Belmond Hotel Cipriani
What We Love
- The red-clay tennis courts, which feature views of the nearby lagoon
- The property’s Casanova Gardens are also home to rabbits, ducks, and chickens
- The gold-leaf ceiling at Oro, the hotel’s Adam Tihany–designed restaurant
- All-marble bathrooms in guest rooms
What To Know
- Guest rooms in the Palazzo Vendramin annex come with their own butlers
- The hotel offers complimentary ferry rides to Piazza San Marco
- The onsite gift shop can neatly package area delicacies like risotto rice and locally made pasta sauces for international travel
- The hotel’s Smile Club caters to younger travels, offering activities like Venetian mask-making and pastry lessons
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Romantic Giudecca Island icon on the lagoon's outskirts, with perfectly coiffed lawns, superlative service, and an Olympic-size saltwater pool.
Venice’s most coveted five-star hotel is actually a five-minute boat-ride from the dizzying maze of the famed floating city—but chances are you’ll be more than grateful for the sheer space this divine 15th-century palazzo affords. The property’s founder Giuseppe Cipriani was the original creator of the Bellini (yes, that now world-famous brunch cocktail), so be sure to order one at Cip’s Club, a breezy terrace bar that looks out onto St. Mark’s square. Afterwards, dine at the hotel’s Michelin-starred eatery Oro, which serves a parade of Venetian seafood accompanied by dreamy starlit vistas. The reverie continues in your pastel-colored room, where old-world glitz—frescoed ceilings, polished hardwood floors—is paired with refined mod cons like BVLGARI toiletries and iPod docks. Meanwhile, hotel’s Casanova Wellness Center is sure to revive even the weariest traveler thanks to extravagant indulgences like geranium-scented baths and rosemary oil massages.
In the Area
Giudecca, part of a mosaic of islands threaded together by canals and bridges, is mostly residential, so you’ll have to hop on the hotel’s round-the-clock shuttle to partake in St. Mark’s hustle and bustle. The courteous concierge here can facilitate day trips to the area’s wineries and monasteries, though it’s their menu of chaperoned excursions that steal the show. A local guide can accompany you on some highly unusual pursuits, like after-dark photography jaunts, or boat rides to area farms. Private gondola tours complete with wine and Venetian tapas, led by members of the local Rowing Club, a squadron of mostly female vogatori, are also highly recommended.
How to Get There
It is a lovely hotel, and we have fond memories of our visits over the years. However, this year, my son, who is autistic, and has a learning disability, was not treated well, and nor were we as parents. To be clear, he is not at all disruptive, nor does he have behavouiral problems. My complaint was handled well, and with compassion, but the fact remains that the staff are clearly not trained appropriately, and the automiatic reaction was one of exclusion, and coldness. We have never experienced this in other hotels, and we travel extensively, including to other Belmond Hotels. I would not feel welcomed to return to this one.
Summer Italian vacation with Belmont luxury and impeccable Italian service, both at the Villa San Michele and the Cipriani Hôtel...
Thanks to all the staffs, you guys make the experience unique and like a family!
The best combination of luxury...
Having stayed at this legendary hotel several times over the last few years, I apologise for being remiss and not adding a review earlier. Though we haven’t been recently, it is still, without doubt, one of our favourite hotels in the world. It offers understated luxury, large grounds and gardens, one of the biggest swimming pools (saltwater) and total peace and quiet only 15 mins from St Mark’s Square, which makes it unique.
As with many of the Belmond hotels we have visited, all the staff are superb and very helpful. Each time we stayed here we have been upgraded to either a more superior room or a suite, all of which were beautifully furnished and equipped. Travelling by water taxi from the airport or main station through Venice is always a joy, as is the arrival at the hotel’s private jetty, where you are greeted by the highly professional and friendly concierge team who welcome you as part of the family. The same jetty is used for the hotel’s regular free 24 hr shuttle service to St Mark’s Square.
The pool staff have always looked after us well. This is the one place where we can truly relax while having the beauty of Venice on our doorstep, usually best visited early morning or late evening when it is less busy and crowded. Between around 10.30am and 6pm Venice’s main tourist sites are, understandably, packed with visitors who often arrive on large cruise ships, especially during peak seasons, so it is always a welcome relief to step onto the Cipriani’s shuttle launch back to the hotel when the crowds and heat become overbearing.
We usually return to the hotel late morning and have lunch at the Porticciolo Pool Restaurant by the lagoon, then dinner at Cips Club with its superb views across to St Mark’s Square. The food in both of them is excellent and probably better than many of Venice’s restaurants, where you can end up paying just as much (if not more) for less good quality food and service (and without a view). Some of the produce used in both restaurants is grown in the hotel’s garden. Relaxing in the afternoon by the pool with the sound of cicadas in the background and Palladio’s Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Presentazione as your backdrop is as good as it gets. So thank you to everyone at the Cipriani for making our visits so special.
Yes of course it’s expensive, but then you would expect it to be for such a unique and exclusive hotel. The experience of staying here is worth the money and we cannot wait to return.