Need to know
18, including four suites.
Noon; earliest check-in, noon. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $367.23 (€338), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude à la carte breakfast. If you book a Luxury room or suite, return transfers from the airport or train station are included.
The palace has a very distinguished history: it has housed some of the city’s most respected figures and hosted elite events and parties.
At the hotel
Gorgeous gardens; courtyard; direct access to the Grand Canal; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, coffee machine, minibar, Etro bath products, bathrobes, slippers.
Our favourite rooms
The world’s first famous female author, Christine de Pizan, hailed from Venice; honour her memory by bedding down in the suite that shares her name. In addition to its feminist credentials, this suite has wooden wall panels, parquet flooring, swag-tastic furnishings and a cosy lounge with impressive views of the Grand Canal. For something with a more masculine heritage, opt for the Lord Byron Suite, which has a covetable parquet floor, walls clad in silk and plenty of secret thrills in store: a bath tub tucked away behind a partition by the bed, a hidden seating area where you can lounge (and read works by the famous poet, natch) and more…
Forgiving waistbands for maximum bigoli-consumption.
The hotel is suitable for wheelchair-users: there are lifts between communal areas and bedrooms, and two of the ground-floor Classic Rooms are step-free.
Four-legged Smiths can come too (at the general manager’s discretion) for around €50 a night. Prices may vary, depending on the size of the dog. See more pet-friendly hotels in Venice.
Little Smiths are welcome; the hotel can lend parents cots or cribs, baby bedlinen, highchairs and booster seats. That said, it’s a very glamorous, grown-up palazzo, better suited to adults.
The hotel uses LED light bulbs, seasonal local produce and ethical suppliers. Guests can walk to the hotel from the city’s train station. Venice itself is a conscientious city, using recycled water in all its modern renovation projects.