Family-run, with only nine rooms, this charming boutique property sports a mix of Moroccan, Asian, and Italian style inspired by 19th-century Spaniard-turned-Venetian designer Mariano Fortuny. Delightful touches include an honesty bar where guests can mix themselves a drink, and a cute courtyard garden where breakfast is served in warmer months. Its location also can’t be beat, halfway between Piazza San Marco and the Gallerie del’Accademia.
Don’t miss the complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, and cakes, served in the cozy “living room” complete with beamed ceilings, Moroccan rugs, fireplace, and library – a perfect place to hang on drizzly Venetian days.
The whimsical and unique rooms will make you feel like you’re in Venice, but with a touch of exotic flavor. Each boasts African and Far Eastern touches like antiques and Moroccan rugs covering the Venetian marble or wood floors, while some have pretty stained glass windows and four-poster beds.
Though on the small side, bathrooms are designed with Philippe Starck fixtures and stocked with fragrant Ortigia products.
YOU SHOULD KNOW All of the Novecento bathrooms are shower-only, no tubs.
The beamed-ceiling lobby, filled with antiques, is more a place to check in and leave rather than sit around – but the Novecento more than makes up for it with the living room lounge and sitting room areas, where guests are welcome to chill whenever they please.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s no elevator at the Novecento, only stairs, so plan your luggage-packing accordingly.
It’s super simple to walk from the Novecento to most of Venice’s prime sites. Or if you’d rather go by water, the Santa Maria del Giglio vaporetto stop is just a 4-minute stroll.
Getting lost in the narrow Venetian streets will be worth it once you find Ai Mercanti (7-minute walk), a haven for inventive dishes at a reasonable price. Osteria Enoteca San Marco (7-minute walk) is a surprisingly ultra-modern Italian bistro with a wonderful wine list amongst a sea of tourist traps. Michelin-starred Ristorante Quadri (9-minute walk) is pricey and gets mixed reviews, but its prime location in Piazza San Marco is worth a look.
Down an Aperol Spritz while taking in prime Piazza San Marco views at Caffè Florian (8-minute walk), or sample a Bellini cocktail at its place of birth, Harry’s Bar (8-minute walk)—mainly a restaurant, but it’s fun to nibble on olives and people-watch in the bar area. Enoteca al Volto (8-minute walk) is a fine place to stop for some cicchetti (bar snacks) and wine on a quiet back street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Novecento’s personalized service and quirky charm win us over every time. Plus it’s super quiet yet ultra-convenient, located on a side street but still walkable or boatable to all of Venice’s main sights. If you’re in to inviting boutique hotels with flair, keep this Venice charmer on your radar.