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
This is our fifth time staying at this hotel. We booked a four night stay at the hotel about three months ago and learned soon after that the hotel was able to offer us a pre-arrival upgrade to a junior suite with lagoon view due to my Aurelian level membership with the leading hotels. This was a really nice touch and we looked forward to our stay. Upon check in, we learned that we got upgraded again to a full suite with lagoon view. This is the first time we have ever been upgraded twice!
We were assigned the suite Canaletto, and we could not be more pleased. Baglioni hotel Luna really spoiled us this time. We quite enjoyed our junior suite with lagoon view 505 that we booked a few months ago, but this suite is on a whole other level. It has a welcoming foyer, large formal living room, a huge bathroom with dual vanity and a huge tub, a walk in closet and the bedroom. Although we prefer the views out of the junior suite 505 since it sits one story taller and has windows all around (even in the bathroom) for panoramic views. The views offered by suite Canaletto is just as good, but sometimes guests in the terrace suite right in front of us would choose to open the giant umbrella for sun protection which would block quite a bit of our lagoon view. This is the only downside of this suite, but since we got this suite as a free double upgrade, we did not mind one bit.
The included breakfast is very good with a wide variety of items. There are a la carte items to order as well. I tried the omelette with aged cheese for 25 euro, and it was worth every penny. House keeping is equally excellent.
We did not get much help from the butler, but it is not a big deal since we got the suite as an upgrade. Michele did offer some assistance whenever he saw us. Our interactions were mainly with the excellent concierge staff. The day time concierge (the one with a pair of glasses) was extremely helpful and offered us great advice on how and where to best observe the Voga Longa event. The most memorable part of our stay was the chitchat with Gianluca every night. He is like an encyclopedia! We learned so much about Venice and it’s traditions from him. It’s always a treat to hear about his stories and he does a perfect moonwalk. :D We took his advice to heart - forget all itineraries, to best experience Venice, it’s good to get lost in the back alleys and take the time to take it all. He gave us a warm and personal farewell on our departure day.
Every time we come back to this hotel we experience something new that keeps us hooked. This time the management and the entire staff of Baglioni hotel Luna gave Italian hospitality a new meaning. We will be coming back again for our future Venetian vacations very soon.
The Baglioni Hotel Luna is a beautiful property in a fantastic location. The location is perfect for sightseeing and shopping!
The restaurant onsite was equally impressive. My child was afraid of pigeons and the waiter made every effort to distract them away from her by feeding them elsewhere! The pasta was truly the best we had in Italy!
The hotel's customer service was also second to none. From the moment you walk in - to the sad realization of departure - everyone I dealt with gave 100%. The front desk even let me leave my portable battery plugged in while they stored my luggage. (I did forget it - but that wasn't their fault).
I will definitely be back to Venice, but I will not even book my trip unless I know the Baglioni Hotel is available!
Outstanding Hotel in a beautiful Palazzo with lots of attentive personnel, and a former ballroom turned into a fantastic breakfast venue. We did not eat at the restaurant, but had a very good small bite (lunch) at the Hotel Bar once. The private boats you can hire at the airport deliver you directly to the "Water entrance" of the Hotel. The location could not be more central. Only the bathrooms did not fully live up to our expectations, as they are a bit dated / no walk in shower.
I visited the hotel during the Venice Carnival and had a fabulous stay. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and the staff were all extremely helpful and polite. The room was large and airy and had a view down to the canal below. The bathroom was well stocked and had plenty of light and a wide counter for applying cosmetics. The beds were comfortable and the cleaning g team kept everything absolutely spotless.
The sumptuous and plentiful breakfast was a highlight of our trip and we particularly enjoyed the Prosecco and gentle harp music - a wonderful way to start our days before heading out around the city. There really was something for everyone on offer, with fresh platters of meats, cheeses, fruits, cereals, breads, pastries and yoghurts as well as the expected hot offerings.
Each evening we asked the concierge for a recommendation for dinner and he always suggested places we enjoyed, which were well suited to the budget / atmosphere we asked for, whether that be romantic, fun, pizza, or ‘special’.
The hotel was a pleasure to stay at and deserves its place as a ‘Leading hotel of the World’. I look forward to returning next time I visit Venice.
What a fabulous hotel. From the moment you arrive by water taxi, the service is amazing. The Hotel is stunning, the bedrooms are very spacious, luxuriously set out and very clean. The staff are incredible, very helpful and friendly. The food is excellent, the breakfast room is amazing with beautiful paintings on the ceiling and walls. Plenty of choice also. My husband and I were celebrating our 25 wedding anniversary, and also a birthday too. In our room had been left a bottle on ice, and a beautiful gift. Such a wonderful thought and surprise for us both. The location of the hotel is absolutely brilliant, only a few yards from St Marks square, the shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this hotel, and we would like to thank the management, and all the staff at The Hotel Baglioni for making our stay a magnificent ending to a trip of a life time.