The Baglioni Hotel Luna – A Charming Stay at Venice’s Oldest Hotel

Venice is a city with a fascinating history, and so many attractions to uncover. What better base from which to explore it but from the oldest hotel? The Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice dates all the way back to 1118 and also has the advantage of being the closest hotel to Piazza San Marco. It means that you can stroll there at sunrise or sunset, avoiding the crowds.

First Impressions of The Baglioni Hotel Luna

Located directly on the Grand Canal, you can arrive in style by water taxi at their own mooring. There’s also a separate entrance on Calle Vallaresso where Harry’s Bar and many of Venice’s most luxurious boutiques are located. Entering the stunning palazzo, we immediately noticed the Murano glass chandeliers and high ceilings.

baglioni_luna_veniceWe were welcomed by the manager who gave us a potted history of the hotel and its association with the Knights Templar. The Baglioni Hotel Luna was built on the site of a demolished Templar church, Santa Maria dell’Ascensione, as well as on the possible location of the Knights Templar convent. There are several places in Venice associated with the Knights Templar, including the Casino. You can visit all of them and it makes a nice focal point for a Venice stay if you’re interested in history.

baglioni_luna_visitAfter a speedy check in, we were introduced to our personal butler. He showed us to our suite and encouraged us to contact him for any requests. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

Accommodation at The Baglioni Hotel Luna

Our Junior Suite was extremely large by Venice standards, at around 50 square meters. It was sumptuously decorated with silk wallpaper and beautiful chandeliers. There was a handy closet area by the entrance to the room, with ample space for our clothes and luggage. The separate lounge was elegantly furnished with Venetian antiques.

baglioni_luna_suiteThe huge bathroom definitely had the wow factor. I loved the roll-top bath and the abundance of black and white marble.

baglioni_luna_bathtubThe Ortigia toiletries are from Sicily and one of my favourite brands for the quality and stylish packaging.

ortigia_sicilia_reviewThere was a large walk-in rain shower and cosy bathrobes and slippers. I couldn’t resist a soak in that amazing bath.

baglioni-hotel-luna-venice-bathroomThe bedroom itself had a real sense of theatre with a superb gilt bed and an imposing chandelier. Despite the hotel’s central location, we couldn’t hear a sound outside. This tranquillity and the comfortable super king-sized bed meant that we slept like logs.

baglioni_luna_roomOur butler also showed us the San Giorgio Terrace Suite. It can be connected to another room and when both are booked by a bride-to-be and groom, the hotel can put up a little gate so that the groom cannot see his bride before the wedding – what a brilliant idea! There’s a great view over the lagoon from the 100 square meter terrace.

baglioni_luna_terraceLittle Touches at The Baglioni Hotel Luna

There was a very welcome bottle of the Baglioni’s own Prosecco on ice when we arrived in our suite. We savoured it with some delicious freshly made macarons. I had dressed appropriately for the occasion 😉

Breakfast at The Baglioni Hotel Luna

The Baglioni Luna Venice is part of the iconic Baglioni luxury hotel group, known for their hospitality and excellent food. I’d recently experienced their Italian Afternoon Tea at the Baglioni Hotel London so was excited to try their breakfast. It’s not just the food that is impressive here, the Marco Polo Ballroom where breakfast is served was painted by the pupils of famous 18th century artist, Gianbattista Tiepolo.

baglioni_venice_ceilingIt truly is a work of art and I spotted new details each time I looked at it.

baglioni_luna_ceilingThere was a fantastic buffet laid out, and the children’s buffet section was a nice touch that I’ve never seen before.

baglioni_luna_childrenWe chose hot dishes from the buffet, although the à la carte menu also looked tempting. The scrambled eggs and smoked salmon were very tasty and clearly the ingredients were of the finest quality.

baglioni_luna_breakfastWe didn’t dine at the hotel but there’s a well-known restaurant, Canova, as well as a cosy bar. The latter overlooks the lagoon and you can see a gondola in the background on our photo.

baglioni_luna_barOur breakfast had set us up nicely for the day and we headed out to explore the other places linked to the Knights Templar, as well as some other Venetian hidden gems. For its great location, sumptuous interiors and impeccable service, the Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice really stands out.
What do you think of the decor?

Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice, San Marco, 1243, 30124 Venice, Italy


  • I love the look of the hotel especially the sweeping high ceiling! The views of the canal are perfect.

  • What incredible interiors and I love the history that comes with the hotel! I’ve never had a butler before so I think I need to put that on my 2017 hotel wish list 🙂

  • Wow, this hotel is so gorgeous and luxurious; I bet you felt as though you were staying in a palace! How cool that they have a history with the Knights Templar, I had no idea they had history in this part of Italy! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having the best start to your week so far!



    • It was so fascinating about the Knights Templar and we saw a few other sights related to them too

  • How neat! You can tell there is a rich history there.

    Amy Ann
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    • That’s what I loved about this place, and also being able to stroll back from all the restaurants so easily

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    This hotel is so opulent, especially with the inclusion of a butler. I love those ceilings and the parquetry floor, not to mention that adorable dress of yours. Great post.

  • I love your skirt! It’s so beautiful and perfect for a trip around Venice! I’d love to stay here and come in to the hotel on a water taxi, old fashioned glamour at its best! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • It was a bit chilly at night but I couldn’t resist wearing that skirt, it was so fitting! This hotel really does have old school glamour

  • What can I say, Suze, this is another luxurious hotel that I would love to experience. We stayed in an apartment that was part of a former palace when we went to Venice. Also very beautiful, but nothing as fancy as this hotel.

    • Venice really does have some amazing properties, we loved the whole experience of departing by water taxi and just enjoying the views from the bar

  • Paola

    So luxurious, and You are perfect in that frame!!!
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  • Looks like a gorgeous luxurious hotel!

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  • what a charming place! looks like such a fun place!

  • Such a nice hotel! I wish I could have a bubble bath right now and drink champagne…

  • Gary J Berry

    Great post Suze and I loved the video! Really need to get myself over to Venice!!

  • Nina

    Amazing photos. Few days ago, I decided to go to Italy in summer and these photos made me realise that I made a great decision about my next travel destination.
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  • Wow that hotel looks insane, I love that mural and bathroom

  • What an elegant hotel! With such an extensive history in a really historic city, it makes sense that the decor at the Baglioni Hotel Luna should transport you back in time. We love the looks of it :-).

  • Randaberg

    I’ve stayed here, and it’s an amazing hotel. But, very very expensive. Sure, you stay in a historic place, it’s location can’t be beaten, staff are superb, but to be fair, in Venice you are out and about. And as much as i love staying in nice hotels, this was just a too expensive compared to what you get for your pennies.
    Venice though, never a dull moment, a must visit destination!

    • That’s interesting to hear, I guess it depends how long you are staying for and whether you prefer to spend on the hotel or on other things. We loved the location and you’re right, the staff were charming

  • Oh wow, this has to be the most beautiful hotel you’ve featured so far! I adore the silk wallpaper, as well as the prime location allowing you to wander out and miss the crowds. Perfection!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Wow this is ORNATE! I must say, I’m glad women don’t have to wear those wide dresses any longer. Waaay too many narrow doorways in London 😉

    • Ha ha, I think we would struggle with those wide outfits on a day to day basis now!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Amazing hotel!


    Mónica Sors



  • Wow, this hotel looks amazing! I love that it is historical…I definitely want to visit this place! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Amazing to stay so close to the Piazzo San Marco – gorgeous place! Fabulous video – really gives you a feel for the place!


  • When I have been to Italy I travelled to Perugia, I have stayed at Brufani Hotel – there was exactly the same bathroom ! But it is a different hotel and I do not think they are related 🙂
    probably typical Italian Luxury hotels ? 🙂
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  • Yaya Gilmore

    Isn’t that the hotel where they filmed like a loooot of movies?It looks just beautiful! I loooove the kid’s corner at the buffet!Sooooo cute!

  • Hayley Rubery

    This hotel is just so grand and beautiful! I absolutely love the decor and I’m absolutely sold on that bathtub!

    Hayley xo

  • Beautiful hotel..I really like the bed! I love hotels with an interesting history.

  • Frank Thomae

    Gorgeous! Why would you bother wanting to Venice at all when having a place (and a view) like that? I know I’d never get Spanky out….

    Frank (bbqboy)

  • What a luxurious place….!!!! Nothing makes me more relaxed when travelling than a really hot bath x

    Denton & Lou