When you think of Venice, you probably think of riding in romantic gondolas down the canals of the city. That is a fair impression, and it accounts for the primary reason why this capital city from Italy’s Veneto region draws tourists from across the globe. It is quite possibly one of the most romantic getaways in the world, with a culture and architectural aesthetic that seems untouched by the prodding fingers of modernity. Most of the city features Renaissance and Gothic architectural influences, which accounts for the rustic and otherworldly aura of the city. In this article we’ve listed out the top 10 luxury five star hotels that accurately represent and embody the essence of the city of Venice.
1.Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Located on the easternmost point of the Giudecca island, this luxury hotel is truly Venetian in taste and design. This hotel isn”t right in the midst of the waterways of Venice, however it’s a short ride away. It offers stunning vistas of the City of Water, and offers you access and solitude together, thus being a perfect retreat for the more introspective travelers. The boutique hotel is designed in a very elegant fashion with lush manicured lawns, a luxurious spa, and a large swimming pool. Every single room in this hotel has large spacious bathrooms, and private balconies from which to look out into the city. In addition to that, the hotel is known to have played host to a number of different celebrated personalities, though their identities are handled with all due discretion.
2. The Gritti Palace A Luxury Collection Hotel
This boutique hotel is located along the Grand Canal, and as such is in the very heart and soul of the city. You can go up to the Gritti terrace and simply watch as the gondolas and water taxis pass by, carrying lovers and tourists down the canals of the City of Water. You also get a nice view of one of Venice’s foremost churches named Santa Maria della Salute. While the hotel is quite close to prime attractions and spots such as the Calle Largo XXII Marzo, it is also sequestered enough to be peaceful and quiet. This hotel also comes with a lot of history attached, considering the structure on which the hotel has been established used to be a palace back in 1475. The entire hotel has only recently undergone restoration, in which all the paintings and sculptures of the hotel were restored and rejuvenated. They also installed a lovely spa called Acqua di Parma spa in case you need a little rejuvenation. The interiors of the hotel are grand, to say the least. They feature Murano chandeliers, and all the walls of the hotel are adorned with beautiful classical pieces of art. Even though the bathrooms are relatively small in size, they’re still well designed and marble clad. There’s not a touch of contemporary here. It’s all a paean to a romanticized past.
3. Hotel Danieli a Luxury Collection Hotel
This is a luxurious five star hotel on the waterfront of Venice. It is located on the Riva degli Schiavoni, from which you can also go to St Mark’s Square via a short and brief gondola ride. Because this is such a prime tourist location, it’s often quite heavy on traffic and noise, however if you want a little more peace, you can set off into the side streets of Castello. The hotel comprises three buildings — the Palazzo Dandolo, the Excelsior, and Casa Nuovo. While Palazzo Dandolo is a 14th century structure, and thus quite ancient in quality, the other buildings are considerably modern. The reception area is always crowded, however the lounge area is well decorated with a truly lovely ceiling. Overall there are 210 rooms in the hotel, of 13 different types, and many of them look out at the lagoon. The rooms of the hotel are regally decked up with thick intricate lacquered furnitures, Murano chandeliers on the ceilings, and damask curtains. It features a rooftop restaurant by the name of Terrazza Danieli which offers one of the most gorgeous and unhindered sights of the city around. If you stay at the Casa Nuova part of the hotel then you’ll be met with a contrasting and more minimalist aesthetic of creamy wallpapers and pastel shades all around. As such, you can decide for yourself the kind of vibe you’d prefer.
4. Bauer Palazzo
This is the least expensive entry on this list of luxury hotels, however don”t let that stand in for a lack of quality on the part of this great boutique hotel. The Bauer Palazzo has a complete roster of amenities and facilities, including meeting rooms, spas, fitness centers, restaurants, beauty salons, and anything else you may need. In case you want to go exploring the city without your children, you can also leave them at the hotel’s day care center.
5. Metropole Hotel Venice
This luxury boutique hotel is smack right in the middle of Venice, near the riva degli Schiavoni promenade which is usually quite crowded with tourists. However, as soon as you step into the Metropole you’ll be completely insulated from all that noise and din of the city. The interiors of the hotel are dark and broody in nature, and the St Mark’s square can be reached quite easily. It’s made in a completely coherent and whole Venetian style with little to no intrusion from external stylistic influences. As such this is the hotel to go if you want a flavor of true Venice, in all its authentic glory. The hotel is so true to its heritage that it still features antique fans, card cases and other bits of ornaments that have been out of vogue for well over a century. The hotel has been in the Beggiato family for several generations now, and as such they’ve also generously used family motifs and icons to decorate the halls. This itself gives the hotel a very strong sense of authenticity and value, considering many of their family heirlooms are now priceless antiques. As such you truly feel like you’re walking down the corridors of a rose-tinted past, which is exactly the kind of aesthetic the hotel draws on. However, this quality is the boon and the bane of the hotel as some guests have complained about the lack of proper AC units.