Thursday, January 5, 2012

The best hotels in Venice

The beauty, magic, and appeal of Venice is that it can be affordable on all budgets, however if you can spend on luxury, Venice is beyond stunning. As for five-star hotels, these are the best hotels in Venice. Imagine gazing at the majesty of the Grand Canal from your room, and being surrounded by the classic Italian opulence of sumptuous interiors and glittering chandeliers that were blown in Murano. There is no mistaking why it is considered the most romantic city in the world.

Nothing but old world glory and a gorgeous journey through history will greet you at this splendor. It is at once a hotel, a museum, and a national monument, as it was once a palace of the Sagredo family, who were Venetian nobility. The entire hotel is filled with one-of-a-kind creations by artists such as Pietro Longhi, Tiepolo, and Andrea Urbani, with spectacular frescoes, and paintings throughout. The architecture detailing will also astound you, including a marble staircase created by Tirali. Nearly every room has Grand Canal views, and is exquisitely decorated.

This hotel offers two options, you can stay in the main Hotel Cipriani, or the Palazzo Vendramin, which is a residence built in the 15th century. Some say these two properties have the absolute best views in all of Venice, and the atmosphere is indisputably romantic. The Palladio Suite has it’s own private dock, and the floor-to-ceiling windows present remarkable 180 degree vistas of Venice. Also known for it’s unparalleled serenity, the perfectly manicured gardens and one of the only swimming pools in the city, this hotel is like no other.

This magnificent hotel is comprised of three palaces, which alone speaks of the grandeur. The Palazzo Dandolo dates back to the 14th century, and was the residence of the Doge Dandolo family. The opulence here is obvious, and no diminutive detail was spared. Columns of carved pink marble, intricate stained glass windows, hand-woven rugs, and dazzling chandeliers of Murano glass are fixtures all through the hotel. Also prized for it’s location, Hotel Danieli sits on Riva degli Schiavoni, very accessible to all of Venice’s attractions, shopping, cafés, and is walking distance to St. Mark’s Square. Many rooms have stunning views of the lagoon. Cool fact: In the movie “The Tourist,” this was the hotel where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s characters stayed.

In this gorgeous city named for Venus, goddess of all things regarding love and beauty, you will surely fall head over heels for the surroundings. The magnificent hotels here have storybook histories, and the kind of elegance and opulence of a bygone era! Check into one of these, and you will never want to leave!

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