Beautiful, historical building that has been redone as a design hotel. There are no spa or pool facilities, but since when do you go to Venice for that! The location is wonderful - about a 10 minute leisurely walk from St. Mark's and Rialto, but slightly off the beaten path so that you get some quiet and are away from the typical throngs of crowds. Breakfast is simple but adequate - Italy is not known for its breakfasts, so save your appetite for an exquisite lunch or dinner elsewhere. The room was beautiful - old (I assume preserved) woodwork mixed with modern touches, and a completely modern and very clean bathroom. Our room even had a walk-in closet/private changing area - a delightful touch, especially for the ladies with luggage :-)! And if you have some extra time, do explore the hotel! There's a really beautiful sitting room on the 2nd or 3rd floor with gorgeous ceilings and a grand piano.
The staff is very professional and somewhat old-school (in a very good way). They aren't there to chat you up and make small talk, but always ready to help and answer questions and make suggestions. All staff - concierge, hotel, restaurant, room - are very courteous and polite, friendly but discreet, and very professional but warm.
It wasn't the most expensive, but also not the lowest in price. A fair deal for Venice! (Of course, we were there in December during the holiday period, which is the lowest of the low season) Based on prior reviews, we decided to take the plunge and conscientiously payed more for this hotel. And from the first step into the hotel up to now, we have absolutely no regrets in having done so.
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- Also Known As:
- Ruzzini Palace Venice
- Hotel Ruzzini Palace