Bloom & Settimo Cielo

San Marco, Venice, Italy Book from

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.


  • 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


  • 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
  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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

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