What We Love
- Sipping champagne at the exclusive Krug Terrace looking out over the Grand Canal
- Watching chef Paolo Businaro theatrically preparing fabulous dishes in his open kitchen
- Johnny Depp camped out for three months in the JD Suite while filming The Tourist
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at check out
- This is a hip party hotel. The upside is that hotel guests often get invited to on-site events; the downside is that the music can go on late and loud
- The location is perfect for art lovers, just next door to the Palazzo Grassi museum
- There's no pool or spa on-site
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Philippe Starck is the man behind Palazzina G, and it’s a visual tour de force, from the surreal furniture he has specially created — low wooden tables, vast mirrors and swirling armchairs — to amazing chandeliers that reimagine Murano glass. The atrium entrance of the palazzo has been transformed into a sexy all-in-one lobby/lounge/bar/restaurant, the stylish heart of the hotel, where guests mix and mingle from morning cappuccino through after-dinner grappa.
Bed and Bath
In comparison to the extravagant entrance, the guestrooms are minimalist, very white and relatively small despite the use of mirrors everywhere, but small rooms is par for the course in Venice. Fab carnival-inspired lamps by Starck contrast with the traditional Venetian cool marble floors, delicate linen bedsheets and fluffy bathrobes. Suites feature a transparent glass wardrobe, and some have their own private rooftop terrace; it is definitely worth splashing out for one of the rooms with a view of the Grand Canal.
Grab a seat at the long cocktail bar and try the barman’s signature tipple, the Silver Moon Martini, made using Crystal Head vodka, or the lethal Campari-based Spritz al Bitter, a favorite Venetian aperitif. The chef at the hip PG’s restaurant is a star, but rather than eating at one of the cramped tables, sit at the kitchen counter and watch Paolo Businaro prepare tempting dishes such as delicate courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta, pecorino cheese and crispy apple. Also worth checking out is his cooking course, which includes a tour of the spectacular Rialto market — paradise for foodies.
In the Area
Across the Accademia Bridge are the stunning Tintoretto and Titian paintings at the Accademia Museum, while the avant-garde collection of Francois Pinault in the nearby Punta della Dogana includes works by the Chapman Brothers. A short walk from the hotel takes you to the buzzing Campo Santo Stefano; en route check out the surprising wooden sculptures of local artist Livio de Marchi and irresistible hand-printed silk and velvet fashions by Emma Gaggio. In the campo itself, hang out on the terrace of Caffe Paolin for people watching and some delicious gelato, and if you get hungry try A Beccafico for light Mediterranean cuisine from the Amalfi region.
How to Get There
We visited Venice years ago but felt insecure when selecting a hotel for one night before boarding a ship headed to the Dalmation Coast. We found the Palazzina while searching Marriott Bonvoy options.The material on line described the hotel as small, modern, and luxurious in a recently renovated mansion. We found the description right on target.
When we finally navigated to the hotel, not easy in Venice when you taker the large Grand Canal water taxi, we were quickly brought into the bar, sitting and dining area and provided with complementary snacks and wine. The room was modern, large, renovated walking shower and A/C that worked even in the 90+ degree Fahrenheit heat.
Staff were extremely knowledgeable and personable. We enjoy walking an a city and found the Palazzina a great choice with a large number of restaurants and shopping nearby.
A stunning boutique hotel in the middle of Venice. Super cool rooms with everything you could possibly need. It was quiet, contemporary and intimate. The staff were AMAZING and loved the long breakfasts, enjoyed the relaxing balconies and all of the superb finishing touches. We had a tremendous stay. Thank you so much.
This Philip Stark designed hotel is chic and sophisticated with a great attentive staff. The hotel is small (35 room?) with a beautiful rooftop bar/restuarant and one that sits overlooking the Grand Canal. The design is some of Stark's best work and shows a sophistication that comes with age and travel. The staff is well trained and very helpful!