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A sumptuous 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal with grand salons, spacious lawned gardens, and spa.
In the San Polo district, within a short walk of the Rialto Bridge and close to the Traghetto San Tomà for access to Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square).
Named Palazzo Papadopoli after the Greek family who owned the building in the 19th-century, guests can arrive by boat to enter by the formal 'porta d’acqua’ into a vast, beamed reception with marble chequered flooring and original frescos. A trompe-l’oeil grand staircase leads up to the piano nobile and rococo ballroom with gilt mirrors, frescos, Murano chandeliers, terrazzo floor and windows overlooking the Canal. Dining room, bar and salons have sumptuous Rubelli silk wall coverings, oil paintings and carved stone fireplaces with bowls of exotic white amaryllis as table centrepieces. Overlooking pantiled rooftops, the wooden 'altana’ is a small decked roof terrace for sunset drinks.
Friendly and helpful, the largely Venetian staff show plenty of enthusiasm but are still gaining on-the-job experience. A series of well-designed, themed “itineraries” is available from expert guides organised by the hotel.
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