Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal
What We Love
- A Grand Canal four-star, with breakfast, a casino entry, a suite option and other extras
- Staying in an ornate and lavish room or suite – your pick
- Starting each day with complimentary breakfast and visiting Murano (return journey not included)
- Watching the world cruise by, thanks to stunning views over the Grand Canal
- Sharing a palace with such illustrious former residents as Mozart and the King of Denmark
What To Know
- Elegant interiors are decorated with marble, Rubelli fabric and Venetian Terrazzo floors
- WiFi costs extra
- The historic building still has its original 16th-century features
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
The majestic city of Venice hardly needs any introduction. The city’s dizzying labyrinthine streets hide enough gems to justify a lifetime’s exploration; with a mild climate and rich heritage, too, it’s the perfect city-break destination. If you haven’t been before, you simply must, and if you have, then you hardly need an excuse to go back – but we’ve got one, anyway: a stay at one of
its most elegant abodes, a palace that played host to Mozart
and European royalty.
The 16th-century Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli
oozes class and elegance. The one-time home of Doge Marco Foscarini
mixes period styling with modern décor and a splash of decadence
within its four-star rooms. Set beside the iconic Grand Canal, with
spectacular views galore, it’s merely a gondola ride away from la Serenissima’s most famous sights, not to mention its many trendy shops,
cafés and bars.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €4.50 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out. It’s also worth noting that this hotel has a
breakfast room but not a restaurant.
Rooms and suites
Each room at the Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli is unique
and distinctive. All are spacious and luxuriously furnished with Rubelli
fabrics, marble bathrooms and parquet or Venetian Terrazzo flooring; some even retain original features from the 1500s. Upgrade to a suite
for buckets of space, exposed beams in the ceiling and a view of the gardens.
harbors a wealth of architectural and artistic masterpieces in a
relatively small area. Stepping out directly from The Hotel Palazzo
Giovanelli’s door, you can take a vaporetto water taxi along the
meandering Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square – the beating heart of
Venice – with its most iconic sights including the Doge’s
Palace, Campanile and Torre dell’Orologio. Art lovers should check out
the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and take an excursion to the gorgeous outlying island of the famous glass-making
How to Get There
Spent 9 nights here. Room was very quiet, faced entrance courtyard, had ample space to move around and to store all manner of clothes, electronic equipment, bathroom items. Also, bathroom had 2 drying racks for clothes and the bed was very comfortable. No screens on windows (seemingly true everywhere in Venice) so if one doesn't like air-conditioning, you might need some DEET (and most anyplace outside in Venice). Minor glitches were that the door electronic card sometimes failed. The staff were great about helping with that and also giving me a back-up key. Breakfast was ample--not what you will get in a 5-start hotel--but staff made me as many cappuccinos as I wanted in the morning. The day staff may have been the best that I have ever encountered. Extremely knowledgeable about every nook and cranny of Venice. The head of the maintenance staff was also a gem personally and the entire hotel was kept very clean. Hotel has own dock which is terrific if one wants to use a water taxi to arrive/depart to avoid carting luggage over bridges and cobblestone streets. Met some interesting people in the small bar/lounge area. (Also, bartender was another lovely staff person.) There was one major glitch for me that may not affect anyone else but sending files over wi-fi is metered.
The location really is a peaceful haven, and there are local restaurants where one can dine quietly and seemingly authentically. The hotel itself is very quiet. Air conditioning functioned fine. Staff is friendly, attentive (e.g., willing to print out maps, etc. for us). Breakfast is a typical buffet (no individually scrambled omelets, but there are scrambled eggs daily with bacon, plus cereal, fruit, juice, cheese, cold cuts, rolls and pastries, and it is easy to get a table in the quiet breakfast room). The San Stae vaporetto stop is a one minute walk. You may be able to negotiate a slightly more favorable rate if staying for multiple nights and willing to go nonrefundable; inquire by email in advance. The "garden view" rooms are quiet; don't know about canal side. There is laundry service available (for a charge) weekdays; mine was returned the next day. The hotel has its own bar; perhaps also worth noting, the museum next door has a canal-side bar/cafe which is pleasant enough but check its opening hours. I would gladly stay here again if visiting Venice for leisure.
Stayed in this Hotel on July 27 to the 29th 2018. the Location is excellent , staff was superb ! all of them! We got a free upgrade of our room. And actually we were very impress with the decoration ,amenity's and the sleeping qualities of our bed. Great breakfast at no charge . Also have a small dock for the water Taxis. Great overall experience . I will recommend this property to anyone ! Thanks for be part of our great memories of Venice. Oscar & Mary