There is no better time to visit Venice than in the Autumn. You can avoid the crowds, experience cooler weather when getting lost in the maze of lanes and canals, and even enjoy a luxurious hotel stay in one our top 5 Venetian palace hotels.
Revel in the picture-perfect views and enjoy Italian food and wine at its best. Remember those sweeping panoramas of the Grand Canal and the Doge’s Palace in Casino Royale? Or perhaps Angelina Jolie at the helm of a canal boat, racing across the sea in The Tourist? Well it’s time for your own epic blockbuster.
Venetian Palace No.1: The Westin Europa & Regina
Venice’s piece de resistance, the 17th Century Venetian palace the Westin Europa & Regina, could not be more luxurious, all whilst taking in breathtaking views over the Grand Canal. The hotel is located in the centre of the artistic and theatre district, and is within easy reach of all the luxury shopping and tasty restaurants of the Piazza San Marco.
No matter what room you pick it is guaranteed to be plush. But if you’re dreaming big, then dreams can’t even begin to describe the experience of the Luxury Suite. The Suite will see you surrounded by precious silks, velvets and damasks, while the spacious marble bathroom and large windows open out onto the spires and canals of Venice.
For a morning coffee or an evening cocktail, head to the hotel’s Bar Tiepolo with its terrace located directly on the Grand Canal. The extensive cocktail menu covers everything from signature cocktails to contemporary classics, so it’s the perfect place to try something new.
Venetian Palace No.2: Hotel Danieli
Another heritage setting, but this time on the Riva Degli Schiavoni, a Venetian lagoon just feet away from the iconic Bridge of Sighs. The lobby of this Venetian palace hotel, with its marble floors and columns, ornate ceilings and deep Oriental carpets, served as the backdrop for the movie ” The Tourist” (2010) starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
The five-star hotel comes with a spectacular rooftop restaurant and palatial suites which house a rich collection of precious art and antique furniture. All of this is seamlessly blended with modern amenities, ideal for the savvy traveller.
Our favourite suite is the Lagoon View Suite, a decadent royal blue-and-gold-themed room with high ceilings framed by guilt molding. The room features romantic Juliet-style balconies, a state of the art sound system, and a generous living space with separate sitting-room facilities.
Venetian Palace No.3: Hotel Excelsior
Located at the Venice Lido beach, this masterpiece of 19th century Venetian palace architecture is an exclusive five-star resort. The hotel’s restaurant, Ristorante Tropicana, is the epitome of Venetian luxury thanks to its family-friendly atmosphere and stunning sea views. Under the helm of Head Chef, Antonio Sanna, Tropicana serves contemporary Italian cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with majestic chandeliers and wooden-beamed ceilings, and it boasts magnificent views across the sea.
The palace houses 197 guest rooms, each decorated in the Moorish style and facing either the sea, Venice lagoon, or the courtyard with a traditional Moorish fountain.
During the winter of 2013 the hotel’s guest rooms underwent a large-scale renovation., replacing tapestries and furniture, plus installing beautiful new bathrooms complete with large showers.
Venetian PalaceNo.4: The Gritti Palace
Far nicer than its name would suggest, The Gritti Palace, is one of Venice’s most iconic hotels, and is situated along the Grand Canal. The hotel is a centre point for Venetian high society, often playing a starring role in the Venice Film Festival.
Two of the hotel’s highlights are the Aqua di Parma Spa, an elegant relaxing space just steps away from the Piazza San Marco. And the Restaurant Club Del Doge, which offers gourmet cuisine and houses a terrace overlooking some of Venice’s most well-known sites.
Our favourite suite is the Terrazza Redentore Suite, a spectacular two storey space with a 250sqm rooftop terrace complete with pool and exclusive views over the Grand Canal. The living room features frescoed ceilings, and the bedroom is lined with plush fabric wall paper designed by Lorenzo Rubelli.
The suite can be reached from its own private lift, directly from the lobby floor.
Venetian Palace No.5: Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Considered one of Venice’s crowning jewels and featured in 2006’s Casino Royale, everything about the Hotel Cipriani is beautiful. With no expense spared, it seamlessly blends modern décor with traditional Venetian palace style.
Located just four minutes (by boat of course) from Piazza San Marco, the hotel boasts unrivalled views of the lagoon and the Doge’s Palace. Possibly its most splendid feature is the luxurious swimming pool. A magnificent Olympic sized pool, it’s the only swimming pool in central Venice, fully heated and filtered with sea water.
If you are looking to stay fit whilst on holiday, then this hotel is definitely the place to stay. The perfect way to work off all the pasta and pizza you anticipate eating whilst in Venice. As if an Olympic sized swimming pool wasn’t enough, the hotel also features a fully equipped gym, personal trainer service, and outdoor clay tennis courts.
A peek inside the Palladio Suite reveals marble floors, antique furniture, and floor to ceiling windows with views over the lagoon. On the terrace you’ll find a plunge pool for you to cool down in, complete with Jacuzzi. The suite also comes with its own private launch so you can jet off to explore the islands.
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