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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- The hotel has a certain old-fashioned charm
- Public areas are wonderfully eclectic and whole place is impeccably kept
- Palazzo Stern is not right at the heart of things, but Dorsoduro is an area of great charm and lesser known gems, as well as a good bar and eating scene