“Gorgeously opulent B&Bs in the heart of the city, blending Venetian tradition with modern design”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years)