Whether you’ve been to Venice two or 20 times, there’s always something new to discover. Indeed, even the most seasoned visitors get lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, pedestrian alleys, and canals. And therein lies the beauty of the destination: afternoons spent wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, and encountering a fresh side of Venice, a fascinating amalgamation of influences—Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Italian—every time you round a corner.
Hollywood invasion in Venice happens every year at the beginning of September, due to the world famous Venice Film Festival.
AMAN CANAL GRANDE VENICE
The palazzo housing the Aman Canal Grande Venice, Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in 1550 by the architect and follower of Sansovino, Gian Giacomo de Grigi, as commissioned by the Coccina family. The palazzo changed hands several times between 1837 and 1864 when it was acquired by the Papadopoli family.
Despite the sumptuous ambience, the atmosphere is casual and guests can find many places to relax and spend time with friends, with two verdant gardens, a quiet roof terrace, a library and a living room with a piano. Balancing the opulent decorations on the walls and ceilings, the different spaces feature chic and minimal wengé wood furniture, all manufactured by Italian design company B&B, except for few pieces which were handmade by a carpenter.
The resort offers 22 rooms, all with different style décor covering at least 50 square meters, along with two suites, the Alcova Tiepolo Suite and the Canal Grande Suite.
JW MARRIOTT VENICE
Settled on a private island in Venice, just a quick ride to St. Mark’s Square by complimentary shuttle service, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury experience for the most discerning traveler.
Guests can choose from five distinct accommodation experiences, each offering a unique ambience and view – The Hotel with its 191 guest rooms; La Residenza with its 12 guest rooms; L’Uliveto presents a rural garden setting with its 26 guest rooms and views over the ancient olive groves; La Maisonette offers 20 split level suites all with private patios and gardens and La Villa Rose, an exclusive private retreat with two bedrooms set in a private garden with a pool.
With over 40 acres (16 hectares) to explore, guests can discover numerous gardens and outdoor areas scattered with landscaped spots for quiet contemplation. Fruit arbours, olive groves and cultivated plots provide fresh ingredients for the property’s diverse food and drink offerings, including a cooking school and wine academy. Restored structures scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a picturesque events space in an original church.
In September, the rooms at JW Marriott Venice start from EUR 705 per night for a double room.
In the heart of artistic Venice, housed in a 16th century building overlooking the Canal Grande, Palazzina G is first hotel designed by Philippe Starck in Italy. Dream, poetry, romanticism and tradition revisited by the creative mind of the multifaceted French designer, have converged in the five-star luxury hotel to create a new generation and philosophy of hospitality.
The three-storey hotel, which boasts 2800 square metres of floor space, has 16 rooms and 6 suite apartments, a restaurant — the Venetian-inspired PG’s Club Restaurant, an upscale and uncommon cicchetteria, the Venetian version of the tapas bar — and a bar, all of which in Venetian mahogany and characterised by long, dramatic jewel tables, as well as a Krug Lounge, the second one in the world.
Today, the atmosphere of Palazzina G is that of a home full of charm and vitality, one whose extraordinary rooms are highlighted by unique furnishings and complements, a long row of backlit mirrors — nearly 300 — as well as glass works by the French artist Aristide Najean and a selection of the most sophisticated collector’s items, including priceless books, antique glass items and luxury vintage pieces.
In September, the rooms at Palazzina G start from EUR 657 per night.
BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI
Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this luxury hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers 95 luxurious rooms and suites spread between the main hotel building and Palazzo Vendramin, a 15th-century building linked to the Hotel Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and flowered passage-way. Most of the rooms in the Palazzo boast magnificent views overlooking the lagoon and Piazza San Marco. This splendid annex is at the disposal of those guests for whom privacy is an essential requirement. Its apartments are presented in a variety of combinations, from standard twin bedrooms to double suites. All of the hotel’s facilities, from elegant piano bar to the renowned swimming pool, are at the disposal also for guests staying at Palazzo Vendramin.
The Belmond Cipriani also boasts the romantic Casanova spa, the only swimming pool in central Venice, red clay tennis court, a fitness and beauty centre, and three restaurants to suit all occasions.
In September, the rooms at Belmond Hotel Cipriani start from EUR 960 per night for a Double Room with Garden View and Balcony.
HILTON MOLINO STUCKY VENICE
Explore Venice from the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice hotel, a historical, neo-gothic building on Guidecca Island, once home to a grand flour mill in 1895. Visit Venice attractions, just five minutes from the hotel via shuttle boat service to St. Mark’s Square.
Revive in a comfortable guest room featuring timber beam ceilings, a marble bathroom and plush Venetian fabrics. Choose an Executive Room, and enjoy access to the Executive Lounge, serving complimentary drinks and snacks all day. Relax in an Executive Suite or in a Tower Suite with a spacious, separate living area.
Winner of Europe’s and Italy’s Leading Conference Hotel by World Travel Awards 2013 and 2014, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice hotel boasts Venice’s largest congress center. Stay productive in the hotel’s business center. Host a special event for up to 1,000 Guests in Venice’s largest ballroom, or hold a business conference for up to 70 in one of the hotel’s 14 meeting spaces.
Indulge in delicious cuisine at one of seven bars and restaurants. Savor fresh, seasonal ingredients at this Venice hotel’s signature restaurant, Aromi, and enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace beside the canal. Sip fine wine, and admire Venice’s spectacular sweeping vistas at the stylish Skyline Rooftop Bar.
Plunge into the rooftop pool, open seasonally from mid May to September, and take in beautiful views of Venice. Work out in the 24-hour fitness center, complete with the latest exercise equipment. Indulge in spa treatments in the hotel’s wellness center, or bathe in the Turkish bath.
In September, the rooms at Hilton Morino Stucky Venice start from EUR 900 for a King Hilton Guestroom.
With sweeping views over the Venetian lagoons, Hotel Danieli enjoys a location rich in history on Riva degli Schiavoni. The hotel is just moments from Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city and guests can easily wander around the many authentic streets nearby.
The hotel is made up of three interconnecting palaces, each unique in style, whose glorious interiors blend together to create an evocative ambiance which offers guests the best in modern comfort and refined luxury. The main building, the Dandolo Palace, is a Venetian gothic landmark lavishly appointed with pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf decorated ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers, and antiques. This magnificent palace was commissioned in the 14th century by the noble Venetian family Dandolo, four of whose members represented the city as Doge. Of these four, the most famous and glorious was Enrico, who conquered Constantinople. Enrico Dandolo’s portrait and many memories of his heroic life still adorn the Dandolo Palace.
The adjacent “Casa Nuova” building is a 19th century palace whose decor reflects a rich, Venetian Baroque style.
The impressive building to the right of the central Dandolo Palace is the “Danielino”. Dating back to 1948 the Danielino’s decor conveys an aura of old world charme; pastel shades of pale pink, soft blue and yellow, Empire style furnishings, and framed stuccoes embrace guests during their Venetian sojourn.
Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2005 Gold List Reserve and 2001 Readers’ Choice Awards List, for generations the Hotel Danieli has been the luxury hotel preferred by discerning visitors to Venice.
In September, rates at Hotel Danieli starts from EUR 595 per night.
SAN CLEMENTE PALACE
The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace reopened in April 2015 following an extensive restoration. Idyllically situated atop a private island in the heart of the Venice lagoon, the enchanting Venetian retreat joined Starwood’s impressive portfolio of nine luxury hotels in Italy.
Led by award-winning international designers Hirsch Bedner Associates and GA Design, the hotel’s newly renovated 191 luxurious guest rooms and suites overlooking the lagoon and heavenly gardens. Guest rooms and suites feature a harmonious blend of contemporary decor with distinct Venetian craftsmanship, including heritage terrazzo floors and brocades. Among the hotel’s exquisite 48 suites, a majestic Royal Suite and an impressive Presidential Suite set a new standard in Venice.
In September, the rooms at St.Regis San Clemente Palace start from EUR 530 per night.
The name Centurion refers to the ancient Roman coin depicting Antinous, who was famous for his friendship with the Emperor Hadrian, which was discovered when the building was being restored. The Centurion Palace, which is on the area of the Monastery of San Gregorio, has kept its splendid Venetian-Gothic facade, but just step inside and you find yourself in a magical ambience which blends luxury with the latest fashion trends.
The 50 rooms and suites, no two of which are the same, have colourful custom-designed wallpapers and furniture, and stunning views of the Grand Canal and over the rooftops of Venice. Staying in the Presidential Suite, which has large picture windows overlooking St. Mark’s Square, is something you will never forget. And the gilded resin bathrooms with white accessories have been designed so that each one is unique.
In September, rooms at Centurion Palace start from EUR 1330 per night.
BAUER PALLADIO HOTEL AND SPA
Venice’s luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel, The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island facing St. Mark’s Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio’s famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations … some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views.
The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. This is the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday any time of the year.
In September, rooms at Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa starts from EUR 1350 per night.