Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Giudecca 10, Venice

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Hotel Description

Venice’s most famous hotel is neither a landmark palace, nor several hundred years old, and it stands not in the city proper, but across the lagoon on Giudecca Island. Nonetheless, the Hotel Cipriani is as synonymous with Venice as the Piazza San Marco. We suppose it has to do with the founder Giuseppe Cipriani, whose 1931 Harry’s Bar sated Hemingway’s legendary thirst, as well the only slightly less legendary thirsts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Noel Coward and Gertrude Stein.

The Palazzo Vendramin, formerly a 15th-century aristocratic residence, now forms a part of the Hotel Cipriani, and consists of sixteen rooms and suites with private butler service, and of course the incredible views of St. Mark’s Square from over the lagoon. However, other than the addition of the Palazzo, not much has changed since the Cipriani opened in 1958. There’s Walter, the barman, a seemingly permanent fixture who makes the best Bellinis in town (invented by Cipriani, by the way). The breakfast is unique and quite possibly the most romantic in the world — white mozzarella, blood orange juice, and golden espresso. And the service is to die for, especially the private butlers that come with a booking in the Palazzo rooms. There are thoughtful touches like the private motor launch that doesn’t stop running until the last guest has checked in for the night. There’s the slim, stylish clientele, decked out in sunglasses and Fendi baguettes. And now there’s a pool — oddly, the only one in the city, and the saltwater is heated for swimmers in spring and fall. (On balmy days, the thing to do is to have lunch at the poolside.)

The rooms are perhaps the most old-fashioned thing about the Cipriani, with their pale Venetian color scheme, smallish bathrooms, and slightly antique appearance, but it’s all part of the old-world charm. The Cipriani is about atmosphere, not amenities. And besides, the décor has the advantage of not distracting you from the view, which may be the best thing about this hotel. For while others gaze out towards the lagoon and the islands, the Cipriani alone — from its perch on the Giudecca Island — looks onto Venice. And the sight of pastel buildings emerging from the water is so stunning it will make you wonder how anyone could not be passionate about this place.

Please note: Hotel Cipriani is open annually from March through November.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 95 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Turkish bath

Need to Know

A guarantee deposit is required at time of booking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Turkish bath

Need to Know

A guarantee deposit is required at time of booking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Map