Baglioni Hotel Luna
What We Love
- Its superb location, within easy walking distance of Venice’s greatest treasures and designer stores
- The hotel has its own dock, so you can arrive by gondola or motorboat
- It’s home to award-winning Canova, one of the city’s top restaurants
- Dating from the 12th century, it’s reputedly the oldest hotel in Venice
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Breakfast costs an additional $45 per person
- The excellent concierge service — in person and online — offers a wealth of insider tips
- Children are welcome, but it’s ideal for couples
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
This former palace started life in the 12th century as a convent before serving as a shelter for the Knights Templar during the Crusades. Brimming with history, it features ornate stucco work and period furniture. The public areas are dressed in silk-covered walls, lashings of colored marble and sparkling Murano crystal, and are stuffed full of precious objets d’art and gilt-framed paintings. Opulent ceiling frescoes from the school of celebrated artist Giambattista Tiepolo, decorate the ballroom–turned–breakfast room, which still holds lavish balls during Venice’s spectacular annual Carnevale.
Bed and Bath
Some rooms overlook the city’s tiled rooftops and narrow streets, while others look out onto a small canal, St. Mark’s Basin or the Royal Gardens. Each room is unique, but all are elegantly decorated in muted tones, with sumptuous fabrics, Venetian glass mirrors, Murano crystal chandeliers and framed prints. Period-style furniture sits harmoniously alongside high-tech necessities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. There’s plenty of storage space behind mirrored doors and, in larger rooms, a separate dressing area. The enormous Italian marble bathrooms drip with gold fittings and feature large tubs as well as powerful showers.
Start the day in style with breakfast in the grand setting of the Salone Marco Polo, under the fresco-covered ceiling. After a long day’s exploring, head to the Caffè Baglioni for coffee or a spritz (prosecco and Aperol) and aperitivi overlooking the side canal. The intimate Canova restaurant is resplendent with yet more Murano glass chandeliers, a polished parquet floor and tables bedecked in crisp white linen and heavy silverware. Its award-winning fare includes Venetian specialities such as black pasta with clams, sea bass with artichokes and Venetian-style calf’s liver, which you can wash down with a fine Italian wine recommended by the sommelier.
How to Get There
Lovely stay over Christmas. Very opulent surroundings and excellent service. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet. Concierge and hotel staff very accommodating including setting up a wonderful private water taxi tour. Excellent location literally steps from Piazza San Marco. Gorgeous bathrooms. Not much of a lobby scene and hotel bar is disappointingly quiet. Other than that, we very much enjoyed our magical stay. (Room service toasted ham and cheese sandwich is world-class.) Highly recommend Venice at this time of year.
We stayed at the Baglioni hotel Luna for a week to celebrate our 28th anniversary. It is a beautiful old hotel with some amazing architecture inside. We arrived a few days before the end of Carnival, the location was perfect for easy access to all the festivities in St. Marks square. The room was large, comfortable and always clean. The included buffet breakfast had many delicious choices. Interactions with the staff were all very good, they are there to help.
As some reviewers noted, you can get some noise from the people in the street at night. We were on the 3rd level and you could hear people at night, but given how narrow all the streets are in Venice I'd assume that this happens everywhere. If we returned to Venice I would definitely stay again.
Outstanding service, friendly staff, excellent food and great location. Arrived by water taxi, greeted by wonderful staff, explained everything well, guided us to all the sights. Great recommendations for dinner were provided. Highly recommend!
I went for a few Venice carnival balls. Baglioni Carnival Party was the first one. It was a rather fancy reception. I met many Americans attending the party. The ball was very nice and fancy. The only thing I did not like was the food, which was a bit plain, but the reception snacks were quite good. The entertainment was rather interesting. It was fun to see people around the world dressing up in fancy costumes. It was a well organized events. But too many people wanted to dance. We ended up stepping on each other's big dresses.
A 5 star rating for hotel in term of excellent location, service and staying experience. The room is very luxurious and spacious. The bed is very comfortable and soft. The bathroom is very clean and luxurious as well. Overall, no complaint. A real 5 star hotel.