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
Old world elegant hotel. Great location just steps from St Marks Square. Room is nice and well appointed. Staff is lovely and the bartender is really engaging. Only negative is the breakfast. It is in a cool, historic ballroom which is unique. Food is eh. Been to many top European hotels where the buffet blows this away. Also, no exercise room which would be nice in Venice.
My family (including two children 7/9) spent two nights at the hotel in a two bedroom suite. The rooms were large and spacious but a little worn in the bathrooms for a five star hotel.
The concierge service could have been better, as they didn’t respond to requests when even made in Italian.
Breakfast was fine, but again the dining hall, although full of character - was a little tired.
The location of the hotel however was excellent. A one minute walk from the Piazza San Marco and it was very easy to get to almost all areas of local interest.
The Luna Baglioni is perfectly situated next to St Mark’s Square, and is the epitome of excellent Italian service. The junior suite we were in had a stunning view over the lagoon, and the staff were incredibly helpful and pleasant from the reception and concierge teams, the butler and room teams and the general manager, Signor Zampieri. This is a great place to stay to get the best out of Venice and to stay in beautiful understated luxury.