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Best Hotels in Venice: Centuries-Old Palazzos Still Breathing Life and Luxury

Italian splendor at its finest – Venice has always been a place of remarkable luxury. Impressive palazzos complete with art pieces and Murano chandeliers are the least of it. The floating city exudes romance, awe-inspiring centuries old culture, and its own very particular character which is truly unique. While the city attracts millions of tourists year round and it can get extremely buzzing at times, it’s remarkable to observe how in this neck-to-neck density you can find sheltered oasis of bespoke service and peace and quite in the most stunning settings. From frescoe-clad rooms to rooftop terraces overlooking the dazzling city, here are our top 5 picks of the best hotels in Venice.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Located on the Giudecca island, Belmond Cipriani enjoys fantastic location away from the buzzing crowds and overlooking the dazzling lagoon towards St. Mark’s Square with 270-degree views. Guests are able to enjoy uninterrupted peace and privacy in this oasis-like location full of antique character and Michelin-starred gastronomy. With 96 rooms and suites, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, wellness center, tennis court, and private marina, this luxurious hotel is anything but ordinary. Despite being located away from the central streets of Venice, the buzz of the city can easily be reached within five minutes – the hotel offers complimentary luxury private shuttle boat service to its guests. You wouldn’t expect it but the hotel is also surrounded by stunning Casanova Gardens, full of lush greenery and fragrant flowers – the perfect place to get away and reflect. Inside the hotel, a perfect harmony of traditional and contemporary accents can be observed. Murano glass, exquisite antiques, remarkable art all come together to infuse the hotel with a truly Venetian character. Every one of the hotel’s 96 rooms and suites has a private balcony and the interiors couldn’t be more awe-inspiring. Complete with lush fabrics and linens, marble bathrooms, and the most remarkable light fixtures, it’s easy to feel like royalty here.

The Gritti Palace

Palatial in every way, just like the name suggest, The Gritti Palace combines historic charm and cultural significance in a renowned Venetian way. This remarkable hotel is located in a prime location on the Grand Canal, looking towards one of Venice’s landmarks, the Santa Maria della Salute church. Enjoying one of the best locations in the city, the hotel is at the heart of the city while still providing peace and refuge from the immense crowds. The building itself is of historic significance, the palace dates back to 1475. Mere six years ago the hotel emerged from its greatest and most consequential restoration when everything from the building itself to interiors and even artwork was restored with the greatest attention to detail. While everything on site is meticulously thought through and resembles an authentic Venetian palazzo, the hotel offers modern day comforts too but does it in a way which doesn’t spoil the historic illusion. There are 61 rooms and 21 suites within the hotel and because of Venetian laws that oversee any changes made to historic buildings, the rooms and suites do have some particularities like smaller bathrooms that you’d expect in regular 5-star hotels. That said, they are still marble-clad and luxurious in every way. The rooms enjoy timeless splendour with antiques, frescoes, and the most remarkably lush fabrics. The Gritti Palace is also home to one of the finest restaurants in all of Venice – Club de Doge.

Aman Venice

Aman hotels and resorts don’t need much clarification – the established luxury brand is a household name among A-list crowds. Aman Venice is renowned for being the place where Amal and George Clooney held their wedding reception and it’s easy to see why. This remarkably chic and luxurious Venetian hotel is everything you’d want from a palatial-style 5-star property but you wouldn’t know it from the outside. While the building is as stunning as any in Venice, there is no flashiness on the outside. Yet when you step through the doors of this conveniently-located hotel, it’s impossible not to be left thoroughly impressed. Marble floors and gorgeous frescoes reveal themselves once you’re inside. An impressive staircase goes all the way up to an impossibly stunning antique ballroom complete with Murano chandeliers and gilt mirrors. Discretion above all, every guest’s experience here is bespoke. With only 24 rooms, the hotel provides much needed intimacy in buzzing Venice. The majority of the rooms overlook the Grand Canal while the palazzo bedrooms face the stunning back garden. 18th-century Tiepolo frescoes and gilded doors, silk wall coverings, and contemporary furniture create the perfect balance between the old and the new. The hotel also has its in-house spa with 3 treatment rooms, ideal for unwinding after a day exploring the canals.

Baglioni Hotel Luna

Enjoying a prime location in Venice, just a hop and a skip from St. Mark’s Square, Baglioni Hotel Luna lies at the very heart of all the beauty that Venice is known for. The hotel feels as luxurious as would any Italian villa and furthermore, this is one of the few places in the city where guests staying at the most prime suites can enjoy vast private rooftop terraces. With an impressive number of rooms, 104 in total, the hotel feels surprisingly welcoming and home-like, and that’s saying something considering that the interiors are clad with gorgeous silk, brocade, and antique-inspired furniture pieces. Despite its size, you can see a great variety of rooms both when it comes to the interiors, as well as the size, and views. Definitely something for everyone’s taste.

Palazzo Cristo

Palazzo Cristo stands out among other luxury hotels in Venice with its contemporary aesthetic which feels refreshing after all the gold, brocade, and frescoes in majority of other 5-star locations. Clean, architectural, and monochromatic lines still celebrate the Venetian style but reimagine it in a new way, one that slightly resembles the clean lines seen in luxury Japanese properties. The building itself dates back to the 13th century. The hotel is conveniently located on one of the most beautiful and peaceful squares, mere 10-minutes from San Marco and Rialto. With only several suites available, the hotel is the perfect place to hide away from the crowds and enjoy the most comfortable stay in a refined space. Daily maid service is offered to each suite and for the comfort of guests, never arriving before noon. Heaps of natural daylight ensure that interiors feel light, airy, and spacious while gorgeous suede furniture accents in jewel tones add layers of luxury and marble accents couldn’t feel more Venetian.

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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