My partner and I arrived in Venice by train following 5 nights in Rome. We took a water taxi to the hotel. Not having been in Venice for over 20 years, we were excited to be returning to the Cipriani - our 4th time there. It did not disappoint. As other posters have mentioned on this site, the first face you see upon arrival is that of Roberto, the hotel's "doorman", who has been at the hotel for 19 years. He is so friendly and so willing to assist you in any way he can.
Reception was a snap. Kudos to Mario Z., who checked us into our beautiful lagoon view room with private balcony. Everything about the room was spectacular: the bathroom with skylight, the living area, ample closets, separate sleeping area, and that balcony.
Service in and around the hotel was just right, gracious without being overbearing. The grounds are as beautiful as ever. The breakfasts on the terrace (which are included) were spectacular, including the chef whose only role seemed to be to carve prosciutto.
Even though the room rates are staggeringly high, I would definitely recommend this hotel, particularly if you want to get away from the crowds in Venice. After a 5 minute "crossing" in the hotel's private motor launch, you feel as if you've been transported to your own private oasis.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cipriani And Palazzo Vendramin Hotel