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
In the sunshine, this hotel is top of the top. I loved it. We felt so relaxed and looked after the entire time. Lying in the sunlight on our terrace or by the pool, swimming, drinking their signature cocktails at the bar.... it was class!
One thing I didn't like was the breakfast service -- no one seated me and my drink order had to be flagged down (and was then forgotten). But the breakfast itself over the water was lovely and the overall vibe of our stay made me overlook this.
It was also quite confusing to find one of the restaurants although we got their eventually (it felt like we had to go through the staff exit ? ).
Overall however it was lovely and I remember it fondly, want to try all the other Belmonds now.
Our spa treatments were great, the rabbit in the garden was the sweetest, and we met some interesting characters staying at the hotel too. Very happy and would love to go back.
Luxury and pricey hotel , but worth every penny : staff wonderful, helpful and efficient, rooms are very comfortable, breakfast excellent. location: if you want to be in the hubbub of the crowded center of the ville, this is NOT the place for you, but if you value your peace and quiet after the noise, THIS IS YOUR PERFECT place: the few minutes transfer by the boat to the St Mark Square is at your service at any time. looking forward to return there!
My partner Rose and I stayed at Belmond Hotel Cipriani for 2-nights in early-May.
This being our first time to Venice (and in celebration of our 7-year anniversary) we wanted to do it right, so it was simply a no-brainer to choose the much-celebrated Cipriani as our host for the trip.
Flying in to Venice Marco Polo, it’s important to pre-arrange your hotel transfer. I used Venicelink’s private water taxi meet & greet service (€304 for a 2-person return ticket). We met our hostess at arrivals, who drove us by car to the boat, which then took us on to the hotel. Seamless journey, no queuing, friendly staff. The boat was spacious enough to seat 6 quite comfortably, as well as hold our large suitcases.
Arriving at Cipriani is an experience in itself; there’s just something about taxiing between places over water. I’m not usually a fan of boats, but this was enjoyable. Get your camera ready when approaching the hotel; it looks absolutely stunning in the daylight from the water.
We booked a “Double Room with Lagoon View”, but was satisfyingly upgraded to a Junior Suite on arrival. We found a complimentary bottle of Bisol Molera extra-dry Prosecco, fresh flowers, cake, and handwritten card in the room to welcome us.
The most impressive feature had to be the terrace, which was bigger than most rooms, complete with own sun loungers, dining table, large parasol, and looked directly out over the hotel’s incredible Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool.
We ate at Cip’s Club for lunch, and Oro for dinner; both of which were exquisite in their own right. For Cip’s, request a table on the deck for views over the water to St Mark’s Square. For Oro, it really doesn’t matter where you sit, just dress up and set aside 3-4 hours for an elegant culinary journey of Michelin class.
Cipriani have their own complimentary 24-hour boat service so whenever you wish to pop over to St Mark’s Square, just ask. We used this a lot; taking trips over to eat at Hotel Danieli, Gritti Palace, and Aman (3 other restaurants I’d recommend visiting when you’re in Venice, if you can drag yourself away from the Hotel, that is!).
It’s the subtle details and commitment to exemplary service that make it easy to see why this Hotel is such an icon. Being in Venice is magical enough, but to truly experience the best this wonderful city has to offer, put your faith in Belmond.
Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with a Belmond property and Hotel Cipriani is no exception.
A must do on everyones wish-list.
We visited for some lunch by the poolside, it was such a lovely afternoon.
From lush landscaped gardens through to hidden alcoves the grounds are vast, the hotel feels very private, almost like a private members club. Understated elegance is reflected in the decor, hand picked boutiques glitter along the marble walk way. The restaurants and bars have an intimate feel and the service is attentive but not obtrusive.
It is real agony to have to drag yourself away from such a place.
We look forward to visiting again very soon.
My husband and I stayed at this beautiful hotel as part of our 20th anniversary trip to Italy. Venice and this hotel are very pricey but the hotel is absolutely worth every penny. The grounds are fantastic and it is perfectly located with spectacular views across the lagoon into Venice. It is quiet and tranquil in an otherwise bustling place. The rooms are lovely, the bed so comfy and the service and food wonderful as well. We loved the boat ride they offered over to St. Mark's square. it was so convenient. If you visit Venice, do not hesitate to splurge on this place! It is wonderful!