Although we had intended to go somewhere completely different for my nasty landmark birthday, I saw the reviews and photos for Il Palazzo, the 'only one left' note flashing beside the deluxe suite, abandoned all reason and hit the 'book now' button.
All I can say is well done me!
We chose to arrive the economy way, which involved a two minute walk from S. Marco water bus stop to a tiny, unobtrusive door which we only noticed because of the rectangle of red carpet! For 110€ one can get a water taxi from the airport to the front entrance, fantastic but that's several bottles of Prosecco on the terrace. We did go back that way, though.
I'd noticed that some reviewers weren't keen on the sheets. With this in mind I approached the bed in our beautiful suite with some interest. Linen may not be as soft, initially, as cotton, but it's infinitely superior when it comes to keeping one cool in the night. I would prefer a slightly narrower double bed, rather than two singles made up separately and pushed together. It slightly takes the shine off the romantic break when you're separated by two clumps of bed linen and a potential sharp drop towards the carpet!
I'm afraid that's as judgemental as I can be. The staff were charming and infinitely helpful. Breakfast on the roof terrace could be dragged out until 11am or so with coffee and, yes Prosecco! The restaurant was lovely, as were the waiters - when a table closer to the water became available before we'd been served they offered to move us across. Okay, it wasn't cheap but we don't do this very often. Our room - 253 - had three tall windows looking over the water; we couldn't see Santa Maria della Salute but that's what the terrace is for. We could, however, hear the gondole setting off and returning with their cargoes of tourists who had stumped up the extra for an on-board singer.
There will always be people who want to moan about trivia but we utterly loved our few days at Il Palazzo and are already planning to return for the next scary landmark birthday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bauer Il Palazzo is one of Venice's most luxurious hotel. It is an authentic 18th century palazzo with the most spectacular vantage point in Venice - close to St Mark's Square, facing the Grand Canal and overlooking St Mark's basin. The 82 luxurious rooms including 38 suites, many with balconies or terraces, have been recently restored with the finest fabrics, gilt mirrors, carved stucco ceilings and Murano glass chandeliers. Located on the top floors of the historic palace guests have the option of staying in one of Bauer Il Palazzo's re-designed rooms or executive suites. The interior design concept of the guest accommodations on the 6th & 7th & 8th floors is quite distinct; each room is decorated in a unique sleek style, with comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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