It is almost impossible to describe the city of Venice without relapsing into cliche or repeating the words of poets, writers, romantics and dreamers who have gone before. This city of canals, bridges and dreaming spires has been inspiring travellers for centuries. Built across a shallow lagoon created by the Po and Piave Rivers, Venice possesses a culture and spirit that is unique in the world. It’s 5-star hotels, and almost infinite selection of cafes and restaurants, share these 118 small islands with fountains, cathedrals and piazzas, all connected by the city’s iconic canals. Away from the main tourist areas you can find luxury hotels and hidden retreats mixed into the fabric of everyday Venitian neighbourhoods. Indeed, you only have to step a few streets away from the main tourist parts of Venice to find yourself immersed in the authentic, ancient life of the city. To sit at a café in St. Mark’s Square and enjoy a coffee or a glass of vino while you watch the age-old cycle of Venetian life going on around you, is to approach perfection for a traveller. Below are some of the most luxurious hotels in Venice for you to enjoy:
The quintessential Hotel Metropole Venezia sits on the corner of Calle de la Pietà and Riva degli Schiavoni, right Infront of the Grand Canal. With the San Zaccaria Pietà ferry stop just minutes away, guests can easily access multiple locations in The Floating City. The luxury hotel is also located nine minutes from Piazza San Marco.
Each room and suite have a unique view of the nearby lagoon or the hotel’s citrus garden. Metropole Venezia offers intimate spaces with classic Venetian furniture and marble or mosaic-tiled bathrooms. One of the largest suites, the San Giorgio Apartment, has six rooms, two bathrooms, and a Roman hammam.
Guests can visit the Oriental Bar and Bistrot, an elegant venue with traditional provisions and an impressive menu of cocktails. There is also eating space in the exotic garden that is open from April to October. Nearby dining options include highly-rated Taverna Scalinetto and Osteria Alla Rampa.
Reminiscent of ancient Venice, the Metropole’s spa has gold-plated décor, dim lighting, and gentle fountains that make it the ideal place for a relaxing escape. With a spa therapist on staff, visitors can enjoy various treatments, massages, and rituals with a unique blend of the pre-modern and post-modern eras.
Bauer Palazzo is a decorated hotel located right on Venice’s Grand Canal. The posh establishment is close to two of the city’s most notable landmarks – the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Palazzo Ducale. Additionally, guests can easily visit numerous restaurants and shops that sit alongside the canal.
With 137 rooms and 54 suites, the luxury hotel has space for every traveler to visit The Floating City. Bauer Palazzo’s accommodations range from 24 to 50 sq m and feature lavish furnishings complemented with dramatic colours. Each room and suite either have rooms of the Grand Canal or San Moisè Church.
When it comes to dining, the hotel boasts a sophisticated restaurant on its 7th floor – Settimo Cielo. Guests can also enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the hotel’s Bar Canale. This picturesque venue sits right in front of the canal. During the winter, the hotel hosts live music events at BBAR.
The hotel’s fitness center is the perfect place for guests to unwind with Technogym equipment and hydro massage bathtubs. The Bauer Palazzo is home to a palatial meeting space that has seating space for a maximum of 160 guests. There’s also a 151 sq m elegant ballroom for large gatherings and weddings.
Located just steps from the Royal Gardens Park, Baglioni Hotel Luna is a five-star boutique that trumpets the history and charm of Venice. Guests can easily walk to some of the most sought-after stores in the city – Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and Versace.
The luxury hotel features a wide selection of rooms and suites that preserve the character of the historical Venetian building. Be it the 2-bedroom Family Junior Suite or the Superior room, there’s no shortage of scenic views overlooking the hotel’s courtyard, the nearby canal, or the San Marco Basin. Each room and suite boast generous living spaces, marble bathrooms, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s Canova Restaurant – a fine dining venue spearheaded by chef Massimo Livan, a Venice native who cooks up Mediterranean cuisine. There are also various fine-dining options available in the surrounding neighborhood – Antico Martini, Antico Pignolo, and Do Forni Restaurant, to name a few.
Baglioni Hotel Luna offers frequent promotions, such as complimentary breakfast and family offers. The concierge graciously assists guests in booking multiple tourist experiences, including food tasting events and workshops. This historical Venetian destination also has four different meeting rooms that can host 200 guests, perfect for weddings and large conferences.