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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- St Mark’s is no distance away by vaporetto or traghetto
- A quiet corner of town, well placed for several galleries
- Not in the centre of town