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Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Ranked #31 of 384 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

What a wonderful classy hotel. My boyfriend and I were visiting a 4 different cities in Italy and this was our first stop. Such great staff that was always so friendly and attentive. We spent a lot of time at the pool bar so we got to know the bartenders pretty well, and everyone knew us by name. The fact that I did not know a bit of Italian was not a problem, everyone spoke English very well. The hotel also had their own water taxi that would bring you back and forth to St Marks Square, where they also had a "Hotel Cipriani private dock, so it was very easy to get back and forth. (about a 10 min boat ride that has spectacular views!)

The room was wonderful and had a few different wall plug types, so I did not even need to take out my European plug adaptor that I brought. Great bathroom and comfy bed The only negative I can say is that they give you an incredibly heavy metal room key that can be rather heavy to have to carry around (but obviously not really a negative) And to all you bagel lovers, they do not have them there. We asked for them with our room service and instead got a basket full of a variety of breads :) We missed staying at the hotel with George Clooney by a couple of days.. bummer. All in all a VERY classy and upscale hotel that is not pretencious at all. WIll definitely stay there again when back in Venice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We very much enjoyed the Cipriani. The hotel is beautiful, the staff is very welcoming, and room was comfortable. We also enjoyed Fortuny Restaurant for dinner. The water shuttle was very convienent and it was nice having our home base away from the crowds. The Cipriani is very pricey, but I will return when back in Venice.

  • Stayed October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We weren't impressed with Hotel Cipriani. We found the atmosphere very stuffy and the staff fake and suffocating! We found much better value staying in a stunning apartment near the accademia. With so many worthy causes throwing away money on a stuffy atmosphere, where all you heard was the clanging of silverware, seems wasteful. Perhaps we weren't there at the right time of the year (September), but in all other exceptional hotels we have stayed at it hasn't mattered. Hotel Cipriani lacked life! It was dry and the best thing about it were the abundance of beautiful little sparrows.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Located on Giudecca across from St Marks but convenient with their 24 hour boat transfers to/from hotel to Piazza San Marco. Housekeeping is attentive and comes twice daily. Staff are friendly, attentive, first class. Hotel and property are clean and inviting. We went for my husbands birthday and were in a junior suite with a lagoon view. It was fabulous. Only one draw back was in the bar by the pool one evening it seemed under staffed and were enthusiastic to seat us not as energetic on serving us but it seemed everyone was getting slow service and the one waiter was just overwhelmed as it was crowded. But entire stay was so wonderful it seemed that ocassion was a mere blip.

They have blow dryers (which I didn't see on the website) and Bulgari amenities in the bath. Ironed cotton luxurious bedding. Quick room service. Real keys! No small credit card sized key. It was modern yet possessed historical character in decorating and service.

The longest we waited for the boat was maybe once at 10 minutes.

Can't say enough about the service here. It was nice to escape the madness of the tourists on the main island.

Room Tip: Junior suite facing lagoon. We had two small balconies. We were close to the pier to catch the boat...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is certainly one of the great hotels of the world, we stayed for three days flying from Vienna and being met at the airport by Cipriani representative. This was an exceptional start, Austrian Air had misplaced my baggage (& a third of the flight queued up to report the same - two hours later) our guide was still waiting, thank you. Bags whisked away (safely) we were driven to the boat and ensconced, headed to the Cipriani within minutes. Magical mood transformance.

On the Isola Giudecca opposite San Marco sits the Cipriani. A drink by the pool immersed us into Cip time and elegance. Our room was in the Palazzo and our two large windows opened onto an excellent view of Venice.

I found the view was better than the reality, Venice is over crowded & grubby with HUGE cruise ships disgorging there cargo, contributing nothing and destroying Venice.

The Cip launch taking one back to the haven was a wonderful treat. There are still things to do in Venice that are excellent (Peggy Guggenhiems collection, a visit to the Danelli terrace or even a brief stop at Harry's bar) but ships must be stopped!

We had booked the terrace of the Fortuny for dinner at 8pm but that is a whole other story, a wonderful romantic story. This part of our trip was my wifes treat for me, a significant birthday.

