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Il Palazzo Experimental, Venice, Italy
A fun-loving boutique hotel on the North bank of the Giudecca canal. The location is a bit out of the way from the main tourist area, but it's only a short walk to the Guggenheim and the creative Dorsoduro district. The light here in summer is fantastic too, when the wide promenade is filled with cafe tables. The hotel is in an 18th-century building that was once the offices and cruise terminal of the Adriatic Shipping company, and lots of the original features have been kept, including the marble and terrazzo staircase. The heart of the hotel is the vibrant restaurant, serving Adriatic specialties, and the speakeasy cocktail club, which is true to the Experimental company's origins (they began as a cocktail bar in Paris) and serves up some innovative concoctions.
There's a kiosk serving coffees and aperitivos in the sunshine on the canal edge just next door to the hotel.
The hotel is on the Zattere overlooking Giudecca, a short walk from a couple of vaporetto stops; you can walk to St Mark's Square.
By plane: direct flights to Venice from London take 2 hours. Take an airport boat (1 hour 30 mins) to reach the hotel, or a water taxi. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for cocktail-loving couples and friends. We love the ornate wrought-iron arched window that allows you to look straight through the hotel to the garden at the back.
Service & Facilities
The garden is one of the largest in Venice and you can have breakfast under the mature trees in summer.
- Free Wi-Fi
Our favourite room is number 203, a Junior Suite on the second floor with two large windows framing the view of the Giudecca canal. We love that every room has large coffee-table books about Italian design and photography.
Classic Single Room, Classic Double Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Executive Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bath, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi, desk, TV, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
The cocktails in the Cocktail Club, and the accompanying cicchetti, are first class. The monkfish with cauliflower and Treviso radicchio is a surprising and satisfying flavour combination too.
Il Ristorante Adriatica: seasonal cuisine from the Adriatic coast. Dishes include monkfish and duck breast. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Mains from €28.
Bar: wine and cocktails.