For those planning a trip to the charming Italian city of Venice, here are seven historic accommodation options that will indulge clients in luxury, style and make them feel like royalty.
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this former 15th-century palazzo has been renovated into a 42-room pink palace, half dedicated to the hotel, half dedicated to a museum with artworks by Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Niccolo Bambini and Pietro Longhi. Located on the Grand Canal, the hotel offers several in-house photo-worthy options like the stunning marble staircase by Tirali and 18th-century wall friezes, not to mention a stunning rooftop terrace for a daily aperitif.
Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Located on Riva degli Schiavoni overlooking Venice’s lagoon and featuring unbeatable views of the Grand Canal and islands, this elegant 204-room hotel is comprised of three palaces dating from the 14th, 17th and 19th centuries. Public spaces are decorated with Italian art and antiques, while rooms feature all the amenities of 21st-century life, Venetian furniture and expansive marble bathrooms. Guests can sample Bellinis at the Bar Terrazza Danieli or enjoy a candlelit dinner at the award-winning Restaurant Terrazza Danieli with its palate-pleasing menu influenced by the city’s spice-trading past.
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
Venetian style is celebrated throughout this luxury 92-room property with lavish fabrics, sparkling chandeliers and intricate mosaics. Encourage clients to spoil themselves in the Grand Canal View Suite with its gilded elegant furniture and windows that open above the canal. Or, for the ultimate option, the Alcova Casanova is located on the top floor of this 19th-century building and features gold leaf embellishments, Murano glass lighting and a private terrace. For those planning a wedding, the hotel’s Palazzo Dandolo has a stunning two-storey banquet room with marble columns that seats 250 guests, and a staff that can handle all the details from dining to flowers.
Hotel Pensione Accademia
The Brothers Salmaso are the literal rags to riches story. They arrived in Venice post-World War II and transformed a local bar into what would become of the city’s best known dining experiences – Ristorante da Raffaele. The family built the business to include several hotels including the elegant 27-room Hotel Pensione Accademia, found within the Dorsoduro district and overlooking the Grand Canal. Here, daily meals can be enjoyed on the garden terrace, while hotel extras like prosecco and fresh flowers delivered to rooms ensure the most luxurious of stays.
Hotel La Residenza
This historic 15th-century brick mansion once home to the Gritti family, has been transformed into an ultra-luxe 14-room hotel known for its Gothic Byzantine architecture. Guests can start the day with an included Italian continental breakfast before venturing to explore the surrounding Castello district, nearby San Marco Square and the Arsenal. Within the hotel, guests can view the hotel’s elegant stucco décor and its priceless 18th-century art collection, which includes works by Niccolo Bambini, Giuseppe Diamantini and Antonio Molinari.
Hotel La Calcina
Nestled on the sunny banks of the Zattere district, this opulent 29-room pensione is located within walking distance to the Jesuit Church and Basilica of St. Mary of Health, and offers stunning views of nearby Giudecca Island. Several room and suite options are available, each with understated yet luxurious textiles and décor. At La Calcina Restaurant, diners have the option of a romantic meal in the cozy dining room or on the panoramic terrace featuring unbeatable views of the Giudecca Canal.
Oltre Il Giardino
Guests will arrive by water taxi from the Santa Lucia railway station to this former home of Austrian socialite and artist patron Alma Mahler. Now a six-room hotel, it’s located in the centre of the city, near the Church of the Frari and Sculoa Grande di S. Rocco. Guests can wander the alleyways of Venice surrounding the hotel to discover the neighbourhood’s cafes and boutiques, as well as consult with the hotel concierge who can arrange tickets for private gondola rides, a tour of the island or a VIP tour of the Doge’s Palace.