Our room was not plush but still managed to be everything we wanted, needed and more, it was
spacious, very private well away from the public areas.

The excellent pool is beautiful to look at and better to be in is olympic size and the surrounding gardens managed to accommodate lots of people unobtrusivably with the the occasional mast passing by. I did manage to spend hours daily like a seal in the pool. The sun in Europe does not seem to burn (like Australia) and we just browned up a little darker every day, wonderful. A day here has 24+ hours, more than anywhere, else perhaps just a perception.

The Fortuny was excellent for breakfast, a beautiful gardened terrace overlooking San Giorgio and the lagoon with an excellent array of options and sublime at night for dinner. The service excellent.

Cips on pylons over the water is a more casual alternative for dinner conveniently located just below our room. but not to be missed a completely different positive experience.

Everywhere you gaze at the Cipriani is gorgeous, the gardens Casonova's especially, the sculptures and water surrounding always. This latter made us feel very much at home.

The staff are exceptional across the board, boat captains, commissionaire at dock, Concierge (thank you for chasing my bags so diligently), reception, Spa, pool team, restaurants and bars all had individual personalities as did the various venues but an underlying thoughtful casual elegant hospitality ethic pervades the Cipriani. I have spent much of my life in executive hospitality and very rarely have I encountered this level of hospitality consistantly. Knowing that the Cipriani closes for 5-6months every year makes it all the more extraordinary.

This is not for the rich and famous it is for the establishment of a paradise and that does have a cost but the Cipriani is exceptional value for money. Whatever it takes this is an experience not to be missed!

Thank you my darling wife for ensuring I had this sojourn and thank you Cipriani for being excellent - the Cipriani.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We arrived by the Orient Express and had booked the hotel as part of the package. The service was truly excellent and the break was perfect.
We arrived at the hotel by water taxi and there is a real wow factor. Staff are charming helpful and polite without exception.
Our room was some distance away from reception but the views over St Marks easily made up for that. The room was a little dated but luxurious nevertheless. Bathroom huge and toilitaries high standard,
The first night we ate in Cips. Very good food and first rate ingrediants. Had fantastic fish and veal both cooked simply and both perfect. Staff all as to be expected.
The second night ate in Fortuny restaurant. This is sold as fine dining but although excellent service the food didn't quite match. I had crab with bits of shell left in. Not what you would expect. The sole that followed was just ok. Puddings were however exceptional and up to the standard you would expect.
We also had lunch on the pool terrace which was good apart from the wasps!
Overall a fantastic hotel , in places a little shabby chic and I am not sure that isn't part of the charm or not. It is very expensive but on the whole a very plesent experience.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Cipriani is the best hotel in Venice. the experience created is one of complete comfort and excellence.

We were treated like Hollywood guests of which there have been many.

Your own private launch and personalized needs fully catered for.

Everything you could expect from an Orient Express trip.

Magical moments all....

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Address: Isola della Giudecca 10, 30133 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Giudecca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Venice
#22 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#22 Business Hotel in Venice
#24 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#40 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Hotel Cipriani 5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If Venice is a theatre, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box. It is a resort: a way of life, an island apart, in every sense. And it involves all the senses that make a stay unforgettable. Five minutes by private launch from St. Mark’s Square, on the tip of the Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is in the heart of the city but removed from its hustle and bustle. Its 95 rooms and suites are exquisitely decorated with magnificent views over the open lagoon, the gardens and St. Marks. A day here is made up of layers of wonderful experiences, from luxuriating beside the Olympic-size swimming pool (the only one in central Venice) to relaxing with a signature treatment at the Casanova Wellness Centre. The Casanova gardens offer an oasis of peace, perfect for a Thai Chi session before heading off with a private boat for a personalised excursion in the lagoon. Choose to dine at the new Oro Restaurant for a timeless dining experience or at the iconic Cip’s Club admiring the view on St. Mark’s. Sip a signature cocktail at the Gabbiano Bar or enjoy a light lunch at the Porticciolo Restaurant. A red-clay tennis court, a gym and dedicated Kids' Club with pool are also available. ... more   less 
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Cipriani And Palazzo Vendramin Hotel

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