Venice casts a magical spell on all those who visit and one of the most magical places to stay here is Palazzo Venart. A true Venice hidden gem, it’s one of the very rare hotels with a garden overlooking the Grand Canal. We recently enjoyed a stay here, making the most of the central location in Santa Croce to really get to know the city.
First Impressions of Palazzo Venart
You definitely get the wow factor, arriving at the hotel by water taxi to their own private dock. We headed through the stunning gardens to reception.
It is beautifully decorated, with a marble floor and historic frescoes. Check-in was quick and easy and the friendly staff gave us some tips on what to see in Venice. Palazzo Venart offer several interesting experiences, including Damien Hirst in Venice, with tickets to the new exhibition, Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable.
Accommodation at Palazzo Venart
Every room and suite at Palazzo Venart is different but they are all furnished with beautiful antiques. Our suite on the top floor had the most incredible view over the Grand Canal from 3 double windows.
The bed was extremely comfortable thanks to a mattress topper and the very best Egyptian cotton linens.
There were all the mod cons that you need like a safe and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. There was a separate office area that came in very handy, as well as a comfy sitting room. We loved the complimentary fruit crate with its tangerines and mini bananas.
The bathroom was a sight for sore eyes, decorated with the finest Italian marble.
There were luxurious Etro toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers. My favourite part though was the box of treasures, designed especially for the hotel by Etro, containing useful items like a sewing kit and shower cap.
Around Palazzo Venart
In the past, Venetian palaces and large houses had what is known as a ‘piano nobile’. This entertaining area on the first floor is where the main reception rooms were found. At Palazzo Venart, there’s even a 19th century piano adorning one of the rooms.
There’s also a good collection of books in a variety of languages for guests to borrow.
To the rear of the property, there’s an attractive courtyard garden, adjoining GLAM Restaurant. It’s a lovely place to dine when the weather is favourable.
The real draw though is the gorgeous garden overlooking the Grand Canal. It has some striking artworks by Venetian artist Anna Paola Cibin. This one is called I Leoni del Tempo or The Lions of Time, representing Venice in the past, present and future.
The Secret Carnival has seating inside, if you’re looking for a shady spot.
The garden leads to a private pier, flanked by these imposing stone heads.
It’s a great spot from which to watch the boats whizz past on the Grand Canal.
Paul has put together a nifty time lapse of the gondolas and boats whizzing past Palazzo Venart, the magnificent hotel where we recently stayed in Venice…the boy did good!
Posted by LuxuryColumnist on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
I could happily sit here for hours!
The great thing about Palazzo Venart is how many attractions are close to hand. Opposite the hotel, you’ll find Casinò di Venezia, the oldest casino in the world. Just a minute away there’s Palazzo Mocenigo, one of our favourite off the beaten path sights in Venice.
Dining at Palazzo Venart
GLAM Restaurant is a fantastic place to dine, with a delicious menu by Executive Chef Enrico Bartolini. He holds Michelin stars at his other Italian restaurants and it’s surely only a matter of time before GLAM receives this accolade. Breakfast at Palazzo Venart is also an impressive affair, with a wide range of dishes on offer such as expertly cooked omelettes and delicious strawberry tarts.
All in all, Palazzo Venart is the perfect place to stay in Venice, away from the crowds yet close to the main sights. The food, decor and gardens will delight you and leave you longing to return!
Palazzo Venart, Calle Tron 1961, Santa Croce, 30135 Venice , Italy