Finding a room in Venice can be a daunting task, regardless of the season. Even in the winter months, quaint rooms with value are booked months in advance. Planning ahead is essential, particularly because the hotels and B&Bs with the greatest value and best locations are often small family run affairs with few rooms. Such is the case for Novecento, a nine-room boutique hotel in sestiere San Marco owned by the Romanelli family.
Novecento is located on the quiet Calle del Dose, just off Campo San Maurizio and a short walk from Campo Santo Stefano. It is easy walking distance to the Accademia and San Marco but far enough from the throngs of crowds to be a pleasant location.
The reception area and adjacent lounge where breakfast is served are decorated in a combination of Oriental sculptures and tapestries and 19th century antiques, creating an eclectic blend that is at once elegant and warm. This style, known as “Fortuny style”, is named for the artist Mariano Fortuny who was an influential design force in Venice and ultimately all of Europe in the late 19th century. (His palace in Campo San Beneto is now a museum).
Novecento’s nine rooms are each decorated differently, drawing on the principles of “Fortuny style”, mixing antiques with eastern design and employing pieces of various materials and textures. The double room where I stayed was beautifully embellished with tapestries hanging from the pale yellow walls. There was a big comfortable bed, a small wooden desk and a large wooden armoire. It was a pleasure to return to there after a long day of sightseeing.
Perhaps the best part of Novecento is the hotel’s third floor lounge. The exposed wooden beam ceilings, comfortable chairs and low-to-the-ground couches provide the ideal setting for relaxing with a book or a drink.
For its amenities and services (the staff is incredibly kind and helpful), Novecento is a good value in central Venice. Prices vary depending on the season: a double room (single or double occupancy) ranges between €140 to €260 per night.