Whitewaller is in Venice this week for the 58th edition of the Biennale Arte. Since we know you’ll need a place to stay, we’ve put together a list of the city’s top hotels to help make your travels as stress free as possible.
Known as the only privately owned deluxe hotel entity in Venice, the Bauer Hotels offer three distinctive and unique locations for guests in search of Venetian hospitality. The Bauer Palazzo, located on the Grand Canal and Campo San Moisè, is a five-star 19th-century property with 135 guest rooms and 56 suites. Across from St. Mark’s Square is Palladio Hotel & Spa—a private hotel with 21 suites and 58 bedrooms. A part of Palladio Hotel & Spa is the third outpost, Villa F, which encompasses 11 lavish residences with impeccable furnishings and fabrics, a butler, and a concierge service.
• At the Bauer Palazzo, be sure to dine at the De Pisis gourmet restaurant.
• Enjoy seasonal dishes and cocktails on the outdoor patio at L’Ulivo—Palladio Hotel & Spa’s restaurant.
• Treat yourself to a volcanic clay treatment applied in a Turkish bath.
• Relax in Villa F’s private three-acre garden.
BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI
Belmond Hotel Cipriani welcomes guests to 96 rooms and suites, magnificent views, and an in-house Michelin-starred restaurant—Oro Restaurant. The hotel also offers spa treatments at the Casanova Wellness Centre and an array of accommodations for various views of the garden, lagoon, and St. Mark’s Square.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in Central Venice.
HILTON MOLINO STUCKY HOTEL
On the banks of Giudecca Island this modern Venetian masterpiece was originally a flour mill dating back to 1884. Beautifully restored, it now features 379 rooms and suites, including the newly refurbished Molino Premium Rooms. The hotel boasts seven restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool, and spa & fitness center for guests to enjoy.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Love Escape package.
Having recently undergone a complete renovation, the Palazzina Grassi (located in the heart of the San Marco district) is a five-star Philippe Starck–designed hotel, and a member of Design Hotels. With 26 rooms and suites varying in size, the hotel also offers cuisine and spirits from Palazzina The Restaurant and the Krug Champagne Lounge and Krug Terrace restaurant and bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Visiting the Palazzo Grassi museum next door.
THE HOTEL DANIELI
The Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice overlooks the Venetian Lagoon and the Grand Canal on Riva degli Schiavoni, boasting legendary palaces and over six centuries of history, culture, and romance. The hotel’s exceptional heritage welcomes guests to explore 204 rooms and suites, and enjoy gorgeous views of Venice’s iconic panoramas.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a cocktail at Bar Dandolo.
THE GRITTI PALACE
A place of exceptional art, elegance, and superb culinary journeys, The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice is where history and culture join in renewed Venetian style. Discreetly set on the Grand Canal for the most discerning of guests, avenues of relaxation include The Gritti Epicurean School, the Riva Yacht Experience, and The Gritti SPA in partnership with Sisley Paris.
Whitewaller recommends: Exploring the lagoon aboard the hotel’s private Riva Yacht.
Also a part of the Bauer Hotel, and together with Palladio Hotel & Spa, Villa F features 11 lavish residences within the 16th-century property. With impeccable service and luxurious living spaces, the exclusive accommodation is a sophisticated retreat full of exceptional detail.
Whitewaller recommends: Relaxing in the private garden and enjoying its meditation pool.
PALLADIO HOTEL & SPA
A part of the Bauer Hotel ring, Palladio Hotel & Spa is a renovated 16th-century convent designed by the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Inviting travelers to relax among immense detail and decoration, 21 suites and 58 bedrooms greet guests to themprivate hotel for an unforgettable stay.
Whitewaller recommends: Exploring the spa’s eight treatment rooms.
Riva degli Schiavoni
Combining art and fashion, the eclectic Hotel Metropole features 47 rooms and 20 suites, each decorated in its own style with original furnishings. Outdoors, a citrus garden filled with gazebos offers guests an oasis for relaxation, gathering with friends, or dining al fresco. Inside, a vast collection of more than 2,000 antiques is on display, spread across the four floors, in the rooms, and within the hotel’s own gallery.
Whitewaller recommends: Watching the sunset from the private wooden rooftop terraces.
SINA CENTURION PALACE
Sina Centurion Palace is an eccentric and extravagant hotel bursting with vibrant colors and 21st-century design. Behind its gothic facade, the hotel’s 50 rooms and suites boast character and an array of unique facets.
Whitewaller recommends: Having dinner at Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant.