Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Top location, between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge
- Breathtaking views from the rooftop bar, Solana
- It has its own jetty, so you can arrive by gondola or water taxi
What To Know
- A city tax of $6/€4.50 (February 1-December 31) and $4/€3.15 (January 1-31) per person, per night will be charged by the hotel at checkout
- It’s a historic building, but the decor is contemporary
- There’s no fitness center or spa
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, this canalside spot has a long and distinguished history of welcoming guests. It began life as a 16th-century inn and went through several incarnations before being fully renovated in 2007. It artfully blends ancient architecture and contemporary furnishings in the middle of Venice. At the center of the hotel is the Campiello, a Venetian-style courtyard covered by a glass roof, which bathes the restaurant in natural light. The bar is decorated in plush fabrics, and there’s a handsome velvet-lined library and media room.
Bed & Bath
The 165 rooms — including 63 Deluxe and 80 Superior Suites — are all elegantly decorated in soothing neutral tones, with light oak parquet floors, sumptous drapes and blond wood furnishings. They all come with soft goosedown “Starbeds” and are well soundproofed against any street noise, to ensure a good night’s sleep. All the sparkling white marble bathrooms have powerful rainfall showers and house brand lotions and potions.
The American-style buffet breakfast will set you up for the day. Take a sightseeing break for afternoon tea served in the bar and tuck into delicious sandwiches and pastries. In the evening the chef at Le Maschere restaurant creates traditional Venetian dishes, such as fritto misto and beef carpaccio with rucolo and parmesan. Enjoy aperitivi in the bar, lounging on a velvet sofa as gondolas drift past the windows, and don’t miss the signature cocktail — a mix of gin, aperol, vermouth and vodka topped with grapefruit juice — and showstopping views of the city from the fifth-floor Solana bar.
How to Get There
GENERAL: My husband and I stayed at this hotel two times this summer, in both times we booked the deluxe double room with canal view and breakfast (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SELECTION!)
TRANSPORTATION: In terms of transportation, we did not know that not all speedboats can enter the canals of Venice and that only the official Venice Taxis were able to drop you off in front of the hotel lobby. We made the mistake of listening to a random stranger at the airport who happened to have a speedboat and he dropped us off at the grand canal which is about 3-4 minutes walk to the hotel. It wasn’t that bad, its just with the over-tourism going on in Venice it was hectic dragging two pieces of luggage across the city. The hotel was very helpful however in arranging for the return water taxi which costed 85 euros to go to the train station and 140 to go to the airport.
CHECK-IN: Checking in was smooth, although busy the receptionists treated all guests equally and tried to finish as quick as they could. Perhaps this was a challenge because only two receptionists were at the front, but it was okay overall.
ROOM: The first time we stayed in this hotel our room was on the 1st floor and the second time, our room was on the 3rd floor. Having the room on the first floor was much more beautiful as the canal view was so close to you. Also, I have to mention that the rooms looked nothing like the pictures in both times and when we pointed this out to the receptionist she said that it was a historical building and not all rooms were furnished the same. Generally, the rooms has the same amenities, a good TV, AC, coffee machine, there was no iron. Although located very close to the center it was quiet at night and easy to get a good night’s sleep.
FOOD: The breakfast buffet was small but has the necessities, scrambled and boiled eggs, as well as a selection of fresh pastries, fruit, cheeses and spreads. My only comment on the buffet was that the boiled eggs were very cold and were not put in any sort of thermal chamber to keep them warm.
LOCATION: The hotel was in an excellent location, everything was close to us and it was easy to go out and about.
OVERALL: We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and most certainly will be going back to the same hotel if we were ever in Venice again.
This hotel lives up to it's name, Splendid! Lovely hotel right on the canal. St. Mark's Square is about a 2 minute walk. Our room was huge and had a foyer in a separate room with a large closet. Bathroom was huge, marble, and beautiful! Breakfast buffet was great, but room service pizza was not good. Great service! Would love to return!
I can’t fault this hotel. The staff were all professional but friendly. We were upgraded to a canal view room for our honeymoon and it was perfect. Watching the gondola’s and water taxis pass by was great. If you want to arrive or leave in style you can pay to be dropped off right outside the door on the canal. It’s not cheap though. The location was perfect; situated about a 5 minute walk from both the Rialto Bridge and St Marks and on the walking route between the two. It meant if we got lost - and it can be easy to do - we just had to follow the numerous signs for ether and we were back on track. The room was great and we were really grateful for the air conditioning after very hot days and evenings. The buffet breakfast was more than enough for us and set us up for the day. We didn’t get chance to expert the rooftop bar but I would guess it would be spectacular.