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 chose this hotel based on the ratings on TA. Overall it was very good, but there are some flaws in our opinion. It is a high styled renovation that makes it hard to imagine that the building is old. It appears it was completely gutted in the redo. It is fairly well located, but the land access is via a long (160 steps) winding street a/k/a an alley that is not well lit at night and can be intimidating. We did not like the bathroom design. Shower floor was rather slick and the counter and shelf space very limited. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Good breakfast and nice bar area open in the evening. Great canal views from our upgraded room.
I’m writing this review sitting on the chaise long on my suite looking at the Grand Canal (see the pic)!
We were in Milan and we have chosen this hotel for our NYE! Because we are celebrating our relationship anniversary, my wife decided to pick up a very nice place to stay. This is absolutely the case!
The hotel is 100% charm!
The view is amazing!
We were received by the owner Nicoletta and she spent almost half an our explaining everything about Venice. What a lovely person.
It was too good to be true, but it happened: we were room upgraded!
You should visit this hotel. Venice is all about experience and this hotel is the most adequate to be a huge part of it!
Thank you Nicoletta!
We like this house.We were here the 4´th time. But this year we were a little bit appointed. the room was very small for a Double de Luxe. the bathroom was very cold without any heating. it is strange to give such a room to fans of Palazzo Barbarigo.
An excellent hotel if you want a small, luxury hotel. We stayed in room 10, the best room with a corner view of two canals.
The staff made my husband’s 40th even more special and I thank them for a most memorable trip.
The rooms are excellent. Silk wallpaper, lovely velvet seating and plenty of it, incredibly comfortable bed (one of my favourite hotel beds), lights well thought out (full control by the bed) and good bathroom.
We arrived by water taxi - this is a must and, if you are unsure on whether to spend the extra, do not hesitate. We also left by water taxi as it is the most convenient way of travel by some distance. No wheeling cases around the streets....
The hotel desk was able to organise everything for us and delivered 5* service.
It is a small intimate hotel.
We used the balcony extensively. It was November but about 15 degrees c. No one else seemed to use it but I would imagine in high season it is busy. Just two seats. Perfect for a bottle of Prosecco and one of our favourite sights of Venice on the grand canal.
The entrance for this hotel from land is counter intuitive. It is down a tiny alley (more reasons to get a water taxi in and out with bags).
Lots of good restaurants near by - it’s near all the sites but Venice is small. Something we discovered on the last day and didn’t use - there is a gondola river crossing right by the hotel. EUR2 for non residents. If you don’t want to walk to Rialto, you can cross here and get a (tiny) gondola ride.
Would return again and sit on the balcony all weekend. Thank you again for such a memorable trip for us both.
We have always enjoyed this hotel and staff.. Probably our main reason for returning to Venice. Great location with a wonderful front balcony where you can sit and enjoy The Grand Canal. Nice that it is out of the way of canal tourist traffic.