Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande
What We Love
- Its fabulous location on the Grand Canal, not far from the Rialto Bridge
- The intimate atmosphere makes it perfect for a romantic getaway
- Stunning interior design blends contemporary decor with original architecture
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The hotel has its own private dock, so you can arrive by water taxi or gondola
- There’s no restaurant, but there are plenty nearby
- Children are welcome, but it’s ideal for couples
- Free WiFi
Palazzo Barbarigo exudes grown-up glamour, with Art Deco design complementing the palazzo’s ancient architecture. The palette is dark and sensual: Think dark wallpaper, shiny black marble and smoked glass mirrors, all without a hint of chintz or pastels. The spacious reception area, lined by shelves stacked with coffee table books, leads directly to the water, and there’s a small terrace off the deliciously decadent lounge bar.
Bed and Bath
The 18 rooms, including six suites, are spread over the palazzo’s two floors and have views over the water. They all share the same boudoir-chic style, with sumptuous velvet furniture, heavy curtains and feather-trimmed lampshades blending seamlessly with period details and polished parquet floors, along with kingsize beds, a desk and armchair and an elegant cocktail cabinet. While the rooms are decorated in dark tones, the large windows let in plenty of light. The dark marble bathrooms have tinted mirrors, a powerful rain shower and lotions and potions from Florence. There’s even a TV screen embedded in the mirror.
A lavish breakfast of bread, pastries, cold meats and cheeses and fruit (hot dishes are available for an extra charge) is served until a leisurely 11 a.m. in a cozy nook in the lounge bar. If you’re quick, you can grab the sought-after table on the diminutive terrace and eat alfresco overlooking the Grand Canal. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but there are plenty of eating options nearby. Try Trattatoria Da Ignazio for traditional Venetian dishes, such as catch-of-the-day, seafood and calf’s liver, or Muro Rialto for great pizzas. The hotel’s lounge bar — all smoky mirrors, dark velvet sofas and silk wall panels — serves snacks and creative cocktails until 11 p.m.
In the Area
The Piazza San Marco and all of Venice’s key sights are just a short hop by vaparetto from the San Toma stop, and Palazzo Barbarigo is ideal for exploring the lively San Polo district. The historic Rialto Bridge is only a short stroll away; don’t miss its morning food market, popular with chefs and locals as well as tourists. Contemporary art lovers should visit Peggy Guggenheim’s palazzo-turned-gallery, Palazzo Grassi and the Prada Fondazione’s Ca’ Corner della Regina, which are all close by. All the Italian design giants are here, so you can shop ’til you drop at Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci. Then, for a cocktail with a bird’s-eye view of the city, head to Solano, a newly opened bar on the rooftop of the Splendid Venice Hotel.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo in October to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. What a memorable stay: the location is perfect (they have their own dock which means you can take a water taxi to and from the airport, and out to dinner, anytime -- no hauling your bags through the streets and steps of Venice... and the back door leads you out through an ancient oh so quiet alleyway into a square, where you can walk to any part of Venice including the Doges Palace in 20 minutes). The concierge amazing (Thank you Christopho for the great restaurant recommendation, we loved Hostaria Bacanera WOW! Thank you Valentina for EVERYTHING including helping us when my husband forgot his wallet and having it sent home for us :) Thanks Danielo for all of your help! Thanks to the sweet bartender who stayed late to pour us Prosecco at the adorable bar! Can't beat the view from the little balcony over the Canal. OH and the breakfast was amazing, especially the fresh fruit. We will be back!
Palazzo BARBARIGO is just a beautiful and charming base to explore and enjoy Venice. Staff is charming and helpful, rooms are comfortable and quiet remote from San Marco’s crowd and craziness. We stayed there almost ten years ago and it has not changed and remains a beautiful hotel. We highly recommend.
We absolutely loved our stay at Palazzo Barbargio. We stayed in room #1 on the ground level which had three windows with spectacular views of the canal. The first day we barely left our room, as we opened the windows, pulled up two chairs and a bottle of wine to enjoy watching the boats go by. A few of the gondolas ride past the windows which is very pleasant to watch. There were little to no mosquitos during our stay in September, so having the windows open wasn’t an issue. The staff were all very polite and friendly. The hotel only has 18 or so rooms, so the service is very exclusive. Upstairs they have a quiet bar and one table outside on a balcony. As the hotel has few guests, it wasn’t a problem finding the balcony to be vacant. The bartender has been there for years and you can have a delightful conversation with him if you need a nightcap. Breakfast includes pastries, cheeses and fresh fruit. All delicious. The hotel’s entrance is on the canal, so be sure to arrive by water taxi to get the full effect! However, there is also a rear exit in an alley that leads to the shops and restaurants. We left at 4:00 am for the airport and the front desk had warm pastries and cappuccinos delivered to our room prior to leaving. The service was above and beyond. We cannot wait to go back!