Thursday, August 11, 2011
best hotels in italy
best hotels in Venice? Everyone has his or her own idea of how to get the best out of Venice. Some go for the architecture, some long for the pictures; some think only of shopping. Despite its incredible richness, you can walk from one end to the other in little more than an hour, and it’s a city to remember, no matter why you went there.
Bauer Il Palazzo Venice, 5 stars
On the Grand Canal and steps from the Piazza San Marco, Bauer Il Palazzo scores perfectly for location. Rooms are done in red with gold upholstery. This five-star luxury class hotel is located in an original Venetian house from the 18th century.Under decorative inlaid ceilings and surrounded by Chinese vases and historic tapestries created by master craftsmen Bevilacqua and Rubelli, today’s most refined travellers can enjoy living in the elegant atmosphere of a Venetian nobleman’s period house brought up to date with modern services and conveniences
Hotel Ca’ Sagredo Venice, 4 stars
The historical tour offered at check-in is worth your time: Among the highlights are original frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and Pietro Longhi in the grand hall, a high-ceiling-ed ballroom with over-sized windows overlooking the canal, and huge Murano chandeliers—all of which conjure the masked balls that once took place here. The 42 guest rooms are beautifully appointed with sofas and chairs covered in pale silk damask and custom wallpapers in pretty, light patterns, and all come with large bathrooms.
Hotel Cipriani Venice, 4 stars
the ultrafamous—many of whom never even bother to take the hotel’s private launch across to the bustle of Venice proper. For them, the Cipriani, with its restaurants, bars, tennis courts, spa, and Olympic-size saltwater pool, is its own destination. The decor in the public spaces and 104 rooms is mostly opulent, with lashings of silk brocade, murals, frescoes and gilded ceilings, and all-marble bathrooms.
Hotel Danieli Venice, 4 stars
part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection) has been a hotel since the early 19th century, visited oftenly by Charles Dickens and Richard Wagner. Tthe 225-room hotel spreads from its original 14th-century palazzo to incorporate two 20th-century buildings. Deep reds and earthy greens lend an almost Asian touch. Throughout the hotel, rooms are outfitted with Fortuny and Rubelli fabrics, and while antiques adorn the magnificent Venetian Gothic reception hall, the ambiance is more Hollywood mansion than aristocratic palazzo.