We stayed at the Metropole over Easter and had a great time, despite the rather inclement weather. A few steps along from the Danielli, it's easy to find if visiting Venice for the first time and just a short stroll from St Mark's square. In a city that's quite easy to get lost in, you could never not find your way back home and don't underestimate the advantages of having an easy to find base in this most beautiful but labyrinthian of cities.
The ambience is eclectic but chic, the rooms full of character and charm and the staff generally go out of their way to be helpful. If I had a little gripe, the sound proofing in the rooms (maybe not all but certainly ours) was not what it could have been but it's an old building and this is not uncommon in this type of hotel. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel, preferring wandering off to find a local cafe and while we were tempted to try 'The Met' restaurant, it seemed extortionately priced for a place that lost it's couple of Michelin stars some years ago. Besides there are so many great places to eat within a few minutes walk of the the place that it seemed pointless - from excellent fine dining (Il Ridotto) to local-friendly seafood (Il Nuovo Galeon) to internationally lauded Italian cuisine (Al Covo). Wander a bit further afield and catch a meal at 'Ristorante Ribot' if you can too - one of the best, truly authentic Venetian restaurants you'll find. We liked it so much we had lunch there twice. But enough of restaurants and onto the cocktails.
The Metropole has a plush and rather decadent little bar that it is all too easy to be drawn into when you return late in the evening. If you do so, beware, because Bruno and the team can whip up some of the most delicious and bewitching drinks you'll ever have tasted. The 'standards' are all there of course but venture onto Bruno's signature list and you can sample some of the best cocktails we've ever tasted, anywhere in the world. They're not cheap at about 15 or 16 Euros a pop (trust me, one is never enough) but compared to what you would be asked to pay for a clumsily poured Bellini in Harry's Bar they represent excellent value. There is artistry and imagination in both the ingredients and the presentation and if you only sample two of them, go for the 'Chocolate Martini' (made by melting two different types of chocolate and perfectly blending with vodka - that aint easy to do) and the sparkling 'Metropoire'.
It's six years since we last visited Venice and it won't be that long till we return. Next time I have no doubt we'll also return to The Metropole - if only to see what else Bruno has come up with in the meantime!
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