We've just spent three nights here and it was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to come away for a romantic retreat in a stylish environment. However, the hotel has good and bad points, as listed below:
Good points - good location; situated close to Rialto and on the grand canal, very attentive and polite staff, decor throughout the whole hotel gives a glamorous Art Deco/thirties luxurious feel, bar snacks are very nice, quiet and peaceful, large beds with two duvets just incase your partner fancies stealing yours, a very relaxing bar area to retreat to in the evening with great views over the canal.
Bad points - unless you fork out over €100 for a water taxi from the airport, the directions on the website are useless. We walked around with our luggage in the rain for 45 minutes and the locals couldn't direct us so we called the hotel. Walking down a poorly lit alley really didn't give the fantastic first impression we were hoping for. The chap on reception advised us that 'we really should have got the water taxi.' They need to allow for the fact that not all their guests choose to spend so much money on a taxi. This really should be a boutique B&B rather than a hotel. It seems ludicrous that you have a telephone next to the toilet and a tv in the bathroom mirror and yet you can't get a drink between 11am and 4.30pm. When you get back from a day exploring and just want a cup of tea/glass of wine, this is really disappointing. The lighting in the bathroom and room is dim. It adds to the ambience but it would be good to have the option of having a proper light for putting make up on/putting contact lenses in. There is no storage in the room apart from the wardrobe so all my make up/hair dryer/brushes were left out the whole time which felt messy.
All in all, the hotel is wonderful and I would recommend staying here. I'd definitely come back and the 'bad points' listed above are mere recommendations to the hotel to make their guests' stays even more pleasurable.
- 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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