Hotel Palazzo Stern
Dorsoduro 2792A, Calle del Tragheto, Venice, Italy, 30123
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hotel Palazzo Stern
Ernesta Stern was a cosmopolitan art collector and socialite who flitted between Venice and Paris in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She had this extravagant neo-Gothic pastiche created out of the ruins of her family’s 15th-century Grand Canal-side palazzo shortly before the First World War. It’s now a stylish 24-room hotel.
Handy for the Accademia gallery and Ca’ Rezzonico, Palazzo Stern is in the southern Dorsoduro district: quiet, lived-in… and with a traghetto service from out front across to the St Mark’s side of the Grand Canal.
Palazzo Stern offers decent-sized rooms in calming creams and magnolias. The front rooms – junior suites and a superior double – with views over the Grand Canal, are more sought-after and naturally more scenic, but I find the back rooms overlooking the palazzo’s own garden delightfully quiet. The suite, with whirlpool bath and coffee-making equipment – faces on to the quiet Rio Malpaga canal and the garden.
The palazzo’s original mosaic-lined chapel and imposing carved wooden central staircase give a touch of grandeur to the hotel, and Ernesta’s colonnaded Grand Canal-side terrace is a delightful place to enjoy breakfast. There’s a charming garden out back.
Breakfast from a good buffet can be eaten in the dining room or on the lovely terrace right on the Grand Canal. Room service will serve snacks through the day, but there is no restaurant.
Guests may hire the four-person whirlpool bath on the palazzo’s roof terrace.
Friendly and helpful.
More mature travellers appreciate Palazzo Stern’s old-fashioned courtesy, while the junior suites overlooking the Grand Canal are perfect for couples on romantic get-aways.
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- Dorsoduro 2792A, Calle del Tragheto, Venice, Italy, 30123
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Room Service