Castello 5866, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice, Italy, 30122
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of Ruzzini Palace
The 16th-century Palazzo Loredan Ruzzini Priuli is a listed building, and its restoration in the run-up to its inauguration as the Ruzzini Palace Hotel in 2008 took this into account, with magnificent frescoes of mythological scenes by Gregorio Lazzarini (1655-1730) in the Royal Suite, and the two main facades – facing Campo Santa Maria Formosa on one side and the delightful Rio del Paradiso canal on the other – restored to their former glory.
Mid-way between St Mark’s and the Rialto bridge, yet somewhat off the beaten track, the Ruzzini is perfectly placed for sightseeing and its unfailingly helpful staff will point you in the right direction when you venture out. There’s a private water entrance if you’re arriving by boat.
Contemporary décor in rich reds, oatmeals and polished wood blended with traditional Venetian details such as terrazzo floors and Murano glass chandeliers is mostly successful in the 28 rooms and suites. Stylish bathrooms are marble-clad. For a special occasion, opt for the magnificent Royal Suite (room 202) with its frescoed ceiling; I particularly liked the molded stucco work in rom 201. The Ruzzini Palace is pretty unique among Venetian hotels in offering disabled-adapted rooms.
A generous buffet breakfast is served in a rather space-age downstairs dining room. Drinks and snacks are available at the hotel’s equally mod bar. There is no restaurant.
I found reception staff unfailingly charming and helpful, a fact confirmed to me by a number of other visitors.
The hotel has a meeting room for up to 20 people and therefore gets a certain amount of business trade. But the mix of contemporary and classical décor attracts visitors looking for something a little more stylish than traditional Venetian.
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- Castello 5866, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice, Italy, 30122
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service