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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- The Ruzzini Palace offers excellent service and something a little different at prices which are very competitive for a four star
- I don’t find all the contemporary-classic blend entirely convincing, and some of the public spaces are rather unadventurous