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
I cannot recommend this hotel enough. We booked a three night stay for my husband birthday.
Arrive by rather grande canal by private taxi and you will never forget it, don’t be put off by negative comments about the alleyway entrance. We loved the fact it made the hotel feel special and a bit more exclusive as a best kept secret.
Room was lovely, and the bed was so comfortable too. We got offered an upgrade to a room onto the grande canal but liked the quieter room and didn’t feel the need to move as the room was so nice.
The front of house staff were amazing with lots of recommendationsfor food and site seeing and it was such a personnel service. We often felt we were the only people there.
Breakfast was delicious , the basket of pastries and fruit so tastey.
We would love to return. A lovely romantic break was made even more special with this hotel.
Pre arrival support was great, arranging water taxi directly to the hotel, and on arrival we were met with a warm professional receptionist who ensured we were welcome. The superior room was tremendous, well appointed and comfortable, as was the en-suite.
The walk from the hotel to a Main Street May appear daunting as it follows a single file alley for 300m though in truth, is fine.
Breakfast is plentiful, bread, meats, cheese, fruit and pastries. Additional hot items can be purchased.
The bar is underused, we had exclusive use on most evenings from 22.00 to 23.00 as well as Saturday afternoon. Sitting on the Juliet balcony, over the Grand Canal was a special time.
As discerning travellers we found no fault with Plazzo Barbargio and highly recommend it.
Elegant boutique hotel, great location right on Grand Canal near water bus stop Sa Toma. Lots of bars and restaurants nearby, walking distance to Rialto Bridge. Very friendly and helpful staff. Hope I can get a room next time after all these great reviews.
Booked this trip for my granddaughters high school graduation present - last year! Just getting around to the review now!! I booked two rooms, one classic and one luxury. The stay dates were August 4 through 11th, 2018. I also booked the private boat to take us from the airport to the hotel, WOW, this is a must! The feeling that you get when pulling up to the front of the hotel via the water is indescribable,. Worth the splurge!
We were greeted by Valentina, she is so beautiful, she made our stay here unforgettable. She upgraded our rooms, both of them, to canal view. The rooms are unique, everyone of them just a little bit different from the next. Love this boutique hotel. We had breakfast included every day, such an amazing breakfast too. We would get up and go right out of our door to the breakfast area, pastries, juices, coffee, whatever you wanted. This jump-started our day. We were ready to head out, stay out all day, and then come back, rest and go back out again. When we were done with the day, we sat on the veranda outside the bar area. We bought wine, and were provided with complimentary cheese and crackers and olives. We would just sit there, relax and watch the boats go by. I want to go back so bad!!
If you go to Venice, this is the hotel you want, no questions about it. Ask for Valentina and she will take care of you. I can't say enough about this hotel,
Less than 6 months and we are back. Another 5 star stay. Here are my tips:
- arrive by boat - we arrive and leave by boat. It’s amazing and your first impression (and last) is breathtaking
- get a grand canal view - so we spend time in the hotel and it’s worth it for us. If you are out all day, maybe a non grand canal view is fine - it’s still a beautiful canal
What to know:
Very modern in style and luxurious. It has been tastefully restored and we love the style.
The rear entrance is down an alleyway, everything is down an alleyway, it’s Venice. There is more lighting now so it is totally lit at night whether through permanent lights or security lights.
We stayed in March and it was rather hot. It was just changing from being very cold to very warm so the aircon struggled a little but was ok.
Toiletries are lovely and we plan to order more on from Venice!
We visited last time for a special birthday and this time I visited when I got some special news.
We loved our second stay Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo - we will see you again soon for some Venice beauty.