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
The hotel is in a top location across the water from the heart of Venice. We experienced very relaxed professional staff who were warm and friendly. Beautiful gardens An expensive treat if you can afford it.
The level of service at this beautiful hotel exceeded our expectations. We had a beautiful room and amenities. The peace and quiet on Giudecca was a wonderful respite from the chaos of St. Mark's Square. We loved our dinner at Cip's. Thanks to Concierge Tommaso for his expert help and the earlier help from Mr. Picci. Breakfasts were delicious and the setting wonderful. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful during this spring visit with wisteria in bloom. The shuttle boat to the St. Mark's area was an essential and welcome addition to the services provided.
The Belmond Cipriani is a class by itself. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are elegant, the food is fabulous, and the service is unbeatable. I felt as it I was being welcomed into a family. There is no place I have ever stayed in that the staff was as wonderful as at this hotel. Dear Danilo and Barbara thank you.
We're so pleased we booked this hotel! It lived up to expectations and the suite was just amazing. Great style, super comfortable bed, and the service from staff was nothing short of outstanding. This is a world class hotel in an idyllic location.
First time visitors to the famous Cipriani hotel. There’s no question this is a very fine hotel.... the signed pictures of former guests Barbra Streisand, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, to name but a few, somewhat endorsing its status as one of the best.
Being situated on Guidecca island is perfect - close enough to see the City of Venice itself but far enough away to provide an oasis of peace and tranquility. They have a fantastic pool (not a common feature with Venetian hotels!), whilst the hotel gardens, adored with flowers, are simply beautiful and a wonderful place to relax. A free 24/7 water taxi service is available to take you to Venice itself.
The room was fabulous, with classical Italian decor and enormous beds with pillows that make you want to sleep forever. A balcony overlooking the lagoon was the perfect place to watch the world go by.
To fellow ‘non-millionaires’ and at risk of sounding like a Bugatti owner who moans about the cost of its fuel, most things here come at a very heavy premium (more than expected). Soup at €28 broke all previous records, as did a 150cl (that’s small!) bottle of tonic water at €11. Even compared to the George V in Paris, our view was this place was unnecessarily expensive. As some other reviewers have suggested, try taking a 5-10 minute walk along Guidecca island and there are some decent bars where drinks (and food) are much more sensibly priced. Equally, there’s a plethora of choice in Venice itself.
We didn’t try Oro (their Michelin Star restaurant), however, Cips Club is a great place for lunch or dinner, whilst we felt Guidecca 10 was punching well above it weight. Service overall was excellent, with staff attentive, professional and accommodating to your every need.
Overall, it’s virtually impossible not to love the Cipriani and we genuinely feel privileged to have been their guest. Yes, it is very expensive, but despite my moans and groans about food and drink prices, like most things in life, you get what you pay for and we had a truly memorable experience.