Just a short stroll from Piazza San Marco—though on a quiet side street that seems a world away—this charming hotel will please those seeking traditional Venetian décor in an ultra-convenient location. It feels a bit old-fashioned compared to some of the other Venetian palazzo hotels, but that’s also part of its charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though the hotel is right on eastern edge of the Grand Canal, where it flows into the lagoon, none of the lower-priced rooms have water views, and only some of the suites do—so if that’s important to you, make sure you request it when you book (and be prepared to shell out, oh, a good amount more).
Each room is done up differently, though all feature period furnishings, Murano glass chandeliers, and patterned wallpaper. Decadent suites come with their own butlers, unpacking and packing service, and complimentary ironing of up to four pieces of clothing a day—heaven!
To truly feel like royalty, stay in the Sansovino Lagoon View or San Giorgio Terrace suites; they contain enormous private terraces where the views of rooftops and water lasts for miles.
All gleaming marble and with double sinks, some bathrooms have deep soaking tubs or even double showers. Ortigia products amp up the sophisticated feel.
The heavy, traditional décor in the lobby features Murano glass chandeliers, a multicolored tile floor, and a sophisticated cream and beige color scheme.
One of the closest hotels to San Marco, it couldn’t be easier to walk on over to see the Basilica and other central attractions. If you’d rather boat to other parts of the town, to the Lido, or to the airport, the San Marco Vallaresso stop is a swift 3-minute walk away.
Though the San Marco area has lots of crowded eateries serving mediocre fare, nearby Osteria Enoteca San Marco (2-minute walk) is a worthy exception: a sophisticated, contemporary Italian bistro with a fine selection of wines. For a splurge (though it gets mixed reviews), the refined Italian cuisine at Michelin-starred Ristorante Quadri (2-minute walk) is worth checking out. Ai Mercanti (4-minute walk), which creates inventive dishes at a reasonable price, is another nearby place to nosh.
Enjoy wonderful Piazza San Marco views at Caffè Florian (1-minute walk), or try a Bellini cocktail at the place it was invented, Harry’s Bar (2-minute walk). For some cicchetti (bar snacks) and wine, Enoteca al Volto (6-minute walk) is a great place to go.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location. The Baglioni couldn’t be closer to Piazza San Marco, and yet rooms are on-the-whole quiet. Though it lacks the pomp of some flashier Venice hotels and the prime water views in its public spaces, it can’t be beat for a place to stay with Venetian style and warm hospitality.