Bloom & Settimo Cielo

San Marco, Venice, Italy Book from Book from £182 per night

Gorgeously opulent B&Bs in the heart of the city, blending Venetian tradition with modern design
Bloom and Settimo Cielo are 2 charming B&Bs, located in the San Marco district of Venice, and within strolling distance of all the major Venetian sites. They are beautifully designed, with every room styled differently, from rich reds and purple brocades to more calming beiges and creams.

The 2 businesses share a restored Venetian house: the upper floors are Bloom's, the lower floors Settimo Cielo's; both parts offer exactly the same service and style of accommodation. The whole house is owned by business partners Alessandra Vazzoler and Paolo Battistetti who decided to renovate and refurbish the building, tastefully merging old with new.

While there's no in-house restaurant, there are lovely communal areas where you eat breakfast, and, best of all, a delightful roof terrace with spectacular views across the rooftops of Venice. Inside on the top floor there is also a cosy lounge, whose fridge stores complimentary bottles of Prosecco - a perfect accompaniment to the sunset views.

Highs

  • The lovely roof terrace with complimentary Prosecco. It's lit at night, with panoramic views - a rare thing in Venice
  • The beautifully styled rooms: original beamed ceilings and wooden floors blend with velvet sofas, flocked wallpaper and gilded mirrors
  • The quiet - you're centrally located, but you'd never know it
  • Just 5 minutes' walk from the Grand Canal and the Accademia museum, 10 minutes from the Rialto and 10 minutes from St Mark’s Square
  • You have your own key to the building and there's no formal reception, so it's feels very private - great for those on a romantic jaunt

Lows

  • The breakfasts are a little too packaged, although fresh fruit, pastries and bread are served daily
  • No lift, so if you are staying in Bloom you have 3 or 4 flights of stairs to climb. Rooms in Settimo Cielo are lower down
  • No on-site reception so you can feel a little unlooked after, although it's easy to contact someone if needs be
  • No room service outside breakfast hours

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are probably the best times to visit Venice. Carnival in February is obviously popular, although prices generally tend to creep up then, but winter can be appealingly quiet with a really magical atmosphere. A word of warning though: it can be really cold in the winter months, with icy winds blowing off the sea, so come prepared. Venice is best avoided in the peak summer months when droves of tourists choke up the main alleyways and the intense heat can be very tiring.

Our top tips

Head to the roof terrace early to grab the best seats for those sunset views, although it is big enough to absorb all guests and never gets crowded. We managed to avoid bumping into anyone up there, despite the hotel being almost full.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 6
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Each room is gorgeously lavish, with dramatically different colour schemes. We stayed in one done out in cream and white, but others feature stunning jewel-bright colours, from purples to deep pinks. All are rich and traditional in style, with heavy curtains and thick brocaded fabrics plus antique furniture, flocked wallpapers and gilded mirrors complementing the old architecture of beamed ceilings, brick walls and wooden floors. Although some are rather more contemporary and lighter in colour, the feel is of sheer opulence throughout. Some in Settimo Cielo have full-length French windows, and all come with contemporary bathrooms, some with baths, some with large walk-in showers.

There are 3 kinds of room - Double Charme, Double Superior and Triple Superior. Double Superiors are larger than Charmes and have a kingsize bed rather than queensize, but the Double Charmes have bathtubs while Superiors have showers. The Triple Superiors are the largest rooms and come with 3 beds, either 3 singles or 1 kingsize plus 1 single, so perfect for small families.

We stayed in a Double Superior and were grateful for the extra space. It had an immaculately preserved wooden parquet floor, a delicious vanilla scent and windows looking out over the Santo Stefano church. All the curtains and cushions were perfectly co-ordinated, while the bathroom was modern with a huge walk-in shower, chrome fittings and subtle tiling.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron (on request)
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Food at the B&Bs is limited to a continental buffet breakfast. This consists of fresh fruit, sweet pastries and breads, plus hams, cheeses, yoghurts, cereals, jams, butters and spreads. Tea and coffee is also served, along with freshly squeezed juices. It’s a simple spread, but this reflects the Italian’s minimal approach to breakfast.

For lunch and dinner, you're located on the edge of a large but quiet square, Campo Santo Stefano, home to numerous restaurants, ranging from top-price fish restaurants to bargain pizza eateries and gelaterias for delicious Italian ice creams. Further afield, there plenty of fabulous eateries. Head to the market area near the Rialto, where there are several excellent restaurants lining a square that sits right on the Grand Canal. For a taste of iconic Venice, dine outdoors at Caffé Florian (Italy's oldest café) on the Piazza San Marco, or head to the famous (and outrageously expensive) Harry’s Bar for world-class Bellinis and Carpaccio.

In general, we recommend asking for dining advice when you check-in as it can be difficult to judge the quality of Venetian restaurants on their looks alone. Back at the B&Bs, there are big bowls of sweets in the communal areas left out for guests to raid whenever they want to.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Bloom
Activity:

Activities

  • Stroll 5 minutes to the Grand Canal and cross the bridge to the giant Accademia museum, home to endless, breath-taking art treasures

  • Go to an impromptu recital by acclaimed violin troop Interpreti Veneziani. Evening performances are regularly held in the Chiesa di San Vidal (mere moments from the hotel), where Renaissance masterpieces adorn the church’s walls, mostly bookable on the day

  • Take a 10-minute walk to the most famous square in Venice. The Piazza San Marco is the centre of the action with the glittering Basilica di San Marco, the historic Palazzo Ducale, and the Museo Corror lining its tourist filled centre

  • The Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous (and beautiful) theatres in Italy. It's worth booking tickets to the opera ahead of your trip, but daytime self-guided audio tours are available

  • Catch a boat out to Murano and Burano, the outlying islands in the lagoon famous, respectively, for glass-making and brightly painted houses and lace. They are worth it for the boat ride alone

  • Sip Prosecco and watch the sun set over the Venetian rooftops from the hotel’s private roof terrace

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Private guided tours

Kids

Bloom/Settimo Cielo is probably more of a couple’s boutique retreat, but children are allowed. 0-3 year olds can be accommodated in a baby cot provided by the hotel at no extra cost (on request). There are no rollaway beds, but there are 2 triple rooms, which would suit families. On the terrace, there is a sitting area for little children, and the library on the top floor includes books for them.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Kid Friendly: Bloom

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 30 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
8/10
Overall

We stayed here for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The room was beautiful and immaculately clean. We had a view of the church outside and the pretty square. Gorgeous terrace on the rooftop overlying the roofs of Venice with unlimited prosecco to help yourself to. Absolute dream.

10/10,

It's an excellent hotel and one day I'd love to go back, and definitely would recommend it to friends!

10/10,

This B&B is very good value. It is very clean and beautifully presented. The air conditioning is very good and staff very friendly and efficient. The breakfast is sufficient but unless you eat early you may have to wait until a table is free. Lovely touch to have free presecco available on the roof terrace but again the space is limited, and very hot during busier times. I would recommend this B&B to others despite the niggles.

8/10,

Wonderful location off a square with lots of restaurants and 2 min walk from Academia Bridge. Feels like an apartment building with your own key. Roof top terrace with view was the highlight, as was the wine fridge well stocked with Prosecco. Don't tell everyone!

9/10,

We booked two double charme rooms at Bloom. Both were similar but my room on the 3rd floor was larger than the room on the 2nd floor. If you're looking for a traditional Venetian-style interior, this is your place. The property is beautiful on the inside and the rooftop terrace is gorgeous. It was a nice surprise to find that they have a fridge full of Prosecco on the top floor that is completely free to guests. The bed was comfortable, and the air-conditioning worked very well. The interior design was very fun and uniquely Venitian with all the glitz and every detail accounted for. The Double Charme rooms are small-ish, however, I found mine to be very comfortable anyway. The welcome left a lot to be desired, and many questions unanswered. We were not told breakfast/check-out times which are not obvious as there is no literature in the rooms. The location is excellent. A 10-minute walk to San Marco Square and very centrally located. I would recommend but with the caveat that you choose a room with an en suite bathroom and make sure you ask your questions on arrival.

7/10,

Overall it was a pleasure to stay in your nice hotel. The service was ok, but there was just one person for breakfast which was not enough

8/10,

The location was great. Over all the stunning views from the roof terrace. Everything else fine, no reason to complain. We would come again. Thanks for the delicious Prosecco.

8/10,

We loved our stay here. Our room was beautiful and had a great view of the church next door. The breakfast was very basic but functional but other than that we didn't have any complaints. Our favourite space was by far the rooftop terrace. It was really special to be able to have some pre and post dinner drinks here looking out over the City.

8/10,

Anthony and the team at Bloom made us especially welcome for my Mother's birthday weekend. The complementary prosecco was a lovely touch and the roof terrace charming. It was just perfect for a weekend.

9/10,

The only issue we had was that the room was too warm, but given that the weather was absolutely freezing and wet, I can see why the hotel cranked up the heat. The location was amazing - a close walk to all of the main attractions in Venice. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooftop balcony and communal sitting room were very cozy and overall would have been perfect in sunnier climes. The whole building, including the rooms, were cleaned top to bottom every day. Altogether, excellent value for money and a great base to explore the city from.

8/10,

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