“An exotic, family-run gem hidden in plain sight, just a short walk from St Mark's Square”
Each of the rooms has soft lighting and its own distinctive design; a mixture of multi-ethnic furniture circa 1900. Our room had a low Thai platform bed, a printed wall-hanging and a dark wood wardrobe. Walls are rag-rolled or silk-hung, cotton drapes and curtains have been made up by a local factory to the Romanelli family’s own designs, and floors are original Venetian marble with carpets collected from adventures in Morocco, Pakistan and Senegal. Some rooms have romantic four-poster beds, while others can be made up as twins; all doubles have 2 individual down duvets, saving any bedding-tugging battles.
Ensuites come in the form of compact shower bathrooms where you get Philippe Starck-designed fittings, big-headed showers, hairdryers and divine Bigelow toiletries. There’s also air-conditioning and temperature control (unusual for Venetian hotels and very welcome in high summer), as well as the option of soothing piped music from a selection that includes jazz, Arabian, classical and opera.
You can request breakfast in bed, but it’s fun to choose from the big buffet laid out downstairs and then take your loot out into the sunny courtyard garden. The buffet includes: freshly squeezed orange juice, muesli, cornflakes, hard-boiled eggs, fruit salad and yoghurts, toast, Nutella and jams, croissants, Parma ham, and a wide selection of fresh fruits and cheeses.
The hotel also provides a delightful, complimentary afternoon tea of cakes and hot drinks in the ground floor breakfast area.
There’s a massive number of restaurants to choose from: you’re moments from Campo Santo Stefano, which is home to numerous restaurants. 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 - both are close by. It can be difficult to judge the quality of Venetian restaurants, so if you want to try something new we’d recommend seeking advice from whoever is on reception. We were directed to a fantastic and inconspicuous little place near the Accademia (and the team were also happy to book a table on our behalf).
As a family-run hotel Novecento happily welcomes children, though they’d ask that you let them know in advance so they can choose and set up the right room for you. All ages have stayed here; cots and babysitting services are available and there are board games on offer. Staff can also recommend family-friendly restaurants and activities.
All rooms have space for a baby cot, and some has space for an extra bed, too.
Babysitting available on request.
Cots, strollers and baby bathrobes are available, and staff can assist with heating baby food.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking