It’s all about the Grand Canal views at lovely Palazzo Stern, set in a 15th-century palace in the quieter Dorsoduro side of the canal. Though much of the building was reconstructed in the early 20th century, it’s still delightful, filled with art, mosaics, terrazzo floors, and frescoed ceilings. Add to that an easy location, helpful service, and a prime terrace on the canal for grabbing a drink, and Palazzo Stern makes for a wonderful place to lay your head in Venice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s no restaurant, gym, or spa here, so those seeking extra amenities may want to look elsewhere.
Guest rooms are charming, most in shades of red and/or pale gold, with chandeliers, patterned wallpaper, and wood floors. Many have top-notch canal views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW None of the Standard rooms have views, so book another room class if you want to wake up to water.
The pink-and-gold mosaic bathrooms are works of art in their own right. A large number even have decadent Jacuzzi tubs.
Palazzo Stern’s sumptuous lobby is truly palatial, with arched brick walls, marble columns, beveled glass windows, and an elaborately decorated ceiling. It’s awe-inspiring, if not the best place for relaxing.
Guests have their choice of sitting in the first and second floor lounges, surrounded by amazingly beautiful mosaics. There’s also a roof terrace with Jacuzzi, an excellent way to toast the sunset with a glass of Prosecco in hand.
There’s no restaurant at Palazzo Stern, but don’t miss having your breakfast on the wonderful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal for an unforgettable experience.
Palazzo Stern has a fabulously decorated red, blue, and gold bar, with mosaic floors, beveled glass windows, and decorated ceilings—worth visiting just to marvel at the décor.
The Ca’ Rezzonico vaporetto stop is only 1 minute away from the hotel, from which you can sail to San Marco and all around the island. If you prefer to walk rather than boat, you can cross the Pont dell’Accademia (Accademia Bridge) to San Marco (20-minute walk to Piazza San Marco).
Charming La Bitta (2-minute walk) serves market-inspired cuisine including pasta and meat (no fish)—and don’t miss the panna cotta for dessert. Osteria alla Bifora (6-minute walk) features large platters of meats, cheeses, salads, and more in an atmospheric setting in bustling Campo Santa Margherita.
Lively wine shop/bar Cantine del Vino già Schiavi (5-minute walk) has no seating, but serves up inexpensive wines with interesting small bites. Osteria al Squero (7-minute walk) is a casual bacaro (wine bar) with tasty cicchetti (bar snacks)—especially the panini and cheeses—with a fine selection of wine by the glass.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love the location of Palazzo Stern, right on the Grand Canal but still with a quiet feel. Plus staying in a palace, with all of the spectacular details within, feels like a wonderful extravagance—and just the right thing to do when in Venice.