Male, or female, optimistic or pessimistic, you can’t deny your desire to experience a fairytale outside of Hollywood. Those who are particularly headstrong in their search, vacation in Venice. Experiencing Venice will not only take you back to your early days of dress-up with ball gowns and masks, but it will spark an imagination in you that has been waiting for a deserving moment to make its appearance. While you’re exploring the city’s glittering waterways, though, it’s important to know that your shelter in the enchantment (sorry, storm just didn’t seem right) will be just as magical. Boutique hotels offer an indescribable benefit to your holiday. It could be the intimacy, elegance, the fact that you’re sleeping under ancient palace ceilings, or the welcoming lack of neon signage showing you the entrance. Whatever your reason, these 5 below will surely make you want to check-in ASAP. It’s time to check-out of reality, and explore the top 5 boutique hotels in Venice.
1. Palazzina G
Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels around the world, Palazzina G will offer unique style and absolute comfort to the guests in the 22 rooms. Within a short walking distance to Piazza San Marco, this intimate stay will provide you with incomparable service and luxury from the time you arrive on the private landing pier to checkout.
After exploring the nooks and crannies of Venice, come back to your 16th century oasis and take advantage of the Krug champagne lounge, luxury mahogany boat for a romantic happy hour tour through exclusive canals, and watch the sunset over the seasonal rooftop terrace. You can bring your pets along with you for 50 euros/night, as well as use the babysitting service for 25 euros/hour.
Tel. +39 041 5284644
This family owned experience, located between Piazza San Marco and Gallerie dell’Accademia, will show you what they call the “real side of Venice.” They’ve carefully decorated each of the 9 rooms with furniture circa 1900, or crafted from local artists, to give you a Bohemian and evocative atmosphere filled with tapestries, chandeliers, and floors made of original Venetian marble or wood covered with rugs collected from the family’s personal trips to Morocco.
If you’re in need of some downtime, head to the Honesty Bar, a living room-esque area complete with homemade pastries, warm or refreshing drinks, or even a cocktail with reading material at your disposal.
Tel. +39 041 2413765
With only 6 rooms, this garden oasis is the definition of an intimate escape. Located on a side canal down a classic Venetian alley you’ll dodge the crowded touristy streets but still be in walking distance to your bucket list destinations, like the Rialto Bridge.
This home-away-from-home was an actual home to the artist and composer Alma Mahler. It was then transformed into an enchanting country-retreat with an internal garden housing olive trees, magnolia, and pomegranate. If you’ve ever been to Venice before, I’m sure you’re imagining the busy main square and surrounding streets, wondering how this place exists. Well, I told you Venice was a fairytale, didn’t I?
Tel. +39 041 2750015
Expect personal touches from this family-owned, 7-room, newly renovated but classic Venetian residence located in a palace from the 1500’s. On the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of the Rialto Bridge, each room is designed to give you a spacious and elegant stay, reminiscent of the days of Louis XV.
Treat yourself to a breakfast of homemade pastries and biscuits, seasonal fruit, and local meats and cheeses, all on the terrace facing the Rialto Bridge. When I promise a fairytale experience, I make sure to deliver 😉
Tel. +39 041 2411944
Stay in this 10-room chic residence in one of Venice’s most elegant neighborhoods, and you’ll never have to watch a fairytale on TV again. With the location near Piazza San Marco, but off the over-crowded streets, you’ll be able to easily enjoy all the city has to offer but in complete peace. The owners of this 19th century palace have created an atmosphere that dangles between historic and modern, giving you the best of both worlds for your timeless Venetian wonderland.
Push back that alarm clock because breakfast goes until 11:30, even though the chef starts at 6. Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of fresh coffee and pastries in the oven? Give your feet and camera a rest, and head to the internal courtyard where you’ll find an original 19th century well and complimentary aperitifs in the early evening. My favorite add-on feature of this magical land, though, is their Venice from Above offer where you can see our favorite city from a private helicopter ride. I can’t imagine anything more memorable.
Tel. +39 041 5235077
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