Venice Boutique Apartments

San Marco, Venice, Italy Book from Book from £319 per night

Newly refurbished apartments for 2-7 in a historic waterfront Palazzo close to Piazza San Marco, at the mouth of the Grand Canal
This Palazzo has seen many incarnations: once a medieval fortified building, then remodelled in Renaissance style in the 17th century, and with further transformation in the 1830s by Giuseppe Borsato. And now, these 3 spacious self-catering apartments, created within the 2nd and 3rd floors of this wonderful building, have been recently refurbished by interior designers Katharina Allès and Anna Guarini, who have triumphantly entwined elegant neoclassicism with 21st-century amenities.

Original features including triple-height doors and polished terrazzo floors sit comfortably beside contemporary fabrics and glassware in burnt orange, sky blue and lacquer red. Old antiques, unique pieces of furniture and superb artworks (including engravings of Greek and Roman statues) are from the owner's private collection. Bespoke canopy beds were inspired by classical frescoes. Yet such grandeur does not preclude comfort or practical living: the kitchens are very well-equipped, there's ample luggage storage, and luxurious bathrooms have power showers. The largest apartment, Canella, sleeps up to 7 and has a roof terrace. The other 2, Borsato and Hayez, have a pair of ensuite bedrooms apiece; the former has a knock-out view of the Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute. A real find.

Highs

  • A winning marriage of heritage, comfort and style
  • An outstanding location on the Grand Canal, just minutes' walk from Piazza San Marco, and the famous Harry's Bar
  • Warm croissants are hung on your door handle each morning, and there are great restaurants all around
  • Each apartment has a master bedroom, a second double/twin, and 2 bathrooms, so all work for couples, friends or families
  • There's a multi-lingual concierge available every morning to assist with your stay, plus the delightful housekeeper and caretaker (Elvira and Roy) live on site

Lows

  • The communal roof terrace doesn't have views of the Grand Canal
  • Neither does Apartment Hayez, which overlooks the quiet piazza to the rear, and has a small kitchen; it is priced accordingly
  • If you're arriving by the Alilaguna water-bus, you'll have to wheel suitcases around the houses from the San Marco jetty to reach the Palazzo (the entrance is to the rear, not on the water)
  • No bathtub in romantic Borsato
  • A hefty security deposit is required

Best time to go

All year, although some prefer to avoid the hottest summer months. Spring and autumn are most popular, while the best availability is during the winter - a great time to come if you're lucky with the weather as you get a wonderful clarity of light on good days.

Our top tips

Don't queue to ascend the Campanile di San Marco when you can get similarly great views from the lesser-visited Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore across the water.

Get deliberately lost; you'll discover an architectural delight here or a gondola workshop there while wandering the maze of backstreets.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3 apartments for 2-7
  • Self-catering (daily croissants provided)
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Communal roof terrace
Room: Borsato master

Rooms

There isn't a poor choice amongst the 3 spacious apartments; each has been sensitively created within its heritage shell.

On the 2nd floor, Hayez faces the quiet piazza to the rear of the Palazzo. It has a charming powder-blue entrance hall, and an orange and sage colour scheme throughout its lovely living/dining space, wonderful master bedroom with canopy bed, and smart double/twin bedroom.

On the 3rd floor is jewel-coloured Canella, whose striking living/dining room (with commissioned mural) spans its length. A master double, twin and single bedroom share 2 bathrooms (one of which has a tub). Internal stairs lead to a converted attic space with 2 additional single beds (so it's perfect for larger families), a shower bathroom and a small roof terrace with lagoon views.

Also on the 3rd floor, Borsato with its own elevator is the top choice for romantics: a stunning master bedroom and living room with blue highlights overlook the entrance to the Grand Canal. Beside the kitchen is the large bathroom with double walk-in shower; the second bedroom with a small shower bathroom is by the entrance.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Shared terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

All 3 apartments have well-equipped kitchens, although the one in Hayez is more of a kitchenette. Borsato has a small circular table but a larger dining table can be supplied on request; both Canella and Hayez have good-sized tables. Expect full cutlery, implements and crockery for 6-8 people, as well as a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, hob and oven. As a thank you for booking through i-escape you'll also receive a welcome hamper with jam, milk, butter, water, bread, coffee, tea and pre-mixed Bellinis!

Warm breakfast croissants are hung on your door to kick-start each day (let Elvira know what time suits). For other meals you'll need to eat out (a list of recommendations is provided), or self-cater. You can pre-order groceries, there's a supermarket 8 minutes' walk away, or just pop to local restaurants and grab takeaway pizzas. For special occasions you can hire in a chef.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating: Cannella
Activity:

Activities

  • A tourist trap, but justly so, San Marco Piazza is a must. Check out The Basilica, Torre dell'Orologio, Palazzo Ducale and Campanile. The Correr Museum's Napoleonic Wing has interiors by the painter for whom Apartment Borsato is named
  • Cross the iconic Ponte dell'Accademia to sigh in raptures at the Grand Canal view to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then visit the Galerie dell'Accademia for a wealth of fine art, including wonderful Canova sculptures. While you're feeling artistic, the Peggy Guggenheim museum of 20th-century art is almost next door
  • Take the vaporetto - anywhere! Go to Murano for glassware, zip across to San Giorgio for fine city views or head up the Grand Canal passing under the Rialto bridge (alight here for the Rialto market on Saturdays)
  • Check what classical music events are on; we saw a Vivaldi concert in the Scuola Grande San Teodoro one night, and an intimate performance of La Traviata in the piano nobile of a Palazzo

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Families are welcome and will find the central location and self-catering set up very useful (all apartments have microwaves and dishwashers). Best suited to babes in arms or 4+ year olds; you'd have to wach toddlers carefully around the lovely fixtures and fittings, although of course they would be made welcome. Baby cots are available on request; note that there are no rollaway extra beds.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Canella is the largest apartment with 3 bedrooms (a double, twin and a single) plus internal stairs to a converted attic space with twin beds, which also comes in handy as a playspace. Hayez and Borsato both have a second bedroom which can be set up as a twin. Hayez and Canella both have a bathtub.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Board games and playing cards
  • Disney channels

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Vaporetto, water taxi and gondola rides
  • Museums
  • Day trip to beaches

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour
  • Hospital: 12 minutes (on foot)
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly: Hayez

Our guests' ratings...

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