Staying at the Hotel Palazzo Stern (photo 33) is combining the experience of a luxury hotel and an art museum at one of the world's most enticing venues – Venice's Canal Grande. My mother (photo 37c) and me (photo 37d) stayed at the Stern 3 days at the end of November 2011, whilst waiting for the depart of our cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean. My mother sits on a wheel-chair and Signori Roberto, Alberto and the other extremely helpful hotel staff arranged for her speedy transfer by boat directly from the Marco Polo airport to the hotel pier by Sanitrans, a local company specialised in transportation of sick and disabled. In the otherwise for handicapped so inconvenient Venice, the Stern offers a vantage location with the Line 1 vaporetto (waterbus) sailing straight from the entrance to Venice to the Ca'Rezzonico station at the hotel door. Also from the hotel pier you may enjoy the traghetto (cross-over) of the Grand Canal to Palazzo Grassi and back by gondolone. Whereas a 40 minute tour by gondola will set you back 80 euros, the gondolone costs 0.50 € one way - yes, you read right 0.50 not 50. In Venice there are 7 other traghetti across the Grand Canal – 8 crossings for 4 €.
The Swiss millionaire Frau Stern decorated the late medieval structure of the hotel building with Venetian renaissance and other elements, blending them with exquisite taste (photos 34, 35, 36, 37). We hired a charming junior suite (photo 37b) with side-view on the Canal Grande (photo 38). You may enhance the hotel experience of an aristocratic mansion by visiting the larger Ca'Rezzonico palace museum, just one bridge away.
The Palazzo Stern is situated in the Dorsoduro sestier, an authentic Venice neighbourhood, less overwhelmed by tourists but still in the heart of the city.
The price is reasonable for the hotel's standing and location.
Thanks to Hotel Stern and its staff for an unforgettable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palazzo Stern is an historical Moorish Palazzo on the Grand Canal. The location is very convenient: easy to reach, close to the main attractions and at the same time in a very Venice area. If you are looking for a unique venetian experience in the real Venice and far from the crowd of the mass tourism we are the right place to choose. ... more less
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