Originally planned 3 night stay as part of an engagement weekend but changed it to 1 and 2 nights at the Gritti Palace. Best decision i have made in a long while! Considering i was spending 3 times as much as a comparible room at the Gritti Palace i was expecting something really special. The launch to the hotel is shinny;the welcome was cordial but the hotel was just plain ordinary. We were upgraded to a suite which was beautiful but so it should be at just short of £2,000 per night!!!! This is silly money. The hotel is like a decent 3/4 star Mediterranean hotel nothing special. The grounds are disappointing which was a shame as i had to hastly rethink where i was going to propose to my girlfriend. (Outside St Marks at 1am was my late venue change). The pool is indeed splendid and much welcome after a hot day in Venice. The Bellini were dreadful. The Fortuny restaurant was not as elegant as it would like it to be thought it was and as it poured with rain we were faced with the rather dated interior of the restaurant which we eschewed for the much nicer (and much more pleasant and helpful head waiter) Cips which overlooks St Marks. Much more romantic though again at around £250 for dinner for 2 (which would cost half that in a top restaurant in London) one was left wondering was the experience that special. Whilst waiting for our table in the Fortuny restaurant we waited in the Bar next to it. No sooner seated were we informed that the Bar at 9.30pm was closing and we had to go elsewhere. To be fair the head waiter gave the young barman a talking to and we stayed but at this level we could buy the bar!
So what are the upsides to the hotel. Not many. The launch was nice and romantic to summon it as 1am to cross over the lagoon to propose to my girlfriend. It is nice to escape to a pool on a hot summer's day with Venice so close. The rooms are beautiful but that i am afraid is that. Overall one is left with the sad feeling that one has been robbed. To pay £2,000 per night you expect something extraordinary. You dont get that. The Gritti is a third of the price and much more authentic and easier for sight seeing. I had been told the hotel launch would take you to the airport. Wrong. A water taxi takes you there which costs twice as much as if you had gone to St Marks and hailed it yourself! Even as we left one was left with a bad taste. I would probably return if somebody else was picking up the bill! Otherwise thanks but no thanks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If Venice is a theatre, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box. It is a resort: a way of life, an island apart, in every sense. And it involves all the senses that make a stay unforgettable. Five minutes by private launch from St. Mark’s Square, on the tip of the Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is in the heart of the city but removed from its hustle and bustle. Its 95 rooms and suites are exquisitely decorated with magnificent views over the open lagoon, the gardens and St. Marks. A day here is made up of layers of wonderful experiences, from luxuriating beside the Olympic-size swimming pool (the only one in central Venice) to relaxing with a signature treatment at the Casanova Wellness Centre. The Casanova gardens offer an oasis of peace, perfect for a Thai Chi session before heading off with a private boat for a personalised excursion in the lagoon. Choose to dine at the new Oro Restaurant for a timeless dining experience or at the iconic Cip’s Club admiring the view on St. Mark’s. Sip a signature cocktail at the Gabbiano Bar or enjoy a light lunch at the Porticciolo Restaurant. A red-clay tennis court, a gym and dedicated Kids' Club with pool are also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cipriani And Palazzo Vendramin Hotel