This is a good choice in Venice. Central enough, on San Polo, and importantly, modern and neat. Officially its a 'Design Hotel' but its not so much 'design' as 'not old and crusty'. No carpeted walls or gold plated taps here. Everything is neat, modern and appealing. The overall theme is 'black' so more in the Royalton style of dark atmospheres than the glowing whiteness of many modern places. Prices are good for the quality. Be careful of the hotel's sales practices though. It advertises itself as 'on the Grand Canal', which it absolutely is. However, if you buy a 'Canal View' room you will get a room on the dingy little canal on the side. The few rooms (i think 3) on the Grand Canal are all suites and if you want them, you will be charged extra when you arrive. This is miss-selling at its Italian best, and has no place in a quality operation. I suggest you avoid Palazzo Barbarigo until they clean up their act. Also, bear in mind that its hardly a Palazzo. More like a 2 floor annex, next to a Palazzo. The whole place is at the end of a long and very dirty alley (not sure why the owner can't be bothered to go and clean it every so often, the pigeon droppings are hardly welcoming for his guests). The ground floor houses the reception and rooms 1, 2 and 3. The first floor is organised around a large bar, and hosts the other rooms. The bar would be nice, were it not for the poor woman working behind it, so bored and unattentive that you feel like telling her to go home. Otherwise the service is friendly but sparse. There seems to be no more than 3 people working here. Another triumph of personnel cost control. Breakfasts are good and generous, even if the 10€ tray charge to serve you in your room which is 5 meters away from the breakfast room is again part of that dubious commercial mentality. On the whole a nice place, but not run very professionally
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Venice, boutique hotel on the Grand Canal In an exciting and fascinating setting, the Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo awaits you in Venice with spaces and rooms evoking an enchanting atmosphere, perfectly blended with the seductive and romantic soul of our wonderful city. Elegant furnishings and original 16th century elements make Palazzo Barbarigo a unique hotel in Venice, where a refined setting and all the most modern amenities will make your stay an esclusive and unforgettable moment. ... more less
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