“A beautifully restored Baroque palace with a peaceful walled garden and private jetty”
A horseshoe staircase sweeps up to the tall-windowed piano nobile (literally 'noble floor'), here the Suites and one Superior Room are located. The grandest Suite, where we stayed on our original visit, has a balcony over the canal and raised mezzanine with bathroom, chaise longue and second double bedroom. OneJunior Suite has a superb painted ceiling. Expect large ornate glass chandeliers, high ceilings, baroque bedsteads and prized painted furniture from Bassano. The floors are special Venetian marquetry or flexible pavimento - a 'mosaic' of coloured stones set into elastic calce cement, to avoid cracking from tidal movement.
Classic and other Superior Rooms are carved out of a mezzanine floor, low ceilings make them feel a bit cramped. We stayed here on our 2016 revisit, and loved the original 16th-century beams, and handmade silk-lined walls.
Ensuite bathrooms have been upgraded, though note most are small with shower only; you get own brand toiletries. Almost all rooms can be reconfigured as twins on request; all have safes, satellite TV and mini-bar fridges.
As the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, the only meal served is breakfast though it is one fit for a Doge. A feast of cereals, yogurts and fresh fruits, cheeses, parma and other hams, cake, croissants, rolls, pastries, toast and jams… the table was groaning and I returned for at least 5 glasses of their delicious blood-orange juice. You can have breakfast in bed or eat in the atrium ballroom (a range of daily newspapers are supplied); in warm weather most prefer the parasoled tables in the sunny garden.
After a hard day’s sightseeing, reconvene for daily afternoon tea (4-6pm). In the evening sip Prosecco (a gift for having booked through i-escape) and cocktails either in your room or downstairs (there’s an impressive range of drinks laid out in the ballroom and cocktails are offered 7-8pm Saturdays), before being swept away in a water taxi from the palace's private jetty to dinner.
Ask the concierge for restaurant recommendations, note that as everything in Venice has to be shipped in, it is one of the priciest places to dine in Italy.
Well behaved kids are welcome and extra beds, cots and babysitting can be arranged. Children under 5 stay for free. That said, the place is full of valuable furniture and ornaments, they prefer to keep it fairly quiet and civilised and not to have too many children staying at any one time.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The impressive Suites and Superior Room found off the piano nobile can sleep 3-4 people and some interconnect
There's a canal to the rear of the property