What We Love
- Direct Grand Canal access
- Themed suites that pay tribute to literary luminaries, including Christine de Pizan and Lord Byron
- Cocktails in the lush garden lounge
- Bath products from the Milan-based fashion house, ETRO
What To Know
- Though the terrazzo-floored lobby here is breathtaking, it has no dedicated seating area
- Opt for the reasonably priced set menu at Glam, chef Enrico Bartolini’s Michelin-starred marvel
- Small dogs are allowed on this property
- This former palace once hosted dignitaries and VIPs
- Pet Friendly
Restored Baroque palace on one of the quieter segments of Venice’s Grand Canal, with a courtyard restaurant and its own half-century-old garden
A stay at this canal-hugging palazzo means you’ve scored front-row seats to all the aquatic action of La Serenissima, and there’s not a more atmospheric—or opulent—base in all of Venice. Decked out in fine silks, wooden wall panels, parquet flooring, and antiques galore, the brand of luxury here is most definitely a grown-up variety (so it’s best to leave the tots at home). For all its over-the-top 16th-century sensibilities, the hotel’s got a distinct eco-friendly side (fitting for a city that recently built an algae-fueled power plant), relying on LED light bulbs and seasonal produce. The latter is what’s trotted out at Glam, a courtyard restaurant bordered by magnolia trees where a two-Michelin-starred chef serves up contemporary incarnations of Venetian standards such as curried risotto and smoked eel spaghetti. It’s also one of the only two hotels in the city with its own garden—a charming, 500-year-old green space with a revered sculpture depicting three lions meant to represent Venice’s past, present, and future.
In the Area
The hotel is a 20-minute water-taxi ride from Venice Marco Polo International Airport and about an hour’s drive from Treviso—often considered an underrated gateway to Venice. Though many famed city sights like the famous Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace are with easy access, the efficient palazzo staff can also help book a boat ride on Venice’s signature waterway, plan trips to glass-making factories on the island of Murano, or dole out gelateria recommendations and opera tickets.
How to Get There
Excellent quaint place, very quiet but hospitable. The breakfast out in the small garden was a delight with two very attentive persons and an excellent chef. The larger room was luxurious, the smaller, a bit claustrophobic and needed more light. The dinner at the restaurant downstairs was fit for royalty!! By the time we stopped admiring and eating up all that came with the chef's compliments, there was hardly any space left for the main meal. The dessert was followed by another masterpiece - another compliment!! Would recommend this place to all who like to stay in hotels with character and history!!
Small 18 rooms, luxurious, tasteful, centrally located neat Vaparetto station in quiet steet, with direct access to Grand Canal. beautiful garden, perfect attentive service, great breakfast. A stylish retreat in busy Venice. We will be back.
Absolutely stunning boutique hotel in an old villa. Decor is luxurious, traditional yet modern and comfortable. Loved staying there. We arrived after midnight when the kitchen had closed but the lovely person in reception brought us some bread and cheese which he cut himself. Only gripe is the maitre d’ at breakfast who was abominably rude. I
One morning I asked him about wifi- he replied curtly: this is not my job madam, please ask one of my colleagues. A nicer way to put it would have been- let me try to help, but if it doesn’t work I’ll ask my colleagues.
The next morning I came down to breakfast and he greeted me and said: please sit wherever you would like. So I chose a sunny table. After I sat down, he said, please move to another table as this table is set for 4 people and you are only 2 (!!!!!!!!). I couldnt believe my ears. To be treated so poorly at such a high end place. So i said, since all the tables are the same size, why don’t you just remove 2 place settings instead of asking me to get up? Anyway....that guy had no tact or manners but other than that the place is perfect.