the Venetian Alternative

Palazzo Abadessa

There are many beautiful hotels in Venice such as the Gritti, reviewed earlier in this blog. Unfortunately those beauties usually also come with a rather hefty price tag.

A great alternative, as beautiful and special as the big names, but definitely more reasonably priced, is the lovely palazzo Abadessa in Cannaregio, just off Strada Nuova.

The rooms are comfortable and very Venetian, the staff is delightful and the breakfast  (included in the price) delicious.

Unfortunately there is no room service or restaurant, but a daily happy hour in the grand foyer and the free mini bar make up for the lack of those conveniences.

The location is also wonderful: close to the Ca’d'Oro vaporetto stop and the Rialto Bridge, it is away from the masses, but still right in the middle of everything.

The next time you come to Venice, give the Abadessa a try, you won’t regret it!

a room at palazzo Abadessa

The Gritti Palace

the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal

There are hotels and then there are institutions and The Gritti definitely deserves a “The” in front of its name!

Not only is it outstandingly beautiful in its old world majestic charm, but also fabulously well run with friendly attentive staff, which is not always a given in beautiful Venice.

The rooms are to die for – here a picture of La Dogaressa Suite – and well worth the rather steep price tag:

La Dogaressa Suite

But nothing is cheap in Venice. So forget all about money and let yourself get swept away by the timeless beauty of this fabulous city and have a toast on the pleasures of life at Bar Longhi or celebrate with a nice Michelin star dinner at Club del Doge!