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Westin Europa & Regina Review
Spread across five historic palazzi (is there anything else in Venice?) in the lee of San Marco, this amalgamation of the former Hotel Britannia and Hotel Regina is easily one of Venice's still-undiscovered gems. That's because the property is tucked away in a hidden flowery courtyard, making it something of an insider's secret. Guests can also arrive by way of the hotel's jetty on the Grand Canal, where a long terraced bar is an ideal spot for sundowners. Rooms, all with Westin's signature Heavenly Beds, are distinct and connected by a warren of step-up/step-down corridors. In a city where space is of the premium, there is even a small but adequate basement gym, making this an ideal base from which to explore La Serenissima.
La Serenissima's Undiscovered Gem
In a city where hotels with names like Bauer, Gritti, and Cipriani are often institutions onto themselves, standing out as a five-star property can be difficult. But that's exactly why this below-the-radar hotel, fashioned from five palaces dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries on the Grand Canal, is special. For one, it feels like one's own private palazzo, tucked away in a hidden courtyard, minutes from the names-you-must-know boutiques of via XXII Marzo and the touristy expanse of San Marco. And because it doesn't get curiosity-seeking footfall traffic, residents are both spoiled by the staff's unfailingly attentive service and the incomparable views afforded by its waterside terraced bar, one of the most spectacular in Venice.
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