self-catering apartments are available in adjacent buildings.