Dorsoduro 173, Campo San Gregorio, Venice, Italy, 30123
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Centurion Palace
Passers-by making their way from the Guggenheim Collection to the Punta della Dogana saunter in to wonder at the immense ship’s keel-shaped chandelier in the lobby (I spotted several just in the time it took me to check in). Clients in the know approach this newest addition to the SINA group hotels by boat, from the Grand Canal water entrance.
Housed in a former convent, facing across the Grand Canal towards St Mark’s, the Centurion Palace is in the quiet, artsy Dorsoduro area. Though it’s a good half-hour’s stroll to San Marco, it’s handy for the Accademia Gallery, the Guggenheim Collection and the new Punta della Dogana gallery.
The Centurion offers 50 rooms with dizzyingly high ceilings, burnished gold-leaf bathrooms and electronically operated drapes that you can open and close on spectacular views by pressing a switch beside your bed. This is design with a vengeance, with edgy colours: purples and reds are much in evidence, and elaborately framed mirrors reflect and enhance the effect. I loved the 401 corner suite; it has spectacular views up and down the Grand Canal and a magnificent marble fireplace.
I enjoyed lunch in the minimal-chic Antinoo restaurant which serves creative but unpretentious Italian dishes, with a view over the Grand Canal.
Under the eaves is a small gym, equipped with all the latest Technogym equipment for those who can’t do without their daily workout.
Despite its lofty proportions and its uncluttered décor, the hotel achieves an unexpectedly welcoming feel, helped by staff with the perfect mix of friendliness and discretion.
The Centurion is perfect for style-conscious couples on a romantic get-away, but also for art-lovers who prefer to avoid the crowds… but still hanker after a Grand Canal view.
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- Dorsoduro 173, Campo San Gregorio, Venice, Italy, 30123
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service