A hotspot for musicians and intellectuals of the late 19th century (Tschaikovsky even composed music in one of the rooms), the Londra Palace’s elegant white façade and appealing terrace on the busy Riva degli Schiavoni are immediately recognizable. Inside, this Relais & Chateaux hotel is a romantic place with elegant details, friendly service, and lots of charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is extremely central—but also extremely hectic on the street outside, so look elsewhere if you don't want to navigate around tourists every time you leave the hotel (though they do ease off a bit in the late evening).
Each room is different, though all are romantic and elegantly furnished, with patterned wallpaper and period 19th-century furnishings. Some also have lovely beamed or decorated ceilings.
Classic rooms don’t have water views, so opt for a deluxe room or junior suite for fabulous outlooks to the San Marco Basin; some even have balconies or terraces to best enjoy them.
Marble bathrooms have tubs or showers (some with tubs and separate showers, and some with Jacuzzi tubs). Ortygia products are the icing on the cake.
With pretty terrazzo floors and lots of places to sit to sip tea—or have something stronger—the Londra Palace lobby is an elegant place to chill.
Do Leoni restaurant has a pricey but interesting selection of pasta, fish, meat, and veggie choices for lunch and dinner, and the outdoor terrace is a prime (albeit noisy) place to people-watch.
The bartender prepares a mean Bellini Londrabar with fresh white peaches, only available between May and September.
Cocktails and bar snacks can be had at Londrabar from morning till night (plus coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the morning, if that’s more your thing).
With the huge San Zaccaria vaporetti station—one of the largest waterbus stops in Venice, with four substops— directly in front of the hotel, you can pretty much sail anywhere in Venice, as well as to Murano (on the #7 vaporetto). Plus the hotel’s so central that walking everywhere is a breeze.
Il Ridotto (4-minute walk) is one of the tastiest modern Italian eateries in town, with innovative dishes and a fantastic wine list. The classic Venetian recipes at Al Covo (5-minute walk) consistently win raves from diners. A cozy place with contemporary and affordable tasting menus paired with interesting (and mainly natural) wines, CoVino (6-minute walk) makes a great stop for lunch or dinner.
The sister wine bar to Il Ridotto, Aciugheta (4-minute walk) specializes in cicchetti (bar snacks)—don’t miss the namesake anchovy (aciugheta) minipizzas—paired with a local vino. El Rèfolo (10-minute walk) matches wine and beer with charcuterie and cheese in a lively outdoor atmosphere.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel Londra Palace is the picture of understated sophistication, from the comfortable lobby seating area to the splendid guest rooms. If you can look past the highly trafficked location (and, truly, you won’t hear much if any noise from the well-insulated rooms), you’ll find amazing lagoon views in an historic and supremely enchanting setting.