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Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande
Ranked #17 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
South East England, United Kingdom
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“One of the Best "Small Luxury Hotels"”
Reviewed 2 March 2013

The Barbarigo is a bit of a challenge to find if you arrive on foot rather than with a water taxi. That's really the only criticism I could find about our stay, and it won't be a problem next time. Recently there has been much hype about a new breed of luxury hotels in Venice, converted historic palaces with a limited number of rooms. The Barbarigo is definitely one of the best, and it exceeded expectations. The superior rooms are really spacious, organised more as an open space than as a junior suite with sitting area. Luxury contemporary fittings, a fantastic bed and a very modern bathroom (with in-mirror TV Screen) complete the picture.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

I took my wife here for a significant birthday! The hotel is stunning and we have been lucky enough to stay in some great places. The situation is perfect and arriving by boat brought big smiles to our faces! The staff and reception are great, the bar where the great breakfast is served is quite stunning and our room, on the Grand Canal, was lovely. The sun streaming in in the morning and the views of the canal and riverine life were amazing. Get a vaporetta pass, St Toma is very close, and head off, preferably away from St Marks where the crowds are. The weather was blue and sunny, there are some stunning Osterias to eat in, Alle Testiere is a gem and Alla Vedova was great for lunch. The hotel was a welcoming haven after days out and the land entrance, down two alleys made for a equally dramatic entrance. Advice from reception for very local places to eat was outstanding also. Great great place!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Elegant boutique hotel on Canal Grande is literally a hidden gem. The best and most stylish way to arrive there from the airport is by water taxi. It is also the easiest way which you start to understand once you are settled and venture to go out to explore the city. Once you exit throught the back door, you have to negotiate a maze of narrow streets and better remember where you came from since it is very difficult to find. With only 18 rooms, the hotel feels like a private residence where you hardly see other guests. Tastefully decorated rooms with mood lighting and incredible attention to details would please the most demanding jet setter and is definitely aimed at the target audience that would always prefer a la carte to all inclusive. Do ask for a restaurant map at the reception. Hotel recommends some of the best restaurants to make sure you do not fall for the touristy places which dominate. Some restaurants on the map are away from the busy routes and are destination places that offer the most exceptional experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 28 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights prior to visiting Florence and Pisa. From the moment we arrived via water taxi from the airport we knew it was going to be special few days.

We would recommend getting a water taxi which can be organised through the hotel via email, it gives you some great first views of Venice before dropping you at the hotels entrance which leads straight onto the canal. I think the street entrance would be a little hard to find for the first time, however you can also get the Vaporetto from the airport to San Toma which is about a 10 min walk from the hotel.

when we arrived at the hotel we were met by a very friendly receptionist who checked us in and gave us a quick introduction to venice which was really helpful and informative. He then took our luggage and showed us to our room which was absolutely stunning exceptionally clean and very comfortable. The hotel as a whole is very sumptuous and stylish and the rooms are quiet dark but there is an excellent lighting system which lights the room up brilliantly. The bathrooms are very nice with walk in showers with a rainfall style shower head.

Breakfast was served in the small restaurant stylr area next to the bar which was absolutely delicious, homemade pasteries, fruits, meat, cheeses and bread with juice and fresh coffee made to order. could not fault the breakfast in anyway.

The bar area is stunning, due to the time of year the hotel was very quiet and there was never anyone else in there which was perfect for us, drinking wine/beer after a meal out with a fantastic view of the grand canal was the perfect way to end each evening.

I honestly cannot find any fault in this hotel it was just as I had imagined and more, I would stay here again in a heartbeat

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed 15 January 2013 via mobile

An utterly fantastic hotel (don't know what the last reviewer was going on about?!)
Staff are very pleasant and helpful. Rooms are fantastic. Breakfast is sumptuous and every day was too much, so that made our lunch snack cheap!

Best to book a water taxi in advance to arrive by if you can, so worth it.

Great location as nothing is too far away, Rialto bridge five minutes, St Marks Square fifteen.

A brilliant hotel which made the stay that bit more special.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

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

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

I'm going to keep this short as I'll probably be echoing the sentiments of most of the other reviews, but just to mention five things:

1. Arriving to the hotel's private entrance on the Grand Canal by water taxi from Marco Polo airport is something we'll never forget - a proper James' Bond moment. (And also worth doing as the hotel would be impossible to find on foot unaided, it's very tucked away).
2. Very cool, sumptuous rooms that felt Venetian without being too overblown and chintzy - this also applies to the decor of the whole hotel
3. Breakfast was fantastic, with a very generous range of delicious pastries, hot drinks, fruit, yoghurt etc, served to your table rather than a buffet. It's also relatively rare to find a Venice hotel where such a delicious breakfast is included in the room rate
4. The location of the hotel is excellent - it puts you in walking distance to all the main areas whilst being sufficiently removed from the main drag to mean there's a few good value local restaurants close by (Muro, a pizzeria just round the corner, was very good)
5. The service in the hotel was just right - the concierge booked us a restaurant on Murano that on first glance seemed to be a lunch spot for local workers, but on eating, served amazing seafood for the fraction of the price you would find elsewhere. In addition, the bar service in the hotel was impeccable. We had an aperitif (Aperol Spritzer, a Venetian must-try) in the hotel most nights before going out - the prices were not heavily 'hotel weighted' as they often are, and the drinks were very well prepared.

So, all in all, an excellent stay in a city where it's very easy to get ripped off or feel disappointed. It's rare that I come away from a hotel feeling that it was worth every penny, but this one is definitely an exception. The location, ambiance and fantastic service - if you like low key but luxurious hotels, this one is definitely worth it.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande
Address: San Polo 2765, 30125 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Polo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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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