When you think of Venice what most comes to mind is the city's numerous canals and historic palazzos reached by classic Venetian gondolas. A stay at a canal-side hotel adds charm and romance to any Venice vacation, and visitors will easily find a variety of hotels located along the city’s 177 canals. But only a limited number of hotels sit directly on Venice's legendary Canal Grande.
Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo
Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo is named after Agostino Barbarico, a former Doge of Venice. It is located next to the famous gothic palace, Palazzo Pisani Moretta, and close to the Rialto Bridge. Like most canal-side hotels, the Palazzo Barbarigo has an open loggia, or entryway, to welcome guests who arrive by gondola from the canal. Although the hotel resides in a 1569 historic building, it has undergone a complete restoration and now welcomes guests with a chic and fashionable interior best experienced in the Junior Suites with their genuine Art-Deco design and panoramic views of the Canal Grande. Other rooms offer only a view of the side canal, Rio San Polo. A gourmet breakfast is served to guests in their rooms or in the hotel's breakfast room, and the sleek, urban-style lounge bar serves light meals and cocktails.
The Palazzo San’t Angelo has a classy old-world elegance and fronts the Canal Grande next to the Palazzo Corner Spinelli. It offers magnificent views of the Palazzo Querini Dubois, which lies on the other side of the canal. Rooms and suites come in Patrician design with silk wall coverings and antique furniture. To add even more glamour to your trip, select a room with a private balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. Guests enjoy a rich breakfast buffet with Venetian specialities on their balcony or in the hotel's breakfast room. For travelers seeking a little extra romance, the hotel offers special Romantic Escape and Grand Canal packages that feature private gondola tours, a visit to the glass factory on Murano Island and a casino trip.
Lion Morosini Palace
The historic Lion Morosini Palace offers timeless elegance and a magnificent view of the Canal Grande and the Ponte di Rialto from its on-site sun terrace. It features interior design dating from the 14th century. Ceiling beams, antique furniture, exquisite fabrics and chandeliers decorate the rooms, which come with state-of-the-art amenities and views of the courtyard or the Canale of San Giovanni Grisostomo, a side canal that connects to the Canal Grande. For a bit of romantic charm, guests may order a bouquet of 12 roses and a bottle of Prosecco -- dry sparkling wine -- for an extra charge when booking the room. Breakfast and a boat trip to one of the nearby Murano islands is included with all room rates.
Hotel Canal Grande
Hotel Canal Grande is a sophisticated address on the Canal Grande, close to Venice’s main train station. This 18th-century palace opens to an elegant Italian Rococo-style interior with canopy beds, silk wall coverings, brocade fabrics and graceful antiques. The Grand Canal Elegant Suite features panoramic views of the canal. In the mornings, guests enjoy a breakfast buffet with Venetian specialities like homemade pastries and breakfast rolls, Italian cheese, fresh fruits, orange juice and coffee specialities in the luxurious breakfast room as well as on a canal-side balcony. The hotel's entrance allows guests to enter the hotel by water taxi or gondola at its Canal Grande entrance.
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