- Style Dark Venetian romance
- Setting On the Grand Canal
A converted 16th-century Venetian palazzo right on the Grand Canal, Palazzo Barbarigo blends modern boudoir glamour with Twenties deco chic. Dramatic contemporary furnishings, feathered lampshades and smoky mirrors send new blood coursing through the heart of this parquet-floored, high-ceilinged grande dame. A short stroll from the Rialto bridge, this is surely one of the sexiest stays in Venice…
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including six deluxe junior suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $223.67 (€164), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include Continental à la carte breakfast, tax and service. A minimum two-night stay applies at weekends (to include a Saturday night) and during Carnival; minimum three nights over xmas/New Year/Easter.
- Facilities Library, free WiFi throughout, laundry; in rooms, flatscreen satellite TV, minibar housed in a cocktail cabinet, kingsize bed, safe.
- Check–out 12 noon. Check-in, from 2pm.
Children Welcome, although this hotel has a glamorous, grown-up feel. Cots are available free for under-3s; extra beds for children aged 3–11 staying in parents’ rooms cost an additional €45–€70, depending on room type. Babysitters cost €25 an hour.
- Hotel closed Never.
- Also No pets. A third person can be added to a Junior suite or Grand Canal Junior Suite for €90 a night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Every room at Palazzo Barbarigo is a decent size and has a canal view, so you’re onto a winner whichever you pick – although if you’ve set your heart on Grand Canal views, you’ll want one of the lovely Junior Suites, which also have separate dressing and wardrobe areas. Suite 1 (on the ground floor) and 10 are both corner rooms that have the best of both worlds – views of both the San Polo and Grand Canal.
- Packing tips Your sexiest silk lingerie – this is an uber-seductive lovers’ hideaway.
- Also We loved the etched mirrors in the bathrooms, and the floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, which throw plenty of natural light into darker corners.
Food and drink at Palazzo Barbarigo
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant as such, but there is a light snack menu with a few lunch and dinner options available in the dining room between noon and 11pm. This dark jewel of a room is the same place you'll enjoy your delicious breakfast every morning (unless you choose to take it in your bedroom, of course).
- Dress code James Bond/Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.
- Top table Pull up a sexy black velvet barstool or fight tooth and nail for the single table for two on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal.
- Last orders The cocktail bar shuts up shop at 11pm.
- Room service Get breakfast, drinks or light snacks delivered to your bedside from 7am till 11pm – after that, entertain yourself with your elegant cocktail cabinet.
- Hotel bar The 1920s-feel lounge bar is a decidedly slinky spot to sink a few martinis or expertly mixed Barbarigo cocktails – inside, it’s all black velvet sofas, smoky mirrors and upholstered wall panels. Miaow